Author: Karen Chance
Released: August 26th, 2008
Midnight’s Daughter is the first novel in the Dorina Basarab series. The whole series fits into the Cassandra Chance world, so if you’re a fan of one, I strongly urge you to read the other. Both series bounce around each other in the timeline, so it’s really quite fun to read them all.
Dorina, better known as Dory (seriously, don’t call her Dorina), is a dhampir. As in, half-human and half-vampire. She’s tough, sassy, and really isn’t in the mood to put up with anyone’s messes.
I’ll confess that I don’t normally like it when series use dhampirs. But there are some notable exceptions. Dory and Blade being the most notable ones. Karen Chance did an excellent job portraying dhampirs. And better yet (in my mind), she gives them consequences. They aren’t just magical beings that have all the benefits of vampires, while none of their faults. It keeps them from feeling overpowered, in my opinion. And honestly it makes them more interesting as well.
I love Dory’s series, and not just because she provides a totally different perspective for what is happening in Cassie’s events. Dory comes with baggage, both the good and the bad. But it never slows her down, if anything it inspires her to fight even harder. Because of that, her plots tend to be full of sass, determination, and amazing fight scenes. Who could ask for more?
I’d suggest reading Cassie Palmer one through three before picking up this book. Actually, you should probably read everything in publishing order. As I said, the two series intertwine a lot. Some people actually consider them to really be of the same series. So timing matters. I’d also suggest reading the short story Buying Trouble before this. It isn’t required, but it’ll explain some of the secondary characters and what they’ve been doing (it is relevant, I promise).
Side note before we begin: I’ve actually read this whole series multiple times (it’s one of my favorites), but it wasn’t until recently that I realized that I’ve never reviewed the older books in the series. So here I am, reading them all again, and loving every minute of it.
Because I’m doing a reread with a group of people (the Karen Chance Street Team – message me if you want to know more about it) I’m also going to include the discussions prompts we’ve been using. That will be at the end of the review, so if you’re curious, check it out.