Shadow Rising by Kendra Leigh Castle
Series: Dark Dynasties #3
Published: July 31, 2012 by Forever
Genre: Paranormal Romance
As one of the Grigori, a noble vampire dynasty shrouded in mystery, Ariane has spent her life hidden away in the desert. Like all of her kind, she is a watcher, fated to observe, forbidden to act. Yet when her best friend, Sammael, vanishes, she defies all rules and flees her safe haven to bring him home.
A shape-shifting assassin for the House of Shadows, Damien Tremaine is hired to locate Sammael. His hunt for the wayward Grigori leads him to Ariane, the rogue vamp who stands between him and his bounty. Damien never lets emotion interfere with his work, but a single touch from the sexy, beguiling vampire shatters his self-control. Drawn together by their common goal, what begins as an alliance of necessity soon becomes one of desire. But when the secret at the dark heart of the Grigori comes to light, Damien and Ariane must make a choice that could bind them eternally…or tear them—and everything they care about—apart.
Just when I think we’ve learned everything we can about these vampire dynasties, Kendra Leigh Castle gives us something new to explore. I really enjoyed seeing more of the Dracul and getting deeper into the Grigori dynasty which has been very vague up to now. Castle does a great job of creating a very rich history and mythology to surround the different dynasties.
I liked Ariana’s strength; she trained as a warrior but hasn’t had a chance to prove herself since the Grigori refuse to send her on a mission. Watching her explore a world she’s had no interaction with was great and it was so good to see her truly learn her own self-worth. Damien was better than I was expecting; I never really liked his character in the previous books considering he was somewhat of an enemy but Castle did a good of job of developing him into a character that I could at least become invested in. I enjoyed Damien but he’s just not my type of hero; this is through no fault of the author, just personal preference.
4 stars – it was enjoyable
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