Review – Curse the Dawn

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Curse the Dawn


Cassandra Palmer #4


Karen Chance


Urban Fantasy


Cassandra Palmer may be the all-powerful Pythia now, but that doesn’t mean people have stopped trying to kill her. Most of the supernatural power players don’t want the independent minded Cassie as chief clairvoyant—and they’ll stop at nothing to see her six feet under.
The Vampire Senate does support Cassie in her position, but their protection comes with a price: an alliance with the sexy master vampire Mircea, who has claimed Cassie as his own.
But even the vampires will have trouble keeping Cassie alive now that the self-styled god Apollo, the source of the Pythia’s power, has it in for her in a big way. To save her life—and the world—Cassie’s going to have to face down her creator once and for all.


4stars rating

The only thing Mircea wants is for Cassie to be safe and guarded and not lifting a finger. Yeah, that really doesn’t work for her, not because she doesn’t want to swim and sun and laze all day, but rather because the bad guys just come to her instead.
When an important meeting with the Circle goes wrong Cassie is dragged all over the place. Power struggles, a mole and an angry god… what more do you want?
I can tell you this: that last part just killed me 😀 Was laughing so much 😀


All scenes and environments were clear and well detailed. Really well done if you know there is so much action going on and we, the reader, needs to know where the hell we are 🙂

Character development:

OMG, Pritkin and Cassie were hilarious in this instalment!! Cassie made it quite clear what she thought about the other sex and it had me giggling like a teenager 😀
We learned a little more about the players on the board, even some hint of another well-loved character from Mircea’s life (if I remember correctly at least).
This instalment focussed more on the Circle instead of Apollo, though he did get some screentime 🙂 Then again, the Circle showed us why you have to be a lunatic to even remotely consider joining the Corps.
A new bodyguard Marco joined the team to try and keep Cassie safe, but come on… why are they kidding? That woman is a magnet for trouble.
The characters, main or side, all felt alive and believable (though utterly crazy of course).

Pacing & Flow:

As we’ve come to expect from Cassie… there is never a dull moment. A ton of action going on, superbly balanced with conversation to keep the story moving forward.

The book itself:

The book was well written with no (noticeable) errors. There is sex described (if that is important to you).
The book is 386 pages long, spread over 28 chapters and told from Cassie’s point of view.

Final Thoughts:

Was it me or was that ending a tad… anti-climatic? I mean, yes, a lot of stuff happened, but… I was left hanging.
Nevertheless, still one of my most favourite series to date. Can’t wait to reread book 5!