I loved Touch the Dark, and at the end I was looking forward to reading more about psychic Cassie Palmer's adventures. Many seeds were planted in that first novel, and I was wondering if and hoping they would grow in the sequel - and they sure did!
I hesitate to say too much, so as not to spoil it for anyone who hasn't read the first one, so I will keep things general. Cassie, who had certain powers thrust upon her in the first book, is doing all she can to get rid of them. The problem is that she is being chased down by assorted villains, from assassin mages to vampires, and while she wants to save her skin, she worries that if she uses her new powers she'll end up being stuck with them for good. What to do, what to do? First things first - she needs to hunt down the most dangerous person, the one who really and truly wants her dead. And to do this, she will need to travel to Faerie. Unfortunately, the only people who can help her get there may also want to kill her as soon as she succeeds in her mission. But without their help, she has no idea how to get into Faerie in the first place, much less find the person she's looking for.
This book hits so many of the elements that I particularly enjoy in a novel - it has interesting characters that are well rounded, with real personalities, issues, and pasts; it is dark but has laugh-out-loud moments, too; it has a feisty heroine who makes mistakes (but for all the right reasons) and moves from one predicament to another; it has a touch of unexpected romance; it is never predictable and is so exciting that I want to sit down and read it straight through - and when I do have to put it down, I find my thoughts keep straying back to the story and the characters, wondering what will happen next.
The third book in the series, Embrace the Night, is due to be released in April of 2008. I can wait six months. Really. I can. I think I can, I think I can...
Claimed by Shadow by Karen Chance (Roc, 2007)