This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by Tantor Audio
Released on January 30, 2019
If one wishes to experience the book version of an adrenaline rush, one need go no further than the Dorina Basarab series. Trouble finds Dory without her even trying- well, not much. She is a paranormal investigator and trouble shooter. This latest venture has her starting out investigating the suspicious deaths of some vampires in NYC and ending up on a wild and dangerous mission to save Hong Kong. I was thrilled with this in between entry in the series.
Dragon’s Claw is a novella and is #4.5 in the Dorina Basarab world which runs parallel to the author’s other series, the Cassie Palmer series. In fact, there was a few main crossover characters for this one. It is part of an ongoing Urban Fantasy story between the two series and does not make a good place to jump in.
This one picks up almost literally on the heels of the previous Dory adventure and Dory is still recovering from the fallout of the latest win in the war against the those set on dominating or destroying earth whatever comes first. There are vampires, mages, weres, fey, and demons lined up on both sides of the battle and some days Dory wants to call time out and slip off to the side for a bit of personal time with Louis-Cesare. Unfortunately, that isn’t in her cards when a new dangerous weapon is discovered and she is needed to track it down and track down the one who is murdering vamps wholesale.
I always have a good time tagging along with Dory, the dangerous and sometimes crazed dhampir who is daughter to one of the most powerful vampires in the world and calls the late Vlad Dracula her late uncle- yes that one. She is tough and has a wry sense of humor even while she kicks butt in a tough, gritty paranormal world hidden in plain sight from the humans. She’s got a go bag of magical lethal goodies and a loyal group of misfit friends and followers who help her when she’s in a jam. In this situation, she has Ray her very misfit vampire second, one of Marlowe the spymaster’s vamps, and a war mage who is more than he seems called John Pritkin (and all the Cassie Palmer series fans go woohoo).
I loved that this latest adventure took her to Hong Kong and it was fun to see how the author could work her description magic in turning the large Asian city into a paranormal wonderland Far Eastern-style. The magical building graffiti ads were far out.
Naturally, it was pulse-pounding excitement nearly the whole time and Dory had a few tight corners to retrieve herself from. I loved that huge twist at the end.
Joyce Bean was a new to me narrator. It took some getting used to her voicing of this cast of characters that I’ve been following in print version for years. It isn’t the narrator’s fault, but I had a real struggle because the voices of my imagination were different particularly the male voices. I was fine with her Dory voice and liked how she distinguished when Dorina was the one speaking. She definitely caught the pace and spirit of the story and I was well-captivated.
So, all in all, this was another fab entry in the series. It ended abruptly leaving me with a few questions, but I have no doubt this was intentional and the next Cassie or Dory books will tease that out. Urban Fantasy fans really should give this series a go if they haven’t started yet.
My thanks to Tantor Audio for the opportunity to listen to this book in exchange for an honest review.
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