Dark Awakening (Dark Dynasties Book 1) by Kendra Leigh Castle
Publisher:Hachette (Forever Romance)/July 2011
Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy
Dark Dynasties Series
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 . . .
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?
Tynan MacGillivray, vampire and Cait Sidhe (he shifts into a large cat), is on the hunt for a Seer at the behest of vamp queen Arsinoe. Just when he thinks he’ll have to go back empty handed, he meets the lovely and compelling Lily Quinn. There’s definitely something different about Ms. Quinn, and he thinks he might have found the Seer he’s looking for. A Mulo (gypsy curse) has been set lose upon Arsinoe’s people, causing them to die in terrible ways, and she needs a Seer to determine who’s laid the curse. Arsinoe lays the blame firmly at the feet of one of the other vampire dynasties, but it’s never that easy, and finding the culprit may be a tougher bet than she counted on. Little does Arsinoe know, Ty and Lily create quite the combo, and things are about to get wild in the world of the dynasties.
Dark Awakening is just a wonderful start to this series. Lily goes from unassuming teacher to possible revolutionary, and at her side is the brooding, mildly insecure, handsome Ty. Granted, Lily has had some serious nightmares just about all her life hinting that she might be a little more than meets the eye, and she’s got plenty of raw power, then there’s that mark she has… I loved the author’s unique world of mythology, shape shifting vamps, court intrigue, assassins, and dark romance, and Lily and Ty’s relationship feels very real and passionate, never forced. We also get to meet one of the characters in her second novel, Midnight Reckoning, Jaden, and trust me, you’ll want to get to know him better. In my opinion, in spite of the paranormal romance label, Dark Awakening should be quite at home in any urban fantasy collection. Kendra Leigh Castle is a talent to watch, and she’s certainly on my autobuy. Highly recommended.