Midnight’s Daughter (Dorina Basarab #1) by Karen Chance
I thoroughly enjoy Karen Chance‘s Cassie Palmer series and so I was pretty excited when I heard that she was coming out with a new book set in the same world. Midnight’s Daughter is about Dory, a dhampir, who’s Mircea’s daughter. (Mircea’s one of the main characters in the Cassie Palmer series.) She’s tough, has a chip on her shoulder, and isn’t afraid to go her own way.
The author brings in some characters from her other stories, which is really neat. Dory’s roommate, Claire, has already been featured in a short story (or “companion novella”, as the author’s website describes it, even though it was published first), and it’s great to have her as a part of this story. The storyline is crisp, the characters are a lot of fun, and it ties up some loose ends from Chance’s other works. I’m not sure how this will effect events in the Cassie Palmer series, since things seem related but not necessarily completely intertwined, but I look forward to finding out when the next book comes out later this year.
I think this book would stand on its own just as well as it does as part of the existing mythology. I would still encourage folks to read Chance’s other books before hitting this one, because it makes the characters feel more real, but this book would also serve as a good introduction to this world, and these people.