Midnight's Daughter (Dorina Basarab Series #1)

Midnight's Daughter (Dorina Basarab Series #1)

by Karen Chance
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Midnight's Daughter (Dorina Basarab Series #1) by Karen Chance

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Karen chance has written a paranormal—with bite.

Dorina Basarab is a dhampir—half-human, half-vampire. Unlike most dhampirs, though, Dory has managed to maintain her sanity. Now Dory’s vampire father has come to her for help— again. Her Uncle Dracula (yes, the Dracula), cruelest among vampires, has escaped his prison. And her father wants Dory to work with gorgeous master vampire Louis-Cesare to put him back there.

Although Dory prefers to work alone, Dracula is the only thing that truly scares her—and when she has to face him, she’ll take all the help she can get…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440633447
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/07/2008
Series: Dorina Basarab Series , #1
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 39,988
File size: 550 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

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.

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Midnight's Daughter (Dorina Basarab Series #1) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 281 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There is a war going on between the Vampire Senate and the dark mages of the Black Circle the hostilities have made arms dealers very wealthy as they sell magical armaments to both camps. Five hundred years old dhampir Dorina Basarab is unlike her peers as she can somewhat control her berserker rages so is uninterested in the war. She worries when her best friend Claire the null witch, who could be a valuable weapon of mass destruction, has gone missing for a month. Dory has been directing all her energy into finding her buddy when a family member asks for her help.----------------- Her father, first level vampire Mircea informs hat her Uncle Dracula escaped his confinement. He needs her help to capture and re-incarcerate the craziest deadliest family member. Dory has had one horrific fight with her uncle and does not want a rematch. Her father makes a deal with his daughter if she catches Dracula, he will get the Vampire Senate to search for Claire. Knowing Dracula will be coming for her and her Uncle Rudu, Dory accepts her dad¿s terms. Gathering allies, Dory is stunned to learn her adversary has captured Claire.----------- Dory is an interesting lead character, a dhampire who has survived for five centuries on her dysfunctional family by controlling her rages and killing only when necessary those deserving to die. She is a unique dhampir as most cannot control their berserker tendencies or show love towards another person like she does towards Claire as a sister would. There is plenty of action, a bit of romance, and a fascinating look at the Dracula brood. Urban fantasy readers will want to take a chance on this tale as well as the author¿s backlist (see CLAIMED BY SHADOWS). Karen Chance is by far one of the best authors writing urban fantasies today.-------- Harriet Klausner
BlueMoonlightReader More than 1 year ago
Wow. So, I devoured this book. I have read Karen Chance's Cassandra Palmer novels and I enjoyed them greatly, but this one, I devoured. Dory is not a character I expected to fall in love with. In fact, I almost passed this book up because the blurb on the back of the book didn't really pull me in. I took a chance (ha!) because of the other Karen Chance novels I had read. I found that Dory is complex and fascinating. I really wanted to curl up with Louis-Cesare somewhere for a while, or even go to a family function with Mircea and Radu just to watch them interact. These characters were so well written that I wanted to sit down with each one and talk to them. They feel so real. I loved that the fact that they are paranormal creatures seemed secondary to their very "human" relationships and emotions. I literally re-read the ending three times this morning at 3am. I could not put it down until I finished it and even then I did not want it to be done. Way to go Karen Chance, and thank you for creating such amazing characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought the romantic subplot worked well. I can be a bit like Goldilocks when it comes to how much romance I like in my fantasy, and Karen Chance gets it just right: enough romance to add spice to the story and raise the emotional stakes, not so much romance that it eats the plot for lunch. The first half of Midnight's Daughter follows Dorina as she travels from place to place, trying to amass information, allies, and kick-butt magical weaponry, stalked by Dracula all the while. I found this part of the novel slow going despite the frequent action scenes. I think this is mainly because I read Midnight's Daughter without having read the Cassie Palmer novels first. I kept getting the idea I should know these characters well, but I didn't. Some of them are based on historical figures, but while I know who Kit Marlowe and Casanova are, I don't know how they fit into vampire politics and history, or how they fit into Dory's life. Dorina Basarab is a more independent heroine who is aware of her own power and limitations; unlike Cassie, she isn't in near constant need of rescuing, and winning battles isn't out of sheer luck. Dory has lived on her own for over 500 years. Mircea shows up to ask his estranged daughter for a favor - help recapture Uncle Dracula. She only grudgingly agrees after he offers to use his influence to help locate Dory's best friend and room mate, Claire, who has gone missing. Dory helped capture Drac last time he escaped, and he is the only thing that truly terrifies her. A huge bonus for me was the inclusion of master vampire Louis-Cesare in the plot as a main character. The book is fast paced and action packed with a lot of combat. There is more blood and mayhem than the Cassie series, but it worked well for this new protagonist.  Great work, I love it.    
