Cassandra Palmer can see the future and communicate with spirits—talents that make her attractive to the dead and the undead. The ghosts of the dead aren’t usually dangerous; they just like to talk…a lot.
The undead are another matter.
Like any sensible girl, Cassie tries to avoid vampires. But when the bloodsucking mafioso she escaped three years ago finds Cassie again with vengeance on his mind, she’s forced to turn to the vampire Senate for protection.
The undead senators won’t help her for nothing, and Cassie finds herself working with one of their most powerful members, a dangerously seductive master vampire—and the price he demands may be more than Cassie is willing to pay…
I knew I was in trouble as soon as I saw the obituary. The fact that it had my name on it was sort of a clue.
In the beginning, the writing style seems to be dry and dense, no dialogues, only Cassie rambles on for endless pages. But don’t let it warn you off. Because what she rambles on about is very important, containing essential facts about that really complex and believable fantasy world Ms. Chance has created. Cassie’s narration is descriptive: she is not only telling you the story of her adventures, but she also has time for anecdotes and flashbacks.
The first half of the book is loaded with information, and you really have to pay attention to understand everything. The second half is full of surprises, twists and turns, betrayal, mystery, and magic.
Oh, the magic! So much magic! So thoughtfully and precisely delineated! Magical items, many different spells, time travel, spirit-attachment, body-possession…
There was no way to deny it: somehow, I had ended up in Tomas’ body. Which left the question, who the hell was in mine?
I loved the wide variety of paranormal creatures: vampires, mages, satyrs, were-beings, witches, ghosts, pixies, golems…
I just stood there, not able to believe I was watching a pixie have a conversation with a shrunken head. I think that was about the time I gave up on logic and just decided to go with the flow.
Ms. Chance created a solid base for her series. Touch the Dark is a really good start. It is not a schematized, simplified story. This world has rules, continuity, logic; for example the very simple and logical hierarchy of the vampire society.
New characters, species, and terms are smoothly introduced, fictitious history waved into the story without difficulty. Generally I’m not keen on history, but I do love this deviant, offbeat history. And Ms. Chance’s interpretation is very convincing. I believed her every word. 🙂
The second half of the book is nonstop action, meanwhile the reader also has to follow the complicated politics and conspiracy of this world.
She is a clairvoyant; she is able to see not only into the future, but into the past as well. She can communicate with ghosts. By the end of the story, she is becoming the keeper of an unmatched power that is the very essence of her character.
Her strength and persistence is very impressive, as she doesn’t let others influence and control her. She is funny in her observations, and very clear-sighted as for herself, and also for the situations around her. I really enjoyed her narration.
I’m totally in love with him. I love this type of man: elegant, composed, but also dangerous and sexy.
“Cassandra is mine,” Mircea told him in a voice that could have melted glass. “Touch her again and, Circle or no, I will bring you over and ensure that you spend the rest of eternity begging for death.”
Pritkin is the direct opposite of Mircea: hot-tempered, vehement, unrestrainable.
Pritkin looked around the room with a sneer: I was beginning to wonder if he had another expression.
Every character is distinguishable, meticulously drawn and engaging: Billy Joe, Tomas, Louis-Cesare, Rafe. Chance’s refined humor is also worth mentioning.
Hundreds of years can teach a person a few beauty tricks, I guess, but most vamps don’t bother. Some of the younger ones make an effort because it makes hunting easier, but most of the older ones don’t give a damn. When you can make someone believe you look like anything from Marilyn Monroe to Brad Pitt with merely a suggestion, makeup starts to look like a waste of money.
Touch the Dark is a superb urban fantasy, highly recommended!
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