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Claimed by Shadow (Cassandra Palmer) Mass Market Paperback – April 3, 2007
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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
Like the previous novel, CLAIMED BY SHADOW is a non-stop thrill ride from beginning to end, a wildly entertaining romp with a strong, likeable heroine. The story is fast-paced and barely lets up from the word "go," lightened with plenty of wry humor and more than a dash of romance. In Cassie's last adventure, TOUCH THE DARK, the focus was on vampires. Here, we see more about the mages, especially Cassie's nemesis Pritkin. It's obvious that Chance has even more wonders to reveal, and I am very much looking forward to the next installment of Cassie's adventures. -- Rambles.com
Magic aplenty populates this fast moving, rather dark tale of power, corruption, double-dealings and painful attractions as Cassie comes to grips with her new role in this follow-up to TOUCH THE DARK. It is nice to see a strong, capable heroine taking charge with a kick butt attitude while attempting to balance right and wrong in the face of impossible odds. -- monstersandcritics.com
Ms. Chance is a master at fleshing out her secondary characters and keeping her storyline moving at a lightening fast pace. Cassie remains the funny and smart heroine we came to love in book one. She solves her own problems and trusts her intuition. This is a series well worth getting hooked on. -- FreshFiction.com
The much anticipated sequel to TOUCH THE DARK, CLAIMED BY SHADOW picks up right where Cassie left off in the first book, infused with a power she doesn't want. From tacky Vegas showgirl costumes to moveable tattoo parlors to a zombie Elvis, Karen Chance takes readers on another wild ride with never-ending action. CLAIMED BY SHADOW should not be missed. -- Romance Reviews Today
The second installment of Karen Chance's paranormal fantasy saga to feature psychic Cassandra Palmer (after 2006's Touch the Dark) explores new territory, as the 23-year-old heroine is forced to deal with the unfathomable power -- and danger -- associated with being the heir to the Pythia, the world's most influential clairvoyant. Palmer's newfound position makes her a prime target for supernatural factions (vampires, the Fey, mages, etc.) looking to monopolize -- or simply destroy -- her powers. To complicate matters, Palmer learns that someone, most likely a 500-year-old master vampire who happens to be Dracula's older brother, has put a "geis" on her, a magical bond that not only deters any potential suitors but also makes Palmer irrationally attracted to her supernatural subjugator. But when she vows to remove the geis, she finds herself an unwilling pawn in the middle of a dangerous power play...
Blending contemporary fantasy, romance, and horror into an appetizing literary amalgam, the crossover appeal of Chance's Cassie Palmer saga will undoubtedly find a more than welcoming audience with fans of authors like Laurell K. Hamilton, Kim Harrison, and Charlaine Harris. Chance's left-of-center sense of humor -- in particular, bastardized Latin one-liners like "stercus accidit" -- makes this relatively lighthearted series a fast-paced and highly entertaining read.-Paul Goat Allen -- Explorations SF/F Reviews
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Clairvoyant Cassie Palmer has inherited new magical powers-including the ability to travel through time. But it's a whole lot of responsibility she'd rather not have. Now she's the most popular girl in town, as an assortment of vamps, fey, and mages try to convince, force, or seduce her-and her magic-over to their side. But one particular master vampire didn't ask what Cassie wanted before putting a claim on her. He had a spell cast that binds her to him, and now she doesn't know if what she feels for him is real-or imagined...
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The story picks up just after the events of Touch the Dark. Cassie has escaped the senate, but reveals she stole a few objects of power on her way out of the door. She is looking for Tony, not only because of past issues with him, but because she wants to free her father's ghost, and neutralize Myra, the other heir to the Pythia power. (She thinks Tony is the key to finding them both.)
Just as she approaches a member of Tony's organization to try to get a fix on him, she is attacked by mages. She is forced to make an alliance with the mage assassin Pritkin to escape. They decide to work together to get to Faerie, where they believe Tony and Myra are hiding. Pritkin wants to get to Myra for his own reasons.
While all this is going on, Cassie discovers that Mircea has placed a geis on her... a powerful spell that prevents her from sleeping with other men. If she makes a move to do so, she and the potential partner experience great pain. But this is at odds with the power of the Pythia which is urging Cassie to lose her virginity in order to claim her full power.
Before she can even set out for Faerie, Cassie is being sent back in time. Myra is trying to kill Mircea in the past, to remove his protection of Cassie in the present. Let me stop here and say that altering the events of the past can create some nasty paradoxes. Some are addressed by the author. But admittedly, some left me with more questions than answers. The biggest is this: If Cassie met Mircea in the past and altered the timeline, how could the events of the first book have played out the way they did? Or are we to assume they went differently? If so, how? Clearly, Mircea remembers their past meetings in this book. It creates a bit of a mess in my head. But rather than let it ruin the book for me, I just filed it away as something that didn't quite fit and tried to let it go.
This book is amazingly sexy for only having one sex scene in it. It's full of action, twists, turns and some real emotion as well. There are many plot threads left unresolved, not the least of which is this mess with the geis. I'm looking forward to see how the author goes forward from here and whether the knots in the plot created by time travel manage to unweave or get more complicated.
A recent legacy made Cassandra Palmer heir to the title of Pythia, the world's chief clairvoyant. It's a position that usually comes with years of training, but Cassie's circumstances are a little...unusual. Now she's stuck with a whopping amount of power that every vamp, fey, and mage in town wants to either monopolize or eradicate - and that she herself doesn't dare use.
What's more, she's just discovered that a certain arrogant master vampire has a geis on her-a magical claim that warns off any would-be suitors, and might also explain the rather ... intense attraction between them. But Cassie's had it with being jerked around, and anyone who tries it from now on is going to find out that she makes a very bad enemy...
Claimed by Shadow picks up were book one left off. It starts knee deep in action and rarely lets up.
New and old characters still enrich the plot. We get a little more insights on a few characters that are both good and bad. Half the time you don't know who is on whose side, which only amplifies the intensity and mystery. Pritkin is especially a character I would love to know more about. I know we will be seeing more of him. I have no doubt there is a huge story just waiting to come out of Pritkin.
The problems with the geis and Mircea only intensified the story for me. The pace was fast and the the dilemmas never ending. I was never bored. The White Circle of mages, and many others, who are hell bent on killing Cassie only added another dollop of craziness in an already crazy adventure.
I really enjoyed the part of the book with Mac, Pirtkin, and Cassie, when they traveled to MAGIC. It was scary and heartbreaking. I love when a book makes me get emotional.
Near the end, the Pythia dilemma iwas finally resolved and surprising new alliances were formed. I liked the new powers Cassie had to deal with throughout the book, too. It gave the plot a spin that I didn't see coming.
Cassie's decisions in this book kind of disappointed me. She was indecisive and even whiny. With how well book one developed Cassie as a character, I felt like book two counteracted some of that work.
The plot in book one was a little rehashed in book 2 but each book had enough differences that made each one unique as well.
We get a a lot of petting and kissing and a full sex scene.
The few faults within in the book in no way took away from the great characters and well-written action scenes that made this book so special. I really have enjoyed this series so far. I am always excited when Chane's next book comes out, I just wish she would work a little bit on Cassie and make her a more inspire-worthy heroine.