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Claimed By Shadow [Kindle Edition]

Karen Chance
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"A fair maiden tough enough to kick [vampire] butts."-Rebecca York, "USA Today" bestselling author "Shadow of the Moon"

"An engaging heroine."-Kelley Armstrong, "USA Today" bestselling author of "Broken"

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"A fair maiden tough enough to kick [vampire] butts."-Rebecca York, "USA Today" bestselling author "Shadow of the Moon"

"An engaging heroine."-Kelley Armstrong, "USA Today" bestselling author of "Broken"


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1258 KB
  • Print Length: 374 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; 1st edition (28 Jun 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003FXCST0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #34,327 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Karen Chance is the New York Times bestselling author of two urban fantasy series. Her previous novels Touch the Dark, Claimed by Shadow, Embrace the Night, Midnight's Daughter and Curse the Dawn are all published by Penguin. Karen lives in Florida.

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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Claimed by Shadow- review by MelEagles 8 May 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the second in the Cassandra Palmer series and is as good as the first (Touch the Dark). If you enjoy Laurell K Hamilton, Christine Feehan and the like, you will enjoy these. It took me a while to get into it but once I did I just had to keep reading. Cassie is a great lead character- she is resourceful, with out knowing everything- she manages her way through all the bad stuff without suddenly getting extra magic powers right at the end-a flaw in Hamiltons work- both "Merry Gently" fairy books and "Anita Blake" vampire ones.

In this second look she is still trying to get out of perminantly becoming the "Pythia", the worlds cheif clairvoyant. She has to deal with the "hands off"/love spell that Mircea put on her when she was 11 that has now blown up in both their faces- they can't keep there hands off each other- and Cassie can't get together with anyone else as the spell burns anyone she gets to close too- like Pritkin, the Mage assisin whom she has formed an uneasy truce with while she searches for Tony (bad Vamp) and Myra (Would be evil-Pythia) to stop them from killing her or Mircea. A fun time travelling vampire/witch tale. I reccomend it to you- but only after you have read Touch The Dark first!
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44 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How long until the next one........??? 24 April 2007
By clairefromwales VINE VOICE
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I loved 'Touch the Dark' and have been dying for the next installment to arrive. Fortunately, it didn't disappoint!

The plot traces Cassie's journey from partial Pythia to the real deal, while acquiring some new problems in the form of a malfunctioning geis and a quest for a book of Merlin's spell - and she's still looking for her vampire nemesis, Tony. The ongoing war that pitches the Vampire Senate and the Silver Circle against Rasputin and the Black Circle is rumbling on, but is not central to developments.

The plot meshes beautifully with the previous novel, with little strands being picked up and developed.

The author's style is fluent and highly engaging. The book is written in the first person from Cassie's perspective and it works really well.

It's also extremely funny in places.

The descriptions in the book are wonderful. Scenes such as Dante's casino are vividly described, but so are the action scenes - and there are some real gems like Mac's tatoo parlour.

Most of the characters from the first book return and there are a few lovely new characters.

Cassie is a great lead character, with lots of personality and her conflicted feelings about her new powers and the motivations of those around her are nicely pitched. Her relationship options get a bit complex, with her getting intimate with one character, desperate to get in the same position with another and rather alarmed to discover another one apparently rather likes her. This is all well handled and the differing responses to each make sense.

Mircea returns and is still enticing although he doesn't have a lot to do apart from respond to the geis and help Cassie out.

We also get to meet Mac, a retired war mage.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How long until the next one........??? 14 July 2007
By clairefromwales VINE VOICE
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I loved 'Touch the Dark' and have been dying for the next installment to arrive. Fortunately, it didn't disappoint!

The plot traces Cassie's journey from partial Pythia to the real deal, while acquiring some new problems in the form of a malfunctioning geis and a quest for a book of Merlin's spell - and she's still looking for her vampire nemesis, Tony. The ongoing war that pitches the Vampire Senate and the Silver Circle against Rasputin and the Black Circle is rumbling on, but is not central to developments.

The plot meshes beautifully with the previous novel, with little strands being picked up and developed.

