Book Review: Fury’s Kiss by Karen Chance

Signet Select

536 pp.

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.

This book was a somewhat confusing mess. We open with Dory persistently attempting to attack an unknown vamp who appears to be trying to rescue her. We eventually learn that the vampire in question is her boyfriend Louis-Cesare. We also learn that Dorina had been sent on a mission. She is the only operative to have survived, and everyone (but especially Marlow who has lost a vampire he created) wants to know why and how Dorina survived. This leads to her father Mircea attempting to help her recover her memories which are hazy and do not really explain what happened during the period of time that she had forgotten. There is also a great deal of family drama, Kit Marlow being angry and suspicious, a vampire that decides he wants to be Dorina’s minion, political machinations and treachery and boyfriend problems. (The back cover blurb also mentions fallen angels and a new variety of vampire but neither are significant parts of the plot.)

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.”

Fury’s Kiss (Dorina Basarab, Book 3) on Amazon

Fury’s Kiss: A Midnight’s Daughter Novel on Powell’s

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