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Urban Fantasy doesn't get much better than this
on 24 November 2012
A great Urban Fanstasy read; fast paced and with Chance's trademark style: kick ass dhampir heroine, fast paced narrative, high action style full of unlikely but hilarious scenarios, great characters and a touch of romantic encounters with a twist. My one reservation is that this is aimed at fans who have some experience of the Dory/Cassie series. I normally prefer the Cassie Palmer books to those featuring Dory, which to date have been high on action and lower on humour, but this one gets the balance just right. The shopping scene in the first half of the book left me rolling on the floor with laughter and Dory/Dorina seem to be able to draw humour from a range of lucky escapes. As the novel progresses there is a lot more break-neck paced action, leaving me convinced I need to re-read the book several times to feel I've got all the twists and turns of the plotline.
Mircea is revealead as much more vulnerable than in any book so far and if you are a Marlowe fan then you will be delighted. My favourite character in this one has to be Ray - a surprise as he seemed little more than a 'tool' in the previous book - and not just in the narrative function. There is a surprise meeting towards the end of the book which existing Chance fans will love and leave them desperate for more. In fact I found it hard to fault this book: the novel managed to reveal more of the Dory/Louis Cesar/Mircea narrative whilst at the same time develop the vampire/fey politics, interweave Chance's bizzare Cassie Palmer 'gods' narrative and clarify some of the issues.
If you're a fan of the Dory or Cassie books then don't hesitate, buy it now! If you've never read Dory 1 + 2 - don't start with this one - you will have no idea what is going on and the subtleties will be lost. But that's easily recitfied: Get Death's Mistress instead!