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Karen Chance
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3 April 2008

Recently named the world’s chief clairvoyant, Cassandra Palmer still has a thorn in her side. As long as Cassie and a certain master vampire - the sizzling-hot Mircea - are magically bound to each other, her life will never be her own …

The spell that binds them can only be broken with an incantation found in the Codex Merlini, an ancient grimoire. The Codex’s location has been lost in the present day, so Cassie will have to seek it out in the only place it can still be found - the past.

But Cassie soon realizes the Codex has been lost for a reason. The book is rumored to contain dangerous spells, and retrieving it may help Cassie to deal with Mircea, but it could also endanger the world…

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (3 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 014103775X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141037752
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 17.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 316,214 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 series well worth getting hooked on (Fresh Fiction)

A grab-you-by-the-throat-and-suck-you-in sort of book with a tough, smart heroine and sexy-scary vampires (bestselling author Patricia Briggs New York Times)

About the Author

Karen Chance has lived in France, the UK and Hong Kong, and currently lives in Orlando, Florida. She is the author of two previous novels in the Cassandra Palmer series, Touch the Dark and Claimed by Shadow.

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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it (and Pritkin) 6 April 2008
By clairefromwales VINE VOICE
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Cassie's back and I've been waiting impatiently. There is just something about this series that really works for me. I love the characters, I enjoy the dialogue, the descriptions are great and the historical detail is interesting, but I think the main thing for me is that the books are fun in genre that can take itself far too seriously.

Anyway on with the review, which is quite tough to write without giving important stuff away - a lot happens in this book!

'Embrace the Night' opens with Cassie in Paris with John Pritkin, the renegade war mage and on the trail of the Codex Merlini. She needs Merlin's spellbook to lift the geas which binds her (twice over) to Mircea the vampire and which is becoming more destructive. She also needs to fulfil her promise to the Fey King to recover the book.

As always this turns out to be a far from straightforward task. Cassie finds herself zipping backwards and forwards in the timeline, meeting earlier versions of Mircea and Pritkin, and causing chaos. There are some major revelations and betrayals along the way.

Cassie has definitely grown during the books. She is much more in control in this one. Deciding what needs to be done and doing it, but she's still really likeable. She won't leave Pritkin to die at the start of the book when they get trapped in the catacombs and rescues a group of children with mixed magical gifts.

I loved the idea of Cassie being forced to endure Pritkin as her personal trainer and him forcing her to go jogging and to learn to sword fight.

It'll be interesting to see where Cassie goes next - trusting people remains a big issue for her.

Then there's Pritkin. I love, love, love this character (and not just because he can speak Welsh!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cassandra Palmer 3 April 2008
By J
I love the Cassandra Palmer Series. After waiting impatiently for this book to be released, I found myself unable to put it down, just like its two predecessors. Again, I find myself transfixed by these books following the lives of a range of intriguing characters and trying to keep up with the the complicated love life of a heroine who seems to fall head first into some very interesting situations, not to mention the laps of several male characters. Anyway if you liked the previous books, you should enjoy the latest instalment!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Cheryl M-M TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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cassie is trying to save mircea, who is being driven mad by the spell that connects the two of them, and her nemesis pritkin the war mage is hiding a secret. the end was an intricately woven explanation of the "geis~spell~timeline" plot, i loved it. it was like spell suduko for the readers brain. yes, i know i am biased because i really enjoy karen chances writing, but this series is getting better book by book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dark times ahead for Cassie Palmer 26 Jun 2009
'Embrace the Night' definitely leaves the reader wanting more! It's also hands down the best book of the series so far.

Chance focuses much more on Pritkin than before, in that one of numerous questions shrouding his character is answered. I was happy about this because he's my favourite and I get giddy anytime he comes on page... and his character happens to be fascinating no matter what he's doing. I also have to admit I was really surprised at some of the plot twists as I usually see most things coming but not this time! Pritkin as a character is a little more relaxed here but he's still himself, brave, blunt and also proves that he's still ten times smarter than all the other characters put together. For someone so perpetually grumpy he's very noble. Cassie also grows a lot during this installment as she finally stops running and deals with the mess she's in, she also uses her wits to solve some of her problems rather than relying upon other means. Another theme is Cassie learning to trust those around her and to accept help more willingly.

