Byron, a Carpathian male and hunter of the vampire follows the sound of compelling music to Italy. There he discovers his lifemate, Antoinetta Scarletti, heiress to the great Scarletti fortune. A renowned concert pianist, Antoinetta is the glue that holds the Scarletti family together. Blinded in an explosion that killed her parents, she nevertheless stands to run the family shipping business.
Antoinetta lives in the palazzo della morte, the palace of death. There, like her ancestors, she finds someone wants her dead. Antoinetta has a few secrets of her own and together, Byron and Antoinetta face the killers and one out of control Carpathian youth.
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Release Date: February 2003
Number of Pages: 352 pages
Publisher: Jove Books
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I'm very excited to be bringing back the setting of this book as I loved the dark secrets in the palazzo. In the secret passage ways are hidden treasures, not the gold everyone would think but a history of the strange people who settled in the village on the Scarletti land and made a pact with the Scarletti family to intermarry with them and share the precious blood of a near-extinct lineage.
~DARK SYMPHONY FAQ's~
FAQ: Who did the artwork for the cover of Dar Symphony?
Daniel O'Leary designed the cover for Dark Symphony. He is an enormous talent and one I hope to have work with my books often! Many thanks to Daniel for his innovative idea.
FAQ: Who is the cover model on the cover of Dark Symphony?
The cover model for Dark Symphony is Jack Hartnett! I don't have an address at this time where he can be reached for fan mail but if I receive one, I'll post it.
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~DARK SYMPHONY REVIEWS~
followers will be well sated by the latest addition to her Dark
series (after Dark Guardian), set in modern-day Italy. This
time around the focus is on Carpathian vampire hunter Byron
Justicano, a "good" vampire who feeds only to sustain himself.
He is drawn to the haunting music created by Italian concert
pianist, Antonietta Scarletti, the woman he has chosen to be
his "lifemate." Blinded and orphaned as a child by an explosion
on the family yacht, Antonietta, a strong psychic, is heir to
the Scarletti family fortune and the massive Scarletti palazzo,
which accommodates all her relatives. When Byron learns that
someone within the family is siphoning off the family treasures
and slowly poisoning Antonietta, her grandfather and her cousin,
he draws upon his supernatural powers to catch the villain.
Feehan's prose is smoothly laced with romance and erotica, and
the subject matter is titillating. But new readers may be daunted
by the complexity of the Carpathian world, which has its own
set of rules (e.g., Carpathian males can mate for life only
with mortals who are psychic, and if they don't mate, they lose
their emotions). Once readers gain a foothold in Feehan's fictional
realm, however, they'll be roped in by this unconventional and
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by Val Phillips, Reader
of the book is much lighter then Ms Feehan's previous stories,
with her sense of humour very much at the fore. You will not
look at an Irish Lace Table Cloth, an Italian Chef or Spiderman
in quite the same way after reading this story. I heartily recommend
this book, once you start reading it's impossible to put it
Reviewed by Jill M. Smith
Feehan and her fascinating Carpathians are back! With her first
book for her new publisher Jove, Feehan dives right back into
the complex world that has made her a bestseller. By bringing
in the Scarletti family, Feehan also intertwines the family
history from her Gothic novel The Scarletti Curse.
Reviewed by Darlene Kendall
gives us a bonus with the heroine who's a descendant of the
characters from THE SCARLETTI CURSE. By combining these two
extraordinary characters, DARK SYMPHONY is utterly delightful.
It's suspenseful, funny, and blazingly sexy and Ms. weaves her
usual magic in creating another keeper for this superb series
that continues to be different and exceptional while getting
better book by book.
Reviewed by Diane Mason
SYMPHONY, Christine Feehan has taken her Dark series to a new
level. With the introduction of the Jaguar she has flawlessly
woven a tale of two species coming together. With Jaguar blood
in her there are new possible conflicts when Antonietta converts
to Carpathian. I found this story to be perfectly paced and
positively spellbinding. If you haven't been compelled yet,
this book will definitely get you. Consider me screaming for
the next one. I can't wait to see what Ms. Feehan has in store
Reviewed by Robin Peek
Author Christine Feehan dazzles readers once again with
her Carpathians in DARK SYMPHONY. I absolutely adored Byron
and the way he cared for Antonietta and her family without blinking
an eye, and her acceptance of him was heartwarming. I applaud
Ms. Feehan with her latest tale, DARK SYMPHONY. The sexual tension,
the well drawn characters and their story will stay with you
long after you've finished the book. Get your copy today.
