In Fury’s Kiss, Our Heroine spends a great deal of time suffering from amnesia and The Three Faces of Eve (minus one). By which I mean that she apparently has two distinct personalities, a human personality and a vampire one, who were deliberately separated by Mircea in an effort to keep Dorina somewhat sane and healthy. (There is a great deal of exposition where it is explained that when Dorina was a child she almost died because of her “vampire” half attacking her “human” half. The barrier that Mircea put between them is crumbling thanks to Dorina drinking fey wine in order to stop her occasional fits of berserk rage. Dorina also turns out to have an untapped reservoir of psychic talent.
Now, I usually like dream sequences and surreal dream walks, even if dream sequences are somewhat clichéd and sometimes boring. Fury’s Kiss is very much a text book example of why they are considered clichéd and boring. Not only do we get several dream sequences, we also get pages and pages of italicized extremely unclear flashback. Neither did much to explain what was going on, though debatably they advanced the plot. (I really, really do not like pages and pages of italics. Italics are hard to read and make my eyes hurt.) I also didn’t care very much for the “split personality, I am my own evil twin,” revelation, but that was mostly because it seems kind of hokey to me.
Despite my occasional irritation with the story line there are some moments and scenes that I enjoyed. The side plots involving Dory’s feelings about her odd little family and her continuing feelings of abandonment were as always pretty interesting, and I like her ongoing relationship with Louis-Cesare. (Though I also had a small problem with the way Louis-Cesare does not seem to hear or respect Dory’s “no.” I have a general dislike of stories where ignoring a request to stop is seen as sexy seduction.) Dory’s complicated feelings about Louis-Cesare causes some interesting fireworks of the “oh my god you only like me because I remind you of your crazy girlfriend!” meltdown kind, a plot line that I kind of liked. My overall reaction to this latest Midnight’s Daughter book is “would have been better with fewer italics and dream sequences.”