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).