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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 s
Paperback, alternate cover for ISBN:9781609418373, 331 pages
Published July 1st 2011 by Grand Central
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Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
Some background info

The vampires here have different dynasties of vampires. Within the dynasties, you have a caste system (the “highbloods” and the “lowbloods”). A quick explanation of the dynasties:

• Ptolemy, they are super fast and pretty damn arrogant. They believe they are better than everyone else. They are led by Queen Arsinoe.
• The Dracul, they can take the form of a bat. The Ptolemy would like the other dynasties and their own vamps to believe that the Dracul are trying to destroy the Pt
Jul 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pnr
Blood is power. Desire is destiny.

Tynan McGillivray a prized hunter, a Caith Sith lowblood, cat-shifting vampire must deliver Lilly Quinn to the queen of the Ptolemy dynasty. Lilly alone holds the key to saving the divided Ancient dynasties with her rare powers. Each dynasty is based on its own special powers and distinctive mark when you take their blood.

The vampire society is set into two classes Highbloods, the aristocracy, and the Lowbloods who are considered tainted blood and are treated li
Katie Michaels
Let me start off by saying that I really, really enjoyed this book. Paranormal romance is my genre of choice, but sometimes it's hard to find something fresh and engaging. Dark Awakening delivers in both regards. I'll admit I was a little worried when I started the book and there was a glossary off the bat. Sometimes that's a sign the world building will convoluted. Thankfully, that was not the case here. While the world building is rich and layered, its complexities are seamlessly incorporated ...more
Laura the Highland Hussy
4.5 flames

I've been looking at Kendra Leigh Castle's MacInnes Werewolves series for a while, in fact I have the trilogy on my nightstand. But you know how it is, something always comes up, or blog obligations come first. When I saw her latest title at netgalley I jumped on it. I am soo glad I did! I was hooked from the first chapter. I am absolutely itching to get into her werewolves now.

This is the first book in what looks to be a very exciting series. The vampire world is changing, and there
I was hesitant to start this book because I was nervous the vampire/shifter hero would end up being a caricature. Too powerful, too unique, too everything. What I didn’t realize from reading the back cover was that Tynan’s shapeshifting abilities were not unique and that it actually made him looked down upon in the vampire world. He was of the Cait Sith bloodline and they were little better than outcasts and slaves. Talk about a wrong first impression, eh?

The world that Castle created was one o
Dark Awakening
3 Stars

Tynan MacGillivray, a feline shapeshifter vampire, is tasked by his Queen to locate a Seer who can save her race from annihilation. Ty’s search leads him to Lily Quinn, a human woman with a mysterious past and immense powers, who awakens in Ty a fierce need to love, protect and belong. Yet other forces are at work against them and they will need to overcome many obstacles in order to be together ...

Interesting world building and a promising plot, but the chemistry between th
Jaime Arkin
So my BFF and I were on the hunt for a good paranormal romance series... Something we've been struggling with for a bit. With PNR it's sometimes hard to find something that is fresh and keeps you entertained. With Dark Awakening, I can honestly say I wasn't one bit disappointed. What we got was an incredible first book in a series that I hope provides more of the same.

In Dark Awakening, Tynan MacGillivray is a Cait Sith, valued only for his skills as a hunter he is basically a slave to the Ptol
Where, oh where, do I start with this review?!

I have been searching for months (months) for a new PNR series to read. There's just something about the different and unique worlds that pulls me in and sticks with me longer than contemporary romance (not that I don't love those, because I do...). However, finding and loving a PNR book or series is quite the feat. There are a plethora out there, but very few that truly grab me.

Well, this one managed it.

From the prologue of this book, I was hooked.
Rachel Annie
This PNR is kind of an undiscovered gem. I wish more people knew about it!

The vampire mythology and politics in this romance are so different than others I've read. Ms. Castle has such an interesting take on the subject, infusing ancient Egyptian beliefs into the vampire's history and creating a world of danger and intrigue hidden behind the everyday world of regular humans.

As it turns out, the heroine Lily is no regular human. And this is exactly why the hero Tynan was sent after her. Tynan is
Crystal ♥ RBtWBC
Dark Awakening is a dark & sexy novel that exceeded all my expectations, and what a sensational start to a new series!

Tynan MacGillivray is a Lowblood, a Cait Sith, and a hunter for a Highblood faction. When he is sent on a mission to find a seerer to help save his Queen's dying race he finds Lily Quinn. Ty is determined to bring her to his Queen no matter what, but when he sees Lily's strange tattoo and realizes that she is more than just a seerer Ty knows that he must find out the truth be
Jess the Romanceaholic
This is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.

