Reading Level: Adult
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Size: 544 pages
Publisher: Signet Select
Release Date: October 2, 2012
Stand Alone or Series: 3rd book in the Dorina Basarab series
Source: Borrowed through Library
Rating: 4/5 stars
This is the third book in the Dorina Basarab series. I have really enjoyed the previous books in this series. I also read the first three books in the Cassie Palmer series, but stopped because I didn’t enjoy them as much. This was an excellent and action packed book, but at times I got a bit lost in the politics…let’s face it it’s been a really long time since the second book in this series released.
Dory is working with the Vampire Senate on uncovering a smuggling ring that’s smuggling goods into our world from Fairy. At the beginning of the book she wakes up in a cage in a lab in full rage mode; luckily Louis-Cesare is there to fight her until she realizes she’s been rescued. Dory has to unravel the mystery of what is going on, despite her huge gaps in memory.
This book saw a lot of character growth for a lot of characters. Dory learns a ton about her past. Her and Louis-Cesare definitely heat things up a bit. I have to admit I loved this…I’ve been rooting for Dory and Louis-Cesare right from the beginning and am so excited to see them making some headway in their relationship.
Additionally Mircea is in this book a ton as well. A lot is uncovered about Mircea and Dory and their father/daughter history. Both make huge leaps in character growth in this book as well. It was wonderful to see Mircea and Dory start to have a true family relationship; some truly needed balance was brought into Dory’s life for once.
Dory is one of my favorite urban fantasy heroines. She can be hilariously funny and there were a number of scenes in this book that had me laughing out loud. She is known for her dhampir rages that turn her into a killing machine that all vampires fear. We get to experience some of those rages in this book. Dory is also incredibly loyal and always very concerned about hurting those she loves. Oh, I should mention that she can totally kick-butt too.
The action scenes in this book are plentiful and incredibly well done. That’s part of what I love so much about this series. Lots of guns, and lots of kick-butt fighting scenes.
We get a good glimpse into Dory’s home life as well which has become increasingly complicated. We also find out that Radu is claiming that Dory is his master; he is hilarious as well and added a lot to the story.
The book is engaging, fast-paced and very well written. My only complaint is that I got a bit lost in all the vamp politics at times. It has just been so long since the second book was released, I was having trouble remembering who everyone was and what their angle was.
Overall an excellent addition to this series. We learn a ton about Dory’s past and see a lot of character growth between Dory and her father Mircea, we also see a lot of growth between Dory and Louis-Cesare. This book is action packed, at times hilarious, and full of excellent mystery. This whole series is highly recommended to those who love urban fantasy. I am eager to see what happens next and am hoping we don’t have to wait years in between books this time!