I continue to completely and utterly adore this series. I am so glad I picked it up a few years ago - I remember feeling a bit overwhelmed with the number of series I was following at the time, and thinking that I certainly didn't need to add another one to my towering stack of books - but I am so thankful I did! This series just tickles me - it seems tailor made to fit all my admittedly peculiar favorite characteristics of books.
The heroine, for one, is eminently likable, not to mention complicated and interesting. She also grows and changes from book to book, as a result of her experiences as the series progresses (not something that is necessarily to be counted on in a series). The plots are fun, fun, fun, and so smart and creative. You may have noticed that I read a lot of books, and because of that it's become a little harder for me to find books that can still surprise and delight me with intricate, non-predictable stories. This is definitely one of them. And then there's the humor - serious, laugh-out-loud humor that pops up from time to time throughout the course of the narrative. The fact that it's interspersed with intensely gripping plots and occasional dark and creepy situations is just icing on the cake. The characters are solid, complex and engaging, and there are mythological elements that form the basis of the fantasy universe that is the setting for the series, and I love that as well, particularly the unusual approach Chance has taken to weave those elements into the storyline. And yes, evidently I can just keep going on and on here. I'll spare you further gushing.
It would be tough to say much about the plot without offering up spoilers, so if you are curious about this series, please stop reading here and check out my review of the first book, Touch the Dark. Each book offers a stand-alone plot, typically a mystery with fantastical elements, usually related to Greek mythology. Cassie is a powerful clairvoyant (the Pythia, in fact) - but her coronation ceremony hasn't yet taken place, so it's not actually official yet. And when her enemies have the ability to go back in time and change the course of the past, and those same enemies are determined that Cassie not become the Pythia, Cassie has a lot on her plate. When she realizes that her enemies have decided to make sure she is never born, she has to act fast to stop them. Much time-travel-related, action-packed mayhem ensues. Some questions about Cassie's past, particularly her parents, are answered in this one, and in a very interesting way that makes me very anxious to read the next book in this series. Fun, exciting, romantic, funny, suspenseful - and did I say fun?
Books in the Cassandra Palmer series:
1. Touch the Dark
2. Claimed by Shadow
3. Embrace the Night
4. Curse the Dawn
5. Hunt the Moon
Hunt the Moon (#5 in the Cassandra Palmer series)by Karen Chance (Signet Select, 2011)
Also reviewed at:
Ink and Paper: "...despite the fact that Chance is a genius and always, always,
surprises and wows me more than words can say, I would never have
expected to be blown away to such a level as I was when I had finished
Literary Escapism: "There is more mythology in this story than just “regular” history as well. As a big mythology geek, this made me quite happy."