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Curse the Dawn (Cassie Palmer Series #4)

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9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

Karen Chance affirms that she is one of the best fantasists today with her fourth Palmer thriller

When the gods were banished from earth, those using the magic bestowed on them by Artemis banded together to create the Silver Circle. Apollo keeps in touch with the mages through the Pythians, but the Silver Circle has kept the chief Pythian under their control for mi...
When the gods were banished from earth, those using the magic bestowed on them by Artemis banded together to create the Silver Circle. Apollo keeps in touch with the mages through the Pythians, but the Silver Circle has kept the chief Pythian under their control for millennia. Cassie Palmer is the current head Pythia, but the Silver Circle fears her independence as she refuses to bow to their control leaving her in their minds susceptible to Apollo¿s manipulations.

They place a large bounty on her dead or alive. Cassie thinks they are acting stupid because their action places the Silver Circle at war with Apollo¿s followers, The Black Circle as well as the God himself who is playing his foes like a puppeteer pulling the strings of his puppets to abet his returning to earth to rule. Master vampire Senator Mircea Basarab protects Cassie, which further aggravates the combatant Circles as they assume the undead want to use Cassie for their own purposes. No one seems to respect Cassie as her own person as she repeatedly risks her life to do what she believes is ethically right.

Karen Chance affirms that she is one of the best fantasists today with her fourth Palmer thriller (see EMBRACE THE NIGHT, TOUCH THE DARK and CLAIMED BY SHADOW). Readers will believe that vampires, mages and distant interfering Gods exist in the Chance realm. The story line starts at the speed of light and accelerates from there as Cassie has a price on her head that brings out the avaricious dregs of society; leading the audience to ponder the question of whether the end ever justifies the means. The strong support cast, mostly her enemies, enhances this kick butt heroine¿s tale as she knows that the enemy of her enemy may remain her enemy.

Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on February 15, 2009

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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Better than the last

This fourth installment is a modest improvement over the last two. It's a good read but missing a little something to qualify among my favorites. The story is still plagued by an excess of action and a lack of reflection. I was surprised to find how little time has pass...
This fourth installment is a modest improvement over the last two. It's a good read but missing a little something to qualify among my favorites. The story is still plagued by an excess of action and a lack of reflection. I was surprised to find how little time has passed in the timeline since the first novel; it has made the plot a tad less believable as Cassie has essentially experienced a nonstop chaotic series of disastersand life changing revelations since Touch the Dark. She has yet to take any time to reflect and the pace never slows. The series would be improved by a short break from the frenzied pacing to focus on character development.

posted by Amshar on May 13, 2009

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  • Posted April 4, 2009

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    I bit of a dissapointment

    I think this is my least favorite in the series so far. Cassie gets a little whiny here. I also found it pointless that she is jealous of Mircea's "girlfriend." We (the reader) know the truth so way make it a mystery? I've got my hopes set on "Death's Mistress" coming out in the fall.

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