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Dragon's Claw

(Dorina Basarab #4.5)

4.41  ·  Rating details ·  853 ratings  ·  95 reviews
A new novella in the New York Times bestselling Midnight's Daughter series!

Everyone knows that vampires are hard to kill. But when Dory Basarab is called to a crime scene in a smelly basement in Queens, she discovers that that may no longer be the case. Somebody has developed a new weapon, a vamp killer, and left her plenty of clues to follow. One of them leads her to th
Kindle Edition, 170 pages
Published September 2nd 2018 by Smashwords, Inc.
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Holypkerz I heard that Karen Chance put aside this and Lover's Knot for now to finish the next Cassandra Palmer book and she'll get back to them when she…moreI heard that Karen Chance put aside this and Lover's Knot for now to finish the next Cassandra Palmer book and she'll get back to them when she finishes that.(less)

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Sep 16, 2018 rated it liked it
One hell of a chaotic ride. It packs the usual mess that you find in a Cassie Palmer book in a long novella about Dori.. It's.. painfully confusing at times.

I love Dorina and as such I liked this story too, but I'm starting to wonder how the author can keep the series separated or if she wants to. I stopped reading Cassie Palmer and I don't plan to go back. Other people may have never read it, but the storylines are now starting to merge while at the beginning there was only the world building
Elaine Howlin
Another excellent addition to the Dorina Basarab series. Chance just keeps hitting them out of the park! Dragon’s Claw is a novella set after the fourth book in the series Shadow’s Bane with an awesome appearance by Pritkin from the Cassie books!!! I seriously got so excited when he showed up cause we got to see what he’s like after the events of Ride the Storm. We also get to see how Dory is doing with her vampire nature being a lot more dominant and more humorous scenes with Marlowe.

Loved it!!
If one wishes to experience the book version of an adrenaline rush, one need go no further than the Dorina Basarab series. Trouble finds Dory without her even trying- well, not much. She is a paranormal investigator and trouble shooter. This latest venture has her starting out investigating the suspicious deaths of some vampires in NYC and ending up on a wild and dangerous mission to save Hong Kong. I was thrilled with this in between entry in the series.

Dragon's Claw is a novella and is #4.5 in
Oct 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a fun short story taking place pretty much straight after the events in the last main book in the series. It had all the action and great fun little scenes id expect from Dory. It was nice to see the start of the Dory/Dorina symbiosis and sharing powers and lives, it was also nice to see a little of Pritkin. Its sometimes easy to forget these books are set in the 'past' if you've finished the full Cassie series as the links between them are often a lot less than you'd expect.

A fun littl
Liv Wong
Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dory and Dorina grow more in sync, Ray matures, and Marlowe's still having a bad week

Dragon's Claw starts off with Ms Chance's trademark humor but quickly becomes darker, rife with mystery, chaos, war, and death. Dory and Dorina begin to work more fluidly with each other, albeit communication between the two can still be somewhat unsatisfactory from Dory's viewpoint. Ray comes into his own as Dory's second, a position that others in their world likely found preposterous but in which he has incre
Tony Hisgett
Oct 07, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
I really disliked the previous book Shadow’s Bane, so why did I read this book? Dorina was one of my favourite heroines and I hoped this story might go back to what originally made this such a great series.

After reading the first three chapters I had a headache trying to follow what was happening and who were all the different characters. This seems to be a problem will all this author’s books over the last few years, she just packs in everything she can think of and just creates a confused mes
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful fast moving, action packed story!
Cocktails and Books
Based on this novella, things are definitely going to be heating up with the war. I loved Dory and Dorina working together...definitely proves Mircea wrong.
Sara L.B.
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another awesome piece of this awesome story

