Monthly Archives: September 2013

Hunt the Moon

This is a review of “Hunt the Moon” by Karen Chance. It is book 5 in the Cassandra Palmer Series. It follows on from “Curse the Dawn“.

As this book is a part of a series, the following review may reveal some details of the previous novel/s. Do not read if you intend to read this series in the future and don’t want to know of any potential plot spoilers. As this book is also part of a larger series (it ties in with the Dorina Basarab Series) it may be wise to use caution when reading these reviews on the Cassandra Palmer Series. I may unintentionally give out spoilers for part of that series, though Karen Chance is pretty good at keeping the two story arcs fairly separated.

Cassandra is discovering her Pythian power. She’s getting a little help from Jonas Marsden, leader of the Silver Circle, but she’s still not making a whole lot of ground. She’s finding it more than a little tricky to get a handle on some of her abilities. Her official coronation is coming up, and she’s nervous about the dress that Augustine may be cooking up to take revenge on her for utterly destroying his other masterpieces. Oh, and there’s also been a few attempts made on her life. And they’re not trifling attempts either. They’re wily and tricksy. And those behind them are not beyond trying to eliminate her before she’s even been born.

That’s right, they’re not afraid to take her mother’s life. And while Cassie’s always dreamt about meeting her own mother, she’d never thought she’d be going back in time to do it. What if it were to affect the future?

Cassie is still trying to figure out her relationship with the sexy Master Vampire Mircea. She’s trying to date him, but it’s not going so well. Aside from the fact that Mircea has already given her his mark, and that means the supernatural world sees them as pretty much married, she really wants to take things slow, and be on equal terms. At the moment, she’s pretty much feeling like his property.Things are also a bit confusing when it comes to a certain War Mage. They had a moment in the last novel, and while it was a life-threatening-emergency kinda moment, it was a moment nonetheless.

Life sure isn’t getting easier as Pythia for Cassie.

I enjoyed this one. I am loving the direction that has been taken with Pritkin, and I liked learning some info about Cassie’s parents. The ending is a cliffhanger, so I am super glad that this second reading of mine has taken place just a few days before the release of book #6 “Tempt the Stars”. I can’t wait to see if Dorina and Cassie will actually cross paths! After that little scene in Mircea’s room in “Fury’s Kiss” (and Dory’s new status bestowed upon her at the end of that novel) I can’t really see how Mircea will able to keep his secret for much longer!

For more information on the timeline of the Cassandra Palmer Series and the Dorina Basarab Series (and associated short stories) please follow this link. (Found on Karen Chance’s official website).

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The House at Cobb End

This is a review of the John Pritkin short “The House at Cobb End” by Karen Chance. It is a short story belonging to the Cassandra Palmer Series. Chronologically, this novel takes place before the Cassandra Palmer Series even begins, however, due to its content it should be read after “Curse the Dawn“. It is available for (free!) download here, on Karen Chance’s official website.

As this short story is a part of a series, the following review will reveal some details about characters in the other novels of the Cassandra Palmer Series. Do not read if you intend to read this series in the future and don’t want to know of any potential plot spoilers. As this short story is also part of a larger series (it ties in with the Dorina Basarab Series) it may be wise to use caution when reading these reviews on the Cassandra Palmer Series. I may unintentionally give out spoilers for part of that series, though Karen Chance is pretty good at keeping the two story arcs fairly separated.

Pritkin, about to be married, is searching for a house suitable not only for his occupation as a war mage for the Silver Circle, but for his new wife as well. Nothing seems to come even a tiny bit close. That is, until he sees a certain house at Cobb End, and he’s just got to have it.

Chance tells us in her author notes that this story was written in response to a question regarding Pritkin’s house, which we first see in “Curse the Dawn”. But it’s a really nice short. It makes me sad for past Pritkin. But I really liked delving deeper into the mysterious character that is John Pritkin.

For more information on the timeline of the Cassandra Palmer Series and the Dorina Basarab Series (and associated short stories) please follow this link. (Found on Karen Chance’s official website).