The dry humour is still very much a defining feature of the story and there's quirkiness around every corner as we learn more about Cassie's world. I thought the attention to detail in this area is what elevates the material making it more real and atmospheric to the reader. The humour also gracefully balances the darker themes that pervade the novel. There's some dark scenes here and there that I found rather unnerving! Some of the plot is a bit convoluted because Chance is filling in the blanks left from the other books but also raising new questions and moving the current arc forward. This meant I had to go back and reread some of the heavier exposition to make sure I understood it! It made my eyes cross a bit.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A feast of mad, magical action and darkness 20 April 2008
By Jessica
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This latest instalment continues with a similar format to the pervious books; set within a few days span and about a week and a half after the last book. You can therefore expect like the others to be taken straight into the action and to have the pace maintained throughout the book. The opening chapters are particularly good; thrilling and interesting.

It begins with Cassie searching for a counter spell to the evermore troublesome geis - the spell that Mircea placed upon Cassie when she was very young that binds her too him. To finally have control over her life she must be rid of it and the only way to do that is to find a very complicated spell, in a very dangerous spell book, written by Merlin himself - the codex Merlini. Enlisted to help her is the unpredictable John Pritkin.

Cassie has more allies in this book, one of its roles seems to be setting up the sides for the impending interspecies war and through it we learn that she has even more enemies...gods, demons, mages, the fey, Rasputin and her old master Tony, throw in an uneasy alliance with the vampires, fun, fun, fun. Chance really isn't picky about the paranormal and mythical creatures she writes about, these books have pretty much everything magical, mythical and paranormal in, but I in no way see this as a bad thing, it puts me in mind of the convoluted, combustible Roman and Greek myths she draws heavily from; with the love triangles, betrayals and her huge panthenon of characters. In fact much of her research is very true to the original myths she palys with; Apollo leading the war and her touch of using Merlin's original name, nice.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
The description on this book was spot on and was impressed with the condition and was worth the money, the delivery was fast aswell
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Not for me
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 9 months ago by dreamer
5.0 out of 5 stars Smart and Funny!
Karen Chance lives up to her high standard, I marvel at how she is not more popular as a writer. As always we feel for Cassie, and appreciate her strength and attitude. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Lily
4.0 out of 5 stars Embrace the Night by Karen Chance
It has been 4 years since I last read this series and was unsure if I had read this one or not. The first third felt very familiar, but then the plot was definitely not read before... Read more
Published on 24 Jun 2012 by Kelly
3.0 out of 5 stars not the most brilliant book in the series
The story-telling quality is good although it has some annoying tendencies like trying to paint the female protagonist as stupid in an effort to create more drama in the story. Read more
Published on 5 Aug 2010 by Cherry
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Read!
This was another brillant book by Karen Chance, I just could not put it down. Its exciting from start to finish.
Published on 6 Jun 2010 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars The 3rd (final?) book in the Cassie Palmer series from Karen Chance.
The 3rd (final?) book in the Cassie Palmer series from Karen Chance.

Cassandra thought she'd just been in the wrong place at the wrong time... Read more
Published on 4 Jun 2010 by Rebecca
4.0 out of 5 stars logie
I quite enjoyed this book it takes you into a new world. I really liked her jokey style of writing making the serious situations a little lighter. Read more
Published on 26 Oct 2009 by D. Beer
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Brilliant story. Very fast paced and very funny. The rest of the series just gets better as well.
Published on 16 July 2009 by J. Green
4.0 out of 5 stars Mircea
When I read this book I kinda broke one of my rules. I read this book without having read any of the other books in the series, which I think is kinda like reading the last page in... Read more
Published on 23 Mar 2009 by LadyDamned
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