Friday, February 1, 2013

Review: "Immortal Craving" by Kendra Leigh Castle

Wild, uncontrollable, and powerful, the lion-shifting Rakshasa were hunted down by vicious rival vampires who feared their dark, magical abilities. Somehow one survived, and now, after centuries of hiding, Tasmin Singh reemerges as fierce and fearless as ever at the door of the Lilim queen, seeking answers . . . and sanctuary.

The human best friend to a vampire queen, Bay Harper traded her quiet, comfortable life for a world filled with immortal assassins, warring werewolves . . . and this hauntingly sexy shifter. Only Bay's gentle touch can subdue Tasmin's inner demons, even as he brings out a passion and sensuality she never imagined she could feel. But when a bloody struggle threatens to tear them apart, can Bay risk everything on her faith in him-or will his dark side be stronger than even their all-consuming desire?

Immortal Craving is book 4 in Kendra Leigh Castle's Dark Dynasties series.

In each book of the Dark Dynasties we've gotten to know another faction of the vampire society but at the heart of each story has been the cat-siths.  In this installment, the author switches it up a bit to give us the bigger, badder version of the cat-shifting vampire.  Tasmin is an ancient breed of vampire that can not only shift into the form of a lion but also has magical abilities.  This magic is not your typical hocus pocus.  We're talking mind reading, giving people hallucinations, bending shadows and so much more.  Tasmin awakes after 400 years sleeping in a cave to find out he's the last of his kind still alive.  He seeks out the new vampire queen, Lily, to see if he can get some answers to what happened to his people.  Lily, who we've gotten to know well through out the series, has a human best friend, Bay.  It's this friend that Tasmin ends up going to in an attempt to get to Lily.  Unfortunately, Tasmin's not alone.  The little secret to why he's survived this long... he has a demon that's been trapped inside of him by the warring Ptolemy vampire clan.  Bay and Tasmin must work together to get to the bottom of what happened while also battling with the demon inside him that very much wants to kill Bay.  

Tasmin and Bay have so much to overcome in this story let alone the fact that Tasmin is from a race of vampires that was known for their tough, wild nature.  It was touching to see how hard they both had to work for this relationship and everything they had to overcome.  Tasmin is overly protective of her right from the start and wants to do right by her through out the story.  Even though Bay is just "a fragile human," she is really the one to save Tasmin at the start.  He is in bad shape after his time in the cave and it was touching to see how humble Tasmin was forced to be to accept her help.  I'm sure it goes against everything in his nature.   

In addition to the romance building between Tasmin and Lily, we also have a lot of familiar faces from the previous books.  Lily and Bay are still trying to figure out how their relationship can survive the fact that Lily is now a vampire queen and she's merely human.  Also, we have the ongoing battle with the Ptolemy queen that continues from the previous book.  The story arc that continues through this novel is fascinating.  Ms. Castle has really written riveting stories that could easily be read on their own and be enjoyed but watching the vampire society evolve through the series has been captivating. 

Kendra Castle has created an amazing world with the Dark Dynasties series.  I love that each book wraps up nicely so there are not huge cliffhangers, but enough of a tease for what's coming up that I can't wait to read the next novel.  There were lots of twists and turns that kept me on my toes but overall I just loved Tasmin and Bay's relationship.  Each novel in this series just keeps getting better. This is certainly not your typical vampire book.  Ms. Castle has built an entirely unique breed of vampires that gives this series a refreshing originality. 

Ms. Castle was nice enough to stop by a couple days ago and give us a little more insite into the character building of Tasmin and also offer a signed copy of Immortal Craving.  Click here to see her post and enter to win.

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