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Claimed By Shadow (Cassandra Palmer #2)

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  18,730 Ratings  ·  595 Reviews
A recent legacy made Cassandra Palmer heir to the title of Pythia, the world’s chief clairvoyant. It’s a position that usually comes with years of training, but Cassie’s circumstances are a little... unusual. Now she’s stuck with a whopping amount of power that every vamp, fey, and mage in town wants to either monopolize or eradicate—and that she herself doesn’t dare use.

Paperback, 375 pages
Published by Penguin (first published April 3rd 2007)
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Helen 2.0
At this point in the series I ship everyone with everyone and would not be opposed to all the characters having a giant paranormal orgy at MAGIC headquarters. But maybe that's just me.
Any day that starts off in a demon-filled bar in a casino designed to look like Hell isn't likely to turn out well.

After refreshing the basics of the storyline and the characters’ background, the story speeds up quickly. It is fast-paced, full of action, filled with different kinds of supernatural creatures. You are only at the second chapter, but you already witnessed a battle with mages and the Graeae, a time-travel meeting with ghosts, with a past version of Mircea and saving his life, an
Katie Michaels
I'll admit it. I get a little bit of a one track mind when it comes to books. If there is so much of a whiff of a relationship forming, I fixate on it and build up all of my anticipation around it. I stay true-blue to my couple. 3rd parties are the enemy. There is no indecision or uncertainty... just relationship-worshipping in its purest sense. Until I started this damn series. Never have I felt so torn... so fickle... about who I want a heroine to end up with. I've got to give credit where cre ...more
Monty Cupcake ☠ Queen of Bloodshed ☠
Again good, but not great. Same problems, Cassie needs to get less soft hearted and start killing more people. It really would solve more of her problems. I enjoyed Agnes, Billy, Mircea, and the Graeae.
Jul 17, 2008 Anita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Urban fantasy fans looking for a good female heroine
This is #2 in the Cassandra Palmer series. Cassandra has inherited clairvoyance from her mother and the ability to talk to ghosts from her father (both deceased). In the last book, she learned that she was destined to become Pythia, the time-traveling chief clairvoyant and protector of the timeline. Cassandra's parents were murdered when she was young and she was raised by vampires, so she is fairly well versed in supernatural politics. In this book, she has escaped all the various factions tryi ...more
Nichole (Dirrty H)
4.5 stars

Whew. Poor Cassie - that girl needs a nap more than anyone I've ever met! I read a review on Chance's web site that said something along the lines of this series sort of poking fun at the genre a little bit, and I think that's true. There is so much non-stop action in these books it gets a little ridiculous. But man is it fun!

I was not fully convinced by the first book of this series. I liked it, but it had a lot of issues and so I wasn't compelled to pick up book 2 right away, I waited
All the problems of book 1 with less of the back story. Just more plot driven sex and sex driven plot.

Fans of urban fantasy, go pick up something from the Hollows Series, or the Mercy Thompson series. Or Ilona Andrews.
Claimed by Shadow
3.5 Stars

With various vampires, mages and fae all vying for control of her newly acquired powers, Cassie Palmer is, herself, on the trail of the vampire she holds responsible for the deaths of her parents. To make matters worse, the rival for her abilities is determined to destroy the competition by any means necessary including traveling back in time to dispose of the powerful and sexy master vampire who has always been the one constant in Cassie’s life.

***Warning***: Minor spo
CLAIMED BY SHADOW was even better than the first book in the Cassandra Palmer Series, Touch of Frost. I am amazed how each book in this series exceeds my expectations.

CLAIMED BY SHADOW was a bit different from Touch the Dark in my opnion. We are not constantly surround by those wicked hot vampires. Even though we weren't I love it all the same because we are constantly around hot tempered mage, Pritkin.

Okay. He has a hot temper but I love that hot temper of his. To be honest I was all for Micre
Jun 01, 2013 Meredith rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I came across this book at my library, and it looked interesting enough, so I decided to try it, even though I hadn't read the first one.

