Dark Child (The Awakening): Episode 3 by Adina West

Dark Child (The Awakening): Episode 3

By Adina West

  • Release Date: 2013-04-01
  • Genre: Fantasy
Score: 4
From 55 Ratings
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Perfect for fans of The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare, this intriguing urban fantasy follows the story of Kat Chanter, who discovers that the world she knows is controlled by ancient creatures who feed on blood. And she might just be one of them ...

Dead? Kat clenched her fists, her stomach a writhing tangle of knots. Her pulse thundered in her ears.

Had this all been an elaborate ruse to trap her? The platelet study; the offer to come and work at the Hema Castus Research Institute; the special attention from Director Norris ... Surely they'd have had no way of knowing who she was. Still, if the Directorate controlled Hema Castus, and the Directorate wanted her imprisoned, even dead, everything took on a much more sinister light. And anyway, why did the Directorate want her dead?

Kat has always known she's special. Different. But finding out why is still a shock, especially when she discovers the malevolent Directorate, a clandestine organization of untold power, have put a price on her head.

Forced into hiding in the remote White Mountains, Kat's life is suddenly in the hands of the wild and dangerous unalil. But trusting her new protectors isn't easy, since they seem almost as terrifying as the killers who pursue her . . .

This is a novella length episode of Dark Child (The Awakening)*, first in the Dark Child series. All five episodes are also available bundled as Dark Child (The Awakening): Omnibus Edition. Look out for the next in this series, Dark Child (Covens Rising) available July 2014.

*Dark Child (The Awakening) was originally published in 2013 as Dark Child Episodes 1-5 and Dark Child Omnibus Edition.

Recommended Dark Child reading order is:

Dark Child (The Awakening) Episode 1

Dark Child (The Awakening) Episode 2

Dark Child (The Awakening) Episode 3

Dark Child (The Awakening) Episode 4

Dark Child (The Awakening) Episode 5

followed by

Dark Child (Covens Rising) Episode 1

Dark Child (Covens Rising) Episode 2

Dark Child (Covens Rising) Episode 3

Dark Child (Covens Rising) Episode 4

Dark Child (Covens Rising) Episode 5

OR Dark Child (The Awakening) Omnibus Edition

followed by

Dark Child (Covens Rising) Omnibus Edition


  • I'm hooked!

    By Mel-CD
    A great read, the story is really heating up in this episode. Lots of interesting developments. Highly recommend, and not long to wait now for the next one!
  • Agreed, a good read, but as 1 book

    By HuskyKelpie
    Quite an interesting read. Nicely descriptive. But, should be one book. Awkward to remember all characters, whilst waiting for the next instalment. It's a shame, because it puts a dampner on a great read.
  • A good read but annoying

    By CVC loves books
    Despite being annoyed by the shortness of the first episode I pushed on and downloaded the second, which was available. I'd pretty much lost interest by the time the 3rd one had come out but decided to give it a go. I discovered I'd lost track of the storyline and characters and spent most of the short episode trying to catch up. This monthly releasing of chapters really disrupts the flow of the story and doesn't do justice to what is not a bad read. I'd recommend waiting until all 5 are available so you can read it in one go. I've decided I'm just too annoyed by it however and won't bother downloading the rest. I hope the author changes her technique in the future or I won't be reading anything more of hers.
  • Dark Child ep4

    By Cleverpuss
    Good book, original as the genre gets and likeable characters but getting really p'd off with the monthly releases. By the time 30 days comes round I've almost forgotten the characters and story line - prob won't read a monthly release novel again. Will keep note of authors name though and look forward to reading more from her in future. Nice work Adina!
  • Love this series

    By crofty300
    I love them already But I cannot wait a month apart for each novella it takes me half a day to read and leaves me wanting to read more :(
  • Wild Ride

    By Paradiva
    Episode 3 of Adina West's new fantasy novel is a deliciously wild ride. Heroine Kat Chanter takes readers with her all the way into the world of the Tabérin, the hidden world of her birthright - a world full of devastatingly powerful and attractive beings - who see in her either the fulfillment of an ancient prophecy - or a threat to their continuing rule. Every new character Kat meets is super-charged, electric, larger than life. This episode is a much meatier length than than the disappointingly short previous episode. I spent a blissful hour or two page flipping. I just couldn't stop. What a great read!