Book Review: Karen Chance’s “In Vino Veritas”

Posted June 17, 2014 by Kathy Davie in Book Reviews

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

Book Review: Karen Chance’s “In Vino Veritas”

"In Vino Veritas"


Karen Chance

It is part of the Cassandra Palmer World #6.5, series and is a short stories, urban fantasy in eBook edition that was published by the author on June 7, 2011 and has 42 pages.

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Other books by this author which I have reviewed include Curse the Dawn, Death's Mistress, Hunt the Moon, Chicks Kick Butt, Fury's Kiss, "The Gauntlet", "The Queen's Witch", "House at Cobb End", Midnight's Daughter, Claimed by Shadow, Touch the Dark, Embrace the Night, Tempt the Stars, Updating Pritkin, Reap the Wind,

This is a free eShort story from Karen Chance’s website. It falls to 2.1 in the Dorina Basarab urban fantasy series about a dhampir — Mircea’s daughter!

My Take

This was great fun with some beyond-funny characters. Wait’ll you read about the challenge she throws down, lol.

Yeah, I’m a sucker for Dory. For all her strength, she’s actually a fragile woman. And she finally confesses to Louis-Cesare…

The Story

Lord Cheung sends one of his Leaping Tiger masters with a message for Dory. Too bad it’s not “legible”.

Things do clear up a bit when Dory bashes her way into Cheung’s temporary headquarters. Ray.

Cheung’s gift to her for her help in Death’s Mistress.

The Characters

Dorina Basarab is a 500-year-old dhampir with a well-deserved reputation. Mircea Basarab is her vampire father, and he’s second-in-command to the consul. Louis-Cesare is a master swordsman imported from Europe.

Lord Cheung is a master challenging for a seat on the American Senate. Zhenge-ze, a.k.a., Scarface, is a first-level master under Cheung. Raymond Lu is a sleazy nightclub owner who belongs to Cheung and engages in smuggling.

Fin owns the bar and he’s a Skogstroll, a Norwegian forest troll.

The Cover

I can’t get excited about the cover. I suspect the title, author’s name, and the series information is meant to look like graffiti, and instead it simply looks like it’s floating on top of the brick wall behind the bored-looking Dory in her black tanktop, holding her pistol and her mace — no, not that kind of mace.

The title refers to the old adage that in wine there is truth, In Vino Veritas, although Louis-Cesare would prefer a more sober rendering.