FROM THE BOOKCOVER:Midnight’s Daughter is a spin-off novel from Karen Chance’s popular Cassandra Palmer urban fantasy series. Chance’s new character Dorina is a dhampir and unapologetic kick-ass, bad-guy smiting anti-heroine. If this resembles an archetype of many paranormal and urban fantasy central characters you would be right. However, Chance has imbued Dorina with her own special brand of sardonic humour, self-reliance and a unique back story.
Dorina Basarab is a dhampir—half-human, half-vampire. Subject to uncontrollable rages, most dhampirs live very short, very violent lives. So far, Dory has managed to maintain her sanity by unleashing her anger on those demons and vampires who deserve killing.
Now Dory’s vampire father has come back into her life. Her uncle Dracula (yes, the Dracula) infamous even among vampires for his cruelty and murderous ways, has escaped his prison. And her father wants Dory to work with the gorgeous master vampire Louis-Cesare to put him back there.
Vampires and dhampirs are mortal enemies, and Dory prefers to work alone. But Dracula is the only thing on earth that truly scares her, and when Dory has to go up against him, she’ll take all the help she can get…
Midnight’s Daughter is a non-stop action adventure. Mircea, the master vampire from the Cassandra novels, is Dorina’s father and recruits her to track down and recapture Dracula. Dorina is reluctant, but her room mate has disappeared, and Mircea promises the resources of the Council to locate her in return for her services. Dorina agrees because her room mate is one of her few friends, a witch, a calming influence on her volatile dhampir nature and currently the most important person in her complicated life.
Dorina is a lone-wolf and ostracized in the supernatural community because of her outcast dhampir nature. Mircea partners her with her uncle Radu’s son Louis-Cesare, a master vampire with a murky past. As they work together their relationship evolves from open hostility, to grudging admiration and eventually into a burgeoning romantic entanglement.
Actions scenes are frequent and descriptively violent and not for the faint of heart. All events lead to the climatic confrontation with Dracula and you will not be disappointed with the explosive conclusion.
Chance’s quirky humour shows though on numerous occasions including a battle on a parade float in Las Vegas, featuring a cameo appearance by Casanova from the original series. A later scene has Dorina struggling with an uncooperative flying carpet covered footstool while trying to have a conversation. It has to be read to be believed.
While not exploring new urban fantasy territory, Midnight’s Daughter is an unpretentious, rollicking actioner just right for a weekend of guilty pleasure reading. If you liked the Cassandra Palmer series you will certainly enjoy Midnight's Daughter.
Read the first two chapters.
Be sure to visit Fantasy & Sci-Fi Lovin' Book Reviews for an excellent interview with author Karen Chance.