And I thought the last one left me dizzy and breathless…
This latest installment was like a shot out of cannon and never lost momentum. It was the usually Cassie Palmer thrill ride that advanced the plot a few leaps between rough patches of fly by the seat of the pants and bad luck (because this heroine doesn’t catch any good breaks).
This is the seventh book in the Cassie Palmer series that not only should be read in order, but read within the world of all her books including the spin-off series and tweenie shorts and novellas if you can swing it.
The book starts off right where the last one ended. Cassie has teamed up with an unusual ally to go about getting back John Pritkin. She’s forced to drastic measures of leaps back in time, avoiding nearly everyone who wants something from her including the Silver Circle of Mages and the Vampire Senate. She’s responsible for a bedraggled Pythia Court, a few other unwanteds, and even her own bodyguards. There’s a huginormous list of people out to kill her and the top one is a god with powers of epic proportions. Her daily check-list keeps growing by the second as she dashes about putting out fires.
Cassie can’t figure out how anyone thought she was capable to do what she is being nearly torn apart to accomplish. Somehow she is making her way, but the ignorance and feelings of ineptitude are nearly crushing her. If only the end of the world crises would give her a chance at a breather and if only she could pull everyone together to work for the common good against a common enemy. But at the very least, she needs John Pritkin and it wouldn’t hurt for Mircea to show her that she means more to him than having her status as Pythia on his side.
Whew! It’s been a while so I had forgotten what these books are really like. There are no calm waters and anything that looks like a break in the action is just a precursor to a change in the action. While I find it exciting and a rush, gotta say that I’m not sure how much more I can take without something big breaking soon. I felt like Cassie has spent the last few books chasing her tail and reading her frustration over her helplessness and feelings of failure between events stymied my enjoyment. Yes, there has been forward progress, but there has been a lot of stalling out and rabbit trailing, too. I did resort to skimming a few times. The rabbit trails may or may not be significant later on as proven by past tie-ins that didn’t seem important, but later were big so I’ll give that some latitude- just a little though.
The romance, well, um. Still confusing with interesting things brewing for fans in both main camps at the moment.
And that’s about all I can say without giving too much away. It’s a tough book to breakdown because it’s a transitional one that is mostly doing the work of lining things up for something big in a later book although it’s still full of fast, hard action. It left me impatient and unsatisfied, but I’m still pronouncing it good stuff for the Urban Fantasy lover. How’s that for a confusing summation?
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
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