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My Heart Broke All Over Again with Dark Awakening

by Aleen @ Lampshade Reader

Confession time: I’m not usually a fan of prequels.  I don’t know what it is about them, but they usually don’t add much to an already established series. However, we are talking about Dominic’s origin story so to speak. Having read all three books in this series and sadly wrapping it up, I found that reading this book was a little gift from the author, a prequel that makes me happy and sad at the same time. Dark Awakening broke my heart all over again.


Dark Awakening

Dark Awakening by S.K. Ryder

In the previous books, Dominic’s thoughts were never a secret. The reader knew about the horrors of his past, but never the full details. Dark Awakening is just that: Dominic’s dark awakening as a young vampire. He watches his life fall apart around him and loses his loved ones. Kambyses’ (a very powerful ancient vampire) is not a lovable character, but he’s a pretty cool villain. It was cool to see his sick and twisted games in full force.

Dominic’s sad transition into vampire was what really broke my heart (this series has a tendency to do that to me). His attempt to fight against being a vampire, his resistance to Kambyses and the hopelessness of it all.

This short prequel moves at a fast pace and is full of action. There is an instance of rape in this story so keep that in mind if you’re sensitive to those types of scenes. Nothing too explicit though.

There is no romance in this prequel, just the grit and gore that is expected with vampires.

Reading this made me want to start all over again with the series. However, If I were to read this series with fresh eyes, I would start with book 1 and read the series fully and then read the prequel.


My rating:

Check out my reviews of the Dark Destinies series:

Dark Heart of the Sun, book #1

Dark Lord of the Night, book #2

Dark Child of Forever, book #3

About S.K. Ryder

S.K. Ryder is a software developer by day, a scribe by night and answers to Susan any time.  She writes the type of stories she loves to read: heart-pounding adventures full of supernatural mysteries and relationships between strong, compelling characters. Though she calls South Florida home, she has also lived in Germany and Canada and has traveled widely, usually in the hot pursuit of wild and scenic nature. When not debugging code, complicating her characters’ lives or plotting her next rafting adventure down the Grand Canyon, she can be found beach combing, scuba diving, sailing or just hanging out with a good book. When push comes to shove, she can also bake a halfway decent cake and stand on her head, though not at the same time.


I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

Dark Awakening

My Heart Broke All Over Again with Dark Awakening
by S.K. Ryder
Series: Dark Destinies #0.5
Also in this series: Dark Heart of the Sun, Dark Lord of the Night, Dark Child of Forever
on January 16th 2019
Genres: Paranormal
Pages: 90
Format: e-book
Source: ARC
Purchase: Amazon


Reality as he knows it is about to change—into a nightmare without end.

Dominic Marchant’s peaceful life on the island paradise of Saint Barthélemy comes to a terrifying end the night his sister is brutally assaulted by three cartel hitmen. When he charges to her rescue against overwhelming odds, he not only leaves a man dead, but he also draws the attention of an entity straight out of darkest myth—a powerful vampire traveling the world in search of new converts.

Soon, Dominic is plunged into the horrifying existence of a newborn blood-drinker. Tormented by his mad sire and used as a pawn in a lethal supernatural game without rules, he must manage his insatiable lust for blood even as he accepts that his continued survival comes with only two choices—kill or be killed. And the price of freedom may very well be what’s left of his soul…

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Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight

I haven’t read this series, but maybe I should! I do like prequels when it’s a series I really love, it means more time with the characters XD


This a series I never knew about. I am going have to add this to my list.

Mary Kirkland

I haven’t read this series yet but now I have something to look forward to.

Bookworm Brandee

I hadn’t even heard of this series but I’m adding it to be my tbr. The prequel sounds interesting and I appreciate you saying it should be read last in the series. I’m always looking for new vampire stories. Great review!

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