Title: Embrace the Night
Author: Karen Chance
Page Count: 384 pages
Genre: urban fantasy
50 words or less: Despite her and other people's' best efforts, Cassie is now the Pythia, with all the responsibilities and none of the necessary training. She's got to find the Codex Merlini to keep a promise and get to her nemesis, not to mention get rid of the pesky geis. Easy enough, right?
Cassie Palmer is not having a good day. Embrace the Night takes off with a literal bang as Cassie and Pritkin, her often-reluctant partner, are trying not to get blown to smithereens in a famous cemetery in Paris. The story is just as twisty and complex as the first two books (Touch the Dark and Claimed by Shadow), and all the regular characters are here in force.
This book focuses on Cassie's efforts to recover the Codex Merlini, a magical book of spells written by Merlin himself which features, among other things, the counterspell to the geis that binds her to Mircea, a master vampire. The geis does not like to be ignored and brings the pain every time Cassie starts to do something that it doesn't like, so she needed to get the geis removed like, yesterday.
Cassie spends most of the book leapfrogging back and forth in time, trying to find the Codex, dodging murder and mayhem at every turn. And finding out how Mircea takes his wine, which will lead to you, the reader, needing a cold shower. Just saying.
Anyway, it's really, really hard, like I've said, to discuss plot elements of this series without giving a whole ton of stuff away. I will say, though, that this is the kind of series that I think you'll either love or hate. If you love it, then these are the kinds of books you can read over and over again and pick up more elements of the story every time. If you hate it, then you're left with a distinct feeling of WTF. There were times I could definitely relate to both perspectives.
I should also mention, too, that this is the part of the series where we really start to see some confusion develop between Cassie and Pritkin. Turns out Pritkin is a bad, bad boy with a lot of secrets. Cassie is definitely attracted to Pritkin, which causes problems with the geis to be sure, but she also has a strong physical attraction to Mircea, even though she knows that that kind of relationship will lead to nothing but a world of hurt.
I have book number four Curse the Dawn, on tap, and I'm definitely interested to see what happens next in this series.
Overall Grade: B+
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