Dark Awakening by Kendra Leigh Castle
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is the first in a new series called Dark Dynasties by Kendra Leigh Castle. I enjoyed this book immensely. The world and character building were wonderful and I am looking forward to more in this series.
Lily Quinn is a woman that has always felt alone and different in the world, her parents died when she was a young child and she was adopted by a couple who barely acknowledge her existence especially after one terrible incident when Lily was five. Tynan MacGillivray is a Cait Sith one of the five Dark Dynasties which is considered a lowblood, he is working for the Ptolemy as a hunter. The Ptolemy are considered one of the highbloods of the dynasties.
Tynan’s job is to find a Seer to help the Ptolemy fight an evil that is trying to destroy them and cause a war between the dynasties. When Tynan first meets Lily he believes she is a Seer and convinces her to go with him to meet Queen Arsinoe. Tynan starts to question who Lily really is when he finds she also possesses a strange mark that is similar in placement to all those belonging to the dynasties however it is not one Tynan has seen before. They are soon on the run away from several dangers and in pursuit of answers as the world Lily knows disappears.
As they meet up with those that may be loyal to the Cait Sith, Tynan starts to have second thoughts about where his loyalties lie, he meets with a fellow Cait Sith who is on the run (Jaden) and together with Lily they search for answers before war comes and the mystery of the “Mother” dysnasty is revealed.
I loved the characters in this book, Tynan, although a capable hunter, felt beaten down by years of letting others tell him what he was worth and Lily is a strong woman even when she felt unwanted. With their feelings for each other growing they begin to believe in a better life and when it is revealed who and what Lily is the future begins to look brighter. Of course things are just beginning to be discovered in this world and I can’t wait as Jaden’s book is next.
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