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Karen Chance
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24 Feb 2011
Dorina Basarab is a dhampir, the daughter of a vampire and a human woman. Subject to uncontrollable rages, most dhampirs are born barking mad and live very short, very violent lives. So for five hundred years, Dory has been fighting to maintain her sanity by unleashing her homicidal tendencies on those demons and vampires who deserve killing. But now Dory's vampire father has come back into her life. Her uncle Dracula, notorious even among vampires for his cruelty and murderous ways, has escaped from prison, and her father wants Dory to work with the gorgeous vampire dueling champion 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...

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (24 Feb 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0241956013
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241956014
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 303,776 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Karen Chance is the New York Times bestselling author of two urban fantasy series. Her previous novels Touch the Dark, Claimed by Shadow, Embrace the Night, Midnight's Daughter and Curse the Dawn are all published by Penguin. Karen lives in Florida.

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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 )

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Karen Chance has lived in France, the UK and Hong Kong, and now lives in Orlando, Florida. She is the author of three novels in the Cassandra Palmer series, Touch the Dark, Claimed by Shadow and Embrace the Night.

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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A really enjoyable read... 24 Oct 2008
MIDNIGHT'S DAUGHTER is Karen Chance's fourth novel, her first three being of the Cassandra Palmer series, and it is set in the same world with some of the characters we became familiar with in her previous novels.
If you haven't read the Cassie Palmer series, then I would highly recommend it, but have no fear because MIDNIGHT'S DAUGHTER can easily be read as a stand alone novel, although I do think readers of Chance's other work will get more from this novel.

The main heroine is Dorina Basarab, a 500-year old dhampir (half-human, half-vampire). Seeing as dhampirs tend to live very short, violent lives, hated and feared by vampires and humans alike, Dorina has done very well for herself. She's managed to retain her sanity by making sure she unleashes her anger on those who deserve it the most, demons and rogue vampires. The only reason the Senate (sort of Vampire Government) have allowed her to live this long is because of who her father is - Mircea Basarab, the darkly dangerous and seductive vampire lover of Cassie in TOUCH THE DARK, CLAIMED BY SHADOW and EMBRACE THE NIGHT. Now 'Daddy Dearest', as she calls him (just to get on his nerves), needs her help because her uncle Dracula has escaped from prison, and he is renouned for his cruelty and murderous ways even amongst the vampires...

I prefered Dornia as the main protagonist over Cassie, because she can really take care of herself - there are some delightful scenes where she wrestles for superiority and control with Louis-Cesare, the master vampire Mircea wants her to work with in order to capture 'Uncle Drac'. Previous readers of Chance will recognise him from the Cassie Palmer series, and we really get to know more about him and his past in MIDNIGHT'S DAUGHTER.
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47 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dory's story is no Dud 4 Oct 2008
By Jessica
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Oh I've been looking forward to this new novel by Karen Chance and I'm glad to say I wasn't disappointed, it's a fabulous read, exhibiting what I've come to expect from Chance, fast pacing, a strong and interesting lead and good development plus complete and utter I'm going to put in anything slightly paranormal, mythical and magical then just throw it all in the air and see what happens mayhem. Brilliant.

Dory was conceived 500 years ago, a Dhampir and daughter to the first level master vampire Mircea, who we have already been introduced to through Chance's three previous books in the Cassie Palmer series. As with all Dhampir's our heroine is an undesirable so to speak, vampire's fear and distrust her because of her tendency to take her ya ya's out on them and anything else monstrous that gets in the way and humans are equally disgusted once she goes into one of her blacks outs. See Dory like all Dhampir's has trouble copping with the strain of having super human powers in a human body...in other words she has periods when she goes stark raving, kill anything in site mad.

Dory carries a lot of anger around with her and her mental state has only deteriorated recently with the disappearance of her room mate Claire, a null who has a calming effect on her. Determined to find her but having no luck does Dory have a choice when her hated father offers his very capable help? But "Daddy dearest" help comes with a price, he'll get Claire back but only if Dory helps track down and stop her deranged and single-minded "uncle Drac".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I was worried - but it's great 30 Mar 2009
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I love the Cassie Palmer series so I was a little apprehensive about moving into a parallel story, worried that it wouldn't stand up to the competion or it would start doing retcon on the Cassie Palmer story. Fortunately however it took all the best of Karen Chance and was sufficiently different enough to make it compelling in it's own right. Dory has some of Cassie's traits; humour, sarcasm and strength chiefly, but she has her own problems and ways of dealing with them. It was nice to be re-introduced to Louis-Cesare again, and the sensuality between him and Dory is well-written (and hot!) it was also good to have Mircea as a non-romantic character but find out more about his background and twisted family
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Call me Dory...... 19 Oct 2008
I really loved this book and am in the process of reading it for the second time. I would even go so far as to say that I think this is better than the Cassandra Palmer series (and I like those books too). If you do like the Cassandra Palmer series definitely buy this book as it will not disappoint.

Dorina Basarab is a dhampier - half human, half vampire. Her father or Daddy, as she likes to call him, is Mircea who is a regular character in the Cassie books. Dracular has once again escaped his prison and it is up to Dory and Louise-Cesare (another Cassie character) to find him. It does not matter that Uncle Drac, as Dory affectionately calls him is as mad as a hatter and just as mean. Not to mention that Dracular is really the only thing is the world that truely scares Dory.

Welcome to the wonderful world of Karen Chance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read
I love the way Karen chance can write about vampires and trolls without it all sounding childish. This book has me hooked and I can't wait to start the next one.
Published 3 months ago by Kookaburra
5.0 out of 5 stars book rewiew
Midnight's Daughter is fantastic book, with amain character that i personally fell in love with, there are witty conversations, amazing fight scenes and some explicit encounters... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Diane
5.0 out of 5 stars Another good story
Once again Karen Chance has come up with a new storyline. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, even though I wasn't certain I would when I read the description, so much so that I have... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Meh
The beginning of this book was promising but towards the end just got annoying. Basically the heroine falls down a lot, and the bad guy is defeated. The end.
Published 15 months ago by Ms. Eloise Hall
5.0 out of 5 stars V gd
It was very good sucked you in so you didn't want to put it down. Would definitely recommend others to read it.
Published 15 months ago by josh wheeler
5.0 out of 5 stars Goodread
Midnight's Daugher would have been the frist book I have read by Karen Chance. A friend told be about her and if you love Fansty books on Vampires etc. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Bee
4.0 out of 5 stars A great spin off to the Cassie Palmer series
Based around the story of Dory, a dhampir and Mircea's daughter, this is spin off of the Cassie Palmer books. Read more
Published 16 months ago by lyra
4.0 out of 5 stars Dory #1
This was a re-read, and it's a bit sad that I am to find that after 3 years and around 600 books since my first go, I find I can't in all honesty still give it 5 stars, so I've... Read more
Published 18 months ago by The Demon Librarian
5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than the Cassandra series...
Obviously readers of the Karen Chance Cassandra series will know who Dory is and why a lot of characters from those books feature in this series. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Cheryl M-M
5.0 out of 5 stars Fangs for the fun!
The first book in the Dorina Basarb series. A great read full of fun, some naughty-ness and a twisting plot. A big influence on my own writing.
Published on 10 Jan 2012 by Z. V. Adams
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