Review: Brave the Tempest by Karen Chance

Posted August 9, 2019 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 18 Comments

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I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Brave the Tempest by Karen Chance
Brave the Tempest

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Series: Cassandra Palmer #9
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by Berkley
Released on July 30, 2019
Format: ARC
Source: NetGalley
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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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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.

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Rachel @Waves of Fiction

Wow, I don’t think I’ve heard of this series but it sounds good. And I like that the things that niggled you in the past have finally gotten sorted out here. I’m happy to know which guy I should root for when I pick up a series too so I’m happy to know his name here. I’ll see about requesting book one. Wonderful review, Sophia Rose! 🙂

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

Definitely a fun UF series, Rachel! Oh and after a few books in there is a spin-off series (the Dory Basarab series) that runs parallel to this one and they read best when you do them mixed with the Cassie series b/c they share the same worldbuilding and overall series arc while telling two sides of the story. 🙂

Jenea's Book Obsession

I’ve only read the first book in this series, but from the sounds of this one I need to catch up. Great review!

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

Most definitely, Jenea! 🙂

Angela - Angel's Guilty Pleasures

Thank’s for the review. I read book one, Touch the Dark, years ago and something didn’t click with me. I can’t remember what I didn’t like, but it was something, so I never read on. I will say the covers are nice and it’s nice you are still enjoying the books.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

Some of the last few releases were like that for me. I felt like I was caught in a blender, but then they seemed to settle down and follow a plot thread. Thanks, Angela! 🙂

Crystal @ Lost in Storyland

This sounds like a fantastic series! It’s good to hear that things are straightened out in this book and that the series holding strong. I’ll have to check it out!

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

I’ve had a good time with series and even the books I was less than enamored with were good. Hope you get the chance, Crystal!

Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

This sounds like a great addition to an already stellar series. I like that it has non-stop action, more romance, and the love triangle was finally dealt with. It’s good to know that these books need to be read in order. Wonderful Review Sophia!

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

It’s been a fun series in so many ways, but I was thrilled when the love triangle was no longer a concern. Can’t wait to see what comes next, Lindy!

Angie Elle
2 years ago

I know it will be a TOTAL SHOCKER, but this series is on my TBR. LOL I’m glad to see it’s holding on for you, Sophia. That bodes well for me when I finally get around to it.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Angie Elle

Nah, not really, Angie! Buahaha!

The few books just before the last one had me ready to cash in the chips b/c it felt like the plot was stalled out, but now we’re back on track working toward the big finish.
Oh, and if you go for these, read the Dory Basarab series (side series to this) as they release between the releases in this series so it all makes better sense, too.

Angie Elle
2 years ago
Reply to  Sophia Rose

Ah. OK. Thanks for the tip. Oh, no. I’m glad you held on! It can be so hard to let a series go in case something like this happens where it recovers its steam.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Angie Elle

So right! I’ve had series that I walked away from tempt me back after a few books have gone by and I read someone’s review so I can see that what nagged at me was no longer an issue.

Carole Rae
2 years ago

Thank goodness that triangle is dealt with. Hate them soooo much

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

Totally relieved on that score because I hates them, too. 🙂

2 years ago

I’ve never read her before. Sounds like a great series although I was a bit lost since I knew nothing. I totally understand needing to read them in order. I think I might like this heroine.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Lorna

Yeah, this series has a lot going on by this point with all the supernatural factions and characters. It’s an action-packed one. Hope you get the chance, Lorna.