Dorina Basarab is a dhampir—half-human, half-vampire. Subject to uncontrollable rages, most dhampirs live very short, very violent lives. So far, Dory has managed to maintain her sanity by unleashing her anger on those demons and vampires who deserve killing.
Now Dory’s vampire father has come back into her life. Her uncle Dracula (yes, the Dracula) infamous even among vampires for his cruelty and murderous ways, has escaped his prison. And her father wants Dory to work with the gorgeous master vampire Louis-Cesare to put him back there.
Vampires and dhampirs are mortal enemies, and Dory prefers to work alone. But Dracula is the only thing on earth that truly scares her, and when Dory has to go up against him, she’ll take all the help she can get…
As I read the first few pages, I had a lot of hesitations. Dorina, or Dory, seemed like a walking cliche–a hard, tough-talking narrator with nothing to back it up. Fortunately, my hesitations only lasted a few pages, and I flew through the book. I couldn’t put it down.
The book is very fast-paced. There’s not a lot of time for standing around, although Dory does seem to spend a lot of her time injured or disoriented, either from her rages, during which she blacks out, or from simply being beat up during fights.
I really liked Louis-Cesare, and I hope I see a lot more of him in the second novel in this series. I liked the interaction between him and Dory, right from the moment they met.
I’m definitely going to have to pick up the next book in the series… And probably start reading the Cassandra Palmer series, starting with Touch the Dark.