Title: Hunt the Moon
Author: Karen Chance
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Cassie Palmer (Book 5)
Publication Date: June 7, 2011
Format: Paperback, 419 Pages
ISBN-10: 0451413075 (Penguin/Signet)
ISBN-13: 978-0451413079 (Penguin/Signet)
Reviewed by: Sheila
Cassandra Palmer recently defeated a god, which you’d think would buy a girl a little time off. But it doesn’t work that way when your new job description is Pythia — the world’s chief clairvoyant. Cassie is busier than ever, trying to learn about her power, preparing for her upcoming coronation, and figuring out her relationship with the enigmatic sexy master vampire, Mircea.
But someone doesn’t want Cassie to become Pythia, and is willing to go to any lengths to make sure the coronation ceremony never happens—including attacking her mother before Cassie is even born.
Quick & Dirty: A fast-paced story of a woman who has more than her fair share of bad luck.
Opening Sentence: I hit the ground running – or stumbling or falling; it was kind of hard to tell when it felt like the earth was crumbling under my feet.
I so look forward to these books. Each one ends leaving you chomping at the bit to find out what happens next. I’ve been patiently lying in wait, like a lion in the savannah, ready to pounce as soon as it hits the stores. Surely, this is the book that will satisfy my hunger to know what happens next for our favorite clairvoyant. Needless to say, Hunt the Moon, the fifth installment of the Cassie Palmer series, is just as frustrating as the rest of them. Why can’t Cassie, the main character, just stay home and take a load off once and a while? Hunt the Moon keeps me on the edge of my seat with nonstop action and then BAM, cliff hanger. AGH!!!! How is anyone expected to wait another year for the next book? Deep breath… okay, I’m better now.
Cassie Palmer, now Pythia, is finally going to be recognized as the legitimate heir to the office of chief clairvoyant. The death threats from the Silver Circle are now a thing of the past, and the Vampire Alliance negotiations are going well so Cassie should have it easy right? Please, easy things do not happen to Cassie; chaos and mayhem happen around Cassie whether it’s her fault or not. Now there’s speculation on recent events being the signs of the coming of Ragnorok, the end of days. Jeez, will she ever catch a break?
As keeper of the timeline, it is Cassie’s duty to keep people from changing the past to alter the future. She’s had lots of experience with this over the last few books by stopping her once chief rival, Mira, from altering events that lead to Cassie’s untimely end. Now a new group is intent on killing her mother and ensuring that Cassie is never born. We get to learn more about Cassie’s long dead parents and how they got together. The story of the former pythian heir, Cassie’s mom, and a rouge dark mage, her dad, running away together after meeting just once no longer holds any water. Cassie has become borderline obsessed with trying to find out anything she can about them, being denied information all these years. In some ways, Cassie is still that lonely child looking for the love and approval from those around her.
I believe that Cassie’s search for the truth about her parents and their real relationship is her way of figuring out how to deal with her own relationship with the sexy Senate member, Mircea. Or should I say, her way of NOT dealing with Mircea and focusing on something, anything, else. Growing up in a vampire court has trained her to deal with vampires and their ways but not how to hold her own around them. Mircea’s formal claim is as good as being married both in his mind and the vampire community’s, but Cassie refuses to accept the permanency of the bond. She has an overdeveloped sense of denial that is hampering her emotional growth. I have yet to meet anyone that uses the “ignore it until it goes away” mentality actually working out for them in the long run, but I think that Cassie is still optimistic.
There is also Pritkin to contend with. John Pritkin: demon hunter for the Silver Circle, half-incubus and long lost Merlin from legend, is by far the most annoying man in Cassie’s life. Even the piles of vamp bodyguards Mircea surrounds Cassie with don’t come close to pushing her buttons like Pritkin can. He pushes far outside her comfort zone, both in combat training and in friendship. He serves as her personal war mage protector but they also have a lot of unresolved sexual tension to deal with. She likes him, hates him, frustrated by his attitude, and yet can’t stand the idea of him not being around. They have had “encounters” in past books and this one is no exception. Who knew that incubi could be so complicated? Cassie loves Mircea but cannot deny her attraction to Pritkin. I think, that alone, scares the snot out of her. The love triangle is just the cherry on top of all the other tension to contending for top dog in this book.
Karen Chance is truly diabolical in her prose. Dropping hints of even more outrageous twists to come and jaw-dropping action that never lets up, Ms. Chance is causing me to lose sleep at night. Once you start one of her books, it is almost impossible to put back down. This book in particular requires more than one read to catch all the details. I have become one of many fans that are addicted to Cassie Palmer and her antics and continue to, not so patiently, wait to find out what is in store next for our beloved heroine.
I guess I fell asleep in the car, because I didn’t remember getting back. Or getting into pink-striped shorty pj’s. Or falling headfirst into bed. But I must have. Because I woke up tangled in my own sheets, the pillow half over my head and sunlight leaking in through a crack in the drapes.
I rolled over, felling groggy and thickheaded and gritty-eyed and yucky. It was so much like yesterday that, for a minute, I thought it had all been a dream. But even my dreams weren’t that bizarre. And then I tried to move, and immediately knew it had all been real enough.
Because I got the charley horse from hell in my left calf.
I didn’t shriek – it wasn’t that loud. But to a vampire’s ears, it must have been loud enough, because the bedroom door burst open and Marco rushed in, gun in hand and face pretty damn scary. He looked around wildly, I suppose for something to shoot, and when he didn’t find anything, he grabbed me.
“What is it? What’s wrong?”
I stared up at him, still half-asleep and disorientated from the pain, and didn’t say anything.
“Charley horse,” I finally managed to gasp, only it didn’t seem to do any good. Because he just stared at me, uncomprehending, as the room quickly filled up with vamps.
“And then he blinked. “Did you say charley horse?”
I nodded tearfully.
Marco said something profane and shoved his gun into the small of his back. “Get outta here,” he told the others, who melted away into the shadows, looking absurdly grateful.
He sighed and sat on the edge of the bed. “Where does it hurt?”
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FTC Advisory: Penguin/Signet provided me with a copy of Hunt the Moon. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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