*I received an ecopy of this book from the author. This has not influenced my review.*
I love prequels because they usually let you get to know a character more and understand them better, and that’s exactly what this one did.
I already felt terrible for Dominic from what I knew of his past, but this prequel really fleshed out his experience with being turned into a vampire and showed the reader the horror of it. From reading the series, I knew that Dominic was an emotional person who held his relationships in life very near and dear to his heart. This novella really showed how much he loved life and family and friends. So to see it all so violently ripped away from him… it’s different knowing a thing about a character’s past vs. reading the firsthand account of the thing. I’ll admit I thought Dominic was a bit cliche in the first book of the series, but now I get it. I understand Dominic’s thoughts and feelings and actions a lot more now.
I also felt this one showed the reader a little more about the vampires in general, what they can do, what it’s like for newly turned vampires, etc.
Anyway, this prequel novella doesn’t really add any new information to the story, but it’s well-written and does a great job of showing Dominic’s past and letting you understand him even more, so if you’re interested in that, give it a read!
Fans of Books 1-3 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.