Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Claimed by Shadow by Karen Chance

5 out of 5 Stars
My Review:
Ah, and the Cassandra Palmer saga continues... The young clairvoyent raised by the supernatural has a bigbig power struggle going on between more than one group. 'Claimed by Shadow' has just as many of the same type problems as book one, if not a little more. Cassie has tons of enemies and she can't really tell who her allies are. She is running from one place to another from people who either want her as a slave or dead.

The two major plots in this book: that she needs to find and kill Myra and Tony before they kill her and she wants the geis put on her OFF. (This is book 2 in the Cassandra Palmer series, click here for book 1 review.) For the entirity of this book Cassie is trying to get to where Myra and Tony are hiding... just about everything else is happening while she is on her way to their hideout. Cassie needs to stop Myra, an evil sybil, before she can alter history/timelines by killing Cassie's protector- Mircea. Mircea is a master vampire who placed a geis (a very powerful spell) on Cassie when she was young to protect her. However, this spell comes with unwanted side affects.

Just like the first novel in this series, this book starts out fast paced and continues to be action packed through to the very last page. (This is BRILLIANT, you won't be able to put it down!) Cassie soars from different times in history to plunging head first into the Realm of Fairies and back again to current time. How does this heroine have time to breath!? There wasn't much character development in this novel when it came to Cassie, but I think there is still a lot of time for that as this is only the second in the series and the first one really laid out a great montage of complex characters.

It is disappointing that Cassie's decisions were ill thought out and mostly came to her out of her stubborness in some crisis. Are we sensing our Cassie is becoming a little self-absorbed? Haha. That's ok, it doesn't help to be selfless ALL the time...

The majority of the characters in the first novel are brought back in this one. You have to love the warrior mage Pritkin. He becomes Cassie's ally along with Billy the ghost, Tomas, Mircea...

I absolutely love the world that Karen Chance is creating- there are some great new characters with neat abilities. (Just to name a few- moving tattoos, Magical Bombs, Talismans, Incubi, Gargoyles, Zombies, Portals...) There was a LOT of action in this novel, maybe a little too much. Instead of stretching the story to the max, she crammed in a million awesome ideas and it kinda made you forget the goals/plots. As the action is a wee bit overwhelming, it is still an awesome book and I suggest it to anyone that loves good action.

This book has me hooked- I've gotta find out what happens to Cassie and Mircea!

Book Details:

  • Mass Market Paperback: 374 pages
  • Published: April 3, 2007
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451461525
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451461520
Books in the Cassandra Palmer Series in the order they should be read:

  1. Touch the Dark
  2. Claimed by Shadow
  3. Embrace the Night
  4. Curse the Dawn

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