Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Dark Dynasties: The Cait Sith

Well, I'm home!  So today is the final installment of my little Meet the Dark Dynasties series.  Last, but most certainly not least, I'd like to introduce you to the bloodline of Dark Awakening's hero, Tynan MacGillivray.  He is of the Cait Sith, pronounced "cat-SHEE", and he hasn't had an easy time of it.  None of his kind ever have.
The Cait Sith are considered lowbloods, despite their singular mark.  Celtic in origin, and supposedly tainted eternally by the blood of the Fae, these cat-shifting vampires are known for being ruthless and efficient hunters.  For centuries, they have essentially belonged to the Ptolemy, kept as slaves, highly valued for their abilities but treated as pets at best, and as disposable playthings or weapons at worst.  They are rarely found in any numbers outside of Ptolemy-controlled territories, and are forced to live in relative poverty if they have somehow managed to stay outside of Arsinöe’s purview.  No other dynasty will touch them, fearing Arsinöe’s wrath, and the Ptolemy themselves make great sport of hunting the small bands of Cait Sith trying to live eternal life on their own terms.  The promising hunters and fighters are taken and forced into service, while the rest are often killed.  At court, treatment of the cat-shifters by the queen herself has varied from cruelty to a sort of mild affection.  Though she has sometimes taken favorites and elevated them above the rest, it’s doubtful Arsinöe will ever see even her most prized hunters as much more than belongings.    

And then Ty is sent to find a Seer, and everything changes:-)  Have a great Tuesday, everyone!


  1. Looking forward to meeting Ty and exploring the World of the Dark Dynasty. I don't think I'm going to like this Arsinoe. I hope you had a good weekend.

  2. Hey, happy Tuesday! Now that we've met all the Dynasties we just have to wait for the printed book. Seems like forever when you have to wait. Even with the hints and teasers!

    Remind me, Ty is a cat shifting vamp-is his cat persona always the same or can he take "any" cat form? Inquiring minds, you know!

  3. Hey Donna! I did. Hope you had a good one too! And no, you're not going to like Arsinoe:-)

    Hi Lisa! Hope you got some rest and feel better today. Waiting for this release is a funny feeling for me. I have so much to do between now and then, it doesn't really seem like long! Ty and his kind turn into large black cats, a la the angry big kitty atop my new banner:-) Always the same form. And a very cool one that blends into shadows!