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11.22.2008

Review: Midnight's Daughter by Karen Chance

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Midnight's Daughter (Dorina Basarab #1) by Karen Chance
Urban Fantasy, Dhampir, Vampires, Magic
Mass Market Paperback (ONYX, 384 pages, $7.99)
ISBN# 0451412621
Dorina Basarab is a dhampir—half-human, half-vampire. Unlike most dhampirs, though, Dory has managed to maintain her sanity. Now Dory’s vampire father has come to her for help— again. Her Uncle Dracula (yes, the Dracula), cruelest among vampires, has escaped his prison. And her father wants Dory to work with gorgeous master vampire Louis-Cesare to put him back there.
Although Dory prefers to work alone, Dracula is the only thing that truly scares her—and when she has to face him, she’ll take all the help she can get…
Author Site: http://www.karenchance.com/



Dracula's Niece the Dhampir (4 stars)

Set in the world of Chance's Cassie Palmer series, it should come as no surprise that if you're familiar with that series this one has some common characters. Half human, half vampire, Dorina Basarab is the Dhampir daughter of Mircea (thus making her the niece of Dracula). Dory's roommate, Claire, has been missing for a month when the story opens. Her hands are already full investigating her mysterious dissappearance when her father—whom she is not a big fan of—comes waltzing into her world asking for her help. Years ago he had the chance to kill his brother Vlad and instead imprisoned him. Naturally, Dracula escaped and has been causing lots of trouble for the supernatural world. If Dory will help him capture her uncle once more he promises to help her find Claire.

If only it were ever that simple eh? Strapped with Louis-Cesare (another Cassie Palmer series familiar) as a partner in her capture attempt she is none-too-happy. Afterall, dhampir and vampires are mortal enemies. Lots of arguing and an obvious bit of sexual tension make for a potential love interest. When their attempts to find Vlad become somewhat entwined with the mystery of Claire's dissappearance the plot thickens and the fae get involved. Filled with trolls, demons, vampires and a hodge-podge assortment of supernaturals the story is far from boring.

I've only read the first two Cassie Palmer books because I am so behind on my regular series reads this year. But I've very much enjoyed the world Chance set up in them. Getting a chance to visit it in another series thrilled me! For some reason I can't help but picture Natalie Portman as Dorina, strapped with all her weaponly goodies and kicking butt. She's hard as nails but still manages to be likable. That's a hard one to do with me. I like a tough heroine as much as anyone but they need to still have other facets of their character. Dory has a snarky side and while they're very carefully set-up her weaknesses are there.

The one thing I really did not like about this book was Louis-Cesare. I didn't like him in the other series and I still don't like him. Sorry gals! I know some of you out there adore him. I find him annoying and find nothing attractive about his personality. I did, however, really like the fae Caedmon. His 'try everything' attitude was really amusing and he has an irreverance that makes him a fun character to read. I also liked Claire though her role was quite small, I hope she'll end up being around more in the next book. It was also great to see more of the less humanoid supernaturals, Olga was awesomely framed and I liked that Chance was brave enough to make a troll an important character to the story. So overall, a pretty enjoyable read, a little slow during the talky-parts but with lots of action and enjoyable characters!

1 comment:

Zeek said...

I just ordered my first Karen Chance (Touch the Dark?). We shall see how it goes!

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