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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Review – Dark Awakening By Kendra Leigh Castle

Dark AwakeningTitle: Dark Awakening

Author: Kendra Leigh Castle

Publisher: Hatchette Book Group

Buy Link: Buy Dark Awakening Here!

Rating: You Need to Read

Reviewer: Wendy Mitchell


Enter the world of the Dark Dynasties . . . 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 .


Tynan MacGillivray drew the short straw in life and in death. Born to dirt poor Scottish parents as a human, as a vampire he bears the mark of the Cat Sithe. The gutterblooods of the vampire hierarchy. Tolerated only because of his hunting abilities and his blind dedication to the Ptolemy dynasty, Tynan is, if not quite satisfied with his place in the world, aware that he has it far better than most of his Cat Sithe brothers. Charged by his queen to find a human seer to help stop the deadly curse killing off the Ptolemy vampires, Tynan’s quest leads him to Lily Quinn. 

Lily has always been different. An orphan, her adoptive parents were afraid of her bizarre differences and sent her away. Now living an assuming life as an English Lit professor, Quinn tries to remain as innocuous as possible. Against her will, she is now part of a life and death struggle that will turn the hidden world of vampire dynasties upside down.

I am always thrilled when I find a new spin on the vampire mystique, and Dark Awakening certainly fit’s the bill. An amazing story of ancient dynasties, class divisions, curses and blood feuds, this book has opened new and exciting views into vampire worlds. This is a superbly detailed and well crafted story that had me mesmerized from the first page. I loved the fact that Tynan was more or less an anti-hero. He had accepted his pathetic lot as a vampire and saw the only way to change his circumstance as true death. He had an arduous journey to get to the Tynan we see at the end of the book, and I was rooting for him all the way. Lily was more difficult to get a handle on because the reader is never exactly sure what role she will play in this drama. She was much more compassionate than I would have been towards Tynan during the heart of their story. She has a difficult journey filled with life altering discoveries of her own to deal with, and dealing with Tynan’s revelations and metamorphosis made her an uber heroine in my eyes. The cast of secondary characters proffered lots of delicious possibilities for future books that I will highly anticipate. The problem with such a new and detailed book is there is so much information I want to impart, but the most important thing I can say is READ THIS BOOK.


  1. Wow, this is wonderful! Thank you so much for taking the time to read Dark Awakening...and I'm thrilled you enjoyed it:)

  2. Dark Awakening was a pleasure to read and review. I loved the detail, in fact we were just discussing it on Goodreads.


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