1. Midnight's Daughter (2008)-Dorina Basarab

1. Midnight's Daughter (2008)-Dorina Basarab

The Dorina Basarab series written by Karen Chance. It is the spin-off series to the Cassandra Palmer series.

Genres and Sub-GenresEdit

Urban Fantasy

Series Description or Overview Edit

Follows the adventures of Dorina Basarab, Mircea's daughter from the Cassandra Palmer series who is a Dhamphir: half-vampire half human

These books tell the story of the dhampir daughter of Mircea Basarab, a major figure in the Cassie Palmer series. A number of crossover characters and plotlines connect the two series, which I have always viewed as one. So far, there are three novels about Dory: Midnight’s Daughter, Death’s Mistress and Fury’s Kiss. The first Dorina (Midnight's Daughter) can be read after the second Cassie (Claimed by Shadow) because it concludes the storyline begun in that book. Or, if you wish to read chronologically, it can be read after Embrace the Night, the third Cassie, which it overlaps. Our novella, "Buying Trouble," (available in the On the Prowl anthology or by itself as an ebook) should be read before the start of the Dorina series, as it sets up some of the conflicts of that book. It is not necessary to understand or enjoy the novel, however. ~Dorina Basarab series 

Lead's Species Edit

  • Dhampir

Primary Supe Edit

  • Vampires

What Sets it ApartEdit

Narrative Type and Narrators Edit

  • First Person narrative told by Dorina Basarab, protagonist.

Books in SeriesEdit

Dorina Basarab series:

  1. Midnight's Daughter (2008)
  2. Death's Mistress (2010)
  3. Fury's Kiss (Oct 2012)
  4. Untitled ()

Shorts, Anthologies and GuidesEdit

Companion Series, Spinoffs, Sequels or Prequels Edit

World Building Edit

Setting Edit

New York City


  • Brooklyn:
  • Manhattan:
  • Chinatown:
  • Svarestri (?):
  • Faerie:
  • California:
  • Las Vegas:

Supernatural Types Edit

✥ Dhampir, vampires, faeries, gypsies, fallen angels, troll, scientific lab, magic objects, magic weaponry, mad scientist, new breed of vampires, chimera,

Glossary: Edit

  • Dhampir: Result of a vampire newborn and a human sex encounter. Most dhampirs never last long, they are propense to insanity and usually killed by vampires.

Groups & Organizations:Edit

  • Vampire Senate: several different Senates exist: North american senate, Latin american senate, European senate, Asian senate etc. these are the 'higher authorities' that all vampires must answer to.
  • Vampire Senate task force:
  • Silver Circle: Mage government at war with the Black circle and allies with the Vampire Senates for the moment.
  • Black circle: covert group of evil, rogue mages wanting to destroy the Silver Circle

World Edit

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 had a tendency to go into a berserker rage when pushed too far. Anyway, Dory hates her dad. She thinks he abandoned her as a child and never really cared about her. As an adult, she finds him heavy handed and wants nothing to do with him. Unfortunately, as this story begins, he comes to her with an offer she can’t refuse.

Dory’s roommate is missing and she has been searching for her for a month. Mircea promises to use his considerable resources to bring Claire home IF Dory helps locate her crazed and revenge driven uncle, Vlad. Dory really wants to tell her dad to shove the job, but she puts her friend first and decides to accept. Coming along for the ride, is her other uncle’s progeny, Louis Cesare. (Cassie fans will recognize his backstory from those books.) ~ Goodreads | Jen

Protagonist Edit

✥ Dorina Basarab is a dhampir (vampire/human hybrid) assassin. Not quite enough of either species, Dorina's kind is rare and doesn't fit anywhere in either society. It doesn't help that she is subject to rages that cause her to black out and endanger not only those around her, but herself as well. Dorina is the daughter of the great and powerful Mircea Basarab ~ Goodreads | VampireNovelFan