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the sexual tension right out the gate. Did drag a little and wandered a little, but loved it and got the second ones as soon as I was finished.
sukie More than 1 year ago
Just what I've been looking for. I started reading LKH a few years ago and found this same sense of satisfaction at the beginning of her Anita Blake novels. I loved the gore and the fighting. I loved Dory's fearlessness and sheer guts. I'm going back to B&N and finding the Cassandra Palmer series to see if they measure up to this book. It literally took my breath away.... When Dory fights at the end and to save her life she envelops herself in something I cannot describe here (you'll have to read the book!), I was blown away. Fantastic!
Cerulean_Talon More than 1 year ago
This newest series about Dorina Basarab, like Karen Chance's Cassandra Palmer series has me hooked. Since, I've gone through each and every one of the Cassandra Palmer novels it was not surprising that her character in this one was even more dynamic! Karen Chance never lets you down and each time I open a new book of hers I feel like I've stepped into a wonderful world. I highly recommend the series and the author.
Xedra77 More than 1 year ago
Karen Chance readers need to move past the need for a "happy" ending, and Midnight's Daughter is no exception. There is closure, no mortifying death or anything like that. . .well, OK, death but not a mortifying one. What I think sets Chance apart from the other fantasy writers, flirting with the romantic side is that she can finish a book and leave the reader a little hungry, maybe even a little edgy, without the book feeling unfinished. Here's the low down on Midnight's Daughter. Dory is tough, but not just your normal simpering heroine with a tough exterior - she's truly tough, a berserker for all practical purposes. There's nothing pretty, or gentle, or soft about her. So, in the midst of this war, she's shocked to be presented with romance and, when she has to fight for it, she's angry (instead of the weepy heroines I hate). It's refreshing and I can't wait to read the next one. Write faster Karen!
Eneri009 More than 1 year ago
First time reading any book by Karen Chance. I thought it was a good book kept my interest thru & thru till the very end. There's a lot of great characters that I would like to find out more about. There seems to be many secrets that still have to be revealed. Loved the playful banter between Dory & Louis Cesar. Don't know if his ever met anyone like Dorina. I can truly say this has become a new series on my list.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun to read the first time, and a delight to re-read.
11327944 More than 1 year ago
Dorina story is very good, I think it's even better than Cassie's story. I've read the series and I hope, the author comes back and writes more about where Dorina is with the consul. I don't want to write too much and spoil the other books for reader. But maybe Cassie book that's coming out soon with pick up a little of what's going on with Dorina as they do overlap in places. Overall money well spent!
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
I been putting off reading this and well spin offs. But finally got around to reading this and was surprised by how much I liked it. For the most part I was going to give this a 3.5 rating. but decided on 4 stars because of the writing style and of course Dorina. I mean I like the Cassie series but I might like this a bit more. Also, the side characters were interesting as well. Though at times it got confusing to what was going on, but I still liked the book. A good start and makes me want to get back to this series.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Karen Chance is a fantastic author whose books keep getting better and better. It's a great urban fantasy book and the plot and characters keep you wanting to read more. It also has a good dose of humor which is typical for a Karan Chance book. I would recommend this to anyone.
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thereviewer More than 1 year ago
I've read all the Cassie Palmer series books and all the Dorina series books. Karen Chance is my favorite author. I love that all her heroines are super kick-butt and very funny. The witty banter makes me laugh out loud and I love the sprinkled romance, but mostly I love the world she has created. Not since Harry Potter have I fallen in love with fictional world. Full of every monster, but with a human side. Faeries, vampires, werewolves, Gods, other realms! I highly recommend any of the books Karen Chance writes.
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