A review by Amanda.
I would like to thank the author and the publishing company for allowing me to read this ARC in exchange for an honest review. This review may contain spoilers for the previous books in the Cassie Palmer series.
When we last left Cassie, in Tempt the Stars (Cassie Palmer #6), she was exhausted, filthy, and determined to save our favorite war mage yet again. Having just rescued him from his father, the demon prince Rosier, Cassie is understandably devastated when the demon council curses his soul to travel backwards through his own timeline until he blinks out of existence, forever. In the midst of trying to rescue Pritkin, Cassie is also tasked with protecting her young court – child acolytes to the Pythia who are in danger from dark mages and traitorous adepts. She must find a way to accomplish all of this with no help from the Silver Circle, and no official help from the vampires. Different factions of supposed allies are manipulating Cassie for control over her power as Pythia and she has had enough. It’s time to stop being the figurehead that they want and learn to use her power on her own terms. What better place to start than saving the life of an irascible, half-demon, war mage, who matters more than she can admit to herself?
Karen Chance has given her fans another action-packed, edge-of-your-seat thriller with the latest in her popular series. Readers will be happy to see Cassie continue to grow into her own, learning more about her role as Pythia and figuring out exactly what she can do. She faces her fears, confronts both allies and enemies who seek to use her or destroy her, and stands up for herself and those she has chosen to protect. She accomplishes all of this while keeping her unique, endearing sense of humor and her positive determination to succeed. Those of us on Team Pritkin will enjoy getting to know more about his early life, and glimpses into the young man he was before his father intervened. Not to fret, Team Mircea – Cassie’s powerful vampire lover makes his presence known as well. We also get to see another side of Rosier as he and Cassie are forced to work together. Their clashing personalities had me laughing out loud on several occasions. As per usual, this book contains several of the steamiest sex scenes known to man and I had a difficult time reading it in public without blushing bright red. As this book ended on a cliffhanger, I will be eagerly awaiting the next one, due out in 2016.
My rating: 5/5 stars.
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