For centuries, shape-shifting 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?
Dark Awakening was something of a surprise for me. I’d never read anything by Kendra Leigh Castle, so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. While I wasn’t overwhelmed by the actual romance between Ty and Lily, I was very interested in Castle’s world-building.
Let me start off with the basic premise: the vampire world is made up of different dynasties and is functions on a caste system. The top dogs are dynasties like the Ptolemy, the Dracul and the Grigori. The lowest of the low are the Cait Sith (pronounced “cat-she”). There are only three options available to the Cait Sith: death at the hands of the nobility, slavery or a life of abject poverty. Ty is a member of the Cait Sith and he serves the queen of the Ptolemy, Arsinoe. The Ptolemy have a bit of a situation on their hands: something is killing them. All evidence points towards the Dracul, led by the sexy Vlad Dracul, being behind the killings. But Arsinoe knows that she can’t just randomly start a war with the Dracul without evidence. So she orders Ty to go find a Seer, a human unfortunate enough to be psychic. Ty searches for months until, finally, he finds what he’s been looking for. Lily has tried really hard to have a normal life. She had a pretty rough childhood-having uber-creepy nightmares and spontaneous bouts of uncontrollable telekinesis will do that to you-and all she wants is to have the safe little place she’s managed to carve out for herself. Sadly, these aspirations are shot to shit when she meets Ty. Lily’s aspirations of being “normal” are then completely obliterated when she and Ty find out that she is far more than just a Seer.
The romance between Ty and Lily was… it wasn’t the sort of thing that I’m probably going to remember in the long run. They had their sweet moments but I wasn’t dying to find out how things were going to work out for them. I was far more interested in their respective backgrounds (in terms of their dynastic origins) and how that fitted in with the bigger picture. I also felt that the ending was quite abrupt. I think we needed a little more time to resolve everything properly.
So while the romance wasn’t the strongest aspect of this book, I’m quite looking forward to seeing what Castle has planned next.