Dark Illusion (Carpathian Series #33)

Dark Illusion (Carpathian Series #33)

by Christine Feehan

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Overview

A mage and a warrior must see beyond their facades and embrace the bond that links their souls in this powerful Carpathian novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan. 

At any other time, Julija Brennan would find solace in the quiet of the Sierra Mountains, but now the mage is in the race of her life. Having broken free from her controlling family, Julija’s attempt to warn the Carpathians of the coming threat has failed and put a target on her back—and those who are hunting her are close behind.…

After centuries locked away in a monastery in the Carpathian Mountains, Isai Florea can’t believe he’s finally found his lifemate—the missing half of his soul. The second he sees Julija, his world blazes with color. But despite their explosive connection, Julija rebels against what she sees as Isai’s intent to control her and rejects the bond that would prevent him from becoming a monster.  

As their unfulfilled bond continues to call to them both, Julija and Isai aim to complete the task that brought them together. They are used to facing danger alone, but now the mage and the ancient warrior must learn how to rely on each other in order to stop a plot that threatens all Carpathians.…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781984803474
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/03/2019
Series: Carpathian Series , #33
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 163
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Christine Feehan is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Carpathian series, the GhostWalker series, the Leopard series, the Shadow Riders series, and the Sea Haven novels, including the Drake Sisters series and the Sisters of the Heart series.

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Dark Illusion by Christine Feehan

Julija Brennan linked her fingers behind her head and gazed up at her unimpeded view of the stars. With the absence of light from cities and the lack of pollution from industry, the sky over the Sierra Mountains was absolutely clear, giving her an unparalleled view of the Milky Way that, despite all her travels, she hadn't seen before.

 

She barely noticed that she was shivering in the night air. It was cool in the Sierras at night, and with winter coming on, the temperatures promised snow in the next few days. She'd hoped her errand would have been completed before the first snowfall, but that didn't look as if it was going to happen. Any other time, finding herself under the night sky would have been just perfect.

 

She didn't mind being in a beautiful mountain range far from everyone else. She liked solitude. She even craved it. Unfortunately, she was in the race of a lifetime. She'd been out in front and now she'd stalled. She had no idea where to go or what to do to get back on track. The range was four hundred miles long and seventy miles wide. To find anything as small as a book in it with no idea of where it was located was impossible. Impossible, but it was a matter of life or death, although she hated drama and the last thing she wanted to do was be dramatic, even to herself. Still, it was a fact she couldn't avoid. She had to find the book before anyone else did and there were several looking.

 

Strange how such a small thing like a book could have the power to destroy lives. Corrupt them. Twist otherwise good people into monsters. Power corrupted. She stared up at the constellations, wishing she could ride on those stars, or slide down the comets instead of trying to find traces of a book no one should ever see or know existed. Riding stars and sliding on constellations might prove far easier than hunting in four hundred miles of wilderness for a mythical book.

 

She preferred the places in the world closest to the stars with the least amount of people around her. She loved these mountains. The Sierras. Who knew they would rival the Carpathian Mountains for her affection? She was a nomad with no home and she'd accepted that she was a castaway. A traitor. In her world, a criminal. It had taken some time to come to that place of acceptance. Places like this one had helped her get there.

 

Julija didn't believe she would ever have a home or family. Her one friendship had been formed solely out of desperation. She had seen what no one else could-Elisabeta. A woman held prisoner, beaten into submission, so afraid after lifetimes of captivity to be free. In all those years she'd been caged, no one had ever managed to see through the layers of illusion her ruthless captor had surrounded her with until Julija's sight had penetrated the shields to find her.

 

Julija had reached out to her in spite of Elisabeta's fears and tried to instill hope. There was no giving the woman anything but that one thought.

 

Sighing, she closed her eyes to block out the millions of flickering lights overhead. Sometimes, having gifts was more of a curse than a blessing. Finding a friend had been the blessing; leaving her to her fate once she was safe had been a curse. Elisabeta needed her desperately, but she had to complete her mission. She had to. She could only hope that Elisabeta would understand and forgive her.

 

Julija stared overhead, grateful for the clear night, although clear meant the temperature had dropped. She shivered a little and snuggled deeper into the sleeping bag. It would be nice to be able to regulate her body temperature in the way she knew Carpathians did. There were things she could almost do in the way the Carpathians could, but unfortunately, regulating temperature was not one of them.

