maandag 8 september 2008

Karen Chance - Embrace the night

Cassandra “Cassie” Palmer is a powerful clairvoyant and the new Pythia, a chief seer. To perform her new duties she has to rid herself of a small problem. Cassie and the gorgeous master vampire Mircea are magically bound together. Mircea has put a geis on Cassie when she was a little girl, just to protect her. But the geis has terrible side effect and is slowly killing Mircea and that is one thing Cassie will never let to happen. The only solution is breaking the geis through a spell and that is just the problem. Nobody knows this spell and it can only be found in the long lost spell-book, the Codex Merlini.

Cassie decides to use her powers as the Pythia and search into the past for the ancient tome, where the Codex Merlini where last seen. But Cassie discover soon enough that the Codex Merlini were hidden for a reason, every evil being wants the book and not for the good reasons. But she needs it to save Mircea, even when she discovers who wrote it and he is lying to her all along.

Embrace the night by Karen Chance is the third novel in The Cassandra Palmer series and a real treat. Again I found myself lured into the world of witches, vampires, dark mages and determination. I couldn’t put the book down until I finished it. I just discover I have a new addiction.

The main character Cassie Palmer is getting stronger and determined by the minute. Beside her powers as a clairvoyant, she has the powers of the Pythia too, but with those powers comes a responsibility. And to fulfil those responsibilities, she needs to get rid of the magical bond between Mircea and herself. But that is not the only reason she want to get rid of the geis, it’s slowly killing Mircea and she is not going to let that happen.

Beside Cassie there are some fabulous secondary characters. Pritkin, the assassin of the White mages is still around and helps Cassie in anyway he can, but he hides something from Cassie and she will find out soon enough. Mircea, the master vampire, he is the one who put a protection geis on Cassie to keep her safe. But he is dying now from the same geis, Can Cassie saves him in time?

I’m hooked, that is the only thing I have to say. This series is definitely one of the best I ever read. I really like the heroine Cassie and her determination to do thing her way and if you don’t like it, then get out of her way. Because she will not stop until she gets want she needs.


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