Series: Dorina Basarab #4
Published by Berkley on July 31, 2018
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Source: Received from Publisher
Dorina Basarab is a dhampir—half-human, half-vampire. As one of the Vampire Senate’s newest members, Dory already has a lot on her plate. But then a relative of one of Dory’s fey friends goes missing. They fear he’s been sold to a slaver who arranges fights—sometimes to the death—between different types of fey.
As Dory investigates, she and her friends learn the slavers are into something much bigger than a fight club. With the Vampire Senate gearing up for war with Faerie, it’ll take everything she has to defeat the slavers—and deal with the entirely too attractive master vampire Louis-Cesare....
Shadow’s Bane is the 4th book in Karen Chance’s Midnight Daughter (or Dorina Basarab) series. With a 5 year break since the last book, I wasn’t sure what to expect.
When I first received an email about the opportunity to read Shadow’s Bane, I felt a moment of panic. Have I missed keeping up with this series? Did something happen that I forgot about? I decided to ignore my crazy thoughts and just into the book. It didn’t take too long to figure out that I wasn’t a book behind, the author was just on sabbatical. I was relieved and a little concerned that I would have a hard time recalling the previous books. My worry was short lived. The author did an incredible job providing back history to refresh my memory, without weighing the story down. A remarkable feat, as it seems rare to find that balance.
Dory had a lot going on in Shadow’s Bane. I mean. A LOT. I felt like I was trying to watch someone juggle fire and at times, that made it hard to remain in the story. Honestly, I keep trying to list how many conflicts and pieces of the story there were and wow, I am not going to even attempt to list them all. The levels of conflict seemed a little disconnected at times. Leaving the story feeling slightly forced, as if the author was attempting to wrap everything up with a neat bow, and adding romance in at the same time. I know it might be an unpopular opinion, but Urban Fantasy doesn’t have to have romance. A Happily Ever After shouldn’t be the focus and although I felt like part of the conflict between Dory and Jean-Claude was clearly essential to the story, the ending of that conflict felt premature.
That being said, the story was completely entertaining. The internal conflicts Dory goes through within herself (or selfs) is quite brilliant and amazing. This aspect of the Shadow’s Bane is by far, my favorite thing about this book. Dory takes a completely unique approach to her personal conflict and surpasses any kind of imaginable outcome. The progress of this conflict, is really what I enjoyed most about Shadow’s Bane. Additionally, the relationships between Dory and secondary characters really demonstrated the author’s ability to grow multiple characters within the same story. The level of character growth within this series is a whole is really what ultimately wins out and pushes the Midnight Daughter into “READ ME” territory. I hope there is more to come!
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