Claimed by Shadow (Cassie Palmer Series #2)

Claimed by Shadow (Cassie Palmer Series #2)

by Karen Chance

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ISBN-13: 9780451461520
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/03/2007
Series: Cassie Palmer Series , #2
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 208,403
Product dimensions: 4.34(w) x 10.94(h) x 1.03(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Karen Chance has lived in France, the United Kingdom and Hong Kong, but always comes back to America. She currently lives in Central Florida, the home of make-believe, which may explain a lot.

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"A fair maiden tough enough to kick [vampire] butts."-Rebecca York, USA Today bestselling author Shadow of the Moon

"An engaging heroine."-Kelley Armstrong, USA Today bestselling author of Broken

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Claimed by Shadow (Cassandra Palmer Series #2) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 331 reviews.
Debbie-J-1970 More than 1 year ago
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.
Dizzietese More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
*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 ~_~
BBandReveries More than 1 year ago
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.
pagese More than 1 year ago
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)!
Cris_Thinks More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
sukie More than 1 year ago
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.
Cerulean_Talon More than 1 year ago
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.
sbreiden on LibraryThing 19 days ago
I want to like this series--but it is confusing to me. Hard to keep track of all the characters and time travel, etc. Not sure I'll read #3. To be fair, I tried this one on audio and that could've contributed to the confusion--you really need to read these carefully.
bonbonsandreveries on LibraryThing 22 days ago
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.
HomeLoveBooks on LibraryThing 22 days ago
This is the second book in the Cassie Palmer series, I reviewed the first book a couple of months ago. I like this book more than I did the first. Part of the reason I like this book more than the first one is because a significant amount of the world building had been done in the first book. Sometimes, world building can be fun and exciting to read, but for the me, the first book felt at often times confusing for me to really sink my teeth into. Because of that I spent a lot of time being confused by what was going on within the first book. But in this second book, I had enough of a foundation to really get into the book. Not to mention the characters in this book had already been established and I already had a vested interest in them.One of the things about this series of books is that they take place over a very short period of time. Because of this there is seldom a time where there isn't any action in the book. This is a good thing because it keep the reader really involved in the writing. However if you are going to be reading this book in more than one sitting, I might suggest reading a few of the pages you have already read before delving into new material, the action happens so quickly you may need a bit of a refresher.One thing I would have liked to have seen more of in this book is Mircea, he is by far one of my favorite characters within this series. Although I understand that this book is primarily about the journey Cassie takes, I still wish there had been more of Mircea in the book itself.As I just mentioned this book is really about Cassie coming into her power. In the previous book Cassie had received the power of the Pythia, but she did not complete the rituals (she needed to no longer be a virgin). I am not going to say who she slept with but I will say by the end of the book Cassie becomes a full blown Pythia.In a lot of ways this book feels a lot more like a set up for the future of this series. It give Cassie the power of the office of Pythia, with no more chance that it goes to someone else. It also sets up several other scenerios/problems that are going to need to be resolved, and sooner rather than later. Dracula makes an appearance, and it is clear that the vampire community does not want him alive. Dracula is clearly going to play a role in the books to come. Cassie has still not been accepted by the Circle, so there is that to be resolved, or at least hope they stop trying to kill her with every chance they get. A deal was made with the a King that Cassie needs to complete. And of course the geis that caused Cassie so much trouble throughout this book needs to be removed, not just for Cassie's sake but also for the sake of Mircea, if not dealt with it is completely possible that both Cassie and Mircea will be driven crazy.Overall this book was a much more enjoyable book to read than the first. On top of that it left me wanting to read the third book in order to continue on with Cassie's journey. That is a huge skill for an author, the ability to get the reader to want more. I would most definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes Urban Fantasy. I would recommend reading the first before though, the background information contained in the first is invaluable. I hope all of you enjoy this series as much I as did.
