Dorina runs from action to action, scene to scene at an incredible rate with no time to catch your breath before the next concept or battle or revelation lands on you. The main problem I have with this book is that it feels long. Even scenes that are necessary, like the zombie attack, Dorina seems to spend hours and hours and hours hacking her way through untold legions of zombies. In addition to these over-long scenes, we also have a whole lot going on. This book is complicated — between mental combat and memory exploration which, again, goes on for far too long to the plotting in the vampire council, to the involvement of the smugglers, to the combat games to fight over the vampire senate seats to the sudden appearance of the fae — there is so much happening in this book, so many players, so many different forces and factions all plotting together that it was hard to keep track.
As Lord Cheung involved? Wait, there are zombies now? Zombies with acid blood? We also have interesting asides of Dorina while in her vampire persona which is, as I said, a really interesting development in the nature of what a dhampire actually is, but these are random, often appear without context I think to try and make them a surprise, while at the same time being really obvious what they are and the seem to be involved in an entirely other mission behind the scenes which has involved an entirely new faction of creatures leaving to a whole lot more confusion.
It was confusing. Not only was it confusing, but it meant that some of the actual principle plot elements — like the Irin and the actual fae plotting — were touched on far too lightly leaving us not so much with a surprise twist but severe whip lash. I really think this book would have been immensely improved by being turned into two books and then expanding the points with a little less of a hectic pace.
This huge world and complicated plotting needs exploring, not sprinting through. We do have a number of POC in this book. After Dorina, the most prominent character was probably Ray and his Asian ancestry is definitely a part of his history albeit not something that seems to influence his current culture. With the foreign councils visiting there are Latino, Black and Asian vampires from their respective territories, each of which are massively powerful but equally extremely distant. These characters are in some ways surprisingly given the treatment of Ray somewhat stereotypical — or perhaps Archtypical.
While the Asian Consul is enigmatic and silent with powerful mental abilities, surrounded by floating, razor sharp fans. But where I struggled the most was in the fact that Dorina could take over the bodies of others. Also, as much as I like Mircea in this series over his character in the Cassie Palmer books, the scenes from his life in flashback were not nearly as riveting as what was happening in the present day. I cared plenty about Dory trying to ferret out and shut down slave traders.
I cared about how she was coming to terms with her other half and how she and Dorina each viewed the other. I found myself sympathizing so much with Dorina as Dory really began to understand her. I cared about best friend, Claire, and her struggle to coexist with her dragon and to protect her baby. And the whole mystery of who the bad seed was among the fae. I just wish all of this great stuff had not been quite so bogged down with the flashbacks and that maybe the action scenes were a little more abridged.
And what review of this book would be complete without at least a mention of the romance? By no means is it the biggest thread of the story. Goodness knows, there are a million threads going on and plots to keep up with. But I love Louis Cesare as a hero. It is clear that he loves Dory so much and it pulled on my heartstrings to see how she struggled with whether to show her love by staying with him or setting him free. Really good stuff there. If you have never read from this series, you do not want to start here. Go back to the beginning. It is a great series. This particular installment was a little unbalanced, but I was very glad to have a chance to revisit these characters and continue with them on their journey.
In many ways, this felt like an end to the series, but also a beginning. Dory could go anywhere from here. Danielle R, Reviewer.
It was great to see her come full circle. She's had tremendous character growth throughout the series and we really see her grow in Shadows Bane. Tasked with a job by the Vampire senate, Dori goes into the Fae underworld to unearth a slavery ring. Theres murder, mystery, and a lot of action to keep you on your toes.
I loved seeing Dori and Louis Cesar's relationship grow. I wished we saw even more of him throughout the books but where the two settled at the end made my heart happy. Learning more about how Dorina Dori's batty vamp side has had to cope and live was eye opening and gut wrenching at the same time. This one really took you on a roller coaster of all the feels.
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My only complaint was that I got a lot more Mircea then I think I needed. It made me understand him more in relationship to the Cassie books and why he always asked for Dori's mother, but there were a lot of flashbacks and they pulled me out of the emotional moments in the story. All in all a terrific novel. If you're a fan of the series, Shadow's Bane won't disappoint!
Angel H, Reviewer. Dory had promised to help a friend and got an old Army truck to use. The local community of Dark Fey seemed to like buying their ammo and and getting their nails done at the same place.
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Olga was a troll and Dory went to get Olga to get a couple of the trolls already in the truck out before the tires blew from too much weight but Olga said the slaves would make their way home once they were freed. But Dory told Olga she had to bring the slavers back in ordered to be questioned by the Vampire Senate and then she would also get paid. Olga just said Vampire. A vampire named Gemenus was the one who build an network to get slaves but he was now dead. Thanks to Gemenus death and a crackdown by the Vampire Senate on smuggling the active portals were dwindling and the price of slaves had gone up.
Olga knew no one cared about the Dark Fey which is why they looked out for themselves. Then Dory literally ran into Louis- Cesare who her other half was dating and he said he would come along as he loved a good fight.
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But here at these fights there were a lot of things that went bump in the night. But here at the fights there were a lot of things that went bump in the night. Anthony was of the European Vampire Senate and he realized having a champion with Louis-Cesare fighting ability meant that no one in their right mind was likely to challenge Anthony ever again, giving Anthony all but absolute power.
But Louis- Cesare had gotten tired of of playing bodyguard and defected to the North American counterpart where his new role was yet to be determined. The usually somewhat -turgid and uber traditional vampire society had gotten a recent shake-up the long running war in Faerie ran over into Earth The threat caused an alliance of the six Vampire Senates which had never happened before. Dhampirs and vampires were natural enemies, most vampires hissed at Dory. While at the fights a friend of Dorys yelled to her and proceeded to tell her that they were betting on how long it would be before she was killed as her seat on the senate was wanted by others.
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Then the fights began for the trolls and a female vampire was trying to kill her but Louis- Cesare was helping as much as he could. She woke up really sore at Louis-Cesare. She realized she was losing the control over Dorina. I enjoyed this book a lot. I liked that Dory and Dorina finally faced each other after a very long time. I loved the twists and turns in this book. I like the plot and fast pace a lot.
I loved that we find out about a lot of the reasons Dorina is as she is. This book had trolls, vampires other paranormal beings, portals. I loved the characters and the twists and turns and I recommend. Linda B, Media. I have a few favorite urban fantasy series Jane Yellowrock, Mercy Thompson, Ilona Andrews' Magic series all featuring kick-ass heroines with hearts of gold and strong moral centers. Dorina Dory Basarab ranks among the favorites, but there has been a six-year wait for this fourth in the series.
Dory Basarab is the half-human, half-vampire daughter of Mircea Basarab, a leading figure in Chance's Cassandra Palmer series. Mircea is an influential and charming member of the Vampire Senate with often opaque motivations and limited likability. As a dhampir, Dory is hated and feared by vampires in general, since she has the strength, speed, and ability to kill them, and doesn't mind doing so if they are causing trouble with the Senate or with the non-supernatural "norms.
In previous books, we learned that Mircea used his mental powers to "wall off" the more violent side of Dory when she was a child.
His motivations for that become more clear in the progress of Shadow's Bane.
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