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"A wonderfully entertaining romp with an engaging heroine. Here's hoping there's a sequel in the works!"
A fair maiden tough enough to kick [vampire] butts. (Rebecca York) A grab-you-by-the-throat-and-suck-you-in sort of book. (Patricia Briggs)
A fair maiden tough enough to kick Ývampire¨ butts. (Rebecca York) A grab-you-by-the-throat-and-suck-you-in sort of book. (Patricia Briggs)
"A wonderfully entertaining romp with an engaging heroine. Here's hoping there's a sequel in the works!"--Kelley Armstrong, "USA Today" Bestselling Author of "Haunted"
"A grab-you-by-the-throat-and-suck-you-in sort of book. A tough, smart heroine and sexy-scary vampires....I loved it."--Patricia Briggs, National Bestselling Author of "Moon Called"
"Karen Chance will enthrall you with her world of vampires, mages, and a fair maiden tough enough to kick their butts."--"USA Today" Bestselling Author Rebecca York
A wonderfully entertaining romp with an engaging heroine. Here s hoping there's a sequel in the works! Kelley Armstrong, "USA Today" Bestselling Author of "Haunted"
A grab-you-by-the-throat-and-suck-you-in sort of book. A tough, smart heroine and sexy-scary vampires....I loved it. Patricia Briggs, National Bestselling Author of "Moon Called"
Karen Chance will enthrall you with her world of vampires, mages, and a fair maiden tough enough to kick their butts. "USA Today" Bestselling Author Rebecca York"
About the Author
Karen Chance is from Orlando Florida, Touch the Dark is her first novel.
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Cassie gets away, but to stay safe, she needs to cut a deal with the vampire Senate, a group who rules the other vampires with an iron fist. They are not known for being sympathetic, but they are willing to make an exception in her case in order to control her power. Cassie has to find a way to retain control over both her independance and her head, in the middle of a vampire war that threatens to destroy her world.
Touch the Dark manages to incorporate mystery, action-adventure and romance into the story-line, yet keeps the fantasy foremost. If you like modern fantasy with a bite to it, you'll love Touch the Dark!
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.Read more ›
Karen Chance can tell a rollicking good story. Her characters are fantastic, her dialogue is witty. And she is very good at building up sexual tension.
She starts off with a great first line:-
"I knew I was in trouble as soon as I saw the obituary. The fact that it had my name on it was sort of a clue."
The story powerhouses from there.
Some of it is hysterically funny. Possibly my favourite section of the book is when they're trying to get Jimmy out of the cage. It's like a textbook example of things rapidly going from bad to worse. And when Cassie initially possesses Tomas and is telling Louis-Cesare to shut up, and LC thinks it's Tomas (not understanding it's Cassie in there), is just hilarious. Karen Chance pulls this three-way conversation off brilliantly.
I love how all her characters are individuals with their own little quirks. Pritkin in particular. It's a great name and fits him to a tee. He reminded me of a banty rooster with apoplexy whenever he came on-page.
However, even though I loved the story I did have a few problems.
The author often stops in the middle of the action to infodump - whether it's on magical wards during the first fight scene, why people become ghosts, or magical theory. It's annoying. Yes, I'm interested in this stuff if it's going to be important to the story, but not halfway through some major action.Read more ›
The novel's protagonist is Cassie, a young woman who happens to have psychic powers, whose parents were killed when she was 5 years old. Cassie grew up in a mansion, under the rule of Tony a vampire from the age of Henry the 8th, who uses her precognitive abilities for his own gain. The novel begins in media res after Cassie has been on the run from Tony's goons for nearly 3 years; one night she receives her own obituary via her computer, believing it to be a threat from Tony she goes on the run once again. Her major flaw is her basic good heart and she is loathe to leave her roommate Tomas possibly vulnerable to Tony's vampires but when she goes to warn him, she is kidnapped by the Vampire Senate.
Cassie discovers that the vampire senate want to protect her, for their own ends, a chilling thought in itself given that the senate defines the word ruthless. She feels utterly betrayed when it's revealed that Thomas was sent by the senate to keep her safe and report on her powers. The senate is locked in a power struggle with a renegade vampire who has challenged and killed several key members of the council, in the hopes of gaining ultimate power for himself. If that wasn't bad enough, the mage circles want to claim Cassie as one of their own; the ones who control her also control the new powers that she has manifested which include an ability to shift through time.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved this book so much!! The entire Cassie Palmer series is phenomenal and it only gets better from here - i highly recommend it to anyone and everyone <3 <3Published 4 months ago by Caterina Trench Vidale
Started off in a promising fashion but a quarter of a way through the pace of the book slowed to virtually a crawl. All it seemed to want to offer was loads of chit chat. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Elbarto
By chance (see the pun there :-) ) I just saw the reviews for this book on amazon and having read it several years ago now (and then all the other books in the series) I am... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Amazon Customer