- Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Berkley (Jan. 5 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0451412761
- ISBN-13: 978-0451412768
- Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 2.9 x 17 cm
- Shipping Weight: 249 g
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #477,468 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Death's Mistress: A Midnight's Daughter Novel Mass Market Paperback – Jan 5 2010
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"Karen Chance will enthrall you." -- Rebecca York
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Senator Mircea Basarab is Dory's vampire father. Since the Senate's intelligence organization has all its members busy, Lord Mircea is hiring Dory more and more often for her mercenary skills. Dory is sent after a fifth-level master vampire's head. Even beheaded, a fifth-level would survive over a week; the head could talk and the body would be mobile in hopes of locating each other and healing before it's too late. But the gorgeous vampire Louis-Cesare steals the head from Dory, leaving her with an animated body that others are trying to eliminate before the head talks too much to the wrong people.
Louis-Cesare needs the head to locate and rescue his former mistress, Christine, before her demise. It just so happens that Christine is currently bound to the same master vampire that has the relic Claire so desperately needs. Once again, Dorina and Louis-Cesare must work together or they will both lose. When they finally locate the master vampire, he is dead - the final death. But things are even worse than they already appear, because someone is killing vampire Senate members. Unless the duo can stop the murderer, they might be next.
**** FOUR STARS! If you did not read the first title in this series, Midnight's Daughter, do not fret. You will not feel lost at all. The author has done a fantastic job giving new readers all the information they need without coming across as a boring narration.
From the beginning until the ending this story is non-stop chaos of the sort only the undead or the Fey can deliver. Though Dorina and Louis-Cesare are polar opposites in the royalty gene pool, they are more alike than either would admit, even under duress. For the reader, that means high entertainment whether the pair are in the bedroom or on the battlefield. High drama indeed. ****
Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
Like Dori didn't have enough on her hands, Louis-Cesare got involved, after being MIA for over a month, because his mistress, Christine, is held prisoner by one of the greedy Senate member.
I have conflicted feeling about that book. I think the intrigue was fairly good, the entire book was action-packed and I didn't guess the real culprit until the last 30 pages or so. But I think some aspect might have needed a little more polishing. For instance, I felt like chapter 39 would have been a great deleted scene, as I found it useless, it's about 15 pages long, Dori is at the Mages Championship (some kind of race), in the whole thing brought nothing to the story.
Overall I preferred the first book over this one, I felt like even though there was a good plot, something was missing, I didn't get that little spark I'm looking for in a book. I am suspecting it's probably because we didn't see Louis-Cesare much. Maybe also because I didn't connect as much with Dori is I did in the first book. She doesn't have any rage-fits, she's not as spicy. I have to admit I was kind of disappointed.
On the plus side, we got to discover more about Dori's parents. I loved to see Mircea open up a bit and hope we discover more!
Also, the end was really good. The loop was well rounded and there is hope for a good follow-up. I am not giving up on this series, but I really hope I'll get more romance in the next book because I was romance-depraved in that one.
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This book in particular is my favorite of the series--it hits that sweet spot between sexual tension, conflicted alliances, and ongoing chaos of catastrophic proportions. It introduced Ray, one of my favorite literary vampires. It had an enormous amount of character development for Dorina--far from the brittle, bitter woman we meet in the first chapters of the first book. I loved her then, too; but it's lovely to see believable character development, especially in urban fantasy.
I will say this: don't start the series with this book. Dorina's series is so short and tightly written that you can't just step into it at random as you might with other urban fantasy books. Start at the beginning. It'll make the ride that much sweeter.
The 2nd book in the Dorina Basarab series. Dory's roommate Claire has returned from Fairie due to threats against her son and the rune of power that should be his having been stolen. The Senate has Dory under contract and this time, she's to bring back the vampire's head but not kill him. However, Louis-Cesare is not only after Ray as well but trying to get his progeny, Christine, back. All trails lead back to the Senator who has Christine but when he turns up dead, things start getting a lot more complicated with Louis-Cesare's bid to leave the European Senate to compete for a spot in the North American Senate but there is so much more going on than anyone realizes.
This one goes all over the place and it's hard to put down because then it's a jigsaw puzzle trying to put it all back together again. Everything does fit perfectly at the end but it's a wild ride getting there.
This one was even better than book one. I can't believe how all those storylines came together.
Of course, there was more sexy fun times with Dory and Louis-Cesare. Really sexy fun times. I expect them to do the full monty in the upcoming Fury's Kiss. They have serious chemistry and I can't wait to see them grow even closer. I really like them as a couple.
I still really like Dory as a character even when she's being stubborn as all hell and expecting angles in every dealing with Mircea. I still don't really blame her for this. Their entire relationship has always consisted of angles and half-truths, but Mircea seems to be making an effort towards something better. I wonder if his relationship with Cassie has helped with that. Speaking of which, Mircea was talking about Cassie with Marlowe right in front of Dory, but none of it made any sense to her. Plus, there's that memory of her mother she accidentally picked up from him. It still seems to affect him deeply. I have to wonder how it meshes with his relationship with Cassie.
I was thrilled to see more of Marlowe in this book. I love Marlowe even with his prejudices against Dory for being a dhampir. I see that a lot of people think he's a dick because of the way he treats her, but Marlowe is the way he is. He has a certain way of thinking and he's not likely to change it. I need to hurry and read his side stories to learn more about him.
I sure hope someone offs that Aesubrand soon. That guy is such a dick and he keeps sexually assaulting Dory while trying to kill her. Damned pervert. It's only a matter of time before he tries again.
And after a while, it didn't take too long to figure out who that killer was, though no one was going to suspect that particular person. There was no reason to. I can't remember at which moment it clicked for me, but it was something someone said. I think it was something Anthony said. That guy sure can take a beating, though!
But oh! There were some hilarious moments in this book. Especially once Dory met up with Raymond. I loved those scenes. I actually wouldn't mind seeing Ray show up again. He is a hoot.