It is difficult
to believe that Ms. Feehan has raised the level yet again on
her Dark Series, the riveting stories of an ancient race struggling
to beat extinction. With the addition of Byron's story, we see
a continuation of the Carpathians who are willing [barely] to
wait to claim their lifemates and a new lineage that may help
to solve the problems the Carpathian race faces. She has seamlessly
merged her Gothic story line from Scarletti's Curse into her
Dark Series in a manner that makes this reviewer giddy with
the possibilities for her future books. The richness of her
characterizations and the broadening of an already extensive
world will delight her already dedicated fan base. The compulsion
to read her books will only draw more and more fans as her books
continue to draw the critical praise they so richly deserve.
The only problem you face after reading Dark Symphony is the
interminable wait for Dark Descent, part of The Only One anthology
coming in May.
Reviewed by Darlene Howard
recommend DARK SYMPHONY. If you like story lines along the vampire
line, you will be much surprised by these stories. Christine
Feehan is a very gifted author. I feel myself being pulled into
the story as I read each new book in the Dark series. Every
one of these books stands on their own but ties back into each
other. I can hardly wait for the next book to come out. I read
the first story, DARK PRINCE, years ago, and I was re-introduced
to it again last year. I had a mission to own all of the books
in this series. It took me a couple of months and many used
bookstores to find all the issues, but I did it. I can say that
these books have found a permanent place on my bookshelf for
life. I usually buy two of each. One set to loan and one that
never leaves my home. Keep up the good work, Christine Feehan.
by Katherine Schlem, Reader
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does it again, her tremendous talent is only overshadowed
by the love her fans have for her. She has risen to the top
of the heap and holds court with those respected market wide,
comparable only with the likes of JD Robb/Nora Roberts, Danielle
Steele, Mary Jo Putney, and Frank Herbert. I would highly
suggest this title, even to new fans, and old fans will find
the complexity of the Carpathian world continues to evolve.
Romance Reviews Today
Reviewed by Carol Carter
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A PERFECT TEN
Feehan has magic in her voice and DARK SYMPHONY brings her
personality alive to her readers. There is mischief and much
humor when Byron's sister Evelyn appears with her husband
Vlad and their son Josef, and a strong thread of familial
love. The teenage Carpathian is about to drive Byron crazy
with his rap music and untried skills, much to the amusement
and silent laughter of Antonietta and the enjoyment of readers.
Much of the Carpathian history and legend is learned in this
story, and many of the characters from former novels appear.
Just as a composer takes music notes and instruments to put
together a beautiful arrangement, so has Christine Feehan
blended the elements of fiction to create a masterpiece. DARK
SYMPHONY touches your emotions, mixing in gothic, contemporary,
historical, fantasy, paranormal, sensuality, romance, and
mystery. You'll find murder and suspense as someone is out
to kill off the Scarletti family, and a superb job of writing
plants suspicions on every one of the characters to keep you
wondering who the killer is. DARK SYMPHONY will surely hit
the bestseller lists when it is released and prove why Ms.
Feehan has risen to the top so quickly. I congratulate her
in advance for what I consider another winner, and am awarding
DARK SYMPHONY a Perfect Ten, the highest honor a reviewer
can give at Romance Reviews Today. They just don't get any
better. This title will jump off of the store shelves so fast
that I would suggest you pre-order to be sure you have a copy
as soon it's released.
Reviewed by Kelley Hartsell
is a phenomenal writer, with lots of talent and skill for
weaving worlds that will keep one entranced from the first
to last page. It is no wonder she is one of today’s most loved
paranormal romance authors. If Dark Symphony is any indication,
she will continue to keep her huge following on the edges
of their seats, eagerly anticipating each successive book
in this series, or any others she chooses to write. There
is a reason her books continue to be bestsellers, and this
book is no exception.
by Kathy Boswell
Managing Editor, The
Member, Reviewers International Organization (RIO)
Feehan takes a descendant of the Scarletti family (See THE
SCARLETTI CURSE) and makes her a life mate to a Carpathian.
Then she explains how a race of jaguar people asks the Scarletti
ancestors for sanctuary. What more can you ask for in a book?
I was completely enthralled. ……….
I know that every time I read one of Christine Feehan's books
I say this is her best one ever but I really believe her books
just get better and better. I know I for one cannot put them
down. Her characters are so colorful and so diverse. I never
know what treat is in store for me from page to page. As always,
I eagerly look forward to the next book from Christine Feehan.
Reviewed by Melanie C. Duncan
kidnappings, poison, family secrets and a killer roaming the
estate lend a gothic atmosphere, neatly tying Dark Symphony
to Feehan's non-Carpathian historical romance, The
Scarletti Curse. While it is not necessary to have read The Scarletti
Curse first, readers intrigued by the Scarlettis will
be quick to explore the family's history. Feehan continues
to delight fans with her brooding heroes, feisty heroines,
and plot twists that keep her series from becoming stale.
Fans will be haunting the stores for this installment, so
reserve your copy now at your favorite bookstore.