 

Carpathians were a species of people, nearly immortal, who fed on the blood of others but could not kill while feeding or they would become vampire. They slept in the rejuvenating soil and could not be out during the day, but they had tremendous gifts, powers that allowed them to shift shape and become what they willed.

 

Elisabeta was fully Carpathian and she came from a very powerful bloodline, yet she had been taken at a young age, given up for dead and lived her life at the whim of her captor. That just proved to Julija that she had to be more careful than ever. If someone as strong as a Carpathian could be overcome, then so could she.

 

She didn't live in a cage in the way Elisabeta had, but in a sense, she was just as much a prisoner as her friend had been-and would probably always be. One couldn't take centuries of conditioning and throw it away because they were free. It didn't work that way. Julija had broken away from her family and friends because what they were planning-and doing-was wrong. She knew it was wrong in every way, but so did they. They just didn't care. Now she had no one and nowhere to go, just like Elisabeta. Freedom didn't always mean free.

 

A star shot across the sky and fell toward earth, glowing as it raced in a spectacular explosion of glory. The beauty of nature always took her breath, but no matter how stunning or amazing her surroundings, she was still alone with no one to share them with. No matter how right she was, morally or otherwise, she was still alone. Elisabeta, at least, had been left with strangers, but they would all look out for her. It wouldn't be the same as having someone she loved close, but there were people who cared.

 

Elisabeta had a brother she hadn't seen since she was a young woman and wouldn't recognize after all the years, but at least he would want to take care of her. Julija had two brothers, but they wanted to kill her. More, they would come after her. Most likely, they were already on her trail. They would kill her if they caught up with her-and they weren't alone.

 

She closed her eyes on the stunning sight overhead, trying to force herself to fall asleep. She loved the night and spent most of it awake as a rule. Until she'd found Elisabeta and eventually was surrounded by Carpathians.

 

She sighed and turned on her side restlessly. Clearly, word hadn't yet filtered down to those living in the United States that she was an enemy of the Carpathian people. She had desperately wanted to help Elisabeta through the coming months, when she would most need a friend. But she'd run across her while searching for the book, and although she'd been instrumental in freeing her, she couldn't stay. She knew sooner or later word would reach the Carpathians in the United States that she was an enemy. She didn't want to be taken prisoner herself-and the Carpathians were powerful-probably every bit as powerful as she was.

 

Julija touched the scar running along her throat. Her voice had been forever changed, but at least she had one. She knew, although thankfully no one else did, that her throat had been specifically targeted for a reason. Sergey, the man who had captured Elisabeta so long ago, was well aware of Julija's potential and he hoped to kill her or keep her from her destiny. Neither scenario sounded good to her. She was the mistress of her own fate. She made up her own mind and followed her own rules. She had done so ever since she'd made the decision to split from her family and warn the prince of the Carpathian people what was being planned behind his back.

 

She'd been too late. Things had already been set in motion by the time she realized the ultimate goal, and now here she was in the race of a lifetime. She accepted that she might not come out of it alive, but she refused to accept defeat. She couldn't lose. There was too much at stake, too many lives depended on her completing her task. Perhaps an entire species of people.

 

Overhead, the stars stared back at her. A long sweep of what looked like stardust left a comet-like trail through the brightest stars. It was wide and curved gracefully through the night, leaving behind brilliant white specks to mark its passing. Even the stardust had other particles close to it. Neighboring stars twinkled and danced as if talking to the long trail of dust.

 

"Way to feel sorry for yourself," she muttered aloud when she realized she was comparing her lonely life to the stars overhead. "Sheesh, girl, you've really lost it this time."

 

She should have gotten a pet. A dog. A big dog. But when the others came looking for her, what would she do with a pet then? Especially a big dog. It would get killed or be left behind to starve. Either way, it wasn't a good scenario for a dog.

 

The stardust trail seemed to move. It was subtle, just a shifting of the particles to make it seem as if the wide swath of dust began to change course. Her breath caught in her throat. She blinked several times to make certain she had the filmy constellation in focus. There was no question, the entire path of milky stars was subtly veering from one angle to another. The change was happening so slowly she wouldn't have noticed except that she'd been staring up at it nonstop for the last hour.

