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Midnight's Daughter (Dorina Basarab #1)

4.01  ·  Rating Details  ·  15,269 Ratings  ·  594 Reviews
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Karen chance has written a paranormal-with bite. Dorina Basarab is a dhampir-half-human, half-vampire. Unlike most dhampirs, though, Dory has managed to maintain her sanity. Now Dory's vampire father has come to her for help- again. Her Uncle Dracula (yes, the Dracula), cruelest among vampires, has escaped his prison. And her ...more
ebook, 384 pages
Published October 7th 2008 by Onyx Books (first published January 1st 2008)
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Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
This book has led me to a very important decision: I’m going to learn to speak Romanian. It may take me a while, but I’m incredibly stubborn, and if I start now I can be fluent in a couple of years. (view spoiler)
Anyway, I want to learn Romanian just to be able to whisper to Mircea in his native language when he visits me in my dreams add it to my CV. It’s a beautiful language and I was al
I love love love this book!
This is a great story for people who love urban fantasy. It's action packed, fast paced and the plot is well thought out. Plus it has a lot of wit and sarcasm, which makes it a typical Karen Chance book. She has the wonderful ability of getting you soaked up in a fantasy world with a variety of creatures and serious problems, but still she keeps a funny edge, never taking herself too seriously. The inclusion of characters like Olga (hilarious), Radu (you can't help bu
My socks have been rocked!

""I ran out of stock around midnight and dropped by a place, got some Chinese." I hoped he meant takeout...."Mu-shu pork" he told me indignantly."

I held off from immediately jumping into the Dorina Basarb series, a spin-off of the Cassie Palmer novels by Karen Chance, for a couple of reasons:

1)I have some quirks with the Cassie Palmer books that I feared could spill over into this series


2)I wasn't sure if I wanted to invest in a series with such a long wait betw
Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*
"I am sure there is a perfectly good reason why my niece is naked and tied to her bed. I am also equally certain that I do not wish to hear it"

I've been reading the Cassie Palmer series for years but never had an urge to pick this side-series up. I've finally succumbed to temptation, probably because I had it on my shelf forever and it popped up as a group read with Girls, Guns and Grimoires. While I liked the tone of Cassie's stories more, this one was also good in its own way.

It follows the st
Jun 06, 2012 LooLoo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More like a 3.5 star rating. I'm giving this 4 stars only because we can't give half a star ratings and 3 is too low. There is something about this and the Cassie Palmer series that just wears me out. I think it's too fast paced and too busy for me. Maybe if I were a slower reader and gave it more time to sink in but instead it just kind of wears on me.
Julie (jjmachshev)
Oct 05, 2008 Julie (jjmachshev) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008-reads
Very, very hard to review this book. I gobbled up Karen Chance's Cassie Palmer series and am anxiously awaiting book four to be released in April 2009. So I jumped on "Midnight's Daughter" which is an offshoot of that series. Technically, this is a standalone novel. But IMHO, you really should read about Cassie and that world before taking on Dorina. It provides a deeper insight into her world and events that have shaped the actions and intentions of some characters in her book.

Dorina is a dhamp
Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
I been putting off reading this and well spin offs. But finally got around to reading this and was surprised by how much I liked it.

For the most part I was going to give this a 3.5 rating. but decided on 4 stars because of the writing style and of course Dorina. I mean I like the Cassie series but I might like this a bit more. Also, the side characters were interesting as well.

Though at times it got confusing to what was going on, but I still liked the book. A good start and makes me want to g
This is one of the best urban fantasy series and one of my most favorites. I love Dorina and Louis-Cesare. I always have a blast revisiting this world. I highly recommend this book for urban fantasy lovers who love kick-ass chicks, sexy and dangerous vampires, a touch of romance, and action packed from beginning to end. Karen Chance is one of the most talented writers of urban fantasy right up there with Ilona Andrews and Jim Butcher......... Obviously, I love this book/series! :D

