Monday, October 29, 2012
Review: Fury's Kiss by Karen Chance
Fury's Kiss by Karen Chance
My Rating: 4 out of 5
Series: Dorina Basarab, #3
Published: October 2, 2012
Dorina Basarab is a dhampir—half-human, half-vampire. Subject to uncontrollable rages, most dhampirs live very short, very violent lives. But so far, Dory has managed to maintain her sanity by unleashing her anger on those demons and vampires who deserve killing.
Dory is used to fighting hard and nasty. So when she wakes up in a strange scientific lab with a strange man standing over her, her first instinct is to take his head off. Luckily, the man is actually the master vampire Louis-Cesare, so he’s not an easy kill.
It turns out that Dory had been working with a Vampire Senate task force on the smuggling of magical items and weaponry out of Faerie when she was captured and brought to the lab. But when Louis-Cesare rescues her, she has no memory of what happened to her.
To find out what was done to her—and who is behind it—Dory will have to face off with fallen angels, the maddest of mad scientists, and a new breed of vampires that are far worse than undead.
We've had to wait a few years for Fury's Kiss to come out and I'd forgotten how much I enjoy this series. It's set in the same world as Karen Chance's Cassandra Palmer series and a lot of the characters cross-over between the two.
I love the way Ms. Chance mixes action and mystery with humor to create this page-turner. There's also a focus on character development as Dory learns more about her past and why her vampire-side has always seemed separate. Her relationship with her father, Mircea, is growing and the one with her boyfriend, Louis-Cesare, keeps getting hotter.
There's a lot going on in this book, with twists and turns that will keep you guessing as to what's coming up next. Then there's a HUGE game changer at the end that I never saw coming.
If you're looking to start a new series then the Dorina Basarab series is a must-read! But you need to read the series as Fury's Kiss isn't a good stand-alone.
Quotes from Fury's Kiss:
"More worryingly, my baby fangs were out, which usually happened only when I was perilously close to tipping over into Mr. Hyde territory. I quickly drew them back in. It didn't help much. I still looked like Dracula's daughter. Which was completely unfair, since he'd only been an uncle."
"Or because the window he'd parked himself in front of was streaming sunlight onto the back of his head, slowly roasting his brains. But he didn't move because he was badass like that."
"Thank you, Captain Obvious." "I'm on the Senate, " he reminded me. "It's Lord Obvious. And I don't want any mistakes tonight."
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