 

Nothing could actually change the course of the stars, so the movement had to be an illusion. And that meant someone was looking for her. She turned her head very slowly so as not to draw the eye of whoever was searching for her. It could have been anyone. Her family would come after her. The Carpathians would send someone. A shiver went through her. Just a few short days earlier she had been with them, ensuring Elisabeta had others surrounding her who would take care of her. Julija had simply walked away from them, torn throat and all. By now, their prince would have sent the message that she was an enemy and to stop her at any cost.

 

Her family or a Carpathian hunter? Did it matter which? Both would try to stop her, and she couldn't allow either one to interfere. She inched downward until she was completely covered up to her eyes. There was no fire to draw attention. Campers were everywhere on the John Muir Trail and in Yosemite, but she had known her quarry would never have gone near other people. He would have sought out the wildest places in the Sierras possible.

 

At first, she had been able to "feel" him. Sometimes she'd known his thoughts. He was Carpathian. An ancient hunter, Iulian Florea, who was the last of his family. He had been searching for his lifemate-that one woman who held the other half of his soul-but by the time he had discovered her, she was already dying of old age.

 

He'd held her for all of a few minutes and she'd never spoken, never restored his emotions or color, although holding her, he had felt grief. She had opened her eyes and looked up at him right before she passed. Something like peace had stolen into her. So fragile, her body worn with age, but her spirit indomitable, she had given him a half-smile and succumbed. Julija had cried even though the Carpathian could not.

 

The woman had never married and ended her life alone in a nursing home. Iulian held her a long time, pressing her body to his chest, her face over his heart, before lowering her body with exquisite gentleness to the bed. The workers were busy with their many patients and while they were looking the other way at his command, Iulian had taken the body and disappeared into the night. He'd brought her to a cavern high up in the Carpathian Mountains and buried her deep. He'd stood for a long while over her, and Julija had read in his mind that he'd planned to meet the dawn the next morning.

 

What had changed his mind? Why had he left the cave suddenly and gone to the home of his prince? What had possessed a Carpathian hunter, a man who had lived honorably for centuries, to suddenly turn on his entire species and put their very existence in jeopardy? He hadn't gone into the thrall when his lifemate died. It was impossible. She hadn't restored his emotions or color, not to mention the glimpses Julija had caught of his mind hadn't been filled with chaos. They had been filled with purpose.

 

She kept her eye on the constellation above her as she tried to puzzle out what her quarry was up to. She'd been on her way to warn the prince of the Carpathians, Mikhail Dubrinsky, that there was a conspiracy building against him and that she had found out almost too late. Things had already been set in motion and she'd had to adjust within minutes, make a decision and follow it through.

 

A book of demonic spells had been created by Xavier, the high mage. Every spell recorded in his deadly tome had been the blackest and darkest of what he'd wrought. Death. Destruction of species. Everything he had created over the years to destroy or command every other species. He had wanted complete power, and his spell book could give that to anyone knowing how to use it. She was one of those who could. Her father and two brothers would know how to use it as well.

 

Julija had abandoned her idea to warn the prince and tracked Iulian instead. That book could never see the light of day. The Carpathian people believed the book had been sealed with the blood of three species-Jaguar, mage and Carpathian-because that had been seen in a vision of Xavier actually sealing the book. She knew it was more than that. The blood sacrifice of a Lycan had been made with a different ceremonial knife. She didn't know for certain, but it stood to reason that Xavier had included the sacrifice of a human as well.

 

Xavier had grown extremely paranoid over the years he'd been alive. He'd wanted immortality and complete rule over every species living on earth. He'd thought himself superior to everyone, incapable of making mistakes, yet she knew that he had. She'd studied him carefully, brought up every recorded scene she could find from everyone who had memories of him-specifically, her father and two brothers. They had been privy to his work. She was female and expendable. They were not. Still, she'd studied the great mage through her family members. They believed it was harmless to share information with her.

