A John Pritkin short and a sequel to A Family Affair.
Shadowland is a novella set between Curse the Dawn (Cassie Palmer #4) and Hunt the Moon (Cassie Palmer #5).
“Your viewpoint isn’t the only viewpoint;
your logic isn’t the only logic.”
Another assassination attempt takes place against Cassie – this time it seems to be successful. The grief-stricken, guilt-loaded, vengeful Pritkin goes to Shadowland – formerly a marketplace, now the capital and main meeting place of Hells – to find and kill Rosier whom he considers responsible for the outrage.
“All his training, all the meticulous plans and preparations, had been useless when it counted. The knowledge of his failure writhed through him, the pain more shocking, more intimate, than the deepest wound carved into his flesh.”
So as characters, we have Cassie, Pritkin, Rosier again, who is still a very cheap antagonist, Casanova’s incubus, Rian, and poor, poor Casanova, who is involved in Cassie’s newest adventure much more actively than he ever wanted to be, and whose casino is in the worst shape ever by the end of the story. Hope Ms. Chance recompenses him later. He really deserves it.
The created situation is very tricky and complicated, and what Cassie makes out of it is really fun, and typically ‘Cassie’.
John looked back at Cassie. “Where—” he cleared his throat. “Where did you get the weapons?”
“Downstairs,” she told him happily. “The senate’s using this as a base now, remember?”
“But they must have guards—“
“–and you’re without your powers. How did you get in?”
She looked at him like he might be slow. “I’m pythia. I told them to unlock the goddamned door.”
The beginning of the story is dynamic, and the situation is surprising, but later I was bored a little by Casanova and Rian’s chats, as well as Pritkin and Rosier’s pointless fight. Furthermore, Shadowland doesn’t look like an actual dangerous and scary metropolis, but a sleazy dead-city. I am disappointed in Rosier (again), Pritkin is great (as always), Casanova is okay, and Cassie is just cool!