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Midnight's Daughter (Dory) [Kindle Edition]

Karen Chance
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)

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Book Description

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Karen chance has written a paranormal—with bite.

Dorina Basarab is a dhampir—half-human, half-vampire. Unlike most dhampirs, though, Dory has managed to maintain her sanity. Now Dory’s vampire father has come to her for help— again. Her Uncle Dracula (yes, the Dracula), cruelest among vampires, has escaped his prison. And her father wants Dory to work with gorgeous master vampire Louis-Cesare to put him back there.

Although Dory prefers to work alone, Dracula is the only thing that truly scares her—and when she has to face him, she’ll take all the help she can get…

Editorial Reviews


"A grab-you-by-the-throat-and-suck-you-in sort of book." ---Patricia Briggs, author of the New York Times bestselling Mercy Thompson series


Karen Chance takes her place along with Laurell K. Hamilton, Charlaine Harris, MaryJanice Davidson, and J.D. Robb SF Revu A wonderfully entertaining romp with an engaging heroine Kelley Armstrong

Product Details

  • File Size: 624 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Onyx (October 7, 2008)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0017SYMWG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,023 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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69 of 79 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun read October 7, 2008
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is a fun offshoot of the Cassandra Palmer series set in the same world and time frame as those books; the majority of the secondary characters are originally introduced in the Cassandra Palmer series. In one of those books Cassie ended up causing Dracula to be freed from a trapped box where the vampire senate had been keeping him imprisoned. The Cassie books left this plot unresolved, but this book takes it up. Dory is asked by her father to take care of the problem for him and that's the main focus of the book. We also get some nice back story on Dory's and her family's past as well.


1) This is a quick fun read back into the world of Cassandra Palmer. It was able to keep me interested through the whole book and still remains rememberable after a weekend spent plowing through a stack of books. I liked the world and I really enjoyed an alternate perspectve on characters I'd seen in the Cassandra Palmer series. It provides a more complete picture or the world and events taking place.

2) Caedmon. I loved this character. I have some complaints about others (see below), but this one I truly found to be my favorite. I didn't expect it and ignored him for a bit at first, but I ended up finding him very interesting. Maybe as a result of ignoring him, I ended up surprised by his behavior and information revealed about him. I really hope another book comes out that deals with him as a main character. It was hinted at near the end and I hope it follows through.


1) Background of world and character. Depending on your experience with the author and her previous books this could be either bad or good. For me it was the perfect amount of background information.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sharp Urban Fantasy January 30, 2009
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I ordered this book because I enjoyed the author's Cassandra Palmer series. Though at times that series strained my patience with constant time traveling, it was still a fresh urban fantasy with new twists on vampires, fey and whatnot. Midnight's Daughter is the first in a spin-off of that series starring a new protagonist, the half vampire (dhampir) daughter of the master vampire, Mircea. Dhampirs are natural enemies of vampires, and subject to homicidal rages that they don't remember. Cool.

I was happily surprised to find I like this series much better. Dorina Basarab is a more independent heroine who is aware of her own power and limitations; unlike Cassie, she isn't in near constant need of rescuing, and winning battles isn't out of sheer luck. Dory has lived on her own for over 500 years. Mircea shows up to ask his estranged daughter for a favor - help recapture Uncle Dracula. She only grudgingly agrees after he offers to use his influence to help locate Dory's best friend and room mate, Claire, who has gone missing. Dory helped capture Drac last time he escaped, and he is the only thing that truly terrifies her. A huge bonus for me was the inclusion of master vampire Louis-Cesare in the plot as a main character. He first appeared in Touch the Dark (Cassandra Palmer, Book 1)and I liked him immediately. I'm not even sure why - possibly because even then there seemed to be a vulnerability about him. Mircea has ordered them to work together on this. Naturally, they are attracted to each other and the sexual tension is high. But both of them are emotionally damaged, and get on each other's last nerve. It's a battle of wills from the start, with lots of sexy and funny confrontations.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A spin off series even better than the original! September 18, 2009
Format:Kindle Edition
So, I really enjoyed the author's Cassandra Palmer Series. This book is set in the same world but stars a different protagonist, much as Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld series has multiple heroines. Bitten (Women of the Otherworld, Book 1)] Happily, Dorina Basarab is an outstanding butt-kicking supernatural antiheroine. The 500-hundred year old daughter of Dracula's brother, Mircea, she is secure in her power yet emotionally vulnerable. Violent yet capable of a startling compassion. I enjoyed her more in many ways than Cassie. The sexual and emotional tension between Dorry and Louis-Cesare (another carry over character) smokes and the novel paces well, fast with lots of action though a lot of flashbacks.