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Dark Illusion 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 54 reviews.
LynnLTX 16 days ago
Mage Julija Brennan’s unique talents because of her Carpathian blood combine with the strength of the Ancient Carpathian who turns out to be her lifemate, Isai Florea, a man that has spent centuries hoping to find that one true love made especially for him. Now they have come together to find an evil book that could cause great harm if found by their enemies searching for it as well. Unfortunately the worst enemies are Julija’s family and former lover. She grew up in a seriously evil household where Julija was physically and mentally tortured, used and abused. They tried to crush her soul; however, its beautiful light shines brightly most especially to Isai, who only saw the world in dull colors and no emotions until they came together. Since Julija has learned to protect her heart, it takes some time for them to work things out. Initially Isai thinks that will not happen, but after they spend time together while looking for his blood brother who has the book, they find common ground. It is not easy for a modern young woman and a man who has lived has a monk for centuries to have a smooth relationship, but they both realize fate has declared it so. Julija and Isai bring out the best in each other working as a bonded team to defeat her nasty, evil brothers, father, and the man she fears most who nearly broke her spirit. Isai will do anything to protect and help Julija live her best life. She has so much magic and skill if she can just believe in herself. Isai is a warrior first and foremost, but takes his lifemate duties very seriously wanting to love, protect, and defend Julija. Together they are a powerful force to be reckoned with no matter what the wicked mages throw at them. This is book # 29 in this longing running series, fans will be pleased with this installment.
Anonymous 25 days ago
Slow read, was not able to finish it. Feehan is a wonderful writer, but this one not so good.
Anonymous 29 days ago
The next segment of the Carpathians is in full swing. Women are developing as strong characters, partners to the Elders. bravo.
Anonymous 3 months ago
ms Feehan is wonderful this world has such depth and emotion i cant wait for the next book all her series just jump off the page you feel for the charaters the great will to love and survive over all trama i always leave her books with hope what a great gift
Anonymous 3 months ago
I like how you keep all of the characters in play. it's nice to always have a reference or reminder of the other characters. when is Gary's story coming? Elisabeta's story should be good to! Keep writing great stories!!!!
Natalie_The_Biblioholic 3 months ago
Ever heard the one about a mage, a Carpathian warrior, a book of evil, and the love of a lifetime? Dark Illusion is such a delicious story and I can't wait for you to meet Isai and Julija! Isai's an honorable man who has spent centuries looking for his lifemate while defeating the forces of evil. He's handsome, honest, considerate, fierce, loyal, intelligent, strong, fearless and genuine. I cannot adequately describe the many ways I loved this hero. He was unreal! His patience with Julija knew no limits, which thankfully came in handy because she tested mine. He would divide his attention, risk his life, even his soul for her. He might think he was wholly dark, but he had honor. Integrity. He was a man who walked in light even when he didn't see it around him. - Julija Julija was a little hard to connect to at first, but in the end I adored her too! She came from a family of evil and yet she retained her light. While trying to save an entire race by destroying an evil book of spells, her family is hunting her down. Are they trying to kill her or do they want to recapture their pet? Her abusive ex, an extremely powerful mage, is also out there hunting for her, wanting her back in his control. However, Julija has much more power than even she expected and with the faith, love and guidance of Isai, she just might come into her own. After living a life ruled by fear and doubt, Isai has encouragd her to take charge, find her confidence, and to truly believe in herself. I'm in love with this man!! Have I tempted you yet? If you love your paranormal romance full of action, incredible world building, impossible to resist characters, and yummy steaminess, then you definitely won't want to miss out on this book!
Susanlibgirl 3 months ago
This book is another in the Dark Series. It can be read as a standalone, but it helps to have the backstory contained in the previous novels. This is the story of Isai and Julija. Like all the Dark Series novels the males are over the top alphas, as are all Carpathian ancients. But Julija was raised in an abusive family who used her because she was part Carpathian as well as part mage, with a hint of Dragonseeker thrown in......got all that? Because of her early abuse she is not sure she can be what a dominating ancient needs in a lifemate, and neither does Isai. But Julija is on a quest to find a very dangerous book, and Isai is very instrumental in finding the location and destruction of said book. Can they work out their differences, find and destroy the book and find their happily ever after? You'll have to read the book to find out.... Christine Feehan is one of my favorite authors, I read all her series and have been known to squeal in delight when I see she is releasing another book. I can't wait for the next one!! Thanks Christine for all the great reading!! Thank you also to the publisher and NetGalley for choosing to have me read this book early and give my opinion.
