Shadow’s Bane – Karen Chance

Hey all,

Been a little while since I’ve posted so I figured I’d update you on my latest read.

The latest book in the Dorina Basarab series by Karen Chance came out on the 31st of July so I preordered it so I could have the physical book to take with me on holiday. However, Amazon being Amazon, they failed to deliver the book so I got an ebook version instead. (Tip: I wouldn’t recommend preordering books with Amazon, this is the 3rd time they’ve been unable to send the book I wanted at the correct time).

The series is based around a female lead called Dory, she’s a dhampir (half human, half vampire) but lately her vampire half has been a little more…vocal, since the mental barrier between her two halves fell. In this instalment Dory is working to bring down a slaving ring while fighting to keep her mind in one piece.

I liked this book a lot, but it’s a lot different to the others in the series. I always found the Dory books to be a little more serious/dark than the Cassandra Palmer series. Cassie is by no means ditsy, but in comparison to Dory who is sarcastic, sardonic and somewhat broody she would appear so. This novel had a lot more comedic moments and a more lighthearted feel than previous novels which I liked but was a surprise – though I suppose this is just indicative of the way Dory’s life has changed recently. For example, she has Louis-Cesare in her life now, dependents, a better relationship with Mircea (who I’ve come to see is very much like Dory) as well as friendships she didn’t expect. So I’m presuming that the change in tone of the book is because of the change and progress in Dory, it also showed her as more vulnerable than previously where she seems invincible almost. That’s what I think is so relatable about Cassie, she’s a mess, but powerful so she always seems to accidentally save the day. Whereas Dory struts in, kicks ass, and usually gets carried out!

I’m not too sure what’s going to happen to her from here on out, presumably there’ll be a novel where there’s some kind of big battle? Because of the war? What would be ~amazing~ is if Dory and Cassie teamed up to fight the Gods together. I totally need more of them meeting haha!


Some of my favourite parts included Claire saving Aiden at the end, Dory marking Louis-Cesare and the scenes with Kit and Louis-Cesare fighting because they were honestly so funny. Some of the humour was predictable in a good way, the kind where you’re like ‘oh is she going to…hahaha she did.’ One of my favourite things about this series is how funny it is, Ray being in this novel made me quite pleased because he’s pretty funny and I like the banter he and Dory have. Though usually she’s a lot more ruthless with him, whereas she was pretty compassionate towards him in this novel which was a nice change.

I love Dory and Louis-Cesare together, but I do kinda have a thing for Caedmon. I suppose similarly to the fact that I love Cassie and Pritkin but Mircea still has a fair amount of appeal. Did I mention I’m so excited for the next Cassie instalment? Cos I am.

I love how well written the books are, they have a clear beginning, middle and end and leave enough clues in the writing that the reader can try and work out who’s behind it all. I did suspect who the baddie was in this novel, but I was surprised that it was the two of them together (I presumed one or the other or with the other Fey king).

So overall, I loved this novel, though it ended too soon for me, as always. I can’t wait for the next of Karen Chance’s novels!!

Keep Reading!



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