Claimed by Shadow (Cassie Palmer Series #2)

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Clairvoyant Cassie Plamer 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 ...
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Clairvoyant Cassie Plamer 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 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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451461520
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/3/2007
  • Series: Cassie Palmer Series , #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 247,583
  • Product dimensions: 4.34 (w) x 10.94 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Meet the Author


Karen Chance is the bestselling author of the Cassandra Palmer series and the Dorina Basarab series, and she has contributed stories to the anthologies On the Prowl and The Mammoth Book of Vampire Romance.

Actress Cynthia Holloway has performed on stage, film, and television, and she is the voice of Anita Blake in the audiobook editions of Laurell K. Hamilton's bestselling vampire hunter series.

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  • Posted September 12, 2009

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    FANTASTIC SERIES

    I loved Touch the Dark, and the ending left me looking forward to reading more about psychic Cassie Palmer's adventures. I was very excited to discover that there was a sequel, and that it picks up a lot of the threads I enjoyed in the first installment and runs with them.
    When the book opens, Cassie is trying to get rid of the powers that were thrust upon her at the end of Touch the Dark. She's the new, and very reluctant, pythia, the magical community's head seer. But the power that comes with the office makes her a target for everybody from assassin war mages to vampires to the former leading contender for the role, a seer named Myra. Cassie isn't interested in power-she'd prefer to save her skin. But while she tries to figure out how to decline the position, Myra has come up with a clever plan to remove her competition-permanently.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 9, 2009

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    Not the best but not the worse

    The books was a good read but not worth saving to read again. I am reading the third book right now but after each one I finish I give it to the local library. I have heard some people compare Karen Chance to other authors Like Laurell K Hamilton but I don't see it. Laurell K Hamiltons books are worth saving to read and re read over and over. Karen Chances books are not. Though I would suggest reading. Just not worth buying. Barrow them.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2007

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    *sigh* I bought the second book hoping it would be better written then the first. I really liked the plot and everything else about it. I thought it started out well enough a little slow once again. But I could imagine everything clear as day. Then it got even slower. She uses wayyyyyyyyy to much detail. You can describe things without being so wordy it kills the mood and whats going on in the book. She tends to to also break up the fight scenes right in the middle with her constant need to add info and to talk when it really isn't necessary. It really does ruin the action and the whole effect. All in all was a slow read and I'm not even done with it I'm like 30 pages from the end I had to force myself to read through it. I wanted to give it a chance because I really like the story just not how it's written if that makes sense to the other readers. It really is a good 'storyline' If only it was written better with not so much detail. ( I know I stress it but I'm not the only one) It really disappointed me and I'm not so sure I want to buy the 3rd one ~_~

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2010

    Claimed by shadow (Cassandra Palmer Series #2)

    I read the first book of the series which was boring. This book was not that much better. It jumps from one thing to the other. It has too much going on. I really dont like Mircea. I would rather see her with Pritkins...The main character is so dumb at times and her she acts like a spoil brat at times.... I hope the third book is better than this one

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 17, 2011

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    Confusing and Rushed

    Cassandra Palmer escapes the Senate with a duffel full of weapons only to be attacked by the Circle. Pritkin and Cassie are forced to become allies due to a common goal-although she never truly trusts him. Besides Pritkin, Cassie is helped by Billy the ghost and Mac, a tattoo artist mage. Cassie's Pythia powers drag her into the past to save Mircea from Myra who is set on making sure Cassie never lives to get her powers. By going into the past, Cassie accidentally sets the geis, a bonding spell Mircea had cast, in the future on the past Mircea strengthening their bond. This becomes problematic for both of them since they can't seem to keep their hands off eachother when together and when separated are in total physical pain (a pain that has led others under the same circumstances to commit suicide).
    After reading the first book in the series, Touch the Dark, I thought this can only get better. I was a bit disappointed. I mean, yes it was action packed. And yes, there was never a dull moment. But the plot didn't really progress until the last 10 pages or so. Also, I love Mircea, and I hated how he was barely in this book. He showed up briefly in the present, but only for short periods of time in the past. Also, the whole thing with Tomas at the end was weird. I did like Cassie's spirit in this book. No matter how many times she was knocked down, she just got right back up again. All she wants is to find her father, kill Tony, and live a normal life. But everyone else wants something from her. They are all one-step ahead of her. Even though the odds are in no way stacked in her favor, she keeps on fighting for what she wants. Honestly, I like the series so I'll keep reading. I want to find out how it ends.
    I felt rushed through the book, and I found myself confused several times wondering if I missed something but after rereading realized I didn't miss anything. By the end of the book I got the gist of what happened, however I was still lost. Both in this book and the first I felt like I was thrown into the middle of it and was left to figure out what was going on.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 1, 2010