booknooknuts 3 months ago
I will admit I have missed a few stories in this series but it's like I missed nothing. I have loved this authors stories in the Carpathian world and this book reminds me why. Julija comes from a long line of evil mages namely Xavier. Although a master of Illusion herself she isn't quite as evil as her lineage. We get many facets and beings in this story. Loved the chemistry between Isai and Julija. And I do hope Elisbeta gets a story. A fantastic part of the series and I highly recommend it.
Lifemate56 3 months ago
My review of DARK ILLUSIO: Dark Illusion was a wonderful read. Great storyline, and action pack! I adore these Ancient Carpathian Monks! Isai, and Julija have a bumpy start to their bonding, and the eventual claiming of each other as lifemates. But, Isai adjustments to the modern world is pretty smooth, considering he thinks he wants a woman that clings to his every word. Silly male! What he receives is a lifemate that's just as honorable, protective, and loyal as he is. Julija is such a wonderful strong character. She's honorable to the degree, that she reminds me of the Carpathian male. Honorable, loyal, and a protector of all! Julija had such a terrible upbringing, raised among people that are monsters, but was able to retain her sanity, fight for good, and not succumb to despair, and the pressure of evil. Xavier, Xaviero, and Xavion are still impacting the lives of the Carpathian people even though two (2) of the triplets are dead. We find out what happens to Xavier's dark book, and receive more information on how long Xavier's plan in destroying the other species has been in progress. We see the Shadow Cats, and learn even more about them, and how the evil mages have used them over the years. We're introduced to a new villain. I can't wait to see more of him in future books. He's deliciously evil. We also get an update on Elizabeta, and how she's healing mentally. It'll be interesting to see how Ferro will handle his mate, and the abuse she's been subject to.
Sandy-thereadingcafe 3 months ago
4.25 stars--DARK ILLUSION is the twenty-ninth instalment in Christine Feehan’s CARPATHIAN / DARK erotic, paranormal, romance series. This is ancient Carpathian Isai Florea, and mage Julija Brennan’s story line. DARK ILLUSION can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous instalments is revealed where necessary. SOME BACKGROUND: All Carpathian males must find their lifemates before they turn vampire or greet the dawn. Without a lifemate, the males no longer see in color, feel pain or experience emotions. A lifemate is the light to their dark. She is the keeper of his heart and the keeper of his soul. As the unmated Carpathian male ages, the darkness begins to envelope his soul. Told from dual third person perspectives (Julija and Isai) DARK ILLUSION continues to focus on a group of ancient Carpathians, nearing the end of their search for a lifemate who have isolated themselves away from the world in a monastery high in the Carpathian mountains. As his search for his younger brother Iulian takes him to the Sierra Mountains, Isai comes across a woman he discovers to be his fated lifemate. On the run from her family and her past, Julija Brennan believes herself to be an enemy of the Carpathian people due to her family’s attempts to destroy them all. What ensues is the building relationship between Julija and Isai, and the potential fall-out as our couple come under fire from some very powerful mages. Julija Brennan doesn’t believe she is worthy to be a Carpathian mate, and immediately refuses Isai attempts to claim her as his own. Having struggled through the abuse and captivity of her earlier life, Julija battles between head and heart when Isai is willing to walk away without a fight. Isai Florea knew immediately Julija Brennan was his lifemate but her stubbornness amounted to silence in an effort to protect the man with whom she would fall in love. As Julija and Isai search for Isai’s missing brother, our couple find themselves the target of Julija’s past, and the family that is determined to imprison her, once again. The relationship between Julija and Isai is one of immediate attraction but our heroine believes she is an enemy of the Carpathian people. Unable to resist the pull between one another, Julija and Isai will complete the bonding but to both their surprise Julija is so much more than a powerful mage. The $ex scenes are intimate, erotic and passionate, without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text. DARK ILLUSION is a revealing story line, one that begins to reveal the history and back story of one of the Carpathian’s most hated enemies, an enemy who was and is determined to take down a race of people using any means necessary. Christine Feehan has pulled from one of her more successful story line arcs where the Carpathian people had to fight and discover the truth, in order to survive. The premise is engaging, entertaining and edgy; the romance is steamy and seductive; the characters are strong and determined but there is limited interaction with any of the previous story line characters.
