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).