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Shadowland

This is a review of the John Pritkin short “Shadowland” by Karen Chance. It is a novella belonging to the Cassandra Palmer Series. It follows on from “Curse the Dawn” and takes place before “Hunt the Moon”. It is also a sequel to the other John Pritkin short “A Family Affair“. It can be downloaded here for free, from Karen Chance’s official website.

As this novella is a part of a series, the following review will reveal some details of the previous novel/s. Do not read if you intend to read this series in the future and don’t want to know of any potential plot spoilers. As this novella is also part of a larger series (it ties in with the Dorina Basarab Series) it may be wise to use caution when reading these reviews on the Cassandra Palmer Series. I may unintentionally give out spoilers for part of that series, though Karen Chance is pretty good at keeping the two story arcs fairly separated.

Pritkin has started his morning with his jog. He’s feeling pretty good, he’s got his super strength coffee, and he’s selected the “healthiest” donut he could find for Cassie’s breakfast. If only he could have avoided Casanova and his latest Cassie-related rant. *Sigh*.

But his morning is about to get a whole lot worse. Gifts addressed to Cassie (or as she likes to think of them: bribes for the Pythia) are still rolling in. And the one Cassie is about to open brings a whole new meaning to the term “hate mail”.

Does a girl need more reasons to love Pritkin? Karen Chance gave me more. I really, really liked the two Pritkin shorts. Like “A Family Affair“, this short allows us to see things from Casanova’s POV as well as Pritkin’s. I like seeing Cassie through their eyes (especially Pritkin’s) and I get a real kick out of how a POV passage from different characters can add another layer of meaning and humour to the story.

For more information on the timeline of the Cassandra Palmer Series and the Dorina Basarab Series (and associated short stories) please follow this link . (Found on Karen Chance’s official website).

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A Family Affair

This is a review of the John Pritkin short “A Family Affair” by Karen Chance. It is a novella belonging to the Cassandra Palmer Series. It follows on from “Curse the Dawn” and takes place before “Hunt the Moon”. It can be downloaded here (for free!) on Karen Chance’s official website.

As this novella is a part of a series, the following review will reveal some details of the previous novel/s. Do not read if you intend to read this series in the future and don’t want to know of any potential plot spoilers. As this novella is also part of a larger series (it ties in with the Dorina Basarab Series) it may be wise to use caution when reading these reviews on the Cassandra Palmer Series. I may unintentionally give out spoilers for part of that series, though Karen Chance is pretty good at keeping the two story arcs fairly separated.

John Pritkin is a war mage pledged to protect the newest Pythia, Cassandra Palmer. He’s also half-human and half-demon (an incubus to be precise). His father is Lord Rosier, ruler and master of all incubi. John hates him, and all other demons and as a result, he’s become a most formidable demon hunter. Which makes it just peachy that Rosier’s decided to pay his son a visit. What he wants is to make a deal. He’ll leave Cassie alone (he hasn’t in the past) if Pritkin traps an escaped ancient demon battle queen for him.

To keep Cassie safe, Pritkin enlists the help of Casanova, manager of Dante’s (a hell themed casino in Vegas, and Cassie’s current place of residence) and incubus-inhabited vampire. Basically, Casanova has got to keep Cassie out of trouble… or else. Which is a task that sounds far easier than it actually is.

I really enjoyed this novella. As I have said in other reviews, I love it when authors tell part of a story from another character’s perspective. In this novella, we see events from the perspectives of Pritkin and Casanova. I loved gaining insight into these two. I liked learning about Rian, the incubus that inhabits Casanova, and getting more acquainted with Pritkin only made me love him all the more.

For more information on the timeline of the Cassandra Palmer Series and the Dorina Basarab Series (and associated short stories) please follow this link. (Found on Karen Chance’s official website).

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Curse the Dawn

This is a review of “Curse the Dawn” by Karen Chance. It is book 4 in the Cassandra Palmer Series. It follows on from “Embrace the Night“.

As this book is a part of a series, the following review may reveal some details of the previous novel/s. Do not read if you intend to read this series in the future and don’t want to know of any potential plot spoilers. As this book is also part of a larger series (it ties in with the Dorina Basarab Series) it may be wise to use caution when reading these reviews on the Cassandra Palmer Series. I may unintentionally give out spoilers for part of that series, though Karen Chance is pretty good at keeping the two story arcs fairly separated.