Anonymous 3 months ago
As usual a very good read, emotional, tender and exciting.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Wonderful....waiting for Elizabeth and Ferro's story!
Anonymous 3 months ago
I so loved this book! it brought the several books together and managed to tie u up to be excited for the next book! Never boring! never tedious! never repetitive!
Reenie07470 3 months ago
Another wonderful read by Christine Feehan. This book contains so much its difficult to summarize in a review without feeling you’re leaving too much out. You really need to experience this one in its entirety, submerge yourself in it! The definition of Illusion is prevalent in many ways throughout the story. The magical use of power to make a thing wrongly perceived or interpreted by the senses. And information that gives a deceptive appearance or impression about a person or event, a false idea or belief based on information you have about others. The hunt for Xavier’s book is on! The book was somehow taken from the safe keeping of the Prince. I love the way it happened and no one suspected the truth. It leads to misconceptions and twists that make this book even more intriguing. The journey Isai and Julija have to take to discover each other’s intentions is not the typical lifemate claiming. They move from separate untrusting journeys to one solid union to fight for their survival and the survival of the Carpathians. With amazing twists! For them to reach that place they need to unravel their misconceptions, self perceptions, judgments of themselves and each other. To do this they need to be open, trusting enough to share their journey, their pasts. Both are heart-touching and heartbreaking. Isai quickly realized he was wrong about his perception of her deceit and treachery. Understanding dawns as he comes to know her. Sees her reaction to events as they search for the book.  Julija has a bit more difficult time trusting, her life had bombarded her with so much deceit, misconceptions of herself and others, she doesn’t know what is real, what to trust. She becomes open to him and their relationship through the support and knowledge she gets from her friendship, her bond with Elizabeta. Love the way this is shared in the book. Love how her self sacrifice for Elizabeta and the Carpathians is revealed, even with all it may cost her. She becomes one of my favorite heroines in the Series. Her courage and trust in him builds a strong bond that gives her hope and faith in herself, in him, and them as a couple and at last hope for victory. As they share their histories, Isai begins to melt my heart. His stoic strength, facing those who had and would harm his woman, his encouragement to help Julija understand, come into her own abilities and admire her confidence in herself is so beautifully written. They use her knowledge and the knowledge he has learned from other Carpathians to fight the evil mages, form unique alliances. (Always trust someone who is kind to animals.) past events from previous books are wonderfully revisited as they decide how to proceed.  The love story that develops between them touches the heart. Forgiveness and acceptance, and the willingness to sacrifice everything for each other. they join together to overcome her family , discover the truth about his brother, and destroy Xavier’s book. All with action, and amazing Mage against Carpathian battles. Passion and romantic touching moments, and of course touches of humor. In the end one powerful mage remains as a danger to Julija and the Carpathians, adding even more danger beyond the Vampire threat.
cherlym 3 months ago
This one surprised me a bit. I like surprises. Life mates are drawn towards each other, as noted in the synopsis, if this is a first read for you. I like that they are evolving, even if these warriors are the oldest ones! Feeling that perhaps his life mate was untrustworthy, or devoid of integrity this warrior was willing to fight the bond, that through me for a loop. Made me love him all the more, and hurt for him. Julija, Mage and Carpathian, past contributes to the misunderstanding. What I absolutely loved was the shadow cats and how past stories played a part in the shadow cats. As Julija and Isai fight the evil that chases them on their appointed endeavor they learn to trust each other, and themselves. ** Possible Triggers:some of Julija past is a tad difficult to read, but its told as a past occurrence, same with animal abuse.** Thank you for the arc, Berkley and Christine Feehan. All thoughts and opinions are my own and given freely.
8449128 3 months ago
