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).