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You know what's weird? Considering how many reviews I've written—especially this year after I set it as my New Year's Resolution to review every single book I read—what's weird is that most of my all-time favourite books don't even have a review at all because I read them waaaay before I discovered the joys of reviewing or having a virtual Goodreads bookshelf to keep a record of my books and ratings. So my favourites, like this one, just got slapped with an automatic 5-star rating based on hazy ...more
Atrocious. Really. Author cuts all sorts of corners, using black-outs and convenient memory dumps to garner sympathy for her main characters, while telling constantly. She also puts the entire novel in at high gear, but when all of Dorina's allies end up dead, she's got no weapons, is horribly injured and weak and has no options -- for the third time in short succession in the book -- well. You're less concerned, more, right then. Get on with it.

There were two things I liked about the book -- m
I don't know if I'm getting as much out of this book as others have. I felt there were some long, draggy parts. Good enough to keep going, though.
Jen (Red Hot Books)
Why, oh why, did I wait so long to pick up this book? I am a big fan of Karen Chance’s Cassie Palmer books and this is a spinoff from that series. It exists in the same world, featuring Mircea’s daughter Dory as the main protagonist. Simply put, it has all the awesome of the Cassie books without the headache from all that time travel.

Dory is a dhampir, a part human, part vampire hybrid. Her kind is rare and reviled by humans and vamps alike. She is nearly immortal and has super-senses… plus she
Shannon C.
4.5 stars: Love, love this new urban fantasy series!

This series has it all--high action, adventure, fantasy, mystery, a little romance--wow! Loved it--couldn't put it down. It is set in the same world as the Cassandra Palmer series by the same author.

The main character is strong, humorous, imperfect and likeable. She is a kick b*tt character, reminicent of Kate Daniels (another fav UF series). I also liked seeing more of Louis Ceasar and Micea who were in the other series. And I liked the hint
Ivie ✩Born to Magic-Forced to Muggle✩
This is my second attempt to tackle down Chance's writing. I tried her Cassie Palmer series and got bored. Dorina Barsab followed closely in it's footsteps.

Chance invests great thought in her story, and it's evident. But i just couldn't keep my mind on the book. The more i read the more i found my mind wandering and focusing on things like; stuff i had to do around the house. Not many books out there get me to do my ironing, i'll tell you that.

So now, my ironing done and the book finished i am
5 stars

Another very good book. I would have to say I liked this novel better than the Cassie Palmer novels. Dorina was very fun. The history between the Basarab family was very interesting as well. Hope Dory will get together with Louis-Cesare soon.

Can't wait to read more Dorina Basarab books!!!!
I think this book is doing okay as the first book of an urban fantasy series? Will look forward for the next book.
Feb 18, 2016 Mara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Re read as 02/15/2016. I still love Dorina.
Isa Lavinia

actual rating 4.5 stars

I absolutely LOVE this series - at the moment, this and Downside Ghosts are the only Urban Fantasy series that haven't disappointed me *cough cough* Kate Daniels *cough cough* . And, as usual, when I love something, I keep postponing my reviews because distance helps me get out of the ~omg fangirl!!!~ mindset and see the series strengths more clearly.

Karen Chance introduces us to the peculiar life of Dorina Basarab, a Dhampir - daughter of the vampire Senator Mircea Bas
Oct 21, 2008 Cheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dorina Basarab is back in a whole new series. Midnight’s Daughter is the first book in this series. For those of you who have not read Karen Chance’s first trilogy, then let me tell you a little bit about Dorina.

Dorina is a dhampir. What is a dhampir? Think of a dhampir like Wesley Snipes’s character “Blade”, someone who is half human and half vampire. Dory likes what she does by taking out the bad guys one by one. Dory is also a bit of a loner but that’s just the way she likes it. Out of the b
Roxy the Fury
Jan 19, 2016 Roxy the Fury rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great Heroine

I loved Dorina. This is my kind of book. She is a kick ass, cursing, drinking, skirts-the-law fighter. There were Fey, Witches, Mages, any kind of magical creature you can imagine. Definitely read this story.
Jan 23, 2016 ☀Rachael☀ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this! Love Dory, Louis Cesar, Stinky, Rardu and Olga! I like Dory much more than Cassie!
♥ Ashleigh ♥  contrary to popular belief im not actually mad!
Dory was a great character, i still love cassie more but dory was still awesome.

its interesting to get little glimpses of her long life and the horrible things that have happened in the past. Mircea seem's like a completely different person and it makes me feel like his feelings towards cassie might not be real and im glad dory didnt fall for them as well.