Expected Release Date: July 1, 2011
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Imprint: Forever
Author’s Website:
My Source for This Book: Netgalley
Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, Dark Dynasties
Series Best Read In Order: N/A
Steam Level: Steamy

Tynan MacGillivray is a guttercat, that is, a Cait Sith. As a vampire who can shapeshift into big cat, he is considered one of the lowest forms of vampire, and o
Laurie Garrison
I really want to like this book better. My biggest reasoning for not liking this book that much was the hero and heroine.I did like them both, but I never felt a spark between them and their romance as a couple just wasn’t believable to me. Again it’s because of the world built, it’s just so much of it, it took away from the romance. Yep, you guys know me I look for the romance first, then the world built. I am hoping the next book will be better in the romance now that the world is set up.

I re
Mandi Schreiner
Jun 22, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pnr
Dark Awakening comes across as a very cookie-cutter PNR. The heroine is unaware (to some extent) of her abilities and meets a dangerous hero, who just happens to be a shapeshifter and introduces her to the world of vampires. Then we meet the hero’s friend, who is definitely not to be trusted – but guess what – at the end he really is a good guy (who happens to be book two’s hero). Not much in the way of surprises or fun twists. With that being said, the world did interest me enough where I wante ...more
So, I wasn't really sure what I was going to think about this book. First of all, a book with a "shapeshifting" anything is not up my alley. But my friends Bri, Jaime and Erin loved it, so I gave it a shot.

Well...I loved it. Loved both the hero and heroine, which isn't always the case. And found myself rooting for them, hoping for them, pissed at them and turned on by them.

PNR is tricky for me. I either love or hate it. There's generally no in between. And there are so many vampire stories, that
Jul 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I don’t even know where to begin with the awesomeness that is this book!! Kendra Leigh Castle has created another paranormal world for me to fall in love with!! It’s been a while since I read a straight-up paranormal romance, but this one has reminded me of all the reasons I love the genre, and why vampires are my favorite paranormal heroes ever!

The most unique part of this series is the intricate world-building surrounding the vampire world, which sucked me in from the beginning. There were a
This was ok. I really liked the different kinds of vampires, some could shift into animals also, others to smoke, and their were some snobby ones who thought they were better because of their pure blood lineage, mixed blood vamps are considered mutts of a sort. The characters are good too. I really liked some of them, but felt at times especially that they were flat. The writing is decent at best, but I have read one book further along and know that this author can do better than she did with th ...more
I only gave this book 3 stars, but I still think it was very good and would recommend it to other fans of the PR genre! I think I’m being a little tough on the rating because it didn’t suck me in the way I would have liked, one factor being that it took me more than a week to read it (a 5-star book is one I LOVED, I read really fast and will very likely re-read; a 4-star book I also must read quickly and enjoy immensely, but something holds me back from 5-star status). Another factor to consider ...more
This book kept me up reading most of the night. It was perfect. I loved Ms. Castle’s vampire culture and the characters that inhabit it. Although it’s too soon to declare Ms. Castle a favorite author, there were some elements of her work that put me in the mind of JR Ward (Black Dagger Brotherhood) and Lynn Viehl (Darkyn). I also enjoyed the plot organization and character development which reminded me of DB Reynolds (Vampires In America). Ms. Castle’s style is her own, for certain, and I make t ...more
Lori {Romancing the Dark Side}
Originally reviewed on Romancing the Darkside:

A phenomenal start to a series that flawlessly weaves vampires and Egyptian Mythology into one original paranormal romance!

In a vampire world separated by dynasties and hierarchy, Tynan MacGillivray of the Cait Sith bloodline, is rejected by most and nicknamed a "lowblood," due to his shapeshifting abilities but used by his queen for his extraordinary hunting skills. With an impending war between immortals, Ty is given the task of finding a Seer wh
Patti TheLoveJunkee
Tynan MacGillivray is a vampire. In the vampire world, there are several sects; Ty is a "lowblood", a cat shifter who works for the Queen of the Ptolemy. Someone has sent a Mulo, a crazy dead thing, to attack the Ptolemy when they are in groups - effectively killing off the sect. As their numbers dwindle, the Queen has sent Ty on a quest to find a Seer; someone who will be able to tell them who sent the Mulo and where to find it so they can destroy it.