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    Thank you to all those who said don't give up on this series. I usually find the second book in series falls very short of the 1st book. But, occasionally the second book far succeeds the first. In fact, you could almost skip the first book and go straight to this one. It even explains some of the events that occur in the first better. Although, you do miss some of the character set up. Cassandra is starting to grow on me. She is accepting who she is and the powers that truly belong to her, even if she doesn't want them to. She's head strong, and I think that might be an a character trait that will greatly benefit her. I'm enjoying the world that the author is creating. There's a lot of characters and a lot of supernatural rules you have to learn along the way. But, I'm thinking that eventually all get worked out. I think it helps that I've read other book involving fey, vampires, etc. I think my favorite part of this book was the geis that the Vampire put on Cassie. It's interesting the way it works and how it affects both the vampire and Cassie. I will be interested to see how this plays into future books.
    Overall, this was much better than the first one. I will keep reading this series (thankfully the library already has them)!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 6, 2010

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    Better than the 1st but still a little lacking

    I liked this one more than the first because the author didn't go off on tangents as much so it was a lot easier to read. I think that now that I know the characters more it's better as well. One of the reasons this is still a 3 star for me is the amount of foreshadowing its like every scene is first stated in a "and that's when it got bad" type of intro. IDK that was just like a little bit of a let down for me I mean at least once let me just run right into it! I will continue to read the series because this book is good and I like the characters you just really need to get past all the details that are unnecessary.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 10, 2009

    Great Series!

    I hope Karen Chance continues to write this series for a very long time. This is a character that I love and hope to see for many years.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 12, 2009

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    Fantastic Read!

    Karen Chance's Cassandra Palmer series has me hooked. Since, I've gone through each and every one of the Cassandra Palmer novels I can honestly say that her characters are dynamic and grow with each new addition! Karen Chance never lets you down and each time I open a new book of hers I feel like I've stepped into a wonderful world. I highly recommend the series and the author.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    A great writer of supernatural fantasy

    The Pythia is the earth¿s most powerful clairvoyant, but it is the power of the title that chooses the heir. Although Cassandra Palmer¿s mentor was out of the running for the position because she did something horrific, the vampire Mercia believed Cassandra would be the one. Mercia places a geas on his ward to drive men away so that the young woman can be the Pythia since the ritual needs a virgin when it starts and someone Mercia chooses to complete the power by making love -------------------- The Sylver Circle, a coven of mages, and the Senate, who represent the vampires, want to control Cassandra who was brought up in a vampiric court. Thus the vamps assume she will turn to them to guide her, but Cassandra is her own woman and plans to control her destiny especially if she can find the one male who she can mate with so she can complete the ritual and become the Pythia. Cassandra follows Myra, the initiate who flunked out, back in time to 1888 England and into the realm of Fairy as she knows she will only be safe if her enemy dies though all she wants to do is neutralize her jealous foe.---------------- Karen Chance is a great writer of supernatural fantasy that is on a par with the works of Kim Harrison, Charlaine Harris and Kelly Armstrong. Her heroine is one of the most powerful women in the sub-genre as she makes her own way with a deep desire to use her powers do it her way guided by her ethics. There is so much action in CLAIMED BY SHADOW that readers will never stop until finished as we must know what happens next to Cassandra.------------ Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 29, 2014

    After the first book I was a bit hesitant. However, it seems lik

    After the first book I was a bit hesitant. However, it seems like the author hit her stride in the second book.  I think Cassie Palmer became a more rounded character, and I began to relate better to her plight. I was nicely surprised by how the action in the second book kept flowing at a great pace. I am eager to pick up the third book to see what comes of Cassie and all of her friends

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  • Posted January 11, 2014

    Very Interesting Read

    I'm spoiled by authors like Sagara, Harrison, Harris, and the like, but I'm starting to be a big Chance follower. This book was a little more confusing to read as she throws in a lot of new characters and unexplained scenarios, but it is riveting and addictive and well worth it.

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  • Posted February 1, 2013

    The second book in the series was a great read. After figuring

    The second book in the series was a great read. After figuring out the "lay of the land" from the first book, this one was very simple to dive into from the very beginning. I thought it very touching at the end. Though I'm a big crier, it did make me tear up a bit.

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  • Posted April 17, 2012

    Recommend

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2012

    Loved it

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    Posted October 27, 2011

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  • Posted September 8, 2011

    Loved!

    Loved!Great series! Read in one weekend!

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  • Posted July 17, 2011

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    Good

    While the book was good, it did get confusing at times. Near the end it got interesting.

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  • Posted February 10, 2010

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    Great read!

    I liked Touch the Dark, the first in this series, but it had a bit of "first book syndrome". I still enjoyed it (the world building was interesting, just too much of it) but this book has none of the issues of the first and is even more fun as a result. Like all the books in this series (I've read them all now) it's funny, action-packed and has a great plot. I can't wait for book 5!

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  • Posted November 22, 2009

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    Definitely Captivating

    In this second book of the series, Karen Chance's talent truly begins to shine. Relationships sizzle, characters are absolutely intriguing, and the plot gets a lot more wicked as the heroine finally steps up to the plate. A series definitely worth following.

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