Reap the Wind by Karen Chance #Review

Reap the Wind by Karen Chance #ReviewReap the Wind by Karen Chance

Series: #7 Cassie Palmer
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by Signet on November 3, 2015
Pages: 528
Format: eARC
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three-half-stars
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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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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • Good thoughts on this one….I know it can be hard to review books like this. I like that this book leads up to some great happenings in a future book. I do want to try this author out though.

    • Oh, you definitely should. They start out with pretty much one main thread, but as each book comes it gets more and more complicated b/c of her ability to go back in time. The world building is off the hook. My advice is to read these together with her Dory series. I get more out of them when I treat them like the same series with just two different female leads.

  • I have just recently been hearing about this series. While it sounds good, now I am not completely sure, I want my books to go somewhere, not just be continuous action without a satisfying finish. Maybe one day I will try this. Thanks for the honest review!

    • The early ones wrapped up the main plot thread very well. I love her Dory series which shares the same world and those wrap things up better, too. The next book is out early next year. Hopefully it works in some resolution. I’ll be your guinea pig, Lorna. 🙂

  • I haven’t read this author but your review made me want to now.

    • Things get exciting, Mary. No doubt. 🙂

  • i haven’t read this series but did hear of it. 7th book in the romance is still….well at least things are getting interesting ;D

    • LOL! These are Urban Fantasies so they do string out the romance. I was okay with that, but my patience is getting pushed b/c now the rest of the plot is getting stretched out, too.

  • Yet another series I want to start. I like the ones that aren’t too mainstream… or maybe this is and I just don’t know any better

    • You know, it’s hard to call that one. There is a huge fan base for the Cassie Palmer world of books, but yet, lots of people haven’t heard of them or read them.
      I started with her Dory Bassarab book and then realized it was a spin-off/side story to the Cassie Palmer’s. Now I read them like one series which makes it better. Plus there are all the novellas about the side characters.

  • I read a shorty in the anthology Chicks Kick Butt, and had planned on read the series. I still haven’t got around to it yet, though. I didn’t realize there were other boos/series that tie-in.

    • Oh yeah, the best thing to do is go to GoodReads and click on the book and then choose the link to the Cassie Palmer World- all the extra novellas, spin-offs, prequels etc are then in reading order. It’s confusing without it.

  • I’ve been reading this series since there was only three books in the series. I’ve also read the spinoff series too. Like you said, it is exhausting reading these because so much is going on and Cassie doesn’t get a chance to take a breath. While I love the series and want to see it through to the end, I’m very frustrated with so much happening while nothing at all is happening at the same time. I don’t know how many stories are expected for this series, but I would expect it to be coming to an end in another couple of books. I just can’t see Cassie doing this in a book 15+.

    • Yep, exactly! I keep wondering how long she’ll keep up this pace. I feel like things are lining up for a race to the end and I want that. No more dillydallying. 🙂

  • sounds like there is a big stall in character development and progression of the story

    • Yes, it did feel like that for these last few books. The first several went along at a good pace and I saw a clear plot path, but now I feel like it is swirling in place. Hopefully, the next book will get it going.