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Shadow's Bane

(Dorina Basarab #4)

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  2,010 ratings  ·  232 reviews
Half-human, half-vampire Dorina Basarab is backand facing her biggest challenge yet in the next urban fantasy in the New York Times bestselling series.

Dorina Basarab is a dhampirhalf-human, half-vampire. As one of the Vampire Senates newest members, Dory already has a lot on her plate. But then a relative of one of Dorys fey friends goes missing. They fear hes been sold to
Mass Market Paperback, 616 pages
Published July 31st 2018 by Berkeley
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Anna Wick There is some info about it going to the publisher. so it will be published in the next year.
Also as I'm rereading Cassie and Dory books, I'm liking…more
There is some info about it going to the publisher. so it will be published in the next year.
Also as I'm rereading Cassie and Dory books, I'm liking Dory a lot more than Cassie, even after Ride the Storm. Hmm(less)
☽ Rhiannon ✭ Mistwalker ☾ If it was gonna be out in 2015 we would have a release date already. I think we'll be lucky if this comes out in 2016. Too long to wait!

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So the next Cassie book already has a cover and a 2016 release date, but we can't get so much as a name for this one?

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There will have been THREE Cassie books since the last Dory one. Dory is so much better. What gives?! I'm not reading another Cassie book until I see new Dory. It's going on 4 years already.

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That was GREAT!!

In real life, Prince Charming took a knife in the eye, because he fought fair when nobody else did, and the bad guys won.
That was my reality. Hell, that was everyones reality, because that was actual fucking reality, and yet here he was, acting like none of that was true, none of that could touch him. But it was, and it could; I could. Not only wasnt I a Disney hero, part of me wouldnt even have been cast as the villain because shed scare the crap out of the kiddies.

but I feel
Anna Serene
I didnt want it to end!!!!

And Louis-Cesare, you scared the SHIT out of me!!!

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It's got half a cover and a release date! I can't wait!!!! I'll be rereading in August. Looking forward to it!

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Anita Chojnacka
Jan 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: i-am-in-love
"People keep asking about Dory #4. And I keep saying the same things: Yes, it is coming. No, I dont have a pub date yet. Yes, I am working on it. But that gets a little boring after a while, so after a bunch of recent questions came in, I thought maybe this time I would post a teaser instead. Consider it a good faith promise that yes, it really is in the works. So heres part of the first chapter. Enjoy. :-)

The truck was old army issue, built back when even regular cars resembled tanks, and it
High velocity ride you won't want to get off! Chance, once again, brings the world of Dorina Basarab alive. Balancing humor, action, romance and suspense, while pushing the reader through the gambit... on a roller coaster of emotions.

I received this ARC copy of Shadow's Bane from Berkley Publishing Group. This is my honest and voluntary review. Shadow's Bane is set for publication July 31, 2018.

My Rating: 4.5 stars
Written by: Karen Chance
Series: Dorina Basarab
Sequence in Series: Book 4
To sum this up in a word: frustrating. Dory had a lot going on. There were issues with the fey, Mircea, Dorina, and Louis-Cesare. It took a while for me to get into it and to get to the satisfying ending. The first quarter of the book was one action scene after another. It took all of that time for those seemingly random scenes to evolve into a cohesive plot.

Some chapters were from Mircea's POV in the 1400's. Those scenes in the past were relevant to what was going on in the present. They also
Cocktails and Books
I loved this entry in the series because of Dorina. It was great to be inside her "head" and understand how she felt about Dory and their father. For as much as everyone feared Dorina, she proved she really is as loyal as her other half...especially to those that she loves. Can't wait for more.
Elaine Howlin
Loved every minute of this rip-roaring ride of a book!

With typical audacious Dory style and humour, were back in Chances world of vampires and fae. In this instalment, we follow Dory on her first job with the Senate searching for smugglers looking to benefit from the upcoming war.

As with all of Chances books, this is full of action and so fast paced you will be on the edge of your seat! if its possible to be on the edge of your seat reading a book The book is quite a bit longer than previous
amy r
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy

**Spoilers Alert

Ive been a long time fan of the Dorina Basarab series and have reread the previous books dozens of times and LOVED THEM so its disappointing that this one fell far short of the others. All action and very little character/relationship development (And I dont just mean romantic relationships but also friendships)

DORY/DORINA: At first I didnt realize that there would be 2 separate consciousnesss inside one body and I have to admit I didnt really like this aspect. I
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Favorite Quote:
Love is sending someone away because you would rather hurt than hurt them. Love is fighting beside them, bleeding along with them and putting their well-being above your own. Love is trembling at their touch so much that you do not notice that they are trembling at yours.

Im not trembling.

I am, he whispered and kissed me.

Reviewed by Tori

Dorina Basarab is a dhampirhalf-human, half-vampire. As one of the Vampire
keikii Eats Books
Aug 03, 2018 rated it liked it
49 points/100 (2.5 stars/5).

Dorina was recently appointed to the Vampire Senate, but some enterprising vampires figure that if they can kill her before she is inducted in, they can take her place. Also, her troll friends have her going off all over the place looking for a relative that was taken by slavers. Also, her roomate Claire's father in law to be is hanging around, looking for Claire's help in something that you just know is going to be no good.

Compared to Fury's Kiss, this book felt like
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
Im exhausted. After reading the action packed SHADOWS BANE I need a long hot shower, a truck of food and a week to recover. You barely get a second to breath in this book before you are plunged straight into the next chaotic and fast moving battle. Which, is pretty standard for a Karen Chance book, what most authors will do in a few books Chance crams into a hundred pages.

