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…
“Pritkin, haven’t you figured it out yet?
We don’t get the easy jobs.”
Curse the Dawn is the fourth book of the Cassandra Palmer series. Cassie is now free of the geis, but not free of problems. In this book, her main ambition is to reach an agreement with the Silver Circle, but of course it is not that easy.
Let’s see the characters!
Cassie’s motto in this book: “I don’t get it.”
Normally, I like Cassie, but now she is just dumb. The reader was already told in the previous books that she had been raised in a vampire court, therefore she knew a lot about vampire hierarchy, customs, and attitude. It can be reasonably assumed that she is still aware of them. But she behaves in this book as a newbie in the magical and supernatural community, having no clue about them. It’s weird and inconsistent.
She is also hysteric, careless, and reckless. She jumps into situations and fights without any plan or perspective.
She seemed to be so potent and skillful in the previous books, and I felt it evident that her skills would be shown now. But sadly she hasn’t developed neither using her magic and power, nor in her social and political skills.
Fortunately, she is a very lucky girl, and despite the fact that the vast part of the magical community want to see her dead, there are also many she can rely on.
I also really felt for her as she was continuously accused unfairly. And what she had done at MAGIC, along with Pritkin and Caleb, was really heroic.
Mircea is one of the fictional characters I totally fell in love with. Maybe I’m biased but I still like him. His character is consistent, and credible. He doesn’t take a 180 degree turn, change his opinion, views, strategy, and give up everything in general just because he is interested in a woman, and wants to impress her. He impresses her in other ways.
I love his emotional flashes that show his affection for Cassie.
Even so, I was surprised his reflexes had been good enough to catch me. He looked kind of shocked himself. Then he dragged me up, put a hand on either side of my face and kissed me full on the lips. From somewhere above, I heard Pritkin swear.
He is so cool! And dangerous at the same time. Not only because of his abilities, but because of his very being. I understand Cassie’s attraction to him, and they are really great together. I still don’t know if I want to see them end up with each other or not, and if so, what the solution will be for Pritkin’s hereditary problem. There must be a solution.
He is a real bad-ass hero, and there is nothing I would change about him. I love his loyalty for Cassie, his sharp mind, his nonchalance, his incredible self-control, and his “stupid, stupid hair”.
It is so unrealistic and unbelievable at times that I had to repeatedly remind myself that it is a fantasy book loaded with magic. And also with politics, corruption, revenge, rivalry, coup, treason, denigration, blackmail, and assassination attempts.
Interesting new characters appear, with special abilities, and the old ones surprise you as well in this regard. Special magical items are used, and new ghoulish beings make Cassie and Pritkin’s adventures more dangerous.
Mysteries reveal only to make things more mysterious. There is an almost apocalypse, and crazy, non-stop action. Lots of fighting, twists and turns, and of course humor. The sofa scene is hilarious, and Cassie’s body switch with Pritkin results many laugh-out-loud situations.
Clearly there are further possibilities for the future books, and I hope Cassie’s character will show a development soon.
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Daily Quotes by Exina, from quote 803 to 813.