Very, very hard to review this book. I gobbled up Karen Chance’s Cassie Palmer series and am anxiously awaiting book four to be released in April 2009. So I jumped on “Midnight’s Daughter” which is an offshoot of that series. Technically, this is a standalone novel. But IMHO, you really should read about Cassie and that world before taking on Dorina. It provides a deeper insight into her world and events that have shaped the actions and intentions of some characters in her book.
Dorina is a dhampir, half human, half vamp, and has fits of uncontrollable rages like all dhampir. She’s unusual in that she has managed to stay alive for over 500 years by channeling her rages into killing non-human creatures. When Daddy dearest shows up, Dorina knows it’s not good news. When Daddy dearest asks her to go after Uncle Drac (yes, that Dracula!), she’s sure he’s only sending her on this suicide mission to finally be rid of her once and for all. Especially seeing the vamp he intends to be her partner…Louis-Cesare. It doesn’t take long for both Dorina and Louis-Cesare to butt heads and become the targets of just about every other supernatural faction out there.
Very complex. Very intense. Very dark. I sucked this down like a vamp with O negative. This is really a dark urban fantasy with heavy emotional and relationship threads. Just about every character in this book could use the services of a good shrink (I’m thinking Lynda Hilburn’s Vampire Shrink) and you can forget about trying to predict what will happen next! I loved it. I want another Dorina book soon so I can see where she and maybe Louis too are headed.