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Fury’s Kiss

This is a review of “Fury’s Kiss” by Karen Chance. It is book 3 in the Dorina Basarab Series. It follows on from “Death’s Mistress”.

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 is still helping out Mircea, and the North American Vampire Senate, on their task-force for cleaning up the illegal smuggling of magical objects and weapons from Faerie into our world. But their latest operation has gone wrong. Not only does Dory have no memory of the last operation, but her partner and a great number of Master Vampires have been killed. Dory is the only one alive. Every vamp on the Senate wants to know why. Especially Kit Marlowe.

To find out what happened and what went wrong, they must enter Dory’s memories. Dory is not too keen on this idea, Mircea deleted a little too much of her past the last time he was in her head. But she (and the others) really needs to know what happened. She’s just not sure she wants to know what happened. Usually, when she can’t remember the fine details of an event, it’s kind of a blessing. It doesn’t look like it this time.

On top of all this, she’s not too sure how she feels about her relationship with Louis-Cesare. Can they last? Should a vampire and a dhampir ever get together? And while we’re on the topic of relationships, there’s the one she has with Mircea. And ain’t that all kinds of complicated?

I really really liked this one. I liked getting to know more about Dory’s dhampir nature and specifically her vampiric half. I loved the insights into her past with Mircea. I enjoyed the interactions with Kit (especially one scene in particular). Ray was as humorous as ever, and Claire and the Fey always make it interesting. It was a little confusing to read at times, but it does all come together really well in the end.

**Sneaky Spoiler**
Psst. Look out for a teeny appearance from everyone’s favourite Pythia!

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).

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Death’s Mistress

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).

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Midnight’s Daughter

This is a review of the novel “Midnight’s Daughter” by Karen Chance. It is book 1 in the Dorina Basarab Series.

As this series ties in with the Cassandra Palmer Series it may be wise to avoid reading these reviews on the Dorina Basarab Series if you are wanting to read that series completely spoiler free. I may unintentionally give out spoilers for part of that series.

Dorina (she prefers to be called Dory) is a dhampir. That is, she is half-human, half-vampire. Dhampirs are wildly unpredictable creatures, and few are ever born, let alone allowed to survive, and especially not as long as Dorina has. She’s a few centuries old, and she’s lived that long by being smart. She’s very strong, she’s a skilled fighter, and most of all, she’s a survivor. Dhampirs suffer from uncontrollable violent rages. Once Dory reaches a certain threshold, everything goes black, and she usually awakes surrounded by chaos, muck and signs of severe violence (and usually a body or ten). She stays alive and fairly sane by unleashing her rages on those supernatural beings (usually Vampires and Demons) who deserve killing.

Dory has a few problems at the moment. For one, her housemate and best friend Claire has gone missing without a trace. This is a pretty big deal, not only does Dory want her friend back, but Claire is a magical null, one side effect of this being that she calms Dory’s rages. Nulls are in demand from the magical community, not only as their presence nullifies any magic in a certain radius, but also because their power can be drained and transferred into an object, thereby creating a kind of weapon, but killing the null. So problem #1 for Dory is tracking down and rescuing Claire. She’s been looking for weeks already, and nothing except for some stupid (and slightly chilling) rumours.

Problem #2 for Dory comes in the form of her vampire father Mircea. Mircea has asked for her assistance in tracking down her uncle who has escaped from his prison. But Dory’s uncle is no common criminal. He’s Dracula. The Dracula. He is cruel, psychopathic and bent on revenge. Dory wants nothing to do with him. She has absolutely no love for her uncle, and wanted him dead the first time around. But Mircea needs her help in trapping him once more. He’s even provided her with a partner to work with, he’s very good looking. Too bad he’s also a vamp. Louis-Cesare is a master vampire, and a duelling champion to boot.

It’s no secret that Dory prefers to work alone and be in charge, or that she despises vampires, but her Uncle Drac terrifies her and this time, she’ll take any help offered (even if she’s reluctant).

I read this book years ago (before I began this blog) and I loved it then, and after reading it again, I love it still. One of the many things I love about Karen Chance’s work, is that a lot of her characters have basis in real world history. She is a storyteller of the nth degree, and I love reading the flashbacks and back-stories of her characters. I love Dory’s fiery nature, her stubbornness, and the way that she takes hit after hit and just keeps on getting back up. She’s strong, that’s for sure! I also love the other side of her, the playful side, the nurturing side. She’s so fierce, and I admire her a lot. I alsoenjoy reading about her relationship with her father Mircea and the rest of her family, it provides a sort of vulnerability to her character and softens some of her bullheadedness.

The Dorina Basarab Series is a sort of spin off series from Karen Chance’s other novels, the Cassandra Palmer Series. Mircea is a main character in that series, and it’s good to see another side to him in this series. I intend to read those novels again and review them for the blog after I finish the Dorina Basarab Series again (it will be my first time reading Dory novel #3). This may seem a little backwards to Karen Chance fans, as I believe the first three Cassandra Palmer novels were written before “Midnight’s Daughter”, but as I said, I am yet to read “Fury’s Kiss” (Dory #3) and really wanted to refresh my memory, and review the other two Dorina novels before I read it. Plus it will be in keeping with the way I originally read them. I picked up this novel before I had ever heard of Karen Chance or the Cassandra Palmer Series, so originally I read “Midnight’s Daughter” and “Death’s Mistress” before I read any of the Cassie novels. I was thrilled to find out about Cassie! I do hope that this last paragraph was not too confusing to read.

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).

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