Curse the Dawn (Cassandra Palmer, Book 4)
by Karen Chance
Review by Gayle Surrette
Onyx Mass Market Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780451412706
Date: 07 April 2009 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /
Cassandra (Cassie) Palmer is now Pythia, but a Pythia untrained and an enemy of the god who gave the Pythias their power. She's not under the control of any group but each thinks she should be under their own control. From the opening sequence when Cassie tracks down the previous Pythia to get some training to the final page, there's scarcely a lull in the narrative – so buckle up, it's another wild ride.
The only group who will to support Cassie in her position has a price on their support – they wish to lock her securely away, for her own good of course. So Cassie works on making her own alliances and ends up, as usual, finding herself in even more trouble, and with only her wits to win her free.
I've been following Cassie's adventures since Touch the Dark crossed my desk a few years ago. I've seen Chance grow as a writer and the stories gain more depth, texture, and complexity. But they haven't lost a bit of their action-adventure roots, or the sense of fun amidst the drama and chaos. It's a series that continues to entertain as the shifting political situations change and reform.
Cassie isn't particularly strong, except in heart, and her power is not one that gives her super abilities. She can move about in time and has some precognitive abilities. What makes her unique in the field of tough women heroines, is that she succeeds on heart, stubbornness, wit, and a determination to see good defeat evil, even if it means putting herself in danger.
If you haven't yet checked out this series, and you've enjoyed Anita Black, Rachel Morgan, and Sookie Stackhouse, give this author's works a try. If you been following the series make sure to catch this new entry because it answers some of the questions raised in previous adventures.