Title: Shadow Rising
Author: Kendra Leigh Castle
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Dark Dynasties (Book 3)
Publication Date: July 31, 2012
Format: Paperback, 322 Pages
ISBN-10: 1455511641 (Forever/Hachette)
ISBN-13: 978-1455511648 (Forever/Hachette)
Reviewed by: Kristie
Ancient Secrets, Dark Passions…
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.
Quick & Dirty: Another remarkable book in a great series that continues its tradition of having strong female characters.
Opening Sentence: “Ariane.”
Dark Dynasties continues with the third novel, Shadow Rising. After reading the previous two novels in this series, Shadow Rising kept its theme of the strong female character. There weren’t so many twists in this novel, it was more of a mystery in that secrets were slow to reveal as more questions/mysteries were added on to the story. The events of this novel could have huge repercussions to the Dark Dynasty world.
Damien started the series as a bad guy but quickly became the bad guy with a heart of gold. He finally gets his story. Damien works for the House of Shadows as an assassin but he does get other jobs including finding missing vampires. The very secretive house of Grigori have recently had a couple vampires disappear and they hire the House of Shadows to find them and return them. Damien is in charge of finding Sammael but if he also finds the missing Ariane, he must return her too.
Ariane left the enclave of the Grigori in order to look for her mentor, Sammael — Ariane wants to know why he left her behind. After many years of living in the desert enclave, Ariane is unprepared for the world around her but she quickly learns to blend in (although with her purple eyes and white hair blending in is hard to do). Ariane is willing to do whatever she can in order to find her mentor including teaming up with the difficult and attractive Damien.
The vampires are quickly attracted to each other but they each have their own mission that they are focused on. They spend their time trying to fight the attraction because there are numerous reasons that it would be a bad idea for them to get together. The novel spends quite a bit of time discussing how bad it would be if they had a relationship.
Shadow Rising was a fast paced book and I really didn’t like having to put it down to work or do errands. I really wanted to know what was going on with the Grigori and how Damien and Ariane would have their “happy ending”. The atmosphere of the novel was dark but with a hint of humor. The novel is told in the third person with the point of views jumping around between the two main characters.
The only real problem I had with this novel was the ending. The ending to Shadow Rising almost felt too easy after all the drama that the characters had to go through. I kept thinking their ending would have some trouble but it ended up not turning out that way especially with all the attention drawn towards it. For the most part, I enjoyed the authors writing and I loved the banter between Damien and Ariane, it made their attraction to each other that much more enjoyable.
Overall, this has been a great series so far and Shadow Rising was another remarkable book in a great series. I can’t wait to see what else this series has to offer.
Ariane landed lightly on the ground a few feet away from where Oren had fallen at the edge of a field. He was writing in pain in a pool of blood, his one good wing curling and uncurling. Nausea coiled deep in her stomach. She had done that. She.
He must have caught her scent, because he spoke to her without even looking at her.
“Treacherous bitch. More will come after me. You deserve a worse death than you’ll get for dishonoring the blood in your veins.” He ground out the words, his pain evident in every syllable.
She forced herself to walk slowly toward him, slightly favoring the ankle that was already nearly healed, a death grip on the blood-covered dagger in her hand. She wasn’t sure whether he had the strength to leap up and continue the fight, but she was taking no chances.
“I don’t… I don’t want to kill you Oren,” she said, hearing the tremor in her own voice. “But I will if you don’t stop. I am not the enemy.”
He laughed, a pained, hollow sound, and turned his head to watch her approach. “You’ve already killed me,” he said. “So many secrets you don’t know. Secrets in the sand… in your blood.”
FTC Advisory: Forever/Hachette provided me with a copy of Shadow Rising. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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