Review of Curse the Dawn by Karen Chance

Posted October 15th, 2011 in book review / Leave a comment

Curse the Dawn

Book 4 of the Cassandra Palmer Series

by Karen Chance

Published: ONYX – April 2009
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 386 (paperback)

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Rating: ★★★★½ (4.5 stars)

Cassandra Palmer may be the all-powerful Pythia now, but that doesn’t mean people have stopped trying to kill her. Most of the supernatural power players don’t want the independent minded Cassie as chief clairvoyant—and they’ll stop at nothing to see her six feet under.

The Vampire Senate does support Cassie in her position, but their protection comes with a price: an alliance with the sexy master vampire Mircea, who has claimed Cassie as his own.

But even the vampires will have trouble keeping Cassie alive now that the self-styled god Apollo, the source of the Pythia’s power, has it in for her in a big way. To save her life—and the world—Cassie’s going to have to face down her creator once and for all…

The Good
I am actually smiling as I write this review. From the first few sentences of Curse the Dawn, I knew this was going to be a good book. I usually don’t do this but I have to share the beginning of chapter one with you:

Stalking a time traveler is hard work, even if you are one. Especially when said traveler totally had you made. “Can we talk?” I screamed as I dodged behind a column to avoid a spray of bullets.

The women hunting me through the cellar slung her flashlight beam in my direction. “Sure,” she said amiably. “Hold still for a second.”

Yeah, right.

This is why I love Chance’s books so much. She knows how to grab a reader’s attention from the get-go. The action was super intense from beginning to end, and I found it hard to physically put down the book.

As always, we have Cassie. The adorable heroine who kicks ass and takes names. She may be new to this whole powerhouse Pythia thing, but she doesn’t take crap from no one. Mircea is as sexy as ever. Though his constant arrogance may be astounding, you can’t help but like him. And our hilarious Prikin is there as well. Powerful war-mag, sexy in his own right, and secretly in love with Cassie (I hope). I am happy to see way more Pritkin in this book. He is by far one of the most interesting characters I know. His and Cassie’s interactions make this book.

I could barely stop laughing half the time because Chance knows how to write a great dialogue. Each character has their own sense of humor that can keep me entertained for hours.

The Bad
Sometimes Cassie’s constant complaining can be annoying. The non-stop action is fun and all but it may have been just a smidge too much. I need to breath every once and a while. I would have liked to seen a little more character development instead of so much action.

The Snuggly
We get a sex scene and some nice foreplay as well. Nothing overdone.

I really did enjoy this book and would recommend it to other urban fantasy and paranormal romance lovers. It was fast-paced. Had a whole bunch of Pirtkin. It kept me entertained.

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