Audiobook Review: Dragon’s Claw by Karen Chance

Posted March 24, 2019 by Sophia Rose in Audio Delight, Reviews / 12 Comments

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I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Audiobook Review: Dragon’s Claw by Karen Chance
Dragon's Claw
Narrated by Joyce Bean

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Series: Dorina Basarab #4.5
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by Tantor Audio
Released on January 30, 2019
Format: Audiobook
Source: Publisher
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The Delight

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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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Mary Kirkland
2 years ago

I haven’t read this author but I like the sound of this book and series.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

Yes! The Cassie-Dory world of books are pretty exciting and colorful and I like her way of styling the vampire world on a mafia family.

Anne - Books of My Heart

I tried the first book years ago and didn’t get into it. My tastes have been evolving and I might give the series another try. It might just be the vampire aspect as I haven’t been excited about them recently. I’m glad you are enjoying the series. Nice review!

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

Yeah, sometimes its the wrong mood or wrong taste for a book. I’ll say that her writing style does have this thing where a lot goes on, but the plot doesn’t seem to progress at times which can be a turn off. Something about them brings me back each time regardless. 🙂

Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures)

I’ll have to check this series out. It sounds like something I’d enjoy! Great review.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

Yay, Angela! Hope you end up liking them. I started with the prequel novella, Buying Trouble about Dory’s best friend and then read the first book, Midnight’s Daughter. I think I’d read the second book and a few novellas before I realized this was a spinoff of the Cassie Palmer books that starts after book four for Cassie’s series. Now, I’m caught up and read both series together.

Naomi Hop
2 years ago

I’ve read the first 3 books in this series, and need to get back into this world again! I might have to do so soon, I do miss Dory and Louis-Cesare!

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Naomi Hop

Aren’t they great? I can’t wait until she finishes the other novella that is the pair to this one.

Melanie Simmons
2 years ago

How did I miss this one?? But I also think I’m behind on Dory. I should check. I know I’m caught up on Cassie. Great review.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

It’s the latest so you didn’t miss it for long. She’s got a mirror-image of it coming out this summer with John Pritkin’s POV for how he ended up sharing this adventure with Dory. Can’t wait.

Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

I love how you describe this story as an adrenaline rush! Dory sounds like a fun main character with her wry sense of humor and ability to kick butt! Great Review Sophia!

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

These get crazy fast tempos to them. I have such a good time on a Dory adventure. 🙂