Sidekick Edit

  • Stinky / What: chimera, Fae creature / Sidekick-to: Dorina Basarab / About: Dory's pet since she saved him / Book First Seen: Midnight’s Daughter

Characters Chart Edit

Characters What About
Dory, Dorina Basarab Dhampir Mircea tasks Dorina withgetting Dracula back to prison;
Louis-Cesare master vampire First level Master Vampire; partner with Dorina to get Dracula back to prison on Mircea's orders; Champion of the European Senate;
Vlad Basarab; Dracula vampire uncle Mircea tasks Dorina with getting him back to prison
Mircea Basarab father, Master Vampire, Senator Dorina's natural father; First level master Vampire; Negotiator of the Senate; orders Dorina to get Dracula back to prison; member of the North American Senate; brother of the famous Dracula and Radu;
Radu vampire, uncle crazy vampire uncle; Mircea's brother; second level master vampire; changed Louis-Cesare;
Claire Lachesis magical null, part fey & part human Dorina's room-mate and best friend; engaged to the son of Caedmon; mother of the heir to the Balestri throne
Stinky chimera, Fae creature Dory's pet; sticks to her like glue every since she saved him bl-1; unknown origin, smells bad;
Kit Marlowe Vampire, Spymaster First level Master Vampire; spymaster for the Vampire Senate; first level Master;
Olga Troll married to Benny; protector of Dory...whether she wants it or not;
Jonathan Evil mage whimp
Ray Vampire friend; saved by Dorina, humorus character, who can't seem to keep his head together;
Christine vampire? Louis-Cesare's mistress; crazed;
Heidar Fae prince Finance turned husband to Claire Lachesis, Dory's best friend; son of Caedmon;
Caedmon fae king king of Balestri fae; sex on a stick;
Lord Cheung Master Vampire involved in smuggling with Raymond;
Lutkin Mage
Tomas vampire Enslaved vampire
Aiden Fae baby
Anthony Vampire Consul European Consul
The Consul North American Senate Head of the North American Senate
Hassani Vampire Vampire Counsul
Æsubrand Fae
Verrell vampire ? Louis Cesare's cook
Lawrence: Vampire Master
Aiden fey ? Son of Heidar
Raymond Vampire involved in smuggling with Cheung

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Karen Chance

Karen Chance

Author Edit

Karen Chance

Bio: 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 Florida near her family home. Visit her website or connect with her on Facebook here .

Cover ArtistEdit

Artist: Larry Rostant

Publishing InformationEdit


  • Author Page:
  1. Midnight's Daughter, October 2008—ISBN: 0-451-41262-1
  2. Death's Mistress, January 2010—ISBN: 0-451-41276-1
  3. Fury's Kiss, October 2012—ISBN: 0-451-41323-7

Book Cover Blurbs Edit

BOOK ONE BLURB—Midnight's Daughter (2008): 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 vampires for his cruelty and murderous ways, has escaped his prison. And her father wants Dory to work with gorgeous master vampire Louis-Cesare to put him back there. Vampires and dhampirs are mortal enemies, and Dory prefers to work alone. But Dracula is the only thing on Earth that truly scares her, so when Dory has to go up against him, she'll take all the help she can get…. ~ Goodreads | Midnight's Daughter and Take A Chance: Books

BOOK TWO BLURB—Death's Mistress (2010): Dorina Basarab is a dhampir-half-human, half-vampire. Back home in Brooklyn after the demise of her insane Uncle Dracula, Dory's hoping her life is about to calm down. But soon Dory realizes someone is killing vampire Senate members, and if she can't stop the murderer, her friends may be next... ~ Goodreads | Death's Mistress (Dorina Basarab, #2)

