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Great for fans
on 21 March 2014
This was originally intended as a free novel to be posted on Karen Chance's website as a thank you to her fans. Unfortunately, the publishers didn't quite see it this way and, pointing to the contract indicated publishing rights. Consequently this is no longer a freebie, but a discounted novel.
A full length novel (not a short) it is loosely based on the Cassie Palmer universe. Although this is a standalone, (based around a 'baby' 2 yr old vampire Mircea Basarab) you are more likely to enjoy it if you have read something from the Cassie or Dory series. Masterless and vulnerable, Mircea washes up in Venice as part of the flotsam and jetsam of the vampire world. He is picked up the madam of an upmarket Venetian brothel looking for slaves to service the vampire convocation. An adult novel, this starts off with some explicit scenes for team Mircia fans before settling down into Chance's signature style of humour, political intrigue and action based chaos.
Most of the characters significantly predate the Cassie/ Dory books but there are a couple of interesting cameos. Great value for KC fans, but perhaps not the best to start your Karen Chance journey, even though this is effectively a prequel. New readers should start with Touch the Dark or Hunt the Dawn.