I'm always pleased when a new book by Karen Chance is published, but when it's a Dorina Basarab book, I admit I'm a teeny bit disappointed that it's not a Cassie Palmer one. This book, however, really won me over to this series, and now I think I'd have a tough time choosing between the two.
Both series are set in the same fictional world, so the fun part is that with either series, some of my favorite characters are there. Both series are definitely best read in order - but you can read one and not the other without missing out on important things. I'd advise reading both, though!
Dory, the heroine of this series, is a dhampir, a cross between a human and a vampire. Normally such beings are killed at birth because they have a tendency toward homicidal insanity. Dory was allowed to survive, and while she does have psychological issues, she manages to control them, for the most part. In this installment of the series, there is a mystery/thriller element (Dory must try to diffuse a supernatural terrorist plot) as well as a more personal one, as elements of Dory's mental issues are explored. There's romance as well, not to mention Chance's sublime sense of humor, which never fails to make me laugh out loud along the way.
Chance knows how to tell a story, and I enjoy myself every step of the way. The action scenes can be a little bit drawn out, and I find myself skimming there a bit, but the characters are a joy to read. Dory is tough, yes, but she's not as tough as she lets on, and she is endearingly honest with herself. She has lived a long time, but she still has a lot to learn, and there was some very interesting and rewarding character development and growth going on here. The mystery was a good one, too, and the ending felt just perfect. I look forward to reading more books by Chance - in either series, or a completely new one. It's all good! Fans of Rardin's Jaz Parks books, Kim Harrison and Patricia Briggs should definitely give Karen Chance a try.
Books in the Dorina Basarab series:
1. Midnight's Daughter
2. Death's Mistress
3. Fury's Kiss
Fury's Kiss (#3 in the Dorina Basarab series) by Karen Chance (New American Library, 2012)
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Fantasy Works: "Dory has always accepted her insanity as part of what she is, but in this book, Chance challenged that, and I loved it."
Literal Addiction: "I've thoroughly enjoyed the previous installments of both series of this world, but there was something special about this book. I think because we got to see the OTHER side of Dorina, the more vulnerable side..."
Mad Hatter Reads: "I love the way Ms. Chance mixes action and mystery with humor to create this page-turner. There's also a focus on character development as Dory learns more about her past"