shelleyraec on LibraryThing 22 days ago
Arghhh I really wanted to give this 4 stars because the action is terrific, the pace pulls you along with barely a breath. The world continues to be interesting - this installment focuses more on the mages and a little glimpse of faerie. There are some awesome ideas in terms of magical abilities and charcters. Its lots of fun to read BUT Cassie is driving me insane.She actually accomplishes very little herself because any time anything happens her brain goes numb or she is dazed or confused or too exhausted to make sense of anything. There is only so many times her inaction can be blamed on her being overwhelmed before I am thinking get over yourself already. In the very few instances she makes any decision its an incredibly stupid one.I really hope that she starts taking some ownership and deliberate action in the next installment which I am starting tonight
jmaloney17 on LibraryThing 22 days ago
I love this series. Cassandra Palmer kicks ass. I love a strong heroine.
jshillingford on LibraryThing 22 days ago
I was really looking forward to this book after reading the author's debut, "Touch the Dark." However, I found it somewhat disappointing. This was especially apparent when I went to read it last week and realized I already had! I forgot I had read this one and needed to start book 3. This rarely happens as I have a very good memory for books. I quickly scanned through the book again to familiarize myself with the story and realized why I didn't remember it. Despite the length, not much happens. Cassie's power is different and intriguing, but has become something of a trap for the author. Cassie's main adversary here is Myra, who wants to be Pythia. Because clairvoyance is not an offensive weapon, but we still want it to be cool, Cassie spends a lot of the book time traveling to the past to stop Myra from disrupting the timeline. At first, this is interesting as she meets Mircea way before she was born, and learns about events that shape her present. Only, it got old pretty quick. Back and forth, back and forth. Myra understands these powers far more than Cassie so it always seems to be sheer luck that Cassie thwarts her at every turn. Despite this, the book does cement Cassie as Pythia and there were some well done action scenes. The new twist of a geis put on her by Mircea could be fun if she doesn't go too far. Does she love him, or is it just the spell? And what about his feelings? I like it as a tool for sexual tension, but pushed too far it will take over the story (kind've like the ardeur - sex becomes compulsive not choice). I also liked that we got more information on the mages, in addition to the vampires. Pritkin is an annoying prick, but I suspect that he'll become more sympathetic in book 3. I agree with other reviewers that I would like to see her get a solid ally besides Billy. Someone she can trust who doesn't keep her constantly guessing at their motivations. Overall, this entry wasn't nearly as strong as I had hoped, but I enjoyed it enough to want to read more of Cassie. The world is exciting, and her political landscape more and more interesting. Hopefully, "Embrace the Night" will grab me by the throat and not let go. Otherwise, there are other vampires in the urban landscape.
tdfangirl on LibraryThing 22 days ago
This is the sequel to [book: Touch the Dark], and it takes the storyline in a completely different direction than I expected. The vampires don't play quite as prominent a role; the story focuses on Cassie interacting with the battle mages, though the vampires are hovering around the edges. IMO, there's not enough Mircea for my taste, heh. However, Cassie is still very likable without being obnoxiously spunky, and this book added some nice character development all around.
BookWhisperer on LibraryThing 22 days ago
Cassie now has a unwanted power of Pythia, only she has no interest in accepting this power. She is torn in this world of magic that she did not even know truely exsisted to this extent. I love this series is a group of amazing book. Just the right ticket to keep me reading for hours.
pacey1927 on LibraryThing 22 days ago
I was very disappointed by the first book in this series "Touch The Dark". I found there were too many characters and plot devices to keep track of. Yet, I found myself reaching to this book anyway. "Claimed By Shadow" was much better than "Touch the Dark". While Chance adds new characters to this book, I found them to be refreshing and well drawn out compared to many from the first book. The beginning of this book also slowed things down a little bit, which I appreciated as I felt I got the chance to really meet Cassie. I loved the interplay between Cassie and Pritkin and I don't know if Chance will build this into any kind of relationship in the future but the two of them have chemistry unlike Cassie and Mercia (the vampire) she has a supernatural connection with. Also Cassie has another kind of relationship with her friend turned betrayer Tomas. I don't understand where that is going yet either. All the supernatural side characters are a hoot. There is Billy the ghost, a pair of one eyed hag magical creatures, zombies, and others. I found this book to be a lot funnier than the first one also. The tale was slightly easier to understand, but I still can't give the story more than three stars. The overall plot is still cluttered. Descriptions, especially those trips back in time, and during body possessions, are too confusing. I have to backtrack more than I ever have with any books. Overall this tale is definitely better and I hope it continues to progressively improve. However, this is not one of the better urban fantasy/paranormaal fiction on the market.