Dark Illusion by Christine Feehan Dark Series Book #33 Release Date: 09/03/2019 Review by SKO Julija Brennan is a mistress of illusion the best within her family and yet her two brothers want her dead. She chose to separate herself from her family, leave them and go to warn the Prince of Carpathian people Mikhail Dubrinksy of the conspiracy against him and his people. Xavier, the high mage created a book of evil spells to bring on death and destruction to the Carpathians. Julija is determent to find the book and destroy it but plans did not include running into Isai Florea, her lifemate. Isai Florea spent centuries in a monastery high in the Carpathian Mountains. His honor as a warrior, and the hope of finding his lifemate kept him going. The activities of a busy city, lights, traffic noise, and the people, all made him very uncomfortable. However, centuries of discipline helped him focus on his assignment of finding his brother Iulian Florea and Xavier’s evil and deadly book of spells. What Isai Florea did not expect was to find his lifemate Julija Brennan. Even though Julija is not too thrilled to learn Isai is her lifemate she reluctantly accepts his help to accomplish what she set out to do. However, Isai was not willing to lose her. Dark Illusion is book 33 in the Dark Series, also known as the Carpathian Novels. Each book is a standalone read; however it helps if you know the history of Carpathian people. I was totally captivated from the first to the last page and could not put the book down until I finished it. Just when I thought Xavier would be gone forever he is still causing havoc. As Julija and Isai search for the book their bond grows stronger and as their bond grows so does their love for each other. Isai helps Julija search her past memories to understand the present and the true meaning of the lifemate bond. Will the evil legacy Xavier left behind continue to torment the Carpathians or will the ancient Carpathian and mistress of illusion outwit the evil ones and destroy Xavier’s evil book once and for all? As always Christine Feehan storyteller extraordinaire gives us more then we bargained for. The book is action packed, sweet romance and more information that may just require a second and a third reading. Want to live longer? Read a book, and as always until next time happy reading!
8449128 3 months ago
Dark Illusion by Christine Feehan Dark Series Book #33 Release Date: 09/03/2019 Review by SKO Julija Brennan is a mistress of illusion the best within her family and yet her two brothers want her dead. She chose to separate herself from her family, leave them and go to warn the Prince of Carpathian people Mikhail Dubrinksy of the conspiracy against him and his people. Xavier, the high mage created a book of evil spells to bring on death and destruction to the Carpathians. Julija is determent to find the book and destroy it but plans did not include running into Isai Florea, her lifemate. Isai Florea spent centuries in a monastery high in the Carpathian Mountains. His honor as a warrior, and the hope of finding his lifemate kept him going. The activities of a busy city, lights, traffic noise, and the people, all made him very uncomfortable. However, centuries of discipline helped him focus on his assignment of finding his brother Iulian Florea and Xavier’s evil and deadly book of spells. What Isai Florea did not expect was to find his lifemate Julija Brennan. Even though Julija is not too thrilled to learn Isai is her lifemate she reluctantly accepts his help to accomplish what she set out to do. However, Isai was not willing to lose her. Dark Illusion is book 33 in the Dark Series, also known as the Carpathian Novels. Each book is a standalone read; however it helps if you know the history of Carpathian people. I was totally captivated from the first to the last page and could not put the book down until I finished it. Just when I thought Xavier would be gone forever he is still causing havoc. As Julija and Isai search for the book their bond grows stronger and as their bond grows so does their love for each other. Isai helps Julija search her past memories to understand the present and the true meaning of the lifemate bond. Will the evil legacy Xavier left behind continue to torment the Carpathians or will the ancient Carpathian and mistress of illusion outwit the evil ones and destroy Xavier’s evil book once and for all? As always Christine Feehan storyteller extraordinaire gives us more then we bargained for. The book is action packed, sweet romance and more information that may just require a second and a third reading. Want to live longer? Read a book, and as always until next time happy reading!
Diane9596 3 months ago
