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64 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it - can't wait for the sequel, 3 Feb 2007
This review is from: Touch The Dark (Mass Market Paperback)
What a great debut novel.

The plot revolves around a series of interlinked supernatural power struggles with Cassie, a runnaway clairvoyant, at the centre of it all - and it slowly becomes clear that a rather large destiny is about to come her way. Although there is lots of backstory, it's pretty apparent that there's a lot more going on underneath it all (as I'm sure will become clear in later books in this series.)

I tend to flit around the edges of this genre, not having read anything by some of the big players like Laurell H, but I thought that this book was enjoyable and accessible, while still being quite dark and densely packed with detail.

I liked the humour and humanity of the book and the fleet of different characters, magical creatures and supernatural beings. The dialogue was snappy and readable and had fun with a few stereotypes, like when Mircea commands Cassie to come to him.

Characterisation is a real strength of the author. Cassie is a great heroine - I didn't think she was passive at all, just very aware of the strengths of those around her and slowly coming to realise what her new powers meant.

The vampires were fabulously written. Suitably enticing, but with real ambiguity in their intentions. I liked the idea that many of them were famous historical characters.

Mircea was gorgeous, but managed moments of apparent vulnerability which only added to the attraction. When he finally lost his temper, you were left in no doubt of why he held a senate seat.

One of my favourite characters was Pritkin the barking mad, demon-hunting war mage. He has an awful lot of unattractive features, but there was just something about his single-minded determination.

I loved all the backstory and complications. It reminded me a bit of Simon R Green's Deathstalker and Nightside novels - those books also have a phenomenal number of beautifully realised characters, lots of intricate backstory and some mind-bending time travel. I rather suspect that like Green, Karen Chance will be picking up tiny strands hinted at in this book and weaving them into later installments.
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Initial post: 26 Aug 2008 19:21:50 BDT
C. Bourchier says:
this was a very good review . . . it was a great help and i will soon be buying this book!

Posted on 1 Mar 2009 10:24:59 GMT
Last edited by the author on 1 Mar 2009 10:26:06 GMT
Customer says:
Great review. Thank goodness other people love Pritkin too! I thought I was the only one, there's something about him that's interesting to me.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Aug 2009 22:46:14 BDT
Ginny says:
Pritkin is sensational! particularly in the later books pwoar, just pwoar. hes just amazing :D and is a really interesting character to read about and 4 books into the series and theres still loads we dont know about him :):):)

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Aug 2009 18:04:06 BDT
Yup, Prikin was the most fun thing in this book and he just gets better (or should I say hotter) as the series goes on...
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