Embrace the Night (Cassie Palmer Series #3)

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Recently named the world's chief clairvoyant, Cassandra Palmer still has a thorn in her side. As long as Cassie and a certain master vampire—the sizzling-hot Mircea—are magically bound to each other, her life will never be her own.

The spell that binds them can only be broken with an incantation found in the Codex Merlini, an ancient grimoire. The Codex's location has been lost in the present day, so Cassie will have to seek it out in the only ...

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Overview

Recently named the world's chief clairvoyant, Cassandra Palmer still has a thorn in her side. As long as Cassie and a certain master vampire—the sizzling-hot Mircea—are magically bound to each other, her life will never be her own.

The spell that binds them can only be broken with an incantation found in the Codex Merlini, an ancient grimoire. The Codex's location has been lost in the present day, so Cassie will have to seek it out in the only place it can still be found—the past.

But Cassie soon realizes the Codex has been lost for a reason. The book is rumored to contain some seriously dangerous spells, and retrieving it may help Cassie to deal with Mircea, but it could also endanger the world.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Returning from Touch the Darkand Claimed by Shadow, Cassie Palmer has finally become Pythia, the supernatural community's all-knowing oracle. She's struggling with her new powers (such as shifting back and forth through time) and is stuck between good and evil factions of the paranormal community. Her main concern, though, is to figure out how to reverse a pesky spell that threatens her independence: the geis, once placed on her for protection, is now trying to bind her to the handsome master vampire, Mircea, with results detrimental to them both. The only solution is to find the fabled book that has the counterspell-find it in space and in time. Cassie-in her struggles between her passionate need for independence, her burgeoning feelings for Mircea and her conflicts with her new role as Pythia-is a well-rounded character, and the intensity and complexity of the plot puts her through her paces physically, emotionally and psychically. (Apr.)

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"Holloway's masterful control infuses drama into key scenes yet avoids melodrama. In all, this well-crafted story and Holloway's soothing vocals are a satisfying pair." —-AudioFile
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451461995
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/1/2008
  • Series: Cassie Palmer Series , #3
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 308,806
  • Product dimensions: 4.37 (w) x 6.81 (h) x 1.04 (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 9, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Highly recommend

    Great read with non-stop action involving mages (magic), witches, vampires, casino life, time travel, Fairies, humor, love, intrigue....you get the picture. This was the best of the three so far and I can't wait until the fourth book is published. Karen Chance has turned into a very good author with an original story and memorable characters. There is a ghost that wasn't the best of gamblers in life (swam the Mississippi w/extra baggage attached to his feet), an acerbic white war mage sworn to serve/protect Cassie Palmer (now the Pythia, chief seer, of the world), vampires, a love spell/curse, court intrigue - you name it. I highly recommend this book and the whole series.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

    more from this reviewer

    entertaining Cassie Palmer dark fantasy

    The Silver Circle is stunned that untrained magic practitioner and vampire crime chief protégé Cassandra Palmer has been named Pythia, the chief seer as they expected one of their own to be honored as such. This has always happened for the past few millenniums. Cassandra knows she must become the one due to the domino chaos effect in which a chain of disasters pretty much left her the last one standing. --- However to perform her new duties responsibly she has to rid herself of a minor problem. Cassie and sizzling hunk Mircea the master vampire are magically bound to one another both find this arrangement abhorrent as it crimps their lifestyles. Research leads Cassie to conclude that the only way to survive breaking the link is through an incantation found in the long lost spell-book Codex Merlini. She decides to search the past for this ancient tome not understanding when she starts on her quest why the Codex Merlini vanished but she will learn soon the hard way that possession places the world in danger from the evil she might inadvertently release as an unintended consequence. --- The third entertaining Cassie Palmer dark fantasy (see TOUCH THE DARK and CLAIMED BY SHADOW) focuses on Newton's Third Law of Physics that ¿for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction¿. Fans will appreciate Cassie¿s escapades as she tries to end her magical tie to Mircea (though she would not mind a hickey or three from him) leading to potential pandemic peril. Sub-genre fans who have not read Cassie¿s sags should take a chance as these are well written horror-fantasy tales. --- Harriet Klausner

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2013

    Couldnt get into it

    I read the Dory/Dorina series first and love it- But in the series the heroine just spends too many pages responding to events and suceeding only luck-I really wanted to enjoy the series but just didnt

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 2, 2009

    Ugh... What a Waste...

    Gosh, what a waste. I should have listen to sillyputty2's review. The review stated "I must not be reading the same book. It was....blah. And you guys like Cassie. OMG!!! What a twit. I still want to smack her constanly. She is the 1st character that I don't like".


    I TOTALLY AGREE... I wanted to smack Cassie too. I cant stand her either. Yes, and this is a first for me too...


    Gosh, what a painful read. The 3rd and 4th books are a little better than the first two, but, gosh I cant stand Cassie, she really is a twit! I only read all four because I thought that the author Karen Chance would fix it.... There was a chance to fix it with Mircea, but noooo Karen Chance did not use this character to his best potential , What a waste.. I was so very hopeful I continued to read all four... yes, I was a glutton for punishment, ...I think I need a psychologist...Ugh.....