What’s a girl to do when she doesn’t want a lifemate? Don’t talk. At least that is Julija Brennan’s solution. Julija is a mage and was raised to consider the Carpathian people as enemies. Now she finds herself in the Sierra Mountains and in a race to prevent something terrible from happening. Isai Florea has been sent in search of his brother who is suspected of stealing something from the Prince of the Carpathian people. Something that could destroy the entire Carpathian race if it falls into the wrong hands. Two people on different missions that eventually become one. Having been raised to view Carpathians as enemies, Julija faces a difficult decision when Isai tries to claim his lifemate. Of course, she makes the wrong decision and refuses to talk. When she finally does speak to Isai it’s only to deny the bond. This was heartbreaking for me to watch. Then it becomes enjoyable when Julija changes her mind and wants Isai to claim her. Isai does make her work to earn the claiming and I enjoyed this very much. We also get quite the information dump on past happenings between the mages and the other races. We also experience what happens when a Carpathian male finds his lifemate too late. Make sure you have a box of Kleenex nearby when reading Dark Illusion. If you thought other books in the series had rocky roads, you ain’t seen nothing yet until you read this one. This is Christine Feehan at her best!
Cathy Jackson 3 months ago
Love. Hope. Redemption. Trust. Dark Illusion by Christine Feehan gives you these and so much more! Once I started reading, I couldn't stop! Mrs. Feehan is one of my favorite Authors. When she releases a new book, I need to bask in the awesomeness created. The romance between Julija and Isai is sizzling hot from the very start, but there is an underlying current of mistrust. When they are brought together for the common goal of getting, and destroying, the book of evil spells that could end all Carpathians. But evil is chasing them, and they must work side-by-side to fight the evil that chases them on their appointed endeavor. They learn to trust each other, and themselves. The beginning of the story was angsty, but as I read, I understood the reasoning. The book is fast-paced and will keep the reader needing to turn the pages to find out what would happen. Dark Illusion - the reader can consume it as a stand-alone! 5 BIG BRIGHT BEAUTIFUL STARS!
BarbTRC 3 months ago
Dark Illusion by Christine Feehan is the 29th book in her wonderful Carpathian series. I am happy to say I really ended up loving this story, but at the very beginning I was a bit turned off by the abusive behavior of the Carpathian man; worried that we were going back to that again. But thankfully, that was just the beginning, and everything was great from there on in. Julija Brennan, our heroine, is a mage and Carpathian. We met her in a previous book (Dark Legacy), where she tried to warn the Carpathians about the threat, but ran away to help find the book of evil spells that could destroy all Carpathians. Julija knows how dangerous the book is, as well as how powerful her father and brothers are (they are products of the evil Xavier) and their determination to find her, get the book and kill her. She has the ability to sense the Carpathian man who has the book and is attempting to hide it; using her mage sense she keeps tracking him, knowing her family will attempt to kill the man. Before she could go too much further, she is accosted by a powerful Carpathian warrior who thought she betrayed the Carpathians. Isai Florea, our hero, and the Carpathian sent to track down Julija, is shocked to discover that she is his lifemate. Isai is an ancient from the monastery, struggling with his lack of emotions or color, and treats Julija abusively at first, since he felt she belongs to him, and she must obey him. Fortunately, Julija is powerful in her own right, and in time, she will teach him how women need to be treated equally. Julija has suffered her whole life, as her family brutalized her often. Isai began to change quickly, as his love for Julija grew, and his admiration how powerful she was becoming, being both a mage and Carpathian. Together their goal was to get the book and destroy it, but they knew they were being followed by Julija’s family. What I loved the most about this book, was not the wonderful romance that was sweet and steamy, but how they both fell hard for the Shadow cats (panthers) that the mages beat and forced them to hurt people. I loved how Julija and Isai helped treat them, and remove the spells on them. Blue and Belle were the first two, and their loyalty to Julija and Isai was wonderful, and eventually 4 more would eventually join them. I loved how they would become part of them, much like Ivory and her wolves. What follows is an exciting, intense story line where both Isai and Julija and the cats have to be one step ahead of her family, and another powerful mage, Barnabas, who are set to destroy them. Along the way, they must find the book and destroy it. Dark Illusion was a pulse-pounding, edge of your seat thriller, that kept me unable to put the book down; as well as having a wonderful couple to root hard for. Dark Illusion though tying most ends, did end a bit abruptly, especially with the powerful Barnabas still around. We know the Malinovs are still around, but now the Mages are too. So much more to come. If you read this series, do not miss Dark Illusion
Anonymous 9 days ago
Great story line! I am amazed at how these Carpathian books keep unfolding, and I'm hoping there are more to come. I want Elizabeta's story and Gary's .
Anonymous 11 days ago
Excellent writer. Great job. Please keep writing. MR.
Anonymous 12 days ago
Great
Anonymous 12 days ago
great as usual.
Anonymous 13 days ago
as always awsome, can't wait for the next one to see what happens next