Its been a 6 years since a full length novel has come out in the Dorina Basarab series and so when I picked this book up I
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

Dory is back, and her life is as hectic and dangerous as ever. The main story arc is interwoven with that of the Cassie Palmer books. The vampires and fey are gearing up for war while there is associated infighting and backstabbing within each group. As a dhampir, Dory has never been part of any of the supernatural worlds, but because she is useful, the vampire consul has made her a senator. Of course that comes with the task of finding out who has been trafficking dark fey and whats
Ria Reads Books
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was fantastic. I mean, it was absolutely magical. If this book was a food it would be a full course meal.


I hate to say it but this book was worth the 6 years of waiting. (Though hopefully, it will not be a another six years before another one comes out!)

I had a feeling after finishing the third book that this one was going to be good. However, it blew away ALL my expectations.

The pacing was good, the action scenes were the right amount of oh shit how's she's gonna get out of this one but
Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As one of the series that started me along the Urban Fantasy path, I definitely have a soft spot for the Dorina Basarab (or Midnight's Daughter) as the series is sometimes called. The action, twists, and tougher than anything heroine in the fabulous world the author created once again pulled me in and had me utterly riveted so many times.

Shadow's Bane is the fourth book in a companion series to the author's Cassie Palmer series. Each of these books must be read in order. They can be read without
Jul 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
*Source* Publisher
*Genre* Urban Fantasy
*Rating* 3.5-4


Shadow's Bane is the fourth installment in author Karen Chance's Dorina Basarab series. This is a story that kicks into high gear almost immediately with a flashback to 1458 Venice with Mircea and a much younger Dorina. Readers who have gotten this far in the series know that Mircea is not the best father in the world. In fact, he's kind of an ass, truth be told. I think he actually loves Dorina, but he kinda played God, and now the
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Returning to this series after a several years hiatus reminds me of how much I adore and missed out on Dory 's life. As the dhampir and threat to all vampires alive, Dory lives through a very rough life. Full disclosure, I read the first two books and I skipped the third book. It is recommended to read this series in order. After reading this book I immediately went out and got the 3rd book and read it. It was glorious.

In Shadow's Bane, it takes place not long after book 3, Fury's Kiss ends.
Tony Hisgett
Sep 04, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: paranormal, review
Karen Chance used to be one of my favourite authors, I loved the first five Cassandra Palmer books, but then it all started to go wrong. The author started writing books as though she was producing screenplays for Hollywood blockbuster action movies. It seemed to be the case of forget the story just look at the action, no matter how irrelevant !!

I have waited six long years since the last Dorina Basarab novel and during that time I have just hoped that these books werent going to go the same way
Sep 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019-reads
I give it a 3.5
I ended up rereading the entire series before starting Shadow's Bone and I'm glad I did. On one hand I'm not sure if the series held up as well as when I first read them. On the other hand not rereading them would have made trying to read Shadow's Bone near impossible. I still love the Dorina series but there is a lot going on and Chance will sometimes take several years for a new installment. I ended up skimming a lot of the book from Mircea's POV and as usual I wanted much more Louis-Ceasar. ...more
Kari Chapman
I am so very disappointed in this book. I abandoned the related Cassie Palmer series a few books ago when the author decided what we needed was non-stop chaotic action scenes. I couldn't keep track of what was going on or, honestly, what I should care. Chance had also decided that it was great writing to have her main character spend chapters upon chapters trying to get something to eat but being thwarted by the aforementioned chaotic action scenes, politics or other nonsense. Thankfully the ...more
May 27, 2018 rated it liked it
I had some problems sticking with this one, much as I've enjoyed the series. Dory is finally reconciling her two selves, long separated by her father in order to protect her. The book bops back and forth between the present and Mircea's time in 15th century Venice, when he was a new vampire and Dory was a small child. There's the continuing romance with Louis-Cesare, Dory's position as a new Senator, and slavers smuggling and arranging fights between different types of Dark Fey. Overall, a very ...more
Danielle (Danniegurl)

There is a teaser!! I started reading it but then remembered I still need to read book 3 but I'm saving it to binge 3&4 at the same time!

Thank you to the author for the teaser!!
Jul 08, 2018 rated it really liked it

This is the fourth book in the Dorina Basarab series. Its been six years (yes *six* years) since the last book in this series. I love this series so much more than Chances Cassie Palmer series (which I stopped reading after the third book). I was a bit nervous to pick this book up because of the huge time lag between books, but it used to be one of my favorite UF series so I decided to take a risk. It ended up being good...not great...but good. It was also very, very long and it felt long.

Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
Thanks to Netgalley for providing a copy of this book for review.

I was interested enough in the blurb for this book to give it a shot. While I don't like a ton of urban fantasy/romance, once in a while it's a pleasant palate cleanser.

Maybe if I had started with the first book in the series I would have enjoyed it, but this book is not a good place to start with this author. In the first couple of chapters, Dorina piles into a car with some trolls (who are apparently very HEAVY, but I felt like
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
-Disclaimer: I received Shadow's Bane via the publisher in exchange for a honest and unbiased review-

Rating: 3.5
So...I know I read the first two books in this series and I understood that things were getting ready to meet their climax but book three must've packed a punch because Shadow's Bane by Karen Chance felt as if it was picking up where something else finished.

Dorina's character has always been a delight to me, but in Shadow's Bane she slightly irritated me and I can't really pinpoint
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
What a great installment in this fantastic series. As usual a LOT happens, and at times I did have to reread certain parts to make sure I had everything straight. It hit all my favorite buttons - humor, action, emotion. My only complaint was there is never enough Louis-Cesare for me, but these books, though long, take place over a short amount time (several days) so I know he can't be on scene every minute. But I just love him! Mircea is one of my favorite characters in this world and I love ...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 Cassies crazy adventures. She loves Las Vegas, the main setting for her novels, but currently lives in ...more

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