Clairvoyant Cassie Palmer 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…
Any day that starts off in a demon-filled bar in a casino designed to look like Hell isn’t likely to turn out well.
After refreshing the basics of the storyline and the characters’ background, the story speeds up quickly. It is fast-paced, full of action, filled with different kinds of supernatural creatures. You are only at the second chapter, but you already witnessed a battle with mages and the Graeae, a time-travel meeting with ghosts, with a past version of Mircea and saving his life, and some softening of the attitude of the always-sneering Pritkin.
Chance mixes supernatural and fantasy elements, Greek and Norse mythology, smartly borrows from classics and uses historical personalities and facts, and has some really special ideas, such as the magical, enchanted tattoos.
It would really be nice if the universe could stop throwing creatures out of fables, myths and nightmares at me. “There’s no such thing as gargoyles!” I said just as two of the little monsters pulled a cart out of the door and began tugging it down the hallway.
Cassie, Pritkin and Mac’s journey to Faerie is adventurous and very unusual. Even though it has a very heartbreaking momentum, regarding the future of Cassie it is very important.
The time-travels are thrilling, and give the opportunity for Cassie to show how brave and quick-witted she is. Furthermore, Ms. Chance easily presents secondary, even tertiary characters making the story more complex and impressive. I enjoyed the sensual aspects of vampirism, and seeing Mircea is always a pleasure.
Cassie still can’t accept that she is the heir of the Pythia, and still hopes to pass over her Pythia powers to someone else. Finally she comes to the conclusion that embracing the power is the best she could do in the given circumstances. Her reasoning is convincing, logical, and solid, but she is the most unconventional Pythia of all time.
It’s hard to look intimidating in a sequined devil costume complete with pointed tail.
My least favorite war mage was heading across the lobby at a dead run. His short blond hair looked like it had been hacked at by a machete, and his icy green eyes were angry. Not that that was unusual: I’d never seen him smile, and normally considered it a good day if he wasn’t trying to kill me. Considering that he was wearing his usual knee-length leather coat, the one that bulged with concealed weapons, it didn’t look like today would be one of those.
Mac… My heart bleeds for him, but considering Tomas’ words, Mac’s deed makes sense.
Mircea… I loved when his passion burst through his collected, elegant surface. It is partly due to the dúthracht geis, but only partly, as the geis can’t create feelings, it only makes them more perceivable and stronger. I really look forward to seeing how he and Cassie will solve this ever-growing, more and more overwhelming situation.
Tomas… I like him very much! In Touch the Dark you got only glimpses of him, and only through his acts. Here, he gives some explanation, tells about his past, and shows real wisdom and comforting logic.
Billy Joe was fun as usual, especially after his embodiment in Faery. But I honestly felt for him when they came back to this dimension.
Casanova… I loved Casanova as he struggles to keep himself and Dante above the water. Or fire…
Myra is a spooky antagonist with her sweet, dollish appearance and evil, malevolent personality.
Agnes surely was a very capable Pythia, as even in her death she selflessly helps Cassie and never turns her back on her calling.
All in all
The story is very exciting, smartly built and tricky, and it never lets you take a rest.
It is also full of humor! I really enjoyed Cassie’s narration, time-travel, the battles, the episodes with the Graeae, Casanova, the gargoyles, and all happenings in the Dante, especially the one with the zombie Elvis. 🙂
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Daily Quotes by Exina, from quote 752 to 771.