rexrobotreviews on LibraryThing 22 days ago
Ah, and the Cassandra Palmer saga continues... The young clairvoyent raised by the supernatural has a bigbig power struggle going on between more than one group. 'Claimed by Shadow' has just as many of the same type problems as book one, if not a little more. Cassie has tons of enemies and she can't really tell who her allies are. She is running from one place to another from people who either want her as a slave or dead.The two major plots in this book: that she needs to find and kill Myra and Tony before they kill her and she wants the geis put on her OFF. (This is book 2 in the Cassandra Palmer series, click here for book 1 review.) For the entirity of this book Cassie is trying to get to where Myra and Tony are hiding... just about everything else is happening while she is on her way to their hideout. Cassie needs to stop Myra, an evil sybil, before she can alter history/timelines by killing Cassie's protector- Mircea. Mircea is a master vampire who placed a geis (a very powerful spell) on Cassie when she was young to protect her. However, this spell comes with unwanted side affects.Just like the first novel in this series, this book starts out fast paced and continues to be action packed through to the very last page. (This is BRILLIANT, you won't be able to put it down!) Cassie soars from different times in history to plunging head first into the Realm of Fairies and back again to current time. How does this heroine have time to breath!? There wasn't much character development in this novel when it came to Cassie, but I think there is still a lot of time for that as this is only the second in the series and the first one really laid out a great montage of complex characters.It is disappointing that Cassie's decisions were ill thought out and mostly came to her out of her stubborness in some crisis. Are we sensing our Cassie is becoming a little self-absorbed? Haha. That's ok, it doesn't help to be selfless ALL the time...The majority of the characters in the first novel are brought back in this one. You have to love the warrior mage Pritkin. He becomes Cassie's ally along with Billy the ghost, Tomas, Mircea...I absolutely love the world that Karen Chance is creating- there are some great new characters with neat abilities. (Just to name a few- moving tattoos, Magical Bombs, Talismans, Incubi, Gargoyles, Zombies, Portals...) There was a LOT of action in this novel, maybe a little too much. Instead of stretching the story to the max, she crammed in a million awesome ideas and it kinda made you forget the goals/plots. As the action is a wee bit overwhelming, it is still an awesome book and I suggest it to anyone that loves good action.This book has me hooked- I've gotta find out what happens to Cassie and Mircea!
lewispike on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This picks up very much where 'Touch the Dark' left off - I think it's the next day.Cassie is still trying to work out about the Pythia, hunted by magi, vampires etc. There are twists galore - Cassie is under a geas, the circle magi are blocking access to her ward, she's got allies who might be enemies, allies who she knows are untrustworthy and so much more.The story romps along quickly, and has a satisfactory end to some story lines, while opening some new ones, and leaving some unresolved. Roll on the next book!
TheLibraryhag on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Cassie is still fighting her new nature as the, almost, Pythia as she still trys to find Myra, the other would-be Pythia who is trying to kill her. She is also after Tony, the vampire who raised her after killing her parents. Well it is just too complicated to try to explain.I liked this book better than the first. Maybe because I had read the first, this one seemed to make more sense and was easier to follow. You actually get to know the charaters a bit more in this book and I liked that a lot. There is a lot of mythology to the story, but I am beginning to catch on. I will definitely try another one.
