Cassie Palmer #1
by: Karen Chance
$6.99 mass market paperback
Released: June 2006
Cassie had spent most of her life growing up in a vampire's court, but not by choice. Said vampire killed her parents to claim her and kept her in a gilded prison because of her clairvoyant powers. Cassie can not only see things before they're going to happen, but she can also communicate with the dead, a trait that would make her truly invaluable if her vampire captor had known about it. Luckily she managed to escape and carve out a new life for herself, knowing that the vampire who once held her would never stop hunting her.
When his band of vampire thugs catches up with her one night, she realizes she can no longer protect herself, and turns to the Vampire Senate for protection. She knows their help won't be free, and turns out she was right. They offer her protection from her rapidly-growing list of enemies, but in exchange, they ask for something Cassie may not be able to give...
Cassie has grown up around vampires, and as a result isn't really affected by the violence and scheming and feeding that takes place. That gives her an edge when dealing with the Vampire Senate, since she knew how the game was played. Poor Cassie went through so much in just a few days, what with the death threats from her old captor, a war mage who's decided she's evil and needs to die, and a warring vampire faction out to make sure her abilites can't be used for the wrong side. It's even worse when she's forced to work with Mircea, a senate member who was so nice to her as a child, and who she's secretly had a crush on for years.
It all adds up to awesome battle scenes, sexual tension you can cut with a knive, and a main character that somehow manages to struggle through everything that life throws at her. I've read this series once before, but I'm rereading it before I read the new book, Hunt the Moon. It's neat reading through it again, because I caught things I missed the first time, and realized that Karen Chance manages to leave little clues behind in the first book that she doesn't elaborate on until later in the series, which shows some serious planning on her part. I love this series, and I recommend this to anyone who's a fan of urban/paranormal fantasy looking for an amazing new series to read.
Carla gives this book a