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Returning from Touch the Dark and Claimed by Shadow, Cassie Palmer has finally become Pythia, the supernatural community's all-knowing oracle. She's struggling with her new powers (such as shifting back and forth through time) and is stuck between good and evil factions of the paranormal community. Her main concern, though, is to figure out how to reverse a pesky spell that threatens her independence: the geis, once placed on her for protection, is now trying to bind her to the handsome master vampire, Mircea, with results detrimental to them both. The only solution is to find the fabled book that has the counterspell—find it in space and in time. Cassie—in her struggles between her passionate need for independence, her burgeoning feelings for Mircea and her conflicts with her new role as Pythia—is a well-rounded character, and the intensity and complexity of the plot puts her through her paces physically, emotionally and psychically. (Apr.)
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“Returning from Touch the Dark and Claimed by Shadow, Cassie Palmer has finally become Pythia, the supernatural community’s all-knowing oracle. She’s struggling with her new powers (such as shifting back and forth through time) and is stuck between good and evil factions of the paranormal community. Her main concern, though, is to figure out how to reverse a pesky spell that threatens her independence: the geis, once placed on her for protection, is now trying to bind her to the handsome master vampire, Mircea, with results detrimental to them both. The only solution is to find the fabled book that has the counterspell—find it in space and time. Cassie—in her struggles between her passionate need for independence, her burgeoning feelings for Mircea and her conflicts with her new role as Pythia—is a well-rounded character, and the intensity and complexity of the plot puts her through her paces physically, emotionally and psychically.”-Publishers Weekly

"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 great writer of supernatural fantasy that is on a par with the works of Kim Harrison, Charlaine Harris, and Kelley Armstong."-Midwest Book Review
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Product Details

  • Series: Cassandra Palmer (Book 3)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Roc (April 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451461991
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451461995
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #390,461 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Karen Chance is a New York Times bestselling novelist, writer of the popular Cassandra Palmer and Dorina Basarab urban fantasy series. For more information, the latest news, free stories, contests and more, visit her website at KarenChance.com or stop by her Facebook page at http://on.fb.me/cassandrapalmerseries.

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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Theresa on April 3, 2008
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The third entry in the Cassandra Palmer Series, Embrace the Night (Cassandra Palmer Series, Book 3), kept me enthralled until the last word. What an incredible adventure this book was - I was breathless throughout!

First, let me say that the Cassandra Palmer series has been one of my favorite series since I read the first book.

The author, Karen Chance, wrapped up a bunch of open storylines in this book, but left some big ones open as well for future books in the series. The book has wonderful character development and continuity from the first two books.

The jumping back and forth in time didn't confuse me, but I suppose it could confuse some people. I love books with time travel in them, but sometimes I get irritated when authors ignore paradoxes. This book (and series) tackles time travel paradoxes head on and it was very believably handled. I didn't find any flaws with how the author handled the time travel and its consequent effects.

There was a lot of character development for Cassie, Mircea, and Pritkin in this book. There is a lot of history explained for each individual which continued to help to flesh them out.

I loved this book and can't wait for the next one in the series! In particular, I can't wait for more Pritkin - I adore his character! :)
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jem VINE VOICE on January 28, 2009
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This book strained my patience to the very limits, but my perseverance did pay off. ETN had a lot of back and forth just as book 2 did, which drove me to distraction, but unlike that one the ending has some satisfying resolutions and made me eager for the story to continue. The book does have issues, and it doesn't hold up to the quality of book 1, but it was far better than book 2.

The story starts out as anticipated - Cassie needs to find a way to break the geis Mircea laid on her. Her will to resist is fading, and Mircea is going insane. I have to admit, the author's resolution to the dilemma was smart if extremely simple, and had been hinted at several times to astute readers. Some readers may find it disappointing; I was just glad it was over. The downside is that readers have to wait to the very last chapter for that resolution. Cassie needs Merlin's Codex which should have a counter spell in it. But the Codex has been unwriting itself through the years, and so the complete text can only be found in the past. No problem for a time traveling clairvoyant. Wrong. Everyone either wants the book for themselves because it is so powerful, or they don't want anyone to have it because it is so powerful. Which side of this debate Pritkin falls on is critical to the story. Until that last chapter, Cassie jumps back and forth through time, with small battles sprinkled in here and there, to find it. The action is fast paced and mostly useless, as she skips around like a little girl at a party. The main intent of all these trips is for Cassie to learn just who her allies are (especially Pritkin), but this could have been done in a less muddled and exhausting way. At times I become so frustrated I literally growled at the book!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By HLS on November 21, 2009
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It was in this book that I finally found I really enjoyed almost everything that happened, plot-wise. I'm glad that Karen Chance dealt with the issue of the Geis, instead of trying to drag it out until it became teeth-clenchingly annoying. Also, Mircea and Pritkin have a lot of development in this book. I still find Mircea a bit of a stereotype for the genre (the older-than-thou vampire who also happens to be mysteriously sexy), but I found myself less annoyed with his character than I have been previously.

It was also in this book that I became a complete Pritkin fan. I suspect that Karen Chance has a lot of fun writing scenes with Pritkin, because it's those scenes that are really dynamic and pop.

Cassie is still dumb. She may SAY that she only "looks like a dumb blond" but she oftentimes acts like one, too. She says "What?" and "Huh?" so many times that sometimes I want to hit her, especially when the answer is painfully obvious. It seems like she needs EVERYTHING to be carefully explained to her. I suspect that's because Karen Chance uses Cassie as a device to explain things to the reader, but unfortunately, by making her so utterly obtuse about things, she makes it hard for me to respect Cassie.

Also, I don't know if I had a special copy of the book, but I saw many editorial mistakes. In fact, in the first few chapters of the book, Cassie comes to a realization...and then she comes to the SAME realization near the end of the book. I actually flipped back to see if I was just remembering things wrong, but no, Cassie actually comes to a conclusion for the first time...twice.

Because of these issues, the book didn't get above three stars, however it's still a fun, fluffy read that can be finished easily...and the humor between Pritkin and Cassie make the book worth the read.
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Cassie Palmer has only had a few weeks to get used to her new position as Pythia, chief clairvoyant of the world and as such, the "official" head of the supernatural society, a position she inherited against all her wishes.

Cassie's latest is to track down the legendary Codex Merlini, a book of spells written by Merlin himself. She needs this book to find the only spell that can break the geis magically binding her to Mircea, (see Claimed by Shadow) one of the most ancient and powerful vampires around, brother to Vlad himself. If the geis isn't broken soon, Mircea will be driven insane and his second death will soon follow.

Cassie must jump through time and space to find the Codex, break the geis and save Mircea's life. Her only ally is a former enemy, War Mage John Pritkin, who has many secrets of his own. As she continues her search for the Codex, she begins to discover there is a very good reason why it has been missing for so long. If the wrong beings get their hands on it, it could bring about the destruction of all mankind, human and supernatural. And what is the huge secret Pritkin will do just about anything to protect?

I adore the Cassie Palmer series and I eagerly look forward to each new installment. Embrace the Night delivers more of the pulse pounding excitement that Karen Chance is becoming famous for. Keep in mind though, this is a series best read in order. Each book expands on the universe Chance has created, making many references to preceding books. While the stories do stand somewhat on their own, many of the delicate nuances to the story would be lost without knowledge of the earlier books.
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