I love this series. If you're reading any of it, please dont forget to read all the novelletes like this one because they add much to the series. They aren't just stand alone fluff! And of course this little book lived up to the quality of the rest, with packed action, unique plot and very vivid and fun characters. Whoop! Can't wait for more!
Liz (Quirky Cat)
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-reads
Dragon’s Claw is a novella set in the same world as Cassie Palmer and Dorina Basarab. Okay, that last bit should be fairly obvious, considering the main character is Dorina herself. Still, a novella set in that world, what more could a girl ask for? Just wait until the twist, aka surprise character cameo is revealed. It’s more than I could have ever hoped for.
Even without knowing the main focus on this novella, it’s probably safe for everyone to assume that it’ll be pure chaos, but in a good w
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVED this book! We get hilarious characters and Dory meets Pritkin (and his ass omg I now have a slight Pritkin butt fetish perhaps)!! That was just too exciting for me. I love seeing how these two storylines and separate characters I’ve adored for years are starting to intermingle. Perhaps one of my absolute favorite things about this book is how Karen describes Hong Kong and its magical just-past-this-realm breaktaking otherworldlyness. Honestly, the way it was written is stunning. And we g ...more
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Caution: This review contains minor spoilers

I read this book with high expectations as I knew that it would feature two of my favourite characters from Chance's series: Dory and Pritkin. To say that the book exceeded my expectations is to put things mildly. I loved this book!!!!! Reading it felt like all my christmases and birthdays had come at once; mainly because this book answered so many questions I had about the series and tied the two plots together so well. I cannot wait for the next Dory
Samaira Aldrich
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this story! I cannot wait to read the next, which is from another prominent character's point of veiw. Karen Chance is whitty, comical and does a wonderful job of keeping you wanting more.
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018-releases
2 Chaotic stars
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very Cassie-like

This read to me very much like a condensed Cassie Palmer novel. Especially the whole end-battle.
Don't get me wrong: Dory is very much Dory -and it was nice to see her and Dorina at last trying to work together, even if so far it is as much miss at it is hit.

Either way I very much enjoyed this, and am looking forward to reading Pritkin's story when it comes out.
Dec 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Our awesome author overlord Karen Chance announced that this diamond is going to be longish and up and running by the end of August. \(°ロ\)(/ロ°)/

OLD UPDATE: Now, everyone knows that i'm an utter sucker for anything even remotely involving Dory.
Because Dory is the shit.
As in,
Especially since Karen Chance is one of my top 3 favorite authors and i have indeed promised her on twitter my firstborn for writing these masterpieces.

Which trust me, it's quite a feat when you have a bookwo
Kathleen Gresham
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A fabulous thrill ride of action, magic and fun!

Wow! I think this might be my favorite Dory book so far, and that is saying a lot. So much great action. So many unexpected plot twists! Fa orite characters old and new.

So much clever, fun magic! Dragons and tigers and pandas and roucans and monkeys and giant ocrupus.

This book is a fabulous rollar coaster ride full of with and wonder. Who could ask for anything more?
May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Unlike her counterpart Cassie Palmer, Dory Basarab has not only a core group of characters for her to interact with in hilarious ways—Marlowe, Ray, Radu—but ones who love her unconditionally—Louis-Cesare, Mircea, Claire, Horatiu—that draw her out and shake her up, partners who join her to fight whatever needs fighting. As a result, we readers connect to her with greater understanding and intimacy despite the chaos that so often engulfs Chance’s stories. After reading, Lover’s Knot, the latest fu ...more
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dragon’s Claw is a Dory Basarab novella picks up right after Shadow’s Bane. Dory and Louis-Cesare are on their honeymoon when someone starts killing vamps. With bullets. Marlowe is too well known so Dory and Ray end up chasing down a lead to the supernatural side of Hong Kong. Where they accidentally meet up with Pritkin and Zheng Zi on their own mission that appears related.

