- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Format: Paperback | 384 pages
- Dimensions: 111mm x 181mm x 23mm | 202g
- Publication date: 2 October 2008
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0141039515
- ISBN 13: 9780141039510
- Sales rank: 97,071
Dorina Basarab is a dhampir, the daughter of a vampire and a human woman. Subject to uncontrollable rages, most dhampirs are born barking mad and live very short, very violent lives. So for five hundred years, Dory has been fighting to maintain her sanity by unleashing her homicidal tendencies on those demons and vampires who deserve killing. But now Dory's vampire father has come back into her life. Her uncle Dracula, notorious even among vampires for his cruelty and murderous ways, has escaped from prison, and her father wants Dory to work with the gorgeous vampire dueling champion Louis-Cesare to put him back there. Vampires and dhampirs are mortal enemies, and Dory prefers to work alone. But Dracula is the only thing on earth that truly scares her, and when Dory has to go up against him, she'll take all the help she can get...
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Karen Chance has lived in France, the UK and Hong Kong, and now lives in Orlando, Florida. She is the author of three novels in the Cassandra Palmer series, Touch the Dark, Claimed by Shadow and Embrace the Night.
By Mel 07 Jun 2010
I love love love this book!
This is a great book for people who love urban fantasy. It's action packed, fast paced and the plot is well thought out. Plus it has a lot of wit and sarcasm, which makes it a typical Karen Chance book. She has the wonderful ability of getting you soaked up in a fantasy world with a variety of creatures and serious problems, but still she keeps a funny edge, never taking herself too seriously. The inclusion of characters like Olga (hilarious), Radu (you can't help but love the guy) and "Stinky" (no comment needed...) make sure of that too.
I also loved the tension between Louis-Cesare and Dory. It is present through out the whole book (and ranging from hate to attraction) but it doens't take over the story line. I can't wait to see where Karen Chance plans to take their relationship.
I read Midnight's Daughter before the Cassie Palmer series so I've always loved Mircea cause he is more fleshed out in this book. However manipulative he has a strange affection for his family members and refuses to be pushed away by Dory.
I've read an reread this book with much pleasure and I can't wait for the next installment .
Karen Chance takes her place along with Laurell K. Hamilton, Charlaine Harris, MaryJanice Davidson, and J.D. Robb SF Revu A wonderfully entertaining romp with an engaging heroine Kelley Armstrong