Cassie is still pretty clueless when it comes to all things Pythia-related. But she’s trying to learn. Her predecessor isn’t much help. Even a conversation with the Agnes of the past, sheds no real light on Cassie’s dilemma. All she gets is a basic tip: to avoid making catastrophic decisions when it comes to maintaining the integrity of the timeline, Cassie must use her clairvoyant ability. Which would be simple enough if Cassie could control her ability. Her gift ebbs and flows, it comes and goes. Great. It looks as though she’s stuck with learning on the job. And it appears that the magical community won’t recognise her as Pythia until she’s been inaugurated into the role. Unfortunately the coronation must take place in the offices of the Silver Circle. Even more unfortunately, the Silver Circle still wants her dead.

When Cassie begins getting visions that seem to foretell of an impending apocalypse, she knows she’s got to be on the lookout, and be extra cautious when it comes to decision making and Pythia-related business. She really wishes that her visions were a little less vague. From what she can gather, the foretold doom is related to Apollo and his plans to return. That cannot be allowed to happen. The last time the ancient mythical beings that refer to themselves as “Gods” roamed the Earth, humankind was almost destroyed. There’s no way Cassie wants to see Apollo on Earth. But it seems like somebody does. On top of the Dark mages wanting to see Apollo return, it looks like there may be a traitor or two on the “good” side.

Nothing’s simple when you’re Pythia.

I really liked the dynamic between Cassie and Pritkin in this novel, I have my fingers crossed for a HEA (you know, Happily Ever After) for those two. Sorry, Mirc! And I just lurrved Dee-Sire.

For more information on the timeline of the Cassandra Palmer Series and the Dorina Basarab Series (and associated short stories) please follow this link. (Found on Karen Chance’s official website).

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Embrace the Night

This is a review of “Embrace the Night” by Karen Chance. It is book 3 in the Cassandra Palmer Series. It follows on from “Claimed By Shadow“.

As this book is a part of a series, the following review may reveal some details of the previous novel/s. Do not read if you intend to read this series in the future and don’t want to know of any potential plot spoilers. As this book is also part of a larger series (it ties in with the Dorina Basarab Series) it may be wise to use caution when reading these reviews on the Cassandra Palmer Series. I may unintentionally give out spoilers for part of that series, though Karen Chance is pretty good at keeping the two story arcs fairly separated.

Cassandra Palmer is the newest Pythia. Her power has come to her in its entirety. Only problem is, she has absolutely no idea how to properly use it. And on top of that, the geis has gotten worse. Mircea has been driven close to madness, and if Cassie doesn’t figure out how to remove the geis soon, it’s possible that Mircea could die. Cassie’s only hope at the moment is to retrieve an ancient spell book, the mysterious lost volume of the Codex Merlini. She has double motivation to find it, as she promised to deliver it to the Dark Fey King as part of a deal she struck with him.

The Codex is proving extremely difficult to locate. Its author (the Merlin) presumably died hundreds and hundreds of years ago, and any references to its last known location are obscure. Cassie has grown closer to the war Mage Pritkin, and as her sworn protector, he’s aiding her in her quest to locate the Codex. He’s still as aggravating and as bossy as ever, but they’re friends. So why does Cassie get the feeling he’s hiding something from her? The Silver Circle still wants her out of the picture, and a bunch of magical misfit children have turned up at Dante’s in need of her help. Looks like Cassie’s old friend Tami has gone missing, and the band of misfit children she usually takes under her wing (as she once did Cassie) are in need of protection and a safe place to stay…

Anything else? Of course. There’s always something happening to keep Cassandra Palmer busy.

I enjoyed this Cassie novel. I particularly liked the storyline involving Pritkin. I think I’m more Team Pritkin to tell you the truth. Mircea is ok, but I think I like him better in the Dory Series, and I don’t know, the fact that he’s known Cassie and cared for her since she was a child, on top of the fact that he’s a few centuries older than her, just kinda weirds me out. As always, I really enjoyed the time travelling, and I liked the twists and turns in the plot of this novel.

For more information on the timeline of the Cassandra Palmer Series and the Dorina Basarab Series (and associated short stories) please follow this link. (Found on Karen Chance’s official website).

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