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Shadow Rising (Dark Dynasties) Mass Market Paperback – July 31, 2012

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Book 3 of 4 in the Dark Dynasties Series

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"With exceptional worldbuilding and fascinating characters, Kendra Leigh Castle has a true gift of imbuing her characters with tightly-leashed passion, making this book an easy one to devour. There's no question that SHADOW RISING is a top- notch read!"―Freshfiction.com

"4.5 Stars, HOT! Castle rejuvenates the paranormal genre with her singular take on the vampire mythos. She skillfully combines multilayered characters with a plot that's part thriller, part paranormal fantasy and all exciting fiction. And the hot and sensual love scenes don't hurt, either! Even though this is book three in the Dark Dynasties series, new readers will be enthralled."―RT Book Reviews

"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

"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

"Castle put a fresh spin to her vampire series that I hadn't seen before. The world building was superb and I found myself captivated from the very first page. I HIGHLY recommend this one and found this to be a total and complete book seduction. Yay! I've got another author to add to my ever growing list of favorites. I am so looking forward to the sequel."―SeducedByABook.com 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 five previous paranormal romance novels: Call of the Highland Moon, Dark Highland Fire, Wild Highland Magic, Dark Awakening, and Midnight Reckoning. SHADOW RISING is the third 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 3)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Forever (July 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455511641
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455511648
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,578,205 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dark Dynasties Series:

Dark Awakening

Midnight Reckoning

Shadow Rising

Immortal Craving (to be released January 29, 2013)

Shadow Rising started great, keeping me excited about finding time to read whenever possible. Sadly, it slowed to the point that I started reading it only when I was having trouble falling asleep at night. Too much time was spent on characters sitting and talking, or sitting and thinking....sitting and not really doing anything. I kept reading to the end because I have hope that the next book will bring back the action.

I also hope for a more masculine hero. Damien was far too concerned about his hair and attire. When the lead couple travels, his suitcase is huge, dwarfing the size of the heroine's duffel. When they arrive at their destination, a friend of Damien's has to carry in all the bags because Damien is busy pulling his giant rolling suitcase full of designer slacks, pressed jeans, sports coats, and the necessities for making his hair perfect... And whatever you do, don't get any blood on his favorite shirt. Good thing the heroine was around to kill and chase off any bad guys.
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Ariane is part of the Grigori. Grigori's are watchers, but can never intervene. Not many of the other dynasties know much about the Grigori. Ariane's only true friend Samuel went missing and going against the rules of her people and consequences be damned, she flees her sheltered life in the desert to search of him. Now those who do this get classified as a deserter and are not looked kindly upon.

Damien Tremien , world weary well known shape shifting thieving assassin that he is for the house of shadows just got a job he couldn't pass up this pay day. Though after continous run-ins with Ariane, this shade just got a partner who just happens to be a tempting and beautiful Grigori . And well Ariane just may have got more then she imagined on this journey of finding her friend .

This is the third book in the series. I have the first two that I will be reading as soon as I can, and reviewing them as well. This can be read as a stand-alone. Castle has found a wonderful job of making sure new readers don't get lost and helping you understand each dynasty and what they are about. Ariane is a sweet, innocent, and soft spoken leading lady, but underneath all that lays a determined woman who is loyal to those she cares for. Not to mention she is strapped with a big sword and knows how to use it. After all, she is a trained Grigori warrior. What else did you think she was learning in the desert all those years? She is fierce when it comes to fighting and I love a leading lady who is soft where it counts and has a back bone when it's needed.

Damien is your sexy shade who thinks he is incapable of caring for anyone. He has no problem lusting after the ladies, but something about Ariane brings out his protective side.
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The Good: I appreciated that Ariane consciously realized that she was choosing a man who was a bit broken and did not expect to change him overnight. She saw his shortcomings and flaws and loved him for who he was.
It took me until about halfway through the book to really `feel' the chemistry between the characters, but once I did it was palpable.
This book also had a decent plot, rather than something I could solve myself 5 minutes into reading it.

The Bad: Ariane was a bit uneven as a heroine. She's supposed to be a fighter, but she also comes off rather weak at times. I get that she's supposed to be new to the world outside the Grigori, but being trained for combat or whatever for 900 years would toughen one up I would think.
I also felt like this book took awhile to really "take off". It was interesting, but I didn't feel that need to see what happens next until about 50-60% through the book.

Bottom line: Perhaps a bit slow, but still an enjoyable read.
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If someone asked me for cat shape-shifter romances taking place in modern times, I wouldn't hesitate to suggest these stories, but that is a pretty specific request.
This book was fine. I thought the characters went a little too quickly from "I'm going to kill you, I work alone" to "You are the hottest thing I've ever seen/let's work together." The story did have a lot of ground to cover.
The overall arch of the series continues after this story, but I could not find any additional books in this series. Each book is a stand alone, with references to characters from previous books.
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Kendra Leigh Castle delivers yet again with her latest installment in the Dark Dynasties series. I love her heroes and their struggle for self-worth. I love her tortured Cait-Sith race, reviled for centuries and now finally coming into their own. I love the world building, the romance... the sex. Yes, I know I'm gushing, but I did not want to put this book down.

Damien is a Cait Sith, but also a Shade... an assassin for the House of Shadows. His latest mission is to find Sammael, a member of the mysterious Gregori race, who has gone missing. It's an exciting job, because no one knows much about the Gregori and because there is also a missing female that her people want back as well.

Ariane is an outcast among the Gregori. The ancient, winged vampires consider themselves watchers. They study others in the world and they don't interfere. They shun emotion and Ariane has never been able to truly clamp her feelings down. When her only friend, Sammael, goes missing, she ignores the rules and rushes out on her own to find him and bring him home.

It's only a matter of time before Ariane and Damien cross paths in their search. Though they each reject the idea at first, they eventually realize that it's in both of their best interests to work together. And of course, that provides the opportunity for the attraction between them to grow.

Damien is a hard man. Like many Cait-Sith, he considers himself the low-blood he's been branded by others. He's never known comfort or love. He has only found happiness in money and the thrill of the hunt. But he is taken by Ariane's innocence, her honesty, and her inner strength. She doesn't play games and it makes her easy to root for. It was so satisfying to watch him succumb to her goodness and acceptance of who and what he is.
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