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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Karen Chance has lived in France, the United Kingdom and Hong Kong, but always comes back to America. She currently lives in Central Florida, the home of make-believe, which may explain a lot.See all Product Description
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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Dorina, a dhampir (half human/half vamp), gets an unexpected visit from her friend Claire, the wife of a Fey prince, and her son, the Fey heir. Her son's life has been threatened and she is on the run to protect him. Dory agrees to help her find a missing magicial Fey amulet, which will protect Claire's son. Meanwhile, Dory's still taking rogue vampire hunting jobs for Mircea, her father--a powerful master vampire and senator. A war is on and the vampire senate agreed to outsource some of those jobs, resulting in a good business for Dory. While on a job, Dory runs into Louis-Cesare, a master vampire who worked a case with her previously (in Midnight's Daughter, the first book in the series). Louis-Cesare is still hunting his former mistress Christine, and her life has been threatened. They are surprised to hear that the same vampire Elyas who is holding Christine may also hold the amulet. So they agree to work together to accomplish both goals.
But then with many twists and turns, everything goes haywire! One Fey who last had the amulet was murdered and another who is suspected to know where it is is missing. Several vampires and a mage are also hunting for the powerful amulet, but Dory must find it first. Elyas the vampire is murdered and Louis-Cesare has been framed as the main suspect. His innocence must be proved, or else the senate will have him put to death. There is a lot of vampire politics in play, between the US and European senates, and everyone is hunting for Louis-Cesare while he tries to find the real killer. Meanwhile the powerful Fey Aeusbrand (who we saw in Midnight's Daughter) is back, fighting Dory and also after the amulet. The ending was a COMPLETE SURPRISE for me. Wow! I won't give a hint and ruin it, but let me just say that what a good mystery this was. I never, never suspected the real killer.
The world building was excellent, and I continue to enjoy Chance's characters--Mircea, Dory, Louis-Cesare, Claire, Caedmon, Marlowe, and even Stinky. I would have liked to see more of Caedmon and more interaction with Louis-Cesare. I'm hoping to see more of them in the next book. The Dorina series is a spin off from Chance's Cassie Palmer series, within the same world and sharing a few of the same characters. As a leading character, I like Dorina better than Cassie. She's stronger and more interesting. When reading the series, I think it's better to start with the Cassie series but you don't have to. If you read the Dorina series, don't miss the anthology in On the Prowl, which should be read between Midnight's Daughter (Dorina Basarab, Dhampir, Book 1)and Death's Mistress. Another great read, it's focused on Claire's relationship with the Fey prince while they are on the run in Fey lands. You get to learn a lot about the Fey and what is happening with Claire while Dory searches for her in Midnight's Daughter.
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Claire, now a fey princess, pops back home with her son, the heir to a Light Fey kingdom, because a very bad fey is trying to murder the little boy and his magical protection has just been stolen and tracked conveniently to NYC. Not so conveniently a ton of very powerful mages and vampires are gathered in the city and they all want the same thing - the stolen rune, which will grant the wearer so much protection that they can not be killed. Some, if not most, of these contenders would be willing to kill for the rune and somebody does. Only Dory's main suspects are droppinng like flies as the murderer targets them as well, and still no one knows where the mysterious rune is.
To further complicate her world, but in the most exciting way, Louis-Caesar, European Senator, Family favorite, and Dorina's former partner versus Vlad, is back in town. Things were very hot and heavy between the two but he abandoned her abruptly at the end of the previous book to go chase after his old mistress whom he hasn't seen in a century. That could get to a girl, be she dhampir or not.
The chemistry between Dorina and Louis-Caesar sizzles! Relationships between them as well as with her blood family, Mircea and Radu, progress while pulling at your heart strings. A huge cast of new characters joins in the fun while bringing the trolls, ogres, and vampires we already new along for the ride. And the action is near non-stop as we expect and love from Ms. Chance! And this time it was with much less unnecessary gore. Fantastic!
I love how Dorina's world and Cassie's word ( from Ms. Chance's other popular series) scrape up against each other tantalizingly but never quite intersect. Think of what those two women could do in a book together! Although they'd probably give Mircea a heart attack if he was human.
My only criticism isn't with the writing but rather the Kindle versions layout. There was no discernible breaks between many of the scenes and so you'd find yourself jarred from one scene to a completely different situation with no warning. A little gap in text would have kept me from having to re-read a few paragraphs several times to figure out why the heck things didn't make sense.
This series intermingled with those of the Cassie Palmer companion series:
"Buying Trouble" Claire's short story in the On the Prowl anthology
Touch the Dark - Cassie Palmer
Claimed by Shadow - Cassie Palmer
Embrace the Night - Cassie Palmer
Midnight's Daughter - Dorina's first book
Curse the Dawn - Cassie Palmer
Fans who are well versed with Chance's previous books will have an easy time following the story, but for those just picking up the series need to note that three plotlines converge in Death's Mistress. First we have Dorina's story which started with MIDNIGHTS' DAUGHTER, second are subplots from the Cassandra Palmer series #1-4 and last but not least, we hear more about Dorina's roommate Claire who stars in Chance's novella BUYING TROUBLE. This convergence of action, characters, and storylines can sometimes be overwhelming to the uninitiated, but might inspire some to pick up the other books. For fans, Chance is in deliciously good form and delivers a worthy and exciting read that tears off at a frantic pace.
This time the non-stop action surrounds the theft of the Naudiz, a rune protection amulet held by one of the Fey houses. It renders its wearer un-killable and is intended for the royal heir. Further add the complication of the Vampire Senate actually using the theft of the rune and its paranormal black market sale as a "winner-takes-all" succession race to fill five vacant Senate seats. Whoever can get to it first wins. Bloodthirsty Level 1 vamps simultaneously compete by attempting to reacquire the rune as well as trying to off each other right and left. Regardless of how many others are caught in the crossfire, Dorina finds she has more to contend with than ever before.
Death's Mistress was deliciously entertaining, especially with tales of Mr. Lumpy (you'll have to read for yourself) and Dorina who is reluctantly stuck hauling around a decapitated vamp for a large chunk of the book delivers chuckles aplenty. I was faintly reminded of Richelle Mead's Storm Queen series with regard to the Fey weather battles with Dorina. By far the biggest revelation is...drum roll please...Christine! And fans hoping for more of Louis-Cesare need not be disappointed there's plenty of tasty-vamp to go around. Can Dorina manage to keep juggling all the balls Chance has thrown at her? You'll have to see for yourself!