Dorina Basarab, #3
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Penguin Books
Date of Publication: October 11, 2012
Number of pages: 536
Dorina Basarab is a dhampir—half-human, half-vampire. Subject to uncontrollable rages, most dhampirs live very short, very violent lives. But so far, Dory has managed to maintain her sanity by unleashing her anger on those demons and vampires who deserve killing...
Dory is used to fighting hard and nasty. So when she wakes up in a strange scientific lab with a strange man standing over her, her first instinct is to take his head off. Luckily, the man is actually the master vampire Louis-Cesare, so he’s not an easy kill.
It turns out that Dory had been working with a Vampire Senate task force on the smuggling of magical items and weaponry out of Faerie when she was captured and brought to the lab. But when Louis-Cesare rescues her, she has no memory of what happened to her.
To find out what was done to her—and who is behind it—Dory will have to face off with fallen angels, the maddest of mad scientists, and a new breed of vampires that are far worse than undead…
I have been holding off on the reading Tempt the Stars, the next Cassandra Palmer book by Karen Chance, because I hadn't read this one yet. I had started it and got to page 25 two years ago, but ended up putting the book down and never coming back to it. The reason I was waiting to read Tempt the Stars is because this series is set the same universe and time line as the Cassandra Palmer books and Dorina Basarab's biological father Mircea is Cassandra's love interest. This means Mircea and his vampire family appears in both books. I didn't pick up the first Dorina book, Midnight's Daughter until after I had read Curse the Dawn, a Cassandra book, but that came chronologically before it. Basically, I spoilered myself for parts of the book, not realizing. Since then I have been careful to read them in the correct order.
One of the things that I found amazing about these two series is that the two main female characters of each book have never met, even though they share the love of the same man. One as his lover, the other as his child. There was finally for the first time, a moment where I believe they had an interaction - concerning Mircea, of course. But they were never introduced and totally get off on the wrong foot with each other. I can't wait to see how this will shake out in the end.
There was a lot of Dory and Mircea's history revealed in this book. And for all her bitching and complaining about her vampire alter-ego, I think that 'Dorina' isn't nearly as bad as Dory believes her to be. Dory's two sides have always been separated, but it looks like an integration process is beginning and neither side handles it very well.
There was so much action to be found. Vampires are violent creatures on a good day, and with a war being waged between the Silver Circle (good guys) and the Black Circle (bad guys), problems with smugglers and even the two factions of fairy sticking their noses into things, the action is ramped up even more. I think I just wasn't in the right mood or frame of mind last time I started this book, because this time I had no problems diving right in. I enjoyed this read and gave it 3 stars.