Christine Feehan – Dark Series (The Carpathians) Reading Order Guide

by Maryse on September 20, 2010 · 63 comments

in Christine Feehan, Reading Order Guide:

This is an extremely romance-focused vampire series (but with lots of action and danger).

As per the author’s website:

He came to her in the night, a predator — strength and power chiseled his features. The seduction was deep and elemental; he affected her soul. His need. His darkness. His terrible haunting loneliness. Her senses aroused, she craved the dangerous force of his body. Burned for him. And he had only touched her with his mind.

Here are a couple of my own reviews!


As per the author in regards to a “related” book (not in the above list: The Scarletti Curse):

“The  The Scarletti Curse in NOT part of the Dark series but a descendent of the couple in that book is the lifemate in Dark Symphony.”


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{ 63 comments… read them below or add one }

lisa downs June 13, 2011 at 2:24 PM

these have to be my favorite books after the twilight saga,

lisa downs June 13, 2011 at 2:25 PM

the carpathians are my favorite after the twilight saga, they are must reads

Queen B July 23, 2011 at 1:01 PM

Please can anyone tell me the title of the book regarding Savannah and Gregori’s story?

Sandi July 24, 2011 at 8:06 PM

Dark Magic.

Be aware that once the story line hits Rafael de la Cruz, the Carpathians are no longer honorable. He uses his powers in the same way a date rapist uses a roofie, to first sexually assault and then roughly rape his ‘lifemate’. There is little concern in him for her health or happiness, only for himself. He may change later (I’ll never know as the book hit the trash as soon as he raped Colby), but that doesn’t change what he did. I find it unlikely that his brothers are going to be any different. I wish Feehan had kept them honorable. Now they disgust me.

Sharon August 10, 2011 at 11:47 AM

This the best series I’ve read since Janet Evanovich’s One For The Money (and so on) series. So addicting!

Bertrand September 20, 2012 at 12:31 PM

I love your books, I am one of your fan. But I am really disappointed because all your books on the Carpathian series are not translated into French.

Do you know when they will be translated into French?

Lisa E October 2, 2012 at 7:43 AM

I have about 7 of your books in the carpathian series , it is so hard to find the ones I am missing as Chapters doesn’t have any that I need , I keep hitting the used books stores in my area in hopes of grabbing them up as after reading the first one DARK PRINCE I am addicted …….

anissa December 29, 2012 at 9:57 PM

Can anyone tell me if the story of Lucien has been written yet and its title?

Amanda January 3, 2013 at 10:14 AM

Lucian is in book six. Dark guardian

I absolulty love these books. I just finished my collection of the dark series I’m for the first time reading it from the first to her latest book. Then off to collect the rest of her others series. 2 down (dark, n ghostwalker) just the drake sister series n the sea haven books left to get.

Ekta February 1, 2013 at 1:07 PM

I am in love with these books. I love the way carpathians are sooo dominating yet how they love their females. and i am simply in love with the mikhali, lucian and gregori.

Vicki February 5, 2013 at 4:37 PM

Is there a book related to the story of Traian and Joie that will tell the story of Jubal and their family

Erin February 14, 2013 at 3:51 PM

Love her books. The dark are my favorite but her other series are amazing also. By far one of my all-time favorite authors.

barbara February 22, 2013 at 10:34 AM

In which book does gorgori get a lifemate

Nicole Laureen February 22, 2013 at 10:44 PM

When is the next book due out & is there a title for it just yet? I absolutely LOVE these books. I just never want them to end!!!!
To answer Barbara’s question. Gregori claims his lifemate in Dark Magic.

patty March 6, 2013 at 11:26 AM

love the dark series! Actually love feehans writing. all her books

Amy April 23, 2013 at 1:44 AM

Love, love, love the Dark Series. My husband bought me Dark Hunger for.Christmas. I’d been in kind of a reading slump and didn’t know where I.wanted to go next. I read the book and OMG….headed to the library and my kindle and all in the series in a couple of weeks. Then went to the Leopard Series. I struggled at the beginning, nothing could compare to the Carpathians, (oh my the ritual words just make me “swoon”) but by the end of the first one I was eagerly looking forward to the rest. I’ve started the first book in the Drake Series and the Ghostwalker Series and they will be ok. I stubbled on this blog by accicdent and I’m in heaven. I put down what I was reading and gave started The Black Dagger Series and I’m glad I did so far I’m lovin Thor!!

christine May 3, 2013 at 5:02 AM

Does she have another book after dark night. The series is not complete.
What happens.

