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Claimed By Shadow: Cassie Palmer Volume 2 Mass Market Paperback – 24 November 2008
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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. And now she's stick 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 put 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 tries it from now on is going to find out that she makes a very bad enemy . . .
An engaging heroine.-Kelley Armstrong, USA Today bestselling author of Broken
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- Publisher : ROC; 2 edition (24 November 2008)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0451461525
- ISBN-13 : 978-0451461520
- Dimensions : 10.69 x 2.41 x 17.07 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 36,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Cassie's relationship with Mircea is the only thing I found interesting about this book to be honest and the scenes between them both in the past and the present were much better written than the rest of the book. There was also one scene, once they had entered Faerie that I found really unpleasant and unnecessary as it really didn't advance the plot in any way. My other complaint is the really cheesy way that a lot of the minor characters in the supernatural world are actually major figures from history. It's just distracting and leads to more unnecessary explanations.
It's a shame as there is potential in some of the characters- Cassie, Tomas, Billy, Mircea, Rafael (although he doesn't feature at all this time) but they are drowned out by the endless stream of other characters that whizz by at an amazing rate.
If the series were to continue with fewer characters and focus more on Cassie and her close relationships plus just one or two adversaries, then I would be interested in reading more. As it is, it's rather unsatisfying hard work to read the books.
Cassie is a clairvoyant bent on revenge against the mobster vampire who killed her parents, Tony. She is a tough chick with a hard upbringing by said murderous vampire.
After a successful plot against Tony, she moves around in a bid to escape Tony's clutches, but is eventually tracked down and taken to the Vampire Senate after embroiling Tomas into the plot. Tony has also upset the Senate by plotting their downfall with their enemies. Tony's Sire is Mircea, who just happens to be Dracula's older brother and senior Senate member, also Cassie's first crush. Mircea & the Senate offer Tony's head if Cassie will only accept the responsibility of becoming Pythia- world's chief clairvoyant. How she is to become Pythia is another story......
Also interested in Cassie's future is John Pritkin of the Silver Circle's War Mage team - grown up Harry Potter types trained as supernatural commandos. Pritkin is not a fan of Cassie and they soon become fast enemies.
Cassie escapes, and has a run in with the Black Circle and ends up back at vamp HQ after Mircea, Pritkin & co go to the rescue.
Cassie accidentally discovers that she can shift through time to stop past events from being changed (a quirk of Tony's gang that is causing much destruction amongst the vamp community). The Senate are naturally interested in this. Cassie agrees to help. I found the time-traveling thing confusing, (try to avoid having a glass of wine when reading this as I did, it makes the confusion worse!) but there was a good combination of scary harrowing events with humor.
The combination of Cassie's infatuation with Mircea, Mircea's strange sense of humor (mainly shown in this book unfortunately), Pritkin being his homicidal but entertaining self, and Cassie being Cassie-like, is a great start to this highly entertaining series. I bought this book and quickly ordered the rest and the darker Dory spin offs and was not disappointed.
The humor and warmth of Cassie is along the lines of Charlaine Harris's Sookie Stackhouse series, thankfully. Highly recommended.