Buy and enjoy!!

SB Frank Recommends:
If this book interests you, try reading the first book of Karen Chance's Cassandra Palmer series, Touch the Dark.
Touch the Dark (Cassandra Palmer, Book 1)

If you're interested in Romance and Dhampir, you might try Aussie Author Keri Arthur's Riley Jensen, Guardian Series. Full Moon Rising (Riley Jensen, Guardian, Book 1)

And then for newcomers to the urban fantasy genre there is the ever popular and fun-to-read Kim Harrison "The Hollow" series that starts with Dead Witch Walking: [[ASIN:0061567191 Dead Witch Walking (The Hollows, Book 1)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ended well, but took too long to get there... April 17, 2011
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This series starts out with the same problem as Chance's Cassie Palmer series - way too much exposition and unnecessary facts/world-building thrown at the reader at the beginning of the book (and it continues bogging the action down for more than halfway through the book). The pace didn't pick up until about 75% of the way in. I stopped reading this book about halfway through and honestly thought I wouldn't come back to it. Then I decided to read the novella "Buying Trouble," and found it to be much more interesting. It provided just enough backstory about Claire and the Fey to make me want to try to finish this book. I'm glad I did now, because the last 25% of the book was much better. It doesn't get more than 3 stars, though, because it took way too long to get there. If Chance is true to form, her next book in this series will be better because she won't focus so much on world-building/backstory and will balance the action better, so I'll give it a shot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The troubles never stop - and neither does the fun.
A very nice spin-off from the Cassandra Palmer series. Don't worry if you haven't read that series - be happy there are some very similar and just as awesome books left to... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Another reader
5.0 out of 5 stars good story
enjoyed the story using Cassie Palmer characters. good story line. lots of action. i would recommend this book if you like paranormal stories
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Damphir
I loved this book, just like all the rest of Karen chance's books. I believe the Dorina Basarb novels a lot better then her other series. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Maybe has a tiny spoiler-but don't worry about it
This was the first Karen Chance book that I have read-or should say tried to read-as I didn't finish it. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Sheila D. Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE DORY
Just love this one. Dory is one, kick butt, no nonsense kinda woman. We need more books about her :)
Published 5 months ago by nicole ance
5.0 out of 5 stars Too funny, brilliantly written
I read a book a day and not all of them are great - this one is. Ms. Chance is such a great story teller. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Terrible narrator
I just got finished listening to all the Cassie Palmer audio books and enjoyed them. So then I moved on to Dorina, and had to stop several chapters in. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Bookenz
4.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
** spoiler alert ** First in the Dorina Basarab urban fantasy series revolving around a dhampir, Dory, Mercia's rebellious daughter. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Kathy Davie
5.0 out of 5 stars Dorina Book One
Dory drew me right in and never let go. I really like her attitude and the way the author drew you into her past with her father. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Read It All
5.0 out of 5 stars enjoyed it
I have read most of Chance's books. They have never disappointed. I am looking forward to more of her works.
Published 12 months ago by L. Fritts
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Karen Chance is a New York Times bestselling novelist, writer of the popular Cassandra Palmer and Dorina Basarab urban fantasy series. For more information, the latest news, free stories, contests and more, visit her website at or stop by her Facebook page at

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Death's Mistress - Dorina book 2!
I actually got the feeling that there were more differences than similarities. Yeah, they're both witty, (though I'm thinking Dory trumps Cassie on this one) both smart but in the end Dorina is def more ruthless. I like this trait in a heroine. And no offense to die hard Cassie fans (i'm a fan... Read More
May 2, 2009 by May Berry |  See all 5 posts
No. He's the evil mage from Touch the Dark (the one who escaped from the fight at the casino). Louis-Cesar even names him there--calling him Jonathan. Pritkin was at the same fight in TTD, but on the other side, so there's no way they could be the same person. He is also described... Read More
Jan 15, 2009 by CarlyEdwards |  See all 2 posts
Looks Like An Offshoot of the Cassandra Palmer Series
Yes, it is the same character (Louis-Cesare). It's an offshoot of the Cassandra Palmer series and takes place in the same time frame as those books with a lot of the same characters appearing. Also includes characters from her anthology contribution in On the Prowl, "Buying Trouble."
Oct 6, 2008 by Leslie Vanderford |  See all 5 posts
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