Shadow’s Bane (Dorina Basarab #4) by Karen Chance ~ ★★★★

shadow's bane

To sum this up in a word: frustrating. Dory had a lot going on. There were issues with the fey, Mircea, Dorina, and Louis-Cesare. It took a while for me to get into it and to get to the satisfying ending. The first quarter of the book was one action scene after another. It took all of that time for those seemingly random scenes to evolve into a cohesive plot.

Some chapters were from Mircea’s POV in the 1400’s. Those scenes in the past were relevant to what was going on in the present. They also gave insight into Mircea’s motivation for what he did to Dory all those years ago. I want to like Mircea, but it’s hard. In this and the Cassie Palmer series, he starts off as likable and charming. The more I learn about him, the more he angers me. He means well but tends to be selfish.

Things with Dory and Louis-Cesare were tense. They had issues to deal with. I love them together though. On top of that, Dory began to sort out her issues with Dorina. They’re both learning how to share. This was just the beginning for them; they have a long way to go before they figure out how to function in a way that suits both of them. I can’t wait for the next one. I hope I won’t be waiting 6 years for it like I did with this.

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for giving me this in exchange for an honest review!

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