Maryse May 7, 2013 at 1:39 PM

Yes another one will be released in September. Dark Lycan (CARPATHIAN) – expected release date: September 3rd 2013 (and I added it to the main list above).

I’m not sure how many she intends to release in the future, but it’s usually a new one a year. :) I hope that helps!

shadya August 26, 2013 at 4:48 AM

I am a great fan and I love the dark series from Mikhail. Gregory. To the De La Cruz brothers. In 3month I have read 18 of the dark series. I m addicte to them.

shadya August 26, 2013 at 4:54 AM

I read the first Ghost walker series can someono please give me the series list

Jessica snead September 11, 2013 at 2:47 AM

If you all like these books try Lara Adrian’s Midnight Breed series. Or Gena Showalter’s Lords of the Underworld. Or my alltime faveorite J. R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood.

shanae September 20, 2013 at 12:57 PM

i just love the series. its simply amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
cant wait to read the next three books coming out.

Tara September 21, 2013 at 5:37 PM

Has Dominic’s book been released yet. I could swear I read a portion of it at the end of another book but I have not seen it

Wendy October 7, 2013 at 5:36 PM

When does gorgori get a life mate, I’d like to know what book his story is in. I’m starting my third book now.
Thank you,

Tina Evans October 8, 2013 at 6:58 AM

Gregori’s lifemate is in Dark Magic, book 4

Ekta October 22, 2013 at 5:38 AM

I dont know wat to do now as hv finished reading all the dark series books. Anyone if can help me out with any such series.

Tina Evans October 23, 2013 at 12:00 AM

Oh there are so many Ekta, the Black Dagger Brotherhood by JR Ward, The Midnight Breed series by Lara Adrian, The Demonica series by Larissa Ione, The Dark Hunter series by Sherrilyn Kenyon to name a few, they should tide you over until Dark Wolf hits shelves in January!

Tina Evans October 23, 2013 at 12:00 AM

Dominics book is Dark Peril. After Dark Wolf is released in January, Dark Blood will be released in September. Dark Lycan, Wolf and Blood are a trilogy and are showing some exciting new storyline for lovers of the series. Joie and Traian’s story can be found in Dark Descent.
@Sandi, I urge you to continue the series. Dark Secret is the subject of many heated discussions but after that book they do return to the romance. There is some more actiony type books but they do go back to the romance as the older Carpathians are finding their lifemates. There are some stellar stories after Dark Secret. Please do not let one book ruin a fantastic series.

Ekta October 23, 2013 at 12:52 AM

Tina have already read J.R ward Black dagger brotherhood. Yes but have not read the other series so will go with your advice. I hope they are as interesting as dark series and brotherhood series. Thanks dear.

nicoleangelsgathering November 26, 2013 at 3:15 AM

EKTA- I,too, would like to share some suggestions. JR Ward Black Dagger Brotherhood and J R Ward- Fallen Angels series. Nalini Singh, Guild Hunters and Psy-Changelings series ( Nalini is my favorite author and I love her books!!! ) Mary Lu – Legend, I agree Dark Hunter Series , I have only read Styxx and Archeron and I loved them both. Now I have to go back and read the rest! This series I found Dark Slayer at the library and I am now working my way through this series. Psy- Changelings I started with Hawks story then had to start from book one. Guild Hunters I started from book one, same with BDB and Fallen Angels by J R Ward.

Gloria Gregory December 27, 2013 at 5:57 PM

I’m commenting on the comment about Rafael and Colby. I, personally,did not see it as rape nor do I think Colby did either.Rough passion does not always equal rape especially if both partners are okay with it.what book did this Sandi read , I’ve read almost the whole series including rafael and colby’s and in that one colby was into it as much as rafael.

Trisha Cook February 10, 2014 at 8:57 PM

I have all of the books that are currently available in this series with my purchase of Dark Prince from the Big Lots of all places. Im currently getting ready to start Dark Secret and Im absolutely addicted to this series! After reading Dark Prince in less than a day, I went searching for the rest of the books and got them from Amazon, with the exception of Dark Lycan and Dark Wolf which I picked up at Wal-Mart. I can only hope that Ms. Feehan continues this series as novels that tell the complete story off all the characters involved in the first book appeal to me greatly.

