This is a review of “Death’s Mistress” by Karen Chance. It is book 2 in the Dorina Basarab Series. It follows on from “Midnight’s Daughter“.
As this book is a part of a series, the following review may reveal some details of the previous novel/s. Do not read if you intend to read this series in the future and don’t want to know of any potential plot spoilers. As this book is also part of a larger series (it ties in with the Cassandra Palmer Series) it may be wise to avoid reading these reviews on the Dorina Basarab Series. I may unintentionally give out spoilers for part of that series.
Dory has decided to work with her father Mircea on his task force for the North American Vampire Senate. The task force has been designed to crack down on smugglers, attempting to bring illegal items from the Fey world into ours. Dory has been finding the job easy. It almost seems a little too easy. Unfortunately her job is about to get a whole lot harder.
While bringing in a vamp wanted for smuggling (and the way she does this is just gross and and all kinds of hilarious in itself), Dory realises that her perp is a witness in a very important matter. Suddenly she’s got the most sought after vamp in the magical world in her custody, and holding on to him is more difficult than she could have ever imagined.
A Fey rune has gone missing and it seems that her perp Ray has got info on its whereabouts. It’s not just any rune either, it’s Naudiz, a protection rune: legend says that whoever wears it can’t be killed. It’s the property of the Fey, the Blarestri Royal Family to be exact. And Dory’s best friend, Claire, the Blarestri Royal Princess really needs it back to protect her infant son (and heir to the Fey throne) Aiden.
But lots of other people want the rune too: a Mage, Æsubrand, a Fey Prince who loathes Dory and Claire and would like to see Aidan dead and gone, and a bunch of extremely powerful vampires: senators, consuls and one Louis-Cesare. Yup Dory’s … lover? He needs the rune in order to regain custody of his eccentric vampire mistress Christine. Oh yeah, it’s all kinds of messed up. And then people start dying, adding more pressure on Dory to find the rune, before someone horrible finds it, or before she ends up dead.
Can Dory get the rune back to it’s rightful owner? And what the hell is she going to do about Louis-Cesare?
I loved this novel. As I said in my last review, I love that Karen Chance’s characters feel so real, and much of the time have historical importance too. I love that her stories are so involved and you have to pay attention. I find it exciting that there are layers within her stories, there is so much to unravel and discover. I can’t wait to re-read the Cassandra Palmer Series and read “Fury’s Kiss” (Dorina Basarab #3) for the first time.
For more information on the timeline of the Dorina Basarab Series and the Cassandra Palmer Series (and associated short stories) please follow this link. (Found on Karen Chance’s official website).