Why, oh why, did I wait so long to pick up this book? I am a big fan of Karen Chance’s Cassie Palmer books and this is a spinoff from that series. It exists in the same world, featuring Mircea’s daughter Dory as the main protagonist. Simply put, it has all the awesome of the Cassie books without the headache from all that time travel.
Dory is a dhampir, a part human, part vampire hybrid. Her kind is rare and reviled by humans and vamps alike. She is nearly immortal and has super-senses… plus she had a tendency to go into a berserker rage when pushed too far. Anyway, Dory hates her dad. She thinks he abandoned her as a child and never really cared about her. As an adult, she finds him heavy handed and wants nothing to do with him. Unfortunately, as this story begins, he comes to her with an offer she can’t refuse.
Dory’s roommate is missing and she has been searching for her for a month. Mircea promises to use his considerable resources to bring Claire home IF Dory helps locate her crazed and revenge driven uncle, Vlad. Dory really wants to tell her dad to shove the job, but she puts her friend first and decides to accept. Coming along for the ride, is her other uncle’s progeny, Louis Cesare. (Cassie fans will recognize his backstory from those books.)
At first, LC and Dory are like oil and water. But there is such a great dynamic there. He is so powerful and yet so vulnerable at the same time. Dory both rages against his strength at the same time she kind of revels in it. There is fantastic sexual tension, but as they really learn each other, I really believed there was more to it.
Dory is a kick-ass heroine. She has some attitude, sure, but she is a good person and very loyal. She endures so much, yet she always comes out swinging. Then there is Louis Cesare. At first, he seems like he is a total douchebag, but the more I got to know him, the more I wanted to crawl inside of the book and give him a hug. OK. Maybe not just a hug, because WOAH he is hot.
The plot is fantastic with breakneck pacing. I didn’t want to put it down! The world building is solid; and the character development is great too. There is so much action: fighting, plotting, double crossing, and violence. But just as prominent is time spent learning what makes these characters tick. I really cared about them and what would happen next.
It’s really good Urban Fantasy with a perfect dose of romance peppered in. You don’t have to read the Cassie Palmer books to enjoy this, either, though you might understand a bit more about Mircea and LC if you do. — I can’t wait to read the next installment.
Click to purchase: Amazon
by Karen Chance
Release Date: October 7, 2008