Chance's two series feature the first-person adventures of two different heroines, but because they are set in the same world, there are some very intriguing plot intersections.
In her second outing, the character of dhampir Dorina Basarab comes more clearly into focus,
as does the mess she's in. Chance's patented blend of political intrigue, wrapped around deadly danger and spiced with complex characterization,
is a proven winner. If you haven't yet sunk your teeth into one of her novels, you are missing out.
When her former roommate Claire flees Faerie along with her young son, the heir to the throne, Dorina knows she's in for trouble. Claire is desperate to protect Aiden from the Fey faction who want to kill him. There's a magical rune that can protect Aiden, but it has been stolen, so Claire needs Dorina's help recovering it.
Interestingly, Dorina has also been hired by her vampire father Mircea to capture a vampire who may know something about the rune's whereabouts. When sexy and irritating vampire Louis-Cesare appears also looking for the rune, Dorina suspects all hell is about to break loose.
(ONYX, Jan., 384 pp., $7.99)