BOOK THREE BLURB—Fury's Kiss (Oct 2012): Dorina Basarab is a dhampir—half-human, half-vampire. Subject to uncontrollable rages, most dhampirs live very short, very violent lives. But so far, Dory has managed to maintain her sanity by unleashing her anger on those demons and vampires who deserve killing... Dory is used to fighting hard and nasty. So when she wakes up in a strange scientific lab with a strange man standing over her, her first instinct is to take his head off. Luckily, the man is actually the master vampire Louis-Cesare, so he’s not an easy kill. It turns out that Dory had been working with a Vampire Senate task force on the smuggling of magical items and weaponry out of Faerie when she was captured and brought to the lab. But when Louis-Cesare rescues her, she has no memory of what happened to her. To find out what was done to her—and who is behind it—Dory will have to face off with fallen angels, the maddest of mad scientists, and a new breed of vampires that are far worse than undead. ~ Goodreads | Fury's Kiss (Dorina Basarab, #3) by Karen Chance

BOOK FOUR—Untitled ():  Untitled (Dorina Basarab #4) by Karen Chance

First Sentences Edit

  1. Midnight's Daughter (2008) — My least favorite dead guy had his feet up on my desk.
  2. Death's Mistress (2010) — There was no sign on the abandoned church, but somone had scribbled "Let us Prey" above the main doors.
  3. Fury's Kiss (Oct 2012) — It wasn’t being shot that was the problem.
  4. Untitled () —

Quotes Edit

Trivia Edit

Reading Order — Cassandra Palmer World (includes Dorina Basarab) Edit

  • 0.5. "The Gauntlet" in Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance 2 (2010) Anthology & eShort, 52 pages (Kit Marlowe) (Free read)
  • 0.6. The Queen's Witch (2010) eShort, 26 pages (Kit Marlowe) (Free read)
  • 1. Touch the Dark (2006)
  • 2. Claimed by Shadow (2007)
  • 3. Embrace the Night (2008)
  • 1. Midnight's Daughter (2008 — Dorina Basarab #1)
  • 1.1. "Buying Trouble" in On the Prowl (2007/2008) anthology, eNovella, 72 pages (Claire , Heidar, Dory) (Chapter)
  • 3.1. "The Day of the Dead" in Mammoth Book of Vampire Romance (2008) anthology, eShort, 52 pages (Thomas) (Free read)
  • 3.2. "Rogue Elements" in Wolfsbane and Mistletoe (2008) anthology (Lia #1) (War Mage/werewolf Lia & werewolf Cyrus)
  • 4. Curse the Dawn (2009) 
  • 4.1. "A Family Affair" (2011) ebook, 46 pages (Pritkin PoV, Rozier, Casanova, Ealdris) (Free read)
  • 4.2. "Shadowland" (2012) eShort, 54 pages (John Pritkin) (Free Read)
  • 4.3. "Masks" (March 18, 2014) (Cassandra Palmer World #4.3) eNovella, 406 pages (Mircea Basarab) 
  • 4.4. "Vegas Odds" in Strange Brew (2009) anthology (Lia #2)
  • 4.7. "Skin Deep" in Inked (2010) anthology (Lia #3, half werewolf war mage Accalia) ([ link])
  • 2. Death's Mistress (2009 — Dorina Basarab #2)
  • 2.1. "In Vino Veritas" in Chicks Kick Butt (Dorina Basarab, #2.1) (Free read)
  • 5. Hunt the Moon (2011)
  • 3. Fury's Kiss (2012—Dorina Basarab, #3)
  • 5.1. "The House at Cobb End" (2011) eShort, 10 pages (John Pritkin) (Free read)
  • 5.5. "Updating Pritkin" (2013) eShort, 10 pages (Pritkin) (link) ~ part of a contest on Author's site
  • 6. Tempt the Stars (Oct 1, 2013)
  • 7. Reap the Wind (Expected, Nov 3, 2015)
  • 8. Ride the Storm (Expected, April, 2016)

Awards Edit

Read Alikes (similar elements) Edit


Vampires as Main Supe

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Notes Edit

See Also Edit

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