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2008

    Good story but a bit of a let down...

    I got Touch the Dark on a whim and fell in love. The action, the characters, the plot-It was one of the best books I'd read in a long time. However-when I got Claimed by Shadow and Embrace the Night I was saying 'Whoa-back up a second.' I had to check and make sure it was the right author. The last two were a let down and sorely lacking. They were hard to follow and there was not enought backround info-I just felt like I missed a chapter-or mabe a whole book. However the parts I did get were very good. Great story line, but confusing and it leave you wondering what happens to Cassie, Mircia, and Pritkin as far as love goes.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2008

    A reviewer

    This is an awesome read. I could not put the book down once I started. Cassie is my hero. I really enjoyed the story. Kudos to Karen Chance. I guess I will need to search out more of her.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2008

    Review

    I love this book. It pulls you in and doesn't let you go.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2008

    Awesome!

    I loved every little bit about this book. I was eagerly looking forward to it, and I ran out to get it the day it came out. I read it in a day, and for Cassie Palmer fans this book answered questions, raised more, and makes me wish I could move forward in time just to read the next book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2008

    Fantastic!!!

    I waited (impatiently) for this to come out, and can only say I LOVED IT! Cassie really grows here, shouldering the massive responsibity of her new title, and becoming the strong, take-charge, assertive woman we all knew she could be. Her character growth was one of the best things about the book to me, but there was so much else to love: Pritkin's character, who was never my favorite, suddenly becomes fascinating, with a couple of major revelations I really didn't see coming. Mircea's actions in the past books get explained and his background gets some attention, plus the scenes between he and Cassie were amazing. All the supporting characters I have grown to love--like Billy Joe, the Graeae, Francoise, Marlowe, etc. were back and better than ever. The action was, as always, heart-pacingly fast, but I thought the pacing was better here. Cassie gets some actual down time occasionally. In all, a wonderful, thoroughly satisfying read. I can't wait for the next book, to see how Ms. Chance manages to top this!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2008

    Outstanding once again!

    Karen Chance has done it again! I have been haunting my local bookstores for weeks looking for this book 'the release date kept changing in my area' and I was not disappointed in my wait. Cassie is a strong character who succeeds even when she doesn't think she is going to and who drags the reader along for a thrilling ride that keeps you guessing and on the edge of your seat until the last page. 'Although I will admit to figuring out a couple of things before she did!' I was very pleased to see the return of Pritkin and loved finding out so much more about him 'and no I won't say anything else, because you need to go buy this book'. I was a little worried about becoming confused during all the time jumping, but Ms. Chance handled it with aplomb and I never lost track of where Cassie was or who she was with. And I loved how she handled it a few times when Cassie jumped herself and someone else back in time--instead of telling us with a header when they were, she had the characters tell us in dialog. I also loved the way the action started right away from the beginning of the book and barely slowed down. All in all...I hope this series continues because I am looking forward to reading many more adventures with Cassie, Pritkin, and Mircea.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2008

    sheila- one glad delinquent

    I was impatiently waiting for this book to come out, but it was well worth the wait. I couldn't put it down until the end.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2008

    Couldn't put it down!!

    I read the first two books, and fell in love with story. I could not put this book down as soon as I start reading it. I throughly enjoyed reading and learning more of Cassie's life and adventure.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2008

    Magical

    I really enjoyed this book and the characters are absolutely beautiful and magical.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2007

    OMG yes

    I read the first two books and they were spectacular i hope this one is too

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2007

    Best Story ever....and I shifted

    This is one of the best series I have had the pleasure to read I hope this book will live up to the hype

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2012

    Reader

    WOW ! Great book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2012

    Loved it

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  • Posted September 8, 2011

    Awesome series

    This has quickly become another favorite series of mine! It is action packed. I cannot wait for the next installment!

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  • Posted August 3, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    Confused

    Throughout the book Cassie and friends time travel to the past and then the present. Got confusing at times. Interesting characters though.

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  • Posted July 6, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    Book Review: Embrace The Night

    I think the first problem was that it's been too long since I've read the first two books in this series. I just wasn't remembering the details to make the story flow at first. But gradually I was swept into the story and things begin to make sense.

    Cassandra has made a few too many promises in my eyes. I was curious how she was going to get the Codex and give it to the people who want it. It crossed my mind that maybe it was hidden for a reason, but yet it never really seemed to bother her. She just wanted that spell. In her eyes, it was the only answer.

    I think the best part of this book was the action. And there's a lot of it. Cassandra, Mireca and Priktin manage to get themselves in some interesting situations. And some of the best scenes happen in different era's and with characters from those era's. Which actually leads to a drawback. I really had a hard time figuring out the timeline sometimes. Was it modern day Mireca or the one living during the French Revolution? What time era are we actually in? Sometimes, I just had to let it go.

    I found the mystery surrounding Priktin really interesting. He's involved way deeper than I ever imagined. Plus, he has some serious baggage that I wasn't expecting. Still not sure what side he's on though. Or maybe his best interest is himself? I'm hoping somethings get cleared up for me in the next book. Which, I hope to read sooner rather than later!

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