The author's style is fluent and highly engaging. The book is written in the first person from Cassie's perspective and it works really well.

It's also extremely funny in places.

The descriptions in the book are wonderful. Scenes such as Dante's casino are vividly described, but so are the action scenes - and there are some real gems like Mac's tatoo parlour.

Most of the characters from the first book return and there are a few lovely new characters.

Cassie is a great lead character, with lots of personality and her conflicted feelings about her new powers and the motivations of those around her are nicely pitched. Her relationship options get a bit complex, with her getting intimate with one character, desperate to get in the same position with another and rather alarmed to discover another one apparently rather likes her. This is all well handled and the differing responses to each make sense.

Mircea returns and is still enticing although he doesn't have a lot to do apart from respond to the geis and help Cassie out.

We also get to meet Mac, a retired war mage.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Four and a Half Stars 6 Oct 2008
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I remember the first book in the Cassandra Palmer series finished on something of a cliffhanger and I admit here to only having a vague memory of Book 1 when I started Claimed by Shadow. I do remember having a problem with some infodumping in Touch the Dark (Bk1) and that Karen Chance is very good at writing first lines.

The first line situation is still the same

"Any day that starts off in a demon-filled bar in a casino designed to look like Hell isn't likely to turn out well."

But the info-dumping? Gone. Or at least become so much smoother and integrated into the plot that I didn't notice it. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Even though I spent a fair bit of time confused about what was going on, especially at the beginning - mainly because Claimed by Shadow does not pick up smoothly from the end of Touch the Dark. However, I do think on a second read through things will gel together more, and I'm a big fan of books with high re-readability.

Essentially Cassie is still trying to clean up the mess from the end of Touch the Dark. Still not completely in control of her powers she's pursuing Tony, attempting to keep her friends safe and trying to stop Myra from messing with the timeline, without making things worse than they already are.

The plot itself, starts with a bang and doesn't let go. This does mean that moments of internal reflection are few and far between. Some terrible things happen and Cassie doesn't really get a chance to process them, she just has to cope with each impending crisis as it looms. So this is something of a rollercoaster ride, leaving you frantically turning the pages wanting to know what happens next. But it works. Cassie is a character (not dissimilar to Kate Daniels) who things just happen to.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Long winded
This book had me wondering why I kept reading, the characters were flat and things are repeated over and over again, a lot of needless details, if I did not have the four books I... Read more
Published 7 months ago by dreamer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story
This was a very interesting book, I loved how the writer developed the story and thought the characters were funny and witty. An all round great story.
Published 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous!
Such a great read, always engaging and exciting, would recommend to all woman who enjoy a bit of Dark Romance, but aren't fans of soppy, whiny leads.
Published 18 months ago by Lily
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good!
(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'. Read more
Published on 4 Jun 2012 by Sarah
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Loved this book . Will be getting more from this author. Sometimes these sort of books can be a bit boring, this one was far from that.
Published on 6 May 2012 by Teddy
5.0 out of 5 stars A great page turner, you just have to keep reading.
I loved the first book (Touch of dark) and immediately brought this one...Wow Cassie Palmer is a fantastic leader character and you want her to succeed. Read more
Published on 7 April 2011 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great second installment
I love Karen Chance as a writer, just wish she would write more, especially the Basarab series, which is much better than the Cassandra Palmer series. Read more
Published on 20 Feb 2011 by Cheryl M-M
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written, funny & just a tad confusing
This is the start of a series of books about a heroine (Cassie) and the relatives of Dracula, but with a Back to the Future kick or twelve. Read more
Published on 6 Nov 2010 by Ray G
3.0 out of 5 stars Still not quite in its stride
I found the first book in this series a bit messy and problematic with far too many characters and too many explanations slowing down the action. Read more
Published on 12 Aug 2010 by daisyduck1976
4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars
4.5 stars

Whew. Poor Cassie - that girl needs a nap more than anyone I've ever met! I read a review on Chance's web site that said something along the lines of this... Read more
Published on 4 Jun 2010 by Rebecca
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