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Death's Mistress (Dorina Basarab Series #2)

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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Absolutely Exciting!

As a Karen Chance fan and follower of her Cassandra Palmer series, I absolutely loved this book. Dorina is definitely a heroine worthy of the title. Karen Chance has given us a strong willed heroine to fall in love with. This series is so much fun to read. It will m...
As a Karen Chance fan and follower of her Cassandra Palmer series, I absolutely loved this book. Dorina is definitely a heroine worthy of the title. Karen Chance has given us a strong willed heroine to fall in love with. This series is so much fun to read. It will make you laugh, make you hot, make you love, and thrill your pants off.

Karen Chance knows how to work a mystery and take you on a wild ride while solving it.

If you follow her Cassandra Palmer series, this book gives you lots of wonderful insight into a major player in the Cassie series. You don't want to miss reading this one.

posted by Charis_Elpis on January 9, 2010

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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Death's Mistress Alternately Fizzles and Flares (literally, in some cases)

Dorina Basarab is dhamphir, half-vampire, half-human, a berserker who polices/executes misbegotten vampires (while she may consider that all of them, it's actually only revenants, vampires who didn't make it through the change correctly). Karen Chance is known for great...
Dorina Basarab is dhamphir, half-vampire, half-human, a berserker who polices/executes misbegotten vampires (while she may consider that all of them, it's actually only revenants, vampires who didn't make it through the change correctly). Karen Chance is known for great action scenes. This book has a couple of over-the-top action scenes that, while original and humorous become, frankly, exhausting.

Louis-Cesare, her aristocratic French vampire love interest, returns here accused of murdering the vampire who is holding his former mistress Christine. Also appearing is Radu, Louis-Cesare's maker and Dorina's uncle. Radu is always amusing. Christine is an interesting plot device with a twist. Dorina's sidekick-in-a-bag is an absolute joy...whoever said that tertiary characters couldn't be fun? Louis-Cesare, in my mind, comes across as rather flat in this installment, though he was well-developed in the first book. Dorina, while still fun, is also a bit flat. Perhaps it is the lack of madness that's a problem (or perhaps it's the unexplored explanation for why her fits are gone). Or perhaps it's that I was looking forward to a bit more of the passionate, creative romance scenes that Ms. Chance does so very well.

Dorina's father, vampire Senator Mircea, has been given many, many pages in the Cassie Palmer novels, but in Death's Mistress, the passages regarding his attempts to build a better relationship with his daughter are well executed and quite touching.

I was slightly disappointed by this book, but then I adored Midnight's Daughter, the first installment. Still, it's an entertaining romp, and I look forward to the next one.

posted by HillaryJ on February 23, 2010

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