Geneva March 14, 2014 at 9:31 AM

Ok I’m reading Dark Wolf and Andre “the ghost” is mentioned…does he have a lifemate and which book is his story in pllleeease help!

Tina Evans March 15, 2014 at 8:49 PM

Andre does not have a lifemate. Hopefully we will see his story soon as he has been mentioned in a few books recently, along with the triplets.

Helena April 2, 2014 at 1:02 PM

What happened to dyion from book 6 is there going to be a story about him

Tina Evans April 3, 2014 at 12:30 AM

If you mean Dayan, he has his story in Dark Melody. It’s a very sweet and beautiful book, one of my favourites.

gail gomez April 3, 2014 at 5:25 AM

Have read every book in the series. now waiting impatiently for dark blood to arrive in South Africa. Agree with all your readers. The story line is exciting and spell binding. Please continue to keep us entertained.

Karrie May 31, 2014 at 11:04 AM

Anyone know what comes after Dark Blood?
Also I need another series!! I’ve read all the above!!

Tina Evans June 1, 2014 at 1:27 AM

Dark Ghost: September, 8 2015 – Andre–the ghost–had traveled through the long range of the Carpathian Mountains to the forbidden monastery where ancients without lifemates who were far too dangerous to live among humans or Carpathians had banded together in an effort to live out their remaining days until they could leave the earth with honor. Along the way he came across the path of a master vampire and decides to go down taking out one of the undead.

Teagan Joanes has come to the Carpathian Mts to search for a particular stone to help cure her grandmother’s insanity. Grandma Trixie has lately been muttering nonsense about a man named Gary, a monastery and vampires. She even bought a vampire killing kit off the internet. Teagan’s friend from school agrees to guide her into the mountains. Too bad he’s a serial killer. She has a tendency to get into trouble wherever she goes and she’s not eager to tell Grandma Trixie about that or the fact that she’s falling madly in love with a man who sleeps in the ground and needs blood to survive!

Dark Promises: March 1, 2016 – Gary Jansen has been in love with Gabrielle for a very long time. He did the honorable thing and let her go, because she was Carpathian and there were so few females to become lifemates to those who had waited for so long. But he is fully Carpathian, and a Daratrazanoff. Over the years he’s honed his fighting skills and has fought beside the warriors of the Carpathian people as well as working on solutions to their problems. Everything has changed. The ritual words are imprinted in him, given to him the ancient, long dead warriors of the Carpathian people. Who is the mysterious male courting Gabrielle. Is she truly his lifemate, his other half?

Trixie Joanes has gone to the Carpathian Mts in search of her wayward granddaughter. Teagan has a track record of getting into trouble and she’s fallen in love and says she wants to get married. Trixie is not about to allow some foreigner to carry off her beloved granddaughter. She’s come to fight a battle and she has every intention of winning. But then who is this mysterious ancient who doesn’t seem to notice her biting (but witty) sarcasm. And at her age, what was she doing finding a man like that hot???

Sandra July 26, 2014 at 1:04 PM

Love these books my favorite is the brotherstjey r awesome

Great August 1, 2014 at 2:18 PM

OMG i don’t think i can stop reading, the series are so cool and completely addictive, i now move on to the dark blood, and i am so enthusiastic to know what would happen to dimitri, and ofcourse how zev would end up with branislava.

tania August 15, 2014 at 9:30 AM

finished all twenty five books in three months .i need more im there any way i can get a sneek-peek at book 26

Tina Evans August 15, 2014 at 9:48 PM

@Tania if you visit Christine’s website and join her community, each book has a discussion page with goodies and the first chapter is up. It’s an unedited copy but available to read.

Kathryn September 22, 2014 at 12:22 AM

Kelly Armstrong is another Author worth looking into. Her series is a little different and funny but worth getting the whole lot

Marie-Paule September 24, 2014 at 4:25 PM

Thank you Miss Feehan for your highly entertaining and gripping series. We all need a bit of escape and you hit that on the nail!

