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really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating details ·  17,381 Ratings  ·  671 Reviews
Dorina Basarab is a dhampir-half human, half vampire. Subject to uncontrollable rages, most dhampirs live very short, very violent lives. So far Dory has managed to maintain her sanity by unleashing her anger on those demons and vampires who deserve killing.

Now Dory's vampire father has come back into her life. Her Uncle Dracula (yes, the Dracula), infamous even among vamp
Mass Market Paperback, 373 pages
Published October 7th 2008 by New American Library (first published August 26th 2008)
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Lauren Glover On there is a timeline of when to read the books with a little explanation of why to read them and when.. Here is the link …moreOn there is a timeline of when to read the books with a little explanation of why to read them and when.. Here is the link

I myself have just reread all of the Cassandra Palmer books before starting with Dory again and didn't feel like I missed too much but did understand a few sections better in Midnight's daugther

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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 bet
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
Nov 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing

What an excellent first introduction to a UF series!

Whatever control I may have acquired through long centuries of practice, I’m still a monster. And like the one who sired me, I’ll always love death and destruction a little bit more than anything, or anyone, else.

UF heroines are usually some of my favorite female characters ever written. And Dorina Basarab has definitely been added to this list. Dorina is a dhampir, half vampire and half human. Because of what she is, she’s been an outcast

Dec 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, reviews
“Fresh blood at midnight isn't red. It's a purplish black that easily blends into the shadows.”

Karen Chance is my all-time most favorite guilty pleasure. Her stories are sinfully over-the-top. I. live. for. it.

Dorina Basabarb is a Dhampir, which comes with black out rages, family issues, and never feeling like she belongs. After endless years of existence, she has found a way to survive. Focus her fits on those preternatural beings that deserve death, and protect a magic null and Dory's best
Jun 26, 2009 rated it really liked it
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.
Joana (in a semi-hiatus)
I can always rely on a good urban fantasy to make me excited to read again. This book was no exception. The only words I would really use to describe it are fun and fast paced. The reason the book really shined though, were the characters.

The story is centered around Dorina, our resident dhampir (half human/half vampire) with a whole slew of issues. Dhampirs in this world are a mostly hated and given their rarity, Dorina is quite the outcast. I've found that I really love stories where our main
Julie (jjmachshev)
Oct 04, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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

Awesome quotes:
Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
Feb 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
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
Juvy Marie
Couldn't get into it. It was confusing, her storytelling was messy and you get these informations without any explanations, it's just there. The main character doesn't deliver, she would get into these fights and she'll describe it as

“An hour later, I was sitting on a pile of corpses, frowning"

“One second I was facing off with Mircea, and the next I was facedown on the ground,”

“......Two seconds later, pretty boy was finding out what the rug smelled like”

Aaandd many more "seconds later"

Also the
RachelW (BamaGal)
Mar 07, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: loan
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.
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
3 1/5 Stars
Lynsey   (A Bookish Life)
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
Katie Michaels
Nov 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of Chance's 'Cassandra Palmer' series
Re-Read Review

First Read: 2 Mar 2009 Rating: ✮✮✮✮✮
Re-Read: 10 Sept 2012 Rating: ✮✮✮✮✮

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
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
Jul 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

Dory kicks ass, and she doesn't put up with shit from anyone especially those who think they are better than her. Since she's a dhampir, most people think they're better than her. Being Mircea's daughter has its benefits and complications. The benefits being part of a powerful vampire family. However there are more complications mainly in the way of more enemies just because of who her family is.

Dory was coerced into doing a large favor for Mircea. She was forced to work with Louis-Ces
Jul 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jul 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
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
Oct 14, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
♥ Ashleigh ♥  contrary to popular belief i'm 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
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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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