It had been a while since I had found a good new-to-me vampire series, so I’m glad I gave this one a chance! This was a great final book that continued the threads of the others and wrapped everything up really well.
What I Disliked:
– I was frustrated that a romantic relationship between Cassidy, Dominic, and Jackson was teased at again. And, also again, it would’ve made so much sense in the story. *SPOILER* Dominic wanted a child so badly but couldn’t have one because of his vampirism, so having Jackson join their relationship could’ve given him a child, even if that child didn’t have his blood. *END SPOILER* Normally I would try not to complain just because something didn’t happen how I wanted it to, but it was teased so much that I feel like it’s fair for me to be disappointed.
What I Liked:
– I once again liked this version of vampires and the whole concept of *SPOILER* Dominic trying to re-sire them all in order to make them all feed on love and affection rather than fear. *END SPOILER*
– I loved how affectionate and emotional Dominic was. He felt things very strongly and deeply, and there was nothing that meant more to him than trust and intimacy (and not just in a romantic way). It was such a strong part of Dominic’s character that it made him unique. He also made a great leader and wore his power well. He was compassionate, but he knew when to be threatening (we are talking about vampires, after all) and even when to be ruthless. But he was also charming and kind with those who accepted him. Basically what I’m saying is, I thought he was kind of cliche at first, but I ended up being won over by this tortured vampire hero.
– I liked the relationships among the characters that continually evolved throughout the series, including an enemies-to-friends relationship.
– I realized at some point that I enjoyed all three POVs pretty equally, which doesn’t usually happen in books.
– The story was good. I was fully hooked at this point and enjoyed the whole book. I also liked that it steered away from the romance aspect since Dominic and Cassidy were firmly a couple at the start of this one. And I appreciated that the book ended in a way that was happy but balanced with a bit of realistic bittersweetness.
Overall, despite a couple issues with the previous books, I ended up really enjoying this series! It brought some uniqueness to the vampire portrayal, the stories and writing were good, the emotion was well-written, and I came to really like all three main characters by the end.
Fans of Books 1 and 2 in S.K. Ryder's Dark Destinies series. Anyone who likes vampires with a bit of uniqueness, romance, enemies-to-friends, and tortured heroes who just want to be loved.
More Books in the Series:
Book Review: Dark Heart of the Sun (Dark Destinies Book 1) by S.K. Ryder
Book Review: Dark Lord of the Night (Dark Destinies Book 2) by S.K. Ryder
Book Review: Dark Child of Forever (Dark Destinies Book 3) by S.K. Ryder
Book Review: Dark Awakening (Dark Destinies Prequel) by S.K. Ryder
A reluctant new Lord of Night. His vulnerable human queen. If they can’t change five thousand years of history now, it will change them. Forever.
Fate has cast vampire Dominic Marchant and the human love of his life, Cassidy Chandler, into roles they never imagined. Thanks to his mad sire, he is now the Lord of Night, and Cassidy, with her unique ability to merge her mind with his, has become the incongruous mortal queen of his immortal kingdom. Even as he dreams of seeing the sun again and she can’t imagine becoming a vampire, they vow to reshape their domain into a world where vampires feed on love rather than fear and leave their prey swooning instead of dead.
But not all their subjects are pleased with the change in leadership. A powerful ancient vampire and his cadre of followers serve Dominic his greatest challenge yet just when reclaiming the day looks like a real possibility. Soon friends turn up in ashes, and Cassidy and his human family become targets in a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse that leads them and their unlikely, vampire-hunting allies deep into the wilds of the Canadian Rockies–and straight into their worst nightmares.
With their lives and the very existence of the world of night hanging in the balance, Dominic and Cassidy must decide whether to chase an impossible dream or finally embrace their dark destiny.