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.
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.
Check out my reviews of the Dark Destinies series:
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
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…
Do you like prequels?