Lisa January 8, 2015 at 10:11 PM

I have all the books and totally luv the series. For anyone looking for the books, I found them at they have all of them. As for Raphael and daterape I don’t think so, but I am going to read it again. I am very sensitive to such things. As far as I remember the only spell was the love she felt when she looked in his eye’s just like all the lifemates.

Cheyanna February 25, 2015 at 11:57 PM

Absolutely love your books. I love all books. Thank you so much for writing them.

debbie parrisj April 11, 2015 at 10:42 AM

Love This series…have read all your books quite addicting..can’t wait for more..which will be when?

debbie parrish April 11, 2015 at 10:44 AM

Love this series..quite addicting..have read them all so when is the next book coming out? Can’t wait

Tina Evans April 11, 2015 at 10:48 AM

July 28 a novella is coming…Dark Crime. Not known who hero is that the heroine is blaze the novella is called edge of darkness another book out in September called dark ghost about Andre

Maryse April 11, 2015 at 12:35 PM

Thank you Tina!! :D I added them in. *hug*

sheila J April 23, 2015 at 11:24 AM

Does Dominic have a story yet? Am a die hars fan of the Dark series

Tina Evans April 23, 2015 at 11:40 AM

Sheila, Dominic’s story is Dark Peril. :)
Maryse, after Dark Crime and Dark Ghost, Dark Promises comes out in 2016 and has Gary as one of the main characters :)

tania May 9, 2015 at 9:05 AM

that’s wonderful i’d like to see how Gary comes out as a carpartian
I heard that in BDB fritz has his own book is dat tru?oh nd dat mary wants a child and wants Rhage to sleep with a chosen
i can’t differentiate btween rumours nd d truth,i’m confused nd anxious to know d out come

tania May 9, 2015 at 9:10 AM

i’ve head all 13 BDB books nd i’ll like to kw wen d next one is coming out.i can’t wait.i need more books do u kw some i can read.ive read ghost walkers series,fallen angels,lots of books by nora roberts,leopard series,BDB ,dark series do u hav any oda suggestions

myrdis June 12, 2015 at 10:58 PM

What is the BDB series? What is the second part of Tarian’s story

Marilyn June 13, 2015 at 12:22 PM

I got hook on the Dark series when I exchanged books with a friend and one was the Dark Prince , ever since then I have collected as many from second stores as I can find. From the ones couldn’t find , I ordered them from B&N. I now have the complete set . I am looking forward to the new one coming out in Sept ( Dark Ghost) which I have already prepaid for it.

Tina Evans June 13, 2015 at 5:50 PM

@myrdis BDB is an acronym for JR Ward’s series Black Dagger Brotherhood. A gritty, hot series about a brotherhood of vamp men who hunt and kill “Lessers” men and women created to kill vampires. Very addictive and sexy series.

@Marilyn On the 4th of August an anthology comes out called Edge of Darkness. It has a novella called Dark Crime which introduces a new Carpathian couple and will hopefully reveal some more about the psychic database mentioned in earlier novels.

Jedeane October 15, 2015 at 10:08 AM

I love every single book in dark series.

teresa wallace November 29, 2015 at 1:54 PM

love all your books. have them have a beautiful mind .

Allison June 12, 2018 at 8:31 PM

Can you read the books independently? I happened to pick up Dark promises in the store today but if they lead into each other then I wanna try to get the other books first

Tina Evans June 12, 2018 at 11:05 PM

You can read them as standalone books, but there is an overall plot that leads from one book to another

Lily Everett November 6, 2018 at 3:39 AM

I just happened to pick up Dark Predator for free and just finished reading it. I have not read any other Carpathian novels although I did read a Leopard book several years ago, honestly I’m not totally sure it was actually related to Feehan’s Leopard series. Anyway, it turns out having picked up Dark Predator was probably a good choice for someone not having read any others, as it was a very good standalone story, giving me just enough backstory and bits of info to be intrigued by the Carpathians but not completely lost as to not enjoy the story.

My question is, which ones are the BEST? There are so many books I cannot imagine reading every single one of them. But if that is what I should do, I will start from book 1. I am just curious if there are others that are similar to Dark Predator (perhaps with more tenderness and understanding on the part of the male, and less endless repetition?), I would so appreciate the recommendation!!

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