the_hag on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I¿ll be honest, I¿m kind of meh...about paranormal romances; I dig certain aspects of them (the paranormal¿vamps, werewolves, witches, etc.) and don¿t like other aspects (mainly the romance). Don¿t get me wrong if the sex is well done and not the defining characteristic of the story, it can be a big bonus. I don¿t necessarily want a love story with every paranormal book I pick up, but that¿s my personal preference. I really dug the first book (Tough the Dark, 2006) and I think in my review of it I billed it as Otherworld meets the Soprano¿s and said it was wonderfully complex and entertaining and I was certainly looking forward to reading the next in the series when it came out. As fate would have it, I didn¿t manage to get a copy until recently. As it turns out, that was probably for the best as this second book in the series is decidedly inferior to the first. In Claimed by Shadow, we pick up shortly after the events of the previous novel with Cassie on the run from the Vampire Counsel and stoically avoiding taking on the duties of the Pythia (she just wants a normal life after all). In the first book Cassie has spunk¿she was a butt-kicking heroine who gave as good as she got¿in Claimed by Shadow¿not so much. Cassie has devolved to a whiny, confused girl who can¿t figure out her powers. In the previous book I enjoyed watching her growing skill with prophecy¿this time out it seemed like there really wasn¿t any skill, she spent all her time screaming at various characters about how she didn¿t know how to use the powers and more importantly that she didn¿t want them at all. In the end, she who puts up a lot of struggle and energy into NOT becoming the Pythia comes to a lame conclusion¿this entire section of the storyline ends poorly (very anti-climatic).As with the previous book there was an assortment of vampires, mages, witches, fey, shrunken heads, satyrs, ghosts¿and what should have been the lovely addition of Dark Fey (this could have been a very interesting addition to this growing world, but in the end¿not so much). We were also introduced to incubi (very charming, if a bit over played), gargoyles (I would have liked to see more of them), the Graeae pulling a special guest appearance (very amusing and appreciated), and with Elvis and Hendrix in interesting cameo rolls (I won¿t spoil it for you¿but it was funny)! Even with all of this, this world manages to fall flat in the sequel¿it doesn¿t have that gritty dark urban fantasy feel¿it¿s muddled and confusing and the many plot lines were hard to sort out in the end and I had trouble liking Cassie as the book progressed. This is billed mainly as a ¿paranormal romance,¿ and as I said when I started out here, I can take them or leave them and I prefer the paranormal to the romance¿for me to really enjoy a book of this type, it needs to be weighted toward the paranormal, which this mostly was. The twist and play up of the sexual tension through the use of a Geis was potentially interesting, but I found that halfway though the book I really wanted to slap Cassie (and/or the author) around because in the end what could have been a nicely played sexual tension with a side of bittersweet lust became one of the most annoying plot devices I think I have had to keep reading about. Overall¿I have to agree with other reviewers, the first book was far superior and the sequel is almost (but not quite) a tired ¿rehash¿ of the original. In my opinion this is not a true continuation of the story line, the author spends 374 pages treading over the same territory again and again¿.I¿ll certainly try the third in the series when it comes out in 2008 (every series has a book or two that aren¿t on par with the others), but if there isn¿t significant improvement that¿ll be the end of this series for me. I rate it at 3 stars (and feel that is generous), if you like paranormal romance, you¿ll likely find this amusing and fun¿if your like me and prefer the paranormal to the romanc
strangestgirl on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Good story, good characters, but the plot sometimes races along so frenetically that you can't keep track of what's going on where. I'm also a little skeeved on the idea of incorporating EVERY major historical figure into fiction (Rasputin, Dracula, Mircea, Marlowe, etc.).
Phantasma on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Quite good, I was amused and pleased. I'll read the next one. It was a swallow-in-one-sitting book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enough plot holes to drive a truck through and too much shifting through time made this series - and this book in particular - a difficult read. The storyline itself is very interesting but the main character is not. Shes a self centered twit determined to make the most illogical choice at every opportunity. I prefer characters with more grit. Give me a Kate Daniels, Mercy Thompson or Cesaria Putnam any day.