REVIEW: Dark Awakening by Kendra Leigh Castle

Romance, Paranormal

Dark Dynasties #1


4 Stars Rating

Vampires all belong to a Dynasties that dictates their abilities and what their social standing in society is. Tynan is a Cait Sith, meaning his kind is looked down by other Dynasties and his people are essentially enslaved by the Ptolemy Dynasty. Tynan is the Ptolemy Queen’s greatest hunter and he has been tasked with tracking down a Seer. Lily has no idea she has powers but then Tynan finds her and it opens her eyes to the hidden world that’s out there. But will Tynan put his Queen before the woman he’s coming to love?

This was such a unique take on vampires and I really enjoyed reading it. The history and lore is written really well; the Dynasties and their history that Kendra Leigh Castle created were really interesting and very unique in the flood of vampire romance on the market.

Ty was a great hero, strong, loyal determined to protect his clan. He was a bit blinded by the real nature of his Queen but when it counts he comes through. And his support of Lily is strong throughout the book. I wanted Ty to realize Arsinoe’s true nature sooner but after decades in her Dynasties he’s blinded himself to what’s really going on in order to protect his clan.

Lily herself was an interesting character because she was unaware of her powers. When Ty approaches her and explains things, she’s willing to help someone she doesn’t even know. And the sacrifice she makes for Ty says a lot about her character and what she’d be willing to do for those she loves.

Content Notes

Overcoming Trauma

Reader Safety
References to past abuse

Book Details

For centuries, shapeshifting vampire Tynan MacGillivray has prowled the night as an outcast, valued only for his ferocious hunting skills. When a feud among the immortals escalates into all-out war, he is ordered by his ruthless queen to locate a Seer – a human woman with a special gift – who can secure victory for their clan. Ty’s search leads him to a quiet New England town, but once he has the Seer in his grasp, her touch awakens within him a hunger like he’s never known…

Lily Quinn has always been different. Since childhood, she’s had vivid nightmares and an eerie sixth sense. When a sexy, silver-eyed stranger demands her help, Lily plunges into a new world of danger and sensuality. With Ty, she discovers sizzling passions she cannot deny and powers she cannot control. Soon, it is clear that Lily is much more than a Seer – she holds the key to ancient secrets and unthinkable destruction. But will a vampire’s vow of eternal protection stop these evil forces…or unleash her dark destiny?

Published by Forever Romance on July 1, 2011

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