Oct 302009
 

About Karen Chance

Growing up in Orlando Florida, the bestselling novelist has lived in several countries before returning to Florida and settling in DeLand.  With books translated into several languages and a nomination for Readers Choice for best Urban Fantasy Novel in 2008 she is a force to be reckoned with.  A bit like her characters!

http://www.karenchance.com/

My Comments

I was introduced to these books by a friend and I’m glad I heeded her advice.  Karen Chance creates an often dizzying world of vampires, clairvoyants, mages and the ultimate headspin of time travel.  Her main character Cassandra Palmer is a gutsy heroine that got dropped in the deep end by becoming the world’s chief clairvoyant with no formal training or preparation.  The charm of the books is how she deals with it and interacts with those around her, even those who would see her dead.  My favourite secondary characters have to be Pritkin, the mad mage and Mircea, one hot vampire, both who have a vested interest in her and seeing her stay alive.  The books are well written, the stories engaging and above all, you care about what happens to the characters.  Well worth reading.

Bibliography

Cassandra Palmer

Dorina Basarab

Short stories

Aug 282009
 

Curse the Dawn continues Cassandra Palmer’s journey as the world’s Chief Clairvoyant, even if she hasn’t been sanctioned by the ruling magic council.  They are even out to kill her so the power will pass to an initiate that has been trained to be a Pythia they can control.  With both the Master Vampire Mircea and rogue War Mage Pritkin on her side, what can go wrong?  As the war hots up, Cassie finds herself in the middle of it all, both sides looking to use her as a pawn and she just doesn’t take too kindly to being used.

This book was a rush from start to finish and absolutely a fantastic read.  The action rarely stops and some of the situations Cassie finds herself in are hilarious as are the attempts to get out of them.  My three favourite characters are all present – Cassie herself, Mircea and Pritkin all who you learn more about.  I have to say Pritkin in this book is just brilliantly written and provides many laugh out loud moments.  That’s not to say it’s all fun and games, the somber and tragic scenes often blindside you and at times can move you to tears.

I have to add in and without using any spoilers, the statue  switcheroo was just inspired and really well executed.

I love all the books in the Cassie Palmer series but this is by far the best yet.  I really can’t wait for the next one, and think I might actually have to re-read this one again straight away, for any bits I missed!

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

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  • Author: Karen Chance
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Aug 132008
 

Being the heir to the Pythia, the world’s chief clairvoyant, Cassandra feels she has way too much on her plate. The amount of power the position holds would make her attractive to all sorts of factions who would want to bend her to their own devices and she is sick of being used. Struggling to find someone else to be the heir while trying to unsnare herself from the master vampire who placed a geis on her, can she prevent her life from becoming one big bad day.

I was a little surprised at the direction this sequel took, but not unpleasantly. It delved more into the background of the characters, the history of the ‘world’, and also a lot more about the mysterious Pythia. It was as engaging and fast paced as the first, still a little confusing as it flipped around, but again the story didn’t suffer too much as a result. The Time travel seemed a little contrived but it did end up making a lot of sense. As in the first book, there wasn’t a lot of sex but the build up, anticipation and heat were very well done.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

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  • Author: Karen Chance
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Aug 132008
 

Cassandra Palmer is a talented clairvoyant who can also see and talk to ghosts. When she finds her own obituary notice on her computer screen, she realises the vampire mafia that she managed to escape a few years ago, have found her again. While her instinct is to flee, she ends up turning to unlikely sources for aid gaining interest from the dead and undead alike. Unfortunately there is no such thing as something for nothing and is her life worth the cost?

I’ve had this book around for a while and kept meaning to pick it up. I’m glad I finally did. While the background explanations got a little confusing, it didn’t detract from the fast paced action and intriguing characters. I liked the ‘not as it seems’ aspects to some of the major characters and enjoyed the story unfolding. I also expected it to be another bonkfest but was pleasantly surprised at how little there was and how well the heat, longing and anticipation were built up. Thankfully I had the second book in the series already, so was very keen to plough back into Cassandra’s world.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Book Information
  • Author: Karen Chance
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