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).