Lily Quinn lives a boring life that she's ha
This is the first in the new Dark Dynasties series by Castle with five known Dynasties (bloodlines) in the US, "freaking gorgeous" vampires, a Mulo - a gypsy curse, Shades, an unwanted but undeniable desire, a strange mark, a telekinetic power, betrayal, an unlikely romance and wry tongue-in-cheek humor. All make for a wonderfully creative world for this paranormal romance. It reminds me a little of the old TV series Kindred: The Embraced but with a better story line. This grabs you from the fir ...more
Stephanie  G
The Ptolemy clan of vampires is being hunted by some unseen force. Determined to find the source of this curse the queen Arsinoe sends Tynan MacGillivray to search for a seer who can help find the source. Ty is a servant of the Ptolemy court, his being of Cait Sith blood. All other clans considered the Cait low bloods since they sift into cat form so they are consider no better than werewolves. After a year of searching finally Ty finds her, what he doesn't expect to find is the physical connect ...more
Tynan MacGillivray is shapeshifting vampire, who serves the Ptolemy clan. The leader, Queen Arsinöe, instructs Tynan to look for a Seer, to find out who has been cursing the Ptolemy with Mulo, a flesh eating spirit. Human Lily Quinn might be who he has been looking for. Only, Tynan doesn't calculate the attraction he feels for her. Now, he wants to protect Lily, even if it means defying order ...

This book does not suffer the syndrom of "first book of a series". I think the world building is well
Jul 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WOW...Ms Castle you did it...Ist book in a new series and you won me over. The book pulled me in from the first page and held on tight until the final word.
The characters are so warm and engaging, you can't help but latch on to them. Ty is a lowblood, considered the lowest of the lowest, but as the reader you just know that's hogwash; it's the highbloods that are guttertrash.
But it wasn't just Ty and Lily I fell in love with, there was also Jaden and Damien...both with painful pasts, which exp
Erin Arkin
Sep 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal, series
If you can't tell...I really enjoyed this book and couldn't put it down. With two people whose reviews I can rely on telling me it was a good one, I dove right in and couldn't make myself put it down.

The story starts with a prologue that grabbed me and I was hooked. I'm not one to do a recap so I won't change my ways here but I will say that the story is good so just go and read it now. There is a bit of mystery, definitely a good dose of paranormal, and some pretty hot scenes between Ty and Li
Sep 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I went into this book not knowing much about the author so I anticipated a so-so read. Imagine my surprise when I encountered a solid, well-written story!

Yes, there was some insta-love between Ty and Lily. In fact, it was insta-love, there was nothing "some" about it. Maybe it's because I haven't read a novel that featured this repugnant theme in a long time, but I found that I didn't actually mind it that much in this book. But, as the story wore on I did find that the immediate connection was
May 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dark Awakening has a pretty unique vampire concept. Unique enough to make this paranormal romance fresh and entertaining. The vampires have their own caste system and struggles. The lowbloods are vampires that are generally also animal shifters. They are seen as animals and servants by the highbloods.
Ty is one of these lowbloods. He can shift into a cat, and serves the queen of the highblood group called The Ptolemy. He is on a mission to find a seer. He finds Lily, and convinces her to go with
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)

Dark Awakening was one of the books that I was very looking forward to read but when I expected greatness, it fell a little flat for me. Tynan, the hero of the book is an interesting character but his presence didn’t make me swoon, smile, or laugh. He was just okay. The heroine, on the other hand, annoyed me. I didn’t like the sudden change from Ty’s perspective to hers. I didn’t think anything from her POV was memorable and this irked me from the moment s
Michelle the Romance Witch
Wow what an awesome beginning to a new series. I was a bit confused when reading the back cover blurb, but luckily the author gave a small intro to the dynasties which made the book enjoyably fascinating without being confusing as hell (as some of these strange worlds can be).

Passionate and deep the romance that buds between the two is quick-though progressively moving-and leaves you at times wondering how men can be so stupid in the face of love. The story has so many twists and turns and so m
Laurielu Bona Fide Reflections
What an excellent read!! I loved the world of vampires Kendra Leigh Castle has created. Our lovely Lily, the heroine, is unknowingly a dhampire and gets caught up Ty's paranormal world where danger lurks at every turn. The reason book is so good is because it is not your run-of-the-mill vampire story. There are vampire shapeshifters, shades, a bit of Fae.... There is originality to Ms. Castle's tale and she does such a good job of telling the story, allowing the reader to enjoy how Lily blossoms ...more
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