I didn't plan it that way. I just got to talking with a library patron about what we'd been reading lately, and she recommended this one. It sounded good, so I put it on hold. And I was glad I did!
I don't want to say too much about this novel, because one of the things I most enjoyed about it was the way it unfolded, with lots of very fun surprises along the way. There is a lot of back story that comes out, little by little, as the book progresses. But I will tell you how it starts out, since you'll learn that in the first few pages anyway.
Cassie Palmer returns from a lunch break at work to find an obituary - her obituary, displayed on her computer screen. She realizes that she has to flee immediately - her past has caught up with her. She has been in hiding from Tony - a mobster who also happens to be a very powerful vampire. Cassie has the Sight, and someone with her abilities is a useful tool in Tony's organization. But then, Cassie has no interest in being a useful tool. She flees, and from there on out her life becomes progressively more complicated and dangerous.
Vampires, werewolves, gypsy curses, fey, time travel, dungeons, assassins, witches - sit back and enjoy the ride, because you'll never be able to tell where the book will take you next. I was delighted to learn that there is a sequel, Claimed by Shadow - and that the third book, Embrace the Night, will be published in April, 2008.
Touch the Dark by Karen Chance (Roc, 2006)