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.
©2012 Karen Chance (P)2012 Tantor
I loved the non-stop action and character development. No one plots action as well as Karen Chance.
I would compare this to the other Midnight's Daughter books and the Cassie Palmer series.
I loved the scene when Ray and Dory go shopping for "supplies" for the fae. Laugh out loud funny.
I think it has to be the final scene between Louis-Cesar and Dory.
It has taken me a while to get used to Joyce Bean's narration of this series, particularly the voice of Mircea, as well as other male voices. The exception is the voice of Ray, which I think she gets just right.
I like Joyce Bean, but I don't think she is the right narrator for this book. This is the first book is this series that I have purchased on audio. Read the other 2. So distracting for me, that I couldn't finish the book.
I like this author I like her Cassie series as well as this one. The narrator is ok although i'm often distracted when she talks so long she runs out of breath. The book is good but confusing at times it jumps around with out notice and sometimes you have to rewind because you think you have missed something. She may have noticed this because at the end she took a while to explain exactly what happened then your like ohhhhh ok I get it. So again the book is good you just have to pay close attention and maybe rewind a few times to try to keep up.
I liked this a lot but I had to back up and go over a couple parts as she jumped from one reality to the next. It was ok once you got the thread of it.
The narrator did a good job. I like her voice and I never had any trouble following her beyond that of the story oddities I mentioned before.
Lots and lots of action and an ending that should be very interesting when we get to the next book.
In between the action, and sometimes even in the middle, it was like being at an event and standing with someone who just goes on and on until you can finally get away and find someone more interesting. This book might have gotten a higher rating if the soliloquies were a little shorter. They were so long that I would start to get bored and my mind would drift and I didn't care enough to rewind. It was also very confusing at times so you weren't sure what was happening. Luckily there was an explanation at the end.
This is the only book I've listened to in the series so I'm sure I missed a lot of background but there were enough explanations that I don't think you really needed to read/listen to them first.
The narrator was okay but at times was hard to understand when she was doing Ray, who turned out to be one of my favorite characters just because he was so funny.
I really like Karen Chance's work. The reviews I read about the narration in this series made me go to print for the first book. I know Joyce Bean's narration is good but fans were not fond of Mircea's voice or Marlow. I am not fond of her choices with these characters either but by the time I read the first book in print I was hooked on the series. I bought the last book published at the time from audible figuring that the narration would have gotten better over time. I seem to listen to it over and over again. For one thing this book does have an intricate plot but for another the humor is so well done both in the writing and narration that it remains fun every time I hear it. I eventually went backward with the purchases. The second book is very funny.
I like Joyce Bean's narration and these books are a challenge. While I am not fond of some of her vocal choices she handles the humor with great skill and is an asset to the series.
I like the characters in this series and the humor is so well integrated with the characters that it seems just easy to want time with them. It is hard to know why people choose to read one series or another and even harder to know how to share a discovered fondness. The readers of this series are enthusiastic for good reason and I am grateful for their reviews. I started from back to front because I really like the characters from the Cassie Palmer series and a vocal shift on shared characters is upsetting. I got over it.
The story keeps with the other novels and doesn't spend too much time rehashing the past story line. Writer jumps right into the action.
The picking up of why and how she is the way she is. Thou all the trials she keeps trying to save who she can and kick butt of those she can. A great character that doesn't spend a whole lot of time complaining about her life but taking charge of what she can do with the time she has. Ok and my husband loves the fact that she smokes pot in the other books.
I find that characters that you read about being from other foreign countries, you don't get the value of them until they are read correctly with an accent.
You take names that are french, Asian, German, etc. and read them you mind tends to think in English but when you hear them correctly spoken and with that accent it changes your whole perception of that character. Like Jaun Claude in the Anita Blake series by Laurell K. Hamilton. The narrator gives the character more attractive and believable character then when I read the books. Which I complete miss understood the names. Thou from that point and time when you read the next books that is how that character will sound in your head.
Yes. I do not recommend trying to fall to sleep to this book. It kept me up because I was laughing. The witty comments and ok her only servant is hilarious. The burning butt chapter I have played several times. The narrator gives him a whiney voice that just cracks me up.
Please keep tell the narrator and the author to write more books to this series.
The story was action packed with a good combination of humor and story line. I love that we finally get more insight into Dori and Mircea's relationship as well as a glance into Dori's past. Great story!!!
It's really nifty getting to read both the Cassandra Palmer series and this one getting to understand some of the mystery behind events. I am definitely looking forward to more.
O Day of days when we can read! The reader and the book, either without the other is naught. Ralph Waldo Emerson. I Love to read, a great time for me is curling up with a great book!!!
I Lovet the Dorinda series and this was no exception! Although this book does not particularly stand out from the rest, it was still an enjoyable read. Well worth the credit
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