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…
“We have a problem.”
Pritkin snorted. “Only one? That would be a change.”
The plot revolves around Cassie’s efforts to break the geis without fulfilling the bond with Mircea. First Cassie is the one who doesn’t want to consummate it, later Mircea, but their reasons are the same.
The counterspell is said to be found in the Codex Merlini, the book disappeared centuries ago. So Cassie runs through time, space and ley lines to have it. Making the quest more complicated and dangerous, everyone wants that book. Those who don’t are willing to do anything to ensure that the codex won’t be found ever.
Though she is exhausted both physically, magically, and emotionally, Cassie proves that she is upright, collected, and has a strong sense of responsibility. She is a smart negotiator and great strategist. Now you get the answer to Agnes’ prophecy without a doubt whether Cassie is the best Pythia ever or the worst.
Mircea. Finally you get to know him better as his past is revealed. As before, he is perceptive, powerful, elegant, and luxuriously hot, so still he is my favorite.
Mircea in black looked like sin.
I love Pritkin as well. Actually, I’m starting to lean towards him. Pritkin is such a complex character, but in a consistent way. He is still mysterious, but finally you get lots of details about his life, past, and surprising origins.
Some people thought he had only one mode — pissed off. In reality, he had plenty of them. Over the past few weeks, I’d learned to tell the difference between real pissed off, impatient pissed off and scared pissed off.
He still makes it difficult for Cassie to trust him, and still generates ambivalent feelings in her.
Many steamy scenes, but no real romance here. What Cassie feels for Mircea is attraction, of course, enlarged by thegeis, and also intimacy, and familiarity.
…he was murmuring low, musical Romanian against my shoulder, and I understood every word down to my bones.
What she feels for Pritkin seems more real to me: she hates him and is attracted to him on some basic level at the same time.
It was almost like there were two of me, one who heartily approved of the mage and one who would have dearly loved to see him dead.
Casanova and Billy Joe are still fun…
There are, so tradition says, four main reasons for a ghost to appear to mortals: to reproach, to warn, to recall and to advise. I could add a few more: to annoy, to obstruct or, in Billy Joe’s case, to seriously piss off.
Françoise has become a kind of friend of Cassie…
I glanced at Françoise. “I could use a diversion.”
“’Ow beeg?” she asked casually.
Cassie’s new allies, Alphonse and Sal are distinguishable and amusing.
Rosier. So far I don’t understand his character. He doesn’t want the Codex Merlini found:
Rosier fears that if the spell is found, someone might reverse it, opening a gateway to rivals his kind have not had to face in.
But he is eventually a demon lord, who can’t be afraid of a little war and chaos. It seems he just wants to live in peace in Hell, which doesn’t fit his cruel, sadistic personality. Furthermore, though he seems dangerous, and he is creepy enough, he was easily defeatable, not once but twice. So for me, he is a weak antagonist.
Tami and the Misfit Mafia. I can’t see their significance regarding the plot. But Tami is an interesting addition to Cassie’s past.
All in all
I’m impressed by the variety and colorfulness of magic again. Anything can be charmed, even a dress. It is hilarious when Pritkin casts a spell on Cassie’s dress making it transparent, and I loved Augustine’s dress-creations! I especially would love to have that spider-web embroidery design that constantly weaves itself into different patterns.
Although I felt depictions elongated here and there, the story is not only exciting, magical, humorous, and adventurous, as the previous books are, but erotic and emotional as well. The first three books of the series cover merely two weeks altogether, so I feel this book is the final part of the beginning of Cassie’s adventures. I hope now that Cassie is free of the geis, she can step out of the trap of her own problems need to be solved immediately, and some real Pythia reign will start.
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Daily Quotes by Exina, from quote 776 to 794.