This terrific launch of a new series ties together elements from both Chance's previous trilogy and short story. The complexity and treachery of this supernatural world keeps her protagonist on the edge. In dhampir Dorina Basarab, Chance has created a sassy, tough heroine who never says die. Following these first-person adventures is going to be an adrenaline high!
As the half-human, half-vampire daughter of powerful ancient vampire Mircea, Dorina has both daddy and family issues. Dhampir are traditionally vampire killers, and Dorina is tops at her job. Her life gets turned upside down when her best friend, Claire, disappears and Mircea shows up with a job for her. It seems that vicious and deadly Uncle Dracula has escaped his prison and is seeking vengeance.
To help Dorina stop Dracula, Mircea has assigned master vampire Louis-Cesare to assist her. Considering who she's up against, Dorina reluctantly accepts the help. As for the missing Claire, is she a victim of the war between the vampire Senate and the Dark Circle mages, or something else? Either way Dorina is going to find out. (ONYX, Oct., 384 pp., $7.99)