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  • Mass Market Paperback: 374 pages
  • Publisher: ROC; 1st edition (28 Jun. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451461525
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451461520
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 2.7 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 209,043 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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"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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Karen Chance grew up in Orlando Florida, this is her second novel.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lesley70 on 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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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Melanie Eagles on 8 May 2007
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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 By clairefromwales VINE VOICE on 24 April 2007
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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 By clairefromwales VINE VOICE on 14 July 2007
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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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