Book Review

DEATH'S MISTRESS
by Karen Chance

Genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Urban Fantasy

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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)

Reviewed By: Jill M. Smith

Publisher: ONYX

Published: January 2010

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I love Louis-Cesare

Submitted by Oliva Love on June 25, 2010 - 2:48am.

I have always loved Louis-Cesare in both the Cassie Palmer and the Dorina Basarab story lines. The sparks between them were burning up the pages. He makes my heart pitter-patter. I was happy to see their story advance as well as see a resolution to Christine's situation. Dorina and her relationship with her father advanced for the better as well. I also have a sweet spot for Mircea.

That being said, the story moved fast with lots of action and I got lost a few times. Too many things going on at once and I had to re-read sections because I wasn't able to visualize everything that was going on. Example, the fey attacks on the house. My poor brain just couldn't seem to keep up with the people and action. It's been a long time since I read the earlier stories so it took me a lttle while to get back up to speed with who Claire was, the house and portals etc.

I loved Ray. He cracked me up and I had to admit, he grew on me. Radu always makes me smile as well.