I really, really wish I hadn't.

Warning: Spoilers for the book and Trigger Warning for mentions of rape/non-con/dub-con

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Claimed By Shadow was a vast improvement over Touch The Dark. The pacing and action still moved at a breakneck crazy pace, more so than book 1, but I enjoyed this, mainly because Chance did not seem so focused on torturing readers with excessive inner monlogues, explanations, and world-building info dumps. I liked Cassie in this book and, as long as I not getting the books mixed up in my head (I knew I should have reviewed these right after reading each), I think I fell for Cassie when the kids ...more
Gizella Tóth
Oct 24, 2014 Gizella Tóth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No, de jó, hogy nem ötöst adtam az elsőre! Ez sokkal jobb volt, legalább hatos. Amikor belelendültem, le sem tudtam tenni. Ha Pritkin így marad, nagy szerelem lesz. Az egyetlen uncsi rész a csaj szüzessége volt. Ha nem buszon ülök, hát hangosan fohászkodni kezdek, hogy veszítse már el, az ég szerelmére, mer' idehalok (és nem az aktusról beszélek, hanem arról a rengeteg tipródásról, amely az eseményt övezte). No, de hál' a jó égnek, megtörtént, most aztán senki sem állhat nekünk ellen. :)))
ui.: B
I found parts of this storyline to be fabulously interesting, but others to be choppy. It was like there were holes in the story at times that left me confused for a pargraph or two until I could re-acclimate to what was going on. It might just be the author's style? Perhaps it's just me? I don't know. I still plan to read the next book in the series, I just don't want to have to take any dramamine before I read it ;)
Aly is so frigging bored

Damn it, i don.t have book 3 on the phone! The only thing i don.t like in this series is the ending! If i had to wait for the books to come out it would drive me insane!
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
Cassie Palmer just can't get a break. A week after the events in Touch the Dark and Cassie is on the run from both the vampire Senate and the mages Silver Circle, both either wanting to use her or kill her. But that isn't when where her problems end they just keep on piling up; Myra the crazy sybil and Pythia-wannabe is still trying to kill Cassie and has found a new way to do it, removing Mircea's protection by killing him; she can't trust her unlikely allie the tenacious and slightly crazy war ...more
Bark's Book Nonsense
This book picks up where the last one left off with Cassie diving head first into a paranormal world of action, adventure and some (though not nearly enough) vampire lovin’. The author introduces us to a few new interesting characters too.

Did you all know the famed Casanova was an incubus? Me neither but it seems to make a lot of sense. He stirs up trouble when he tells Cassie a secret about Mircea that disturbs her greatly and changes their budding relationship and may be far more dangerous tha
RATING: barely 3 stars.

Okay this series just isn't doing it for me (lol). No really. The author sets a plotline at the beginning and then instead of a linear story we get huge conversations/ info-dump moments interlaced with fast and furious action just as if the author remembered suddenly that ah! I have a story to get to, can't waste any more time with chitchat. Plus all the action seems kind of meaningless because most of the times it doesn't even advance the story that much (SPOILER - like t
Dec 21, 2013 Eldarwen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once again, I loved it. Especially Pritkin, because as much of a pain in the behind he is, he is an awesome character.

The story was once again well-developed and kept its confusing twists back and forth as in the first book, though Cassie could have guessed a few things a little bit earlier - maybe. Either way, in my opinion, it worked well.

The background of the whole world and the history behind the relevant characters was once again nicely planned out as well and there were quite a few interes
Ahrcadia the Duck Tamer

Book One absolutely sucked, but since I'd heard fabulous things about the series, I decided to buy the second book as soon as I got some spare cash. I waited too long. This is one of the best UF books I've ever read, thanks to one thing: John Pritkin, god of hawtness XD

The plot was a tad bit confusing at times, what with the changes to the timeline and all, but overall very... satisfactory ;) Except for the parts with Tomas. I thought we'd gotten past that lump of dumbness, but no,
Apr 06, 2008 Wendy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Urban Fantasy
Excellent book. It has been a while since I have read a 'so good you can not put it down' book, but this one qualified!!

