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Midnight Reckoning (Dark Dynasties) Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 2012

4.5 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews
Book 2 of 4 in the Dark Dynasties Series

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"Castle demonstrates considerable skill in crafting a tale that offers readers a conflict-ridden forbidden love interlaced with political intrigue and betrayal . . . The author's world-building is intricate and cohesive . . . plenty of action . . . I like Castle's voice and look forward to reading more of her work."―USAToday.com on Midnight Reckoning

"Castle's world-building is superb and leaves readers wanting more."―Romantic Times on DARK AWAKENING

"4 1/2 Stars. HOT. Power acquisition and consolidation are driving the action in this exciting series as the vampires of the Cait-Sith bloodline strive to break free of their former masters. Intriguing characters add a well-rounded feel to this tale that is also packed with treachery and drama. Pick it up today!"―RT Magazine, RT Book Reviews

"Rising star Castle is sure to please with an exciting new series. Passion and loyalty collide as the hero is forced to re-evaluate the choices that have driven his life."―RT Book Reviews on DARK AWAKENING

"[Dark Awakening] grabs you from the first page and the next thing you know you've been reading for several hours immersed in Lily and Ty's world. I adored this story, was sorry it ended so soon and have put the next in the series on my wishlist already. Fans of the paranormal romance, urban fantasy and vampire genres should put this on their wishlist."
BittenByParanormalRomance.com on DARK AWAKENING

"I am always thrilled when I find a new spin on the vampire mystique, and Dark Awakening certainly fits the bill. An amazing story of ancient dynasties, class divisions, curses and blood feuds, this book has opened new and exciting views into vampire worlds...The problem with such a new and detailed book is there is so much information I want to impart, but the most important thing I can say is READ THIS BOOK."―You Gotta Read Reviews on DARK AWAKENING

"Kendra Leigh Castle has set the stage for a phenomenal new vampire series which will take the paranormal genre by storm. DARK AWAKENING has one of the most interesting and well-thought out vampire hierarchies that I have encountered in a vampire novel. Vampire novels just don't get any better than this!"―FreshFiction.com on DARK AWAKENING

About the Author

Kendra Leigh Castle is the author of four previous paranormal romance novels: Call of the Highland Moon, Dark Highland Fire, Wild Highland Magic, and Dark Awakening. Midnight Reckoning is the second book in her Dark Dynasties series. She lives in Maryland with her husband, their three children, three high-maintenance dogs, and one enormous Siberian cat.



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Product Details

  • Series: Dark Dynasties (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Forever (January 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609418387
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609418380
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,096,775 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I love this new and exciting world that Kendra Leigh Castle has created with her Dark Dynasties series and the second novel in it, Midnight Reckoning, continues the thrilling journey into the dark world of vampire factions and bloodlines by adding werewolves into the mix now!

Since the Lilim reformed with his best friend Ty and wife Lily, taking in the Cait Sith's, Jaden Harrison has felt adrift - without purpose. Taking a walk to clear his head Jaden smells wolves and pursues the smell intending to kick them out of vampire territory. When he arrives on the scene he's not surprised by what he finds but by whom he finds, the she-wolf from when him, Ty and Lily were in the safe house; Lyra who is an alpha's daughter. Taking out her attackers, Jaden doesn't receive so much as a thank you from the wolf but he does come by an undeniable attraction towards her. Unable the get Lyra out of his head, Jaden travels to her house, in the middle of pack lands, to return her necklace that was dropped during her attack.
Fighting off potential mates is just SOP nowadays for Lyra Black, at least until she can come out victorious at the Proving and become pack Alpha. But wolf packs are still archaic at best, viewing females as lesser then males, and the Thorn pack is no different. And the dark and sexy vampire Ty that keeps popping up is a distraction that she does not need right now. When he arrives at Lyra's door though to return her mother's necklace and her father persuades him to stay and teach her to fight, Lyra knows that she has a long battle ahead of her, and not just in the physical sense.
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Honor, betrayal, and unusual alliances are the basis of Midnight Reckoning. Lyra Black, daughter of the Thorn pack alpha, is a she-wolf who feels it is her birthright to become pack alpha and is willing to prove herself in a battle with other wolves that could well end in her death. Jaden Harrison is the vampire cat-shifter (Cait Sith) who falls in love with her. To say theirs is a forbidden love is an understatement; Lyra will be excommunicated from her pack if she and Jaden become mates. Queen Arsinoe, of the Ptolemy Dynasty, had held Jaden and other Cait Sith as slaves for centuries. She wants them all back in bondage and make a deal with a member of the Thorn pack to capture Jaden.

If you can consider a world were vampires and werewolves are possible then Midnight Reckoning is a cut above the average paranormal novel. I enjoyed it, the writing is good and the characters are appealing.
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A deliciously intriguing plot, a fantastic cast of characters and a steamy romance, makes Midnight Reckoning one hard book to put down. I was totally consumed by this story as soon as I read the first paragraph. And page after page Castle delivered exceptional world-building and characters I grew to adore. She has a way with words, and strings them together so eloquently I could picture everything, from smells, to beautifully painted skies. Each word was chosen with care, and reminded me of the ever talented Gena Showalter's writing style (think Lords of the Underworld). So what makes Midnight Reckoning worthy of your undivided attention? EVERYTHING.

Characters for me make or break a story. If I am not invested in your characters, then essentially I am not invested in your novel. Castle's characters are by far some of the best. Our reluctant hero, Jaden, was swoon-tastic! He was the type of Alpha Male females yearn for, die to be near, and kill to touch or taste. He is a Cait Sith, or a vampire who shifts into a cat (yes you heard that right). He also had a horrific past, one that will make even the toughest person melt. Jaden was it for me, my new book boyfriend (Sorry Lucien). I couldn't help but love the tough boy persona, while craving his gentle heart. Lyra, our female MC werewolf, was also a very likeable character. The only thing she truly wanted was to secure her birthright as the future Alpha of her wolf pack, something that was anything but an easy task to accomplish. Immediately, Castle created tension between her hero and heroine. And those two together provided hilarious banter and nonstop action. Though they danced around their feelings until Jaden offered Lyra a proposition, the result became a tug-of-war between forbidden love, undeniable lust, and incredible want.
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I enjoy a variety of genres in books, but I am partial to science fiction, fantasy, and urban fantasy. I occasionally read paranormal romance because I can't find anything else, but usually I'm disappointed, because so many paranormal writers apparently feel that their job is to pack as many sex scenes as possible into the storyline. This usually means that other items such as character development, world building, plot, and good dialogue lose out. I've read a few excellent paranormal romance writers--Kresley Cole, G.A. Aiken (actually Shelly Laurenston, but I haven't found a really good book written under her name),and just this past year, I discovered Thea Harrison's "Dragon Bound", one of the best paranormal romance books I've read.

This is all a prelude to me adding Kendra Leigh Castle to that list. Midnight Reckoning should be required reading for paranormal writers who think getting hot sex in is the most important element. Castle takes time to build her storyline, the attraction between Lyra and Jaden, and the problems between the two paranormals' world that would keep them apart. The actual sex didn't happen to more than half way through the book, and it didn't immediately resolve the issues between the two main characters. The reader is invested in the storyline and wants to keep reading to see how the author resolves the difficulties.

I read the first book in the series, Dark Awakening, and would only give it three stars, but this book improves on the world building and is a better read.
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