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…
I've decided to do a quickie review on this one because for the life of me I cannot remember what happened in Death's Mistress and I think it colored my experience. Now Dory and Lousi-Cesare are still super cool - and the mix of vampire politics with whatever the hell is going on when she wakes up with no memory is very interesting - but I couldn't help feeling a bit lost. Which I guess would lead me to say that this is not a stand alone book. It's the third in a series and definitely reads that way, with characters coming in and out with little to no explanation. It all makes for a snappy, fast paced novel but if you're not really paying attention things will slip by you.
I love Karen Chance for her ability to write smart kick-ass heroines with intricate plot lines that never bore me. Maybe in the future I'll remember that when there are large-ish gaps between releases that refreshing one's memory is a good idea, lol.