Cassandra Palmer #5
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.
It has been quite a while since Cassie made an appearance and I was super excited for this release! All of the elements that made the previous books so much fun are present this time around. The endearing characters and folklore, as well as the ever present time travel dilemma, keeps this fast paced story entertaining.
The action that seems to chase, drown, choke, and flambé Cassie starts right from page one. I found myself having to consciously stop from reading ahead to see where the story was going. Needing to actually stop, take a deep breath, and force myself to abandon the icanotbelievethatjusthappenedwaitohnoohnoohnoyeahyougogirl and read at a normal pace. There is everything from car chases, to train hopping and all of it done with Cassie's trademark grace (or lack there of) and quick, sassy banter. In the midst of the chaos Cassie is not only trying to learn about the enemies pursuing her, but also her new powers, her past, and how it all ties together.
Prior to this book I was completely in Mircea's corner. Now, I am falling all over Pritkin. It is really hard not to love the half demon war mage, with his potion stained hands, long leather trench coat, and blond gravity deifying hair. Every time he pushes Cassie, reassures and saves her, you see how much he truly cares for her. He shows a tenderness that touched me and even if he would never admit it, the love is there. The hilarious banter between them had me laughing out loud (really, really loud) and wishing I was that quick witted.
I found this installment better written than the previous books in the series. The dialogue is quicker, and the action scenes flow very smoothly. There are several sub plots that open up and lend you a glimpse into the possibilities of future stories. I was completely shocked by the ending, and wish it wasn’t over. I hope it isn’t another two years for the next book, I don’t know if I could wait that long.