“But you were Mine. My child. And I would not give you up.”
Fury’s Kiss by Karen Chance
Synopsis: Dorina Basarab, the dhampir daughter of the Great Mircea, woke up not remembering much of anything. But inside her memory is information on how a group of level 1 masters died. Marlowe, Senate member and spy extraordinaire, is going to get the information out of her head no matter what, much to the chagrin of her father and boyfriend. Especially since there is something far more dangerous locked away…
Review: I wasn’t a fan of Dory in the first couple of books, even though the books themselves were entertaining. But in this book, the girl had grown leaps and bounds into someone I actually like.
The heart of these books (at least to me) is the relationship between Dory and her father, Mircea. As a vital character in the original series, the Cassie Palmer books, I find Mircea to be just as important of a character as Dory. Father and daughter have a tenuous relationship at best, and we find out a lot more of the why in this book. We learned more about Mircea’s manipulations; however, you can’t be mad at them for him. Dory grows more into her daughter role, but she also learns about her heart.
Her heart also is evident in her growing relationship with Louis-Cesare. Their relationship is something sweet that she doesn’t trust, due to prejudices around her.
As usual, Ms. Chance crafts characters who are utterly unique and stand out very well independently as well as bloom in their relationships. We not only see Dory grow, but we see other characters around her grow, change, and layers peel off. Louis-Cesare, Radu, Marlowe, Zheng. My favorite character in the whole book is Ray. He is as cowardly as he is brave, a loyal servant who knows when to “strong arm his master”. If Ray were on the page, you were guaranteed some laughs. And Mircea, I am finding him sexy one minute, annoying the next, wonderful a few hours later, wanting to punch him, and then back to being starry-eyed. He is probably the most complex character I have read in urban fantasy, yet.
As usual, the action, plot, and world building is packed into this novel; never slowing down and keep you hooked till the last page. Between the two books before this and the Cassie Palmer series, the world and mythology is pretty much set. Yet our author created more life that fit into her already established world, seamlessly. One word: Zombies. Just like the other Dory books I did get lost a couple of times, but I picked it up rather quickly. And we do see a small glimpse of our favorite Pythia.
I am beginning to see how these books and the Cassie books will merge. Mircea will probably play a prominent role, as does gods of both our world and Faerie. With the changes that happen at the end of this book, I bet there will be some Dory and Cassie clashing, and Mircea has a lot of ‘splainin to do (when doesn’t he?).
I was surprised by how amazing this book was, but I shouldn’t have been. Karen Chance’s world and characters are charming, enjoyable, and multidimensional. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.
Sex: Sexy and steamy scenes, and some unexpected kissing between… well, you’ll find out. 😉
Violence: Blood and gory zombies and bits and pieces of flesh flying.
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Series Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Next Book: Not sure when the next Dory book will be, but the next Cassie book is supposed to be sometime next year. Let’s hope for sooner rather than later!