Louis-Cesare seemed completely different compared to how we first meet him in the cassie series, than again i think he might be - in the cassi
Oct 13, 2008 Anita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: PRN/urban fantasy fans
Another great novel by Karen Chance. Ms. Chance has written at least 3 different story lines from 1st person perspectives that all happen within the same 'verse. The first novels three were from Cassandra's perspective, then there's a short story from Claire's perspective, and here is a novel from Dorina's perspective. All three have overlapping characters, which gives the reader a chance to get to know supporting characters better because you see them through different people's eyes.

This book w
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
Dorina Basarab is a rare breed; dhampir, half human and half vampire. Hated by vampires but unable to fit in with humans she has carved her self out a niche; hunting rogue vampires, not something that endears her to the vamp. But, when her father come calling needing her help with a family matter, her ruthless and insane uncle the Dracula has escaped from his prison and is once again on the loose and gunning for all those who helped imprison him, with Dory at the top of the list...

What a fantast
Midnight's Daughter introduces us to Dorina Basarab. Think the name sounds familiar? That's because, if you have read Karen's Cassandra Palmer series, you've already met Dory's Daddy - Mircea Basarab. Dory's a dhampir - human, vamp - who experience uncontrollable rages and typically have a short live span. Dory, on the other hand, has lived for 500 yrs.

When Dory's best friend and roomie goes missing she goes on the hunt to find out what's happened. Mircea approaches her with an offer she cannot
I liked it, but not as much as I thought I would. It was a lot more fey involvement than I expected, which I can go either way on. I don't know if it helped or hurt that I had read the short story in 'On The Prowl' regarding Dory's friend and roommate Claire. On the one hand, I like having the background info. But on the other hand, it felt like they tried to shove that story into this one, and it just didn't fit. It was like a continuation, but from someone else's perspective, and I wished they ...more
Fasten your seatbelts, folks, because you're in for a wild, chaotic ride. The first in a spinoff series set in the same world as Chance's Cassie Palmer, "Midnight's Daughter" focuses on the adventures dhampir Dorina Basarab and features several characters Cassie Palmer fans will recognize - namely, Mircea and Louis-Cesare (among others).

There's so much action in this book, the pace so relentless, it's almost overwhelming - but that seems to be Chance's MO, because she does the same thing in her
Nov 28, 2009 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like Karen Chance's other books, this one has complex, interesting characters, lots of great action, and a plot that is anything but predictable. Dory is tough, but still likeable. Although the "tough chick with a vulnerable side" may sound cliche, Dory never once comes across as cliche in the book. She's easily one of my favorite female urban fantasy characters. The action in this book is nicely balanced with the plot development, humor, and the characters' background stories. There's always en ...more
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Karen Chance is the author of two New York Times bestselling series, plus a number of novellas and short stories, all set in the Cassandra Palmer universe. A full-time writer since 2008, she was previously a university history teacher, which comes in handy when writing the time-travel aspect of Cassie’s crazy adventures. She loves Las Vegas, the main setting for her novels, but currently lives in ...more
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“My lord...I can explain-," Louis-Cesare began, looking less than certain that he could do anything of the kind.
Radu held up a hand. "I am sure there is a perfectly good reason why my niece is naked and tied to her bed. I am also equally certain that I do not wish to hear it".”
“I glanced at Radu. "What, exactly is Louis-Cesare's problem?'. [..]
Suddenly a speculative gleam lit his eyes. It made me nervous. 'He tends to be very protective of women,"he said thoughtfully. "You're a woman Dory."
"Thank you for pointing that out. But I didn't think dhampirs qualified."
Radu smirked. "It appears you've been upgraded.”
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