I really hope we get to visit supe Hong Kong again. It is a crazy interesting place and we barely got to get to know it i
Debra Omiatek
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dorina Fights as an Angel

A nice concise and action filled novella. Dorina lands in the middle of a War in "Pirate"Hong Kong. She goes to solve the mystery of Vamp killing with bullets that are not there. She ends up tracking an Idrin (Angel) to Hong Kong and then to "Pirate" Hong Kong, it's on ley lines in a phase shift. The enthralled War Mages and Vamps are attempting to destroy the city. The Idrin re-introduces the Dragon's Claw and Dory is in the middle of the War. The Angel helps her transf
Joe Pranaitis
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Author Karen Chance brings us an adventure in her Doram Dasarab series and takes us right into the middle of a vampire war. We also learn that the dapmaire's of this universe are known to have split personalities. But the story starts off in New York at a club but goes from there to Hong Kong (Not the human version). In a world filled with mages and other magical creatures and pocket dimensions where their version of Hong Kong is that things can get very harry plus when you throw an Irin (Fallen ...more
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Can I give more than 5 stars? I absolutely love this short story from the Dorina Basarab series. Now with Dorina so strongly a part of Dory's waking day, we get to see so much more between the two of them and with supporting characters. Dory's in over her head again, and Dorina is helping, but that doesn't mean they can't have a bit of sightseeing in an amazingly created alter-universe world - a second city just out of phase so as not to destroy space and time, but enough for people to build hom ...more
An exciting romp from start to finish. A murder investigation Dory conducts turns into an all-out battle with great stakes for vampires. Even though this is marketed as a novella, it's fairly long and it contains important revelations for Dory and the continuing story-line, so I recommend reading it. Pritkin makes an appearance, but I would've wished that the importance of his character had been better marked. Now he was just a character among the others. And since this is a novella, the end is ...more
cathy m freeze
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Sometimes, Dorina novels have too breathless a pace, for me. I love them, sure, but I have to periodically put them down so I don't explode with the pressure. This one is break-neck, don't get me wrong, but Ms Chance has wisely included moments in which Dorina plans and has, well, -moments- with the people around her. Which make a novel (or novella, in this case) so much more satisfying.
Susan Roe
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fabulous read

Dory is my favourite all time female character. I really enjoyed her latest adventure . Too short though . I love all the characters in Karen world especially Ray ,Stinky and Kit. I do enjoy Cassie's adventures but I like Dorys more .
I'd love to see more of Kit and I was thinking being as Dory and Dorina are separate beings can't Dorina hook up with Kit . I mean Cassie has a Vamp and a war mage as boyfriends. That be a real hoot .....just saying
Mike Amos
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this novella. Full of funny parts that made me laugh out loud. I love the world that Karen has created and that she crosses over characters between the books. I would most definitely recommend this to read, as it’s epic. I don’t know how Karen manages to keep track of everything while she is writing, as she never misses a beat and delivers book after book that are so complex and dynamic. I am in awe.
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I had so much fun reading this. We get more Dory and Marlowe snark, Dory and Ray snark, and Dory and Cheung snark! We travel to Hong Kong for the first time and see the magical version of it! My only complaint is I wish LC could have come along. Alas, he is at home taking a bubble bath and reading trashy novels.

No, second complaint: I want Dory to have her own permanent tiger ward tat.
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
This longish novella is that last of the Dori stories currently out, and I devoured it as soon as it arrived. The plot was complicated, and the action non-stop. Dori's complex relationship with her alter ego Dorina continues to grow in this this novella, as does her relationship with Ray, her second. I really strongly recommend this novella - indeed, the whole series.
Jan 21, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novellas
I enjoyed it but like the Cassie Palmer series, there was so much action that it lurches from one over the top fight to another in a way that makes it almost a chore to read. Don't get me wrong, I love a fast paced read with plenty of action but there also need to be some in between scenes so we have time to process what is happening in the story and that is missing from this one.
Anna Wick
2 books in a row I worry that the next will be years in the making.
the upside is, I can reread the Dory books anytime and enjoy them all over again.
So much fun and chaos. I like that the relationships are getting sorted with Louis-Cesare, Ray, her father.
I adore Cassie, but enjoy Dory so much 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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