This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by Berkley
Released on July 30, 2019
Can’t a gal catch a break? Or, you know, get a time out for a breather? This fast-paced, original, colorful and oh-so action-packed Urban Fantasy series just keeps up a hammering plot with a heroine at the core of matters who is faking it until she makes it even as she slowly comes into her own. I’ve had a blast with each book in this series and this one was no exception.
Brave the Tempest is book nine in the Cassandra Palmer series and would probably be utterly crazy reading if taken out of order.
The last few books were all about getting John Pritkin, a powerful War Mage (aka Merlin), back while defeating a god and fighting a war with faery and the Dark Circle to keep the gods from returning. Cassie, the new Pythia, feels she has been through so much and done so much and yet more keeps coming at her. She has separated herself from Mircea and the Vampires after learning the whole true about why they courted her, she’s held off the Silver Circle who want to control her and her power, she’s showed the demons what she can do, and she’s made the powerful enemies of Dark Circle Mages and fey sit up and take notice.
But, for all that, she feels she, her Pythia Court, and her love life are one hot mess. And, she wouldn’t be wrong. Cassie is confronted by several friends and allies that force her to stop long enough to consider what makes her tick, change what is necessary, and consider what she really wants and go for it.
It is make or break time for Cassie and she has to dig deep and learn some important lessons even while surviving long enough to help save the world.
As I said, the chase down Pritkin through history plot is complete and now Cassie is back to figuring out how to get all the allies working together and taking her seriously as Pythia. She has been ramshackle for so long, but wants to be organized and learn more about her power and magic. Everyone has ideas for how she should use it and how she should do her court. There is a lot more soul-searching in this one. At times, it felt like Cassie got a bit whiny as she took the pointed remarks about how she was doing stuff (or, in some cases, in denial and avoiding stuff). But, I’m pretty sure most of us would get whiny if we had her life so I’ll cut her some slack.
I loved that the love triangle was finally dealt with and Cassie is firmly with Pritkin. I loved that Cassie had some good ‘come to Jesus’ moments that will set some stuff straight including how she thought and felt about Dory/Dorina. (Now that was a fab encounter that I have been anticipating forever) Some old enemies that were still out there and trouble were front and center once again and I enjoyed how that all panned out so that plot threads that confused me or I felt needed more attention were getting them. And, for those who wanted more attention given to the romance? You got it.
It was non-stop action and I was on board since it was action with a purpose. I can feel the story drawing closer to the big confrontation finale and I’m getting excited again about that.
All in all, this was a solid entry in the series and I flew through it even if it was a longer one. Urban Fantasy fans who enjoy the usual paranormal suspects and some creature ones as well not to mention incredible magical settings and situations should give this series a go.
My thanks to Berkley via Net Galley for the opportunity to read this one in exchange for an Cassadra Palmerhonest review.
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