Review – Claimed by Shadow

Claimed by Shadow book cover


Claimed by Shadow


Cassandra Palmer #2


Karen Chance


Urban Fantasy


Clairvoyant Cassie Palmer has inherited new magical powers-including the ability to travel through time. But it’s a whole lot of responsibility she’d rather not have. Now she’s the most popular girl in town, as an assortment of vamps, fey, and mages try to convince, force, or seduce her—and her magic—over to their side. But one particular master vampire didn’t ask what Cassie wanted before putting a claim on her. He had a spell cast that binds her to him, and now she doesn’t know if what she feels for him is real—or imagined…


5stars rating

Cassie has a whole lot going on… The vamps want to have her under their thumb, the mages want to kill her and get the power to go to one of their choosing, Myra is trying to kill Mircea, the geis is triggered and all over the place… and I haven’t even mentioned the fey!


Sooooo much happened in this instalment. We shifted to many different times (god knows how the Pythia keeps track of who and what!?) but apart from being curious where and when we ended up this time, I never felt confused or lost due to the great descriptions and information I got while reading. As always the author has great attention for details, making it much, much easier for readers to follow the story.

Character development:

Cassie didn’t really have the time to think about all the implications of being the chosen heir for the Pythia, she’s too busy saving herself, Mircea or her friends. That said, she rolled with the punches, learning as she went.
I had totally forgotten about Mac (this is a re-read) and his tattoos. Such a cool guy 🙂 So it was strange to see him being friends with Pritkin, who was, for once, not trying to kill Cassie (well…ish).
While Mircea was in the picture a lot, it was mostly in the 1880s where Cassie had to save his ass from Myra, her evil co-Pythia heir. I have to say though that I liked it that he was so much like his modern self even that long ago, for me it means that he managed not to get jaded (too much) and held on to his core beliefs and principles… go Mircea! (*swoon*)

Pacing & Flow:

Well, there was a lot of action, I don’t even know if there was a time where Cassie and the gang couldn’t just relax and take a breather (well, okay, that one time, but that doesn’t count). So yes, a lot of action! Fortunately, there was a good balance between everything going on and conversations and the transitions felt smooth.

The book itself:

The book itself was well written with no (noticeable) errors. There is sex described (if that is important to you).
The book is 374 pages long, spread over 15 chapters and from Cassie’s POV (point of view).

Final Thoughts:

I’m happy I’m re-reading this series to pick up where I left off since I just can’t remember a single thing from this instalment! I loved it! 😀