Author: Karen Chance
Details: Mass Market Paperback, 432 pgs.
Published: June 7th, 2011 by Signet Select
isbn: 0451413075 (ISBN13: 9780451413079)
Reading Level: Adult
Source: Publisher, for review
Please note that this description has spoilers from previous books
Cassandra Palmer recently defeated a god, which you'd think would buy a girl a little time off. But it doesn't work that way when your job description is Pythia-the world's chief clairvoyant. Cassie is busier than ever, trying to learn about her power, preparing for her upcoming coronation, and figuring out her relationship with the enigmatic sexy master vampire, Mircea.
But someone doesn't want Cassie to become Pythia, and is willing to go to any lengths to make sure the coronation ceremony never happens- including attacking her mother before Cassie is even born.
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I LOVE this series! It's full of every sort of supernatural creature imagined and Cassie is an amazing character! They're told in first person so it's important to connect with the character and Cassie is one character I completely feel the connection with. She's bold, she's snarky, she's brave, and she's completely kick ass! She'll stand up for what she believes in, and protect anyone she cares about even when putting herself in peril. And although she's all of those things she's not a perfect person. Sometimes she makes rash decisions, sometimes she's too dang indecisive in what she wants, she doesn't control her powers very well and sometimes she says things she shouldn't say. But those are the things that make her HER. And I love her!
These books are PACKED with action. It's just one thing after another. And this is book 5 but only 2 months have passed in all the books. So that shows you how jam packed full of action they are.
And talk about sexual tension! They are full of that! We have characters we love, and at moments we hate those same characters and then two seconds later we're in total lust for them. They send us all over the place, but it's all a good thing! Sexy vamps, crazy mages, dragons, gods, demi- gods... yeah, these books really do have everything.
I'll admit that the first book didn't sell me on this series. But book two did! And I cruised through the rest only to have a never ending wait for this one. But it was worth the wait! I loved it!
The following has spoilers for previous books:
This one was longer then the rest I believe, but it was as full, if not MORE full of action. We saw most all of our favorite characters and we got almost equal amounts of Mircea as Pritkin. So whether you are team Mircea, or team Pritkin you should be happy in how much time they have on the page. I actually love both of them but Pritkin is just different. I love him for that. And so I'm completely team Pritkin.
A lot happened in this book. Cassie grew, Cassie had revelations, more people came after her... yeah, you know how it goes. This book really had everything I would want. And my only thing I think I would say is maybe it had too much action? I felt like things were constantly crazy and a bit more conversation with people may have been nice. But it wasn't really a big thing and I don't think I would say it officially is a negative.
This book although not huge compared to an actual huge book took me a long time to read. Surprisingly long since it's not *really* that big. And I've come to the conclusion that it was because of the action. I found myself reading more slowly so I could keep everything straight. Sometimes I had to reread parts. The action was so crazy that it was easy to get lost.
I laughed a lot in this book! I'm sure I did in the previous books as well, but Cassie's thoughts are just too funny! But the other characters say some crazy things, and crazy things happen, and some things are just so absurd that it's hilarious. So yes, I definitely got my laughs in in this one. And that's one thing I really love about this series. It's perfectly balanced with action and humor.
Now, the biggest downside? We have to wait!!!! This book ends with a cliffhanger. The things are resolved from this particular issue dealt with through this book. But right when it ends something major happens and Cassie is off to fix it. So now we're waiting to find out how she manages that. It's a cliffhanger that has me anxious for the next one, but it's not AS bad as it could be. The plus side is that I think the next book is going to be even better. At least if it goes in the direction I'm thinking (hoping?). So fingers crossed!
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Disclosure: I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own and I was not paid or influenced in a any way.