Monday, 4 June 2012

Claimed by Shadow by Karen Chance

Claimed By Shadow (Cassandra Palmer, #2) Claimed by Shadow by Karen Chance

 Blurb(from goodreads):

Clairvoyant Cassie Palmer has inherited new magical powers-including the ability to travel through time. But it's a whole lot of responsibility she'd rather not have. Now she's the most popular girl in town, as an assortment of vamps, fey, and mages try to convince, force, or seduce her—and her magic—over to their side. But one particular master vampire didn't ask what Cassie wanted before putting a claim on her. He had a spell cast that binds her to him, and now she doesn't know if what she feels for him is real—or imagined…

Claimed By Shadow by Karen Chance

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
This is the second book in the Cassandra Palmer series, and kicks off 1 week after the events in book 1 – ‘Touch the Dark’. **Warning** possible spoilers for book 1.
We catch up again with Cassie at Dante’s – the demon club/ bar/casino in Vegas, run by the demon possessed Vampire – Casanova. Cassie is after a couple of things; 1 – to get revenge on Tony – the vampire who held her captive for so many years and killed her parents, 2 – to retrieve her father’s ghost from wherever Tony has hidden it, and 3 – to deal with the other pythia heir who is trying to kill her.

What follows is such a complex, action filled book that I’m not sure where to even start.

Firstly Cassie has managed to somehow release some Greek demi-goddesses from a magical trap/box, who she is now stuck baby-sitting, until she can work out how to put them back.
The war mage Pritkin is back, and she’s not sure whose side he’s even on anymore, and whether he’s there to kill her or save her, and she’s also become aware of a spell that has been cast on her called a ‘geis’ which protects her virginity, by preventing her from having sex with anyone but the person who authorised the spell.

And it just keeps rolling on from there. Once again Cassie seems to be constantly running for her life. Along the way there are vampires, mages, gargoyles, pixies, ogres, zombies, weres, dark fey, fairae kings, spirits, demi-goddesses, and even a trip to faerie. The magical weapons are more varied and explosive than ever, and there are even magical moving tattoos (which I loved).

While it is entertaining though, the amount of stuff happening in this book is also one of its draw backs – it is at some points really difficult to keep up with exactly what is going on, and even who is speaking in parts. It also takes place over a short time frame again (about 36 hours), so you have to be really paying attention to what you are reading or you will miss stuff!

I thought that the storyline was good, and poor Cassie just always seems to be stuck between a rock and a hard place. The pacing is fast, and the action furious, and the skips between different times an interesting twist to the story. The characters are also different and entertaining, and the new romance angle is pretty hot without dominating the story.

Overall, this is a complex, entertaining tale, though in my opinion; best if you can read in as few sittings as possible!
8 out of 10.

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  1. Ok so I tried not to read spoilers but this is on my must reads now. Love the jest behind the demon goddess and release. Super cool. Great review

  2. This sounds like a great series. I will definitely give it a try. Thanks for the recommendation!