Curse the Dawn by Karen Chance

August 7, 2013 Review 0 ★★★

Curse the Dawn by Karen ChanceCurse the Dawn by Karen Chance
Series: Cassandra Palmer #4
Published by Onyx on April 7, 2009
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 386
Format: Paperback
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Cassandra Palmer may be the all-powerful Pythia now, but that doesn’t mean people have stopped trying to kill her. Most of the supernatural power players don’t want the independent minded Cassie as chief clairvoyant—and they’ll stop at nothing to see her six feet under.

The Vampire Senate does support Cassie in her position, but their protection comes with a price: an alliance with the sexy master vampire Mircea, who has claimed Cassie as his own.

But even the vampires will have trouble keeping Cassie alive now that the self-styled god Apollo, the source of the Pythia’s power, has it in for her in a big way. To save her life—and the world—Cassie’s going to have to face down her creator…

Curse the Dawn is the fourth book in the Cassandra Palmer series, and will probably only make sense if you’ve read the previous books in the series. Luckily for me, I’ve done so. Which meant I was only a little confused.

Cassie is now the Pythia, which means that she’s got a lot of power at her command, but unfortunately she never learned how to use it. Not only that but she’s the pawn in a… I don’t want to say war, but an unease between the vampires and the mages. The vampires are currently backing and protecting Cassie, but she has to be allied with a master vampire, Mircea who is still stuck in the time when he was changed and has a hard time viewing women as anything more than just possessions.

As if that isn’t bad enough, Apollo (yes, the Greek God, though less God and more way too powerful being) is trying to use her powers to break through the wards keeping him out of our world where he plans on wreaking havoc and taking his revenge for being locked away. Cassie is doing her best to make sure that doesn’t happen, all while trying to stay safe.

She is assisted by a ghost and Pritkin, one of the war mages who has broken free and is intent on keeping her safe (and he has a well-known past as the one and only Merlin), amongst the vampires who are more than happy to help her out however she needs. Of course, as always there are a few mixups along the way complete with a body change with Pritkin.

There is a lot that happens in this book, and it’s a fun ride to say the least. It’s definitely one of those series where you’ll either love it or hate, though because Cassie can be damn annoying. Like in the body change scene where she is horrified to find that Pritkin (and now her) has leg hair. I don’t know about you, but I don’t find leg hair all that scary. Maybe women in Chance’s world just don’t have leg hair? Anyway, Cassie speaks in near constant exclamation marks and I can’t decide if she’s just shocked at everything or if maybe she’s yelling.

The romantic relationship here is the most frustrating (and not in a good way) one that I have ever read. See, Cassie is essentially married to Mircea, but she’s definitely attracted to Pritkin. Oh, and she’s not really in a relationship with either. Mircea is possessive and definitely wouldn’t be willing to share (darn) and Pritkin has some hangups about being with a woman again anyway. Maybe Cassie picks one in a later book? I look forward to finding out anyway.

I need to know, though… Does leg hair scare you?

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