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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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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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