Thursday, July 8, 2010
Review: Death's Mistress
Death's Mistress is the second book in the Dorina Basarab series by Karen Chance and an Onyx Novel.
Dorina Basarab is a dhampir - half human, half vampire. Subject to uncontrollable rages, most dhampirs live very short, very violent lives. But so far, Dory has managed to maintain her sanity by unleashing her anger on those demons and vampires who deserve killing.
Back home in Brooklyn after the demise of her insane uncle, Dracula, Dory's hoping her life is about to calm down. But then she gets some visitors. A friend wants Dory's help in finding a magical Fey relic, and the gorgeous vampire Louis-Cesare is desperate to find his former mistress, Christine.
Dory and Louis-Cesare quickly discover that the same master vampire Christine is bound to is also rumored to be in possession of the relic. But when the master vampire turns up dead, they realize that there's more at stake than a missing mistress. Someone is killing vampire Senate members, and if Dory and Louis-Cesare can't stop the murderer, they might be next.
Dorina Basarab is the 500 year old half human, half vampire daughter of master vampire Mircea Basarab - member of the North American Vampire Senate.
One would think that being the daughter of a high ranking vampire would make a girls life a dream - but not so much.
Dhampir's are hated by vampires - considered to be nothing but lowly animals - and usually killed on sight. Dorina is the exception. She is executioner to the Senate. In this capacity she is useful - but still, barely tolerated.
When Dory's friend Clair comes to her for help finding a stolen artifact and her father Mircea sends her on a 'snatch and grab' mission - Dory realizes that the two have a lot in common. Both Clair and Mircea are looking for the same artifact.
Dory thinks she may have a lead on the artifact - but Louis-Cesare shows up and claims that he needs the artifact - and he will do whatever it takes to get it.
I really enjoyed this book. This is one of my favorite series.
Dorina is a tough as nails, kick butt now - ask questions later kinda gal. She does not have the best relationship with her family - but she and Mircea have the opportunity to work on that, if they are both willing.
And Louis-Cesare - well, he seems to like Dory a lot. :) But a vampire and a dhampir couldn't have any kind of relationship - could they?
I give Death's Mistress 5 out of 5 stars.
***On a side note: This is my 400th blog post. :) YaY - Go Me!!