This book takes up right where the first, 'Touch the Dark' left off. We follow Cassie on an action filled adventure in her attempt to avoid becoming the new Pythia. The book starts off with breathtaking action and never lets up, right to the ending.

The author worked out the few wrinkles that hindered her first book -- no long winded vamp politics to bore us this time around!!
Gwen (The Gwendolyn Reading Method)
I loved the middle half of this book. One scene made me a bit uneasy so it got downgraded to just a like for me, but I am keenly interested to read more! Watch my video review
Sep 10, 2013 Deborah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Terrible. Couldn't even finish it. Too much unnecessary stuff.
Anna Serene
Honestly, I'm only putting this on my list because I'm getting desperate for Dory and I might need something to tide me over. Even though I'm probably just going to be really mad...
Karen Chance will you just PLEASE get a move-on with Dory 4!!!!
Shera (Book Whispers)
Any day that stars off in a demon-filled bar in a casino designed to look like Hell isn't likely to turn out well. - Cassie
Claimed by Shadow has always been a favorite entry of mine in the Cassandra Palmer series. OK, so it's book two. But Chance hits everything right! Gosh it feels so good! The pacing is perfect matching the present day scenes with time travel perfectly! This is the title that will show readers what this series has to offer with some of the best time traveling plotting ever. No
Jul 31, 2013 Pete rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Claimed by Shadow had a slow beginning where Cassie is attempting to get to Myra via help from Pritkin and others. Cassie is hampered and frustrated by the power and spell of the geis.

If I had taken the time to read this book straight through I would have been more satisfied. If you put it down and pick it back up you would have to re-read several preceding pages to see if Cassie was in her body or someone else’s, or is it the present time or past, or who was camping in her body when she was in
4 1/2 stars
Some new characters. (view spoiler) and a little of the old characters too. Pritkin is the character that plays the biggest role in this one. Since I liked him in a crazy, deranged sort of way, from the last book, I was all for seeing what he was up to. We get that and a little of all the rest.

My biggest annoyance and taking the 1/2 star happens at the end. (view spoiler)
Sometimes, I just don't feel like writing a review because I just want to get back to the reading. But here goes. I liked this book, believe the hype- the series does get better. It was amazing how much better the flow of the story was this time. I feel satisfied and vindicated, (at least for now) because despite the narrator's (Cassie's) feelings about characters, my instincts seem to have been correct. My only concern is the whole time travel thing, just because time lines start to get confusi ...more
Jul 16, 2008 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of paranormal kick butt action
This one was wild! Lots of plot twists and turns, time travel and tension. Chance did a clever job of slipping seamingly trivial details into casual scenes only to have them come back to bite you on the butt later. Wow! Still a little more erotic than I'm used to reading........that's okay though. There's a another in the series and opportunites for all sorts of spin-offs. Cassie's still trying to hunt down Tony, the evil vampire, and I think I'm going to have to get some kind of a BIG TOUGH LOO ...more
Mersina Stark is a Bookwhoreasaurus
Nov 30, 2009 Mersina Stark is a Bookwhoreasaurus rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mersina Stark is a Bookwhoreasaurus by: Heidi
This book dragged, much more than the first. A lot of things explained, a lot of questions asked. But I do understand why it had to be done.

It is just sooooooooooo long; you keep reading praying something good will come soon which it does. But the boring stories, explanations in between I could have gone without. It’s not a bad read. A lot more action than actual romance.

A lot of people have said the first 2 books are longish, and do drag on but the next 2 are fantastic. I do hope they are corr
Emanuela ~plastic duck~
Much better than the first book in the series. The world building is pretty complicated, but I didn't have that sense of confusion I had in the first book. I also found it much more entertaining and oddly visual. I was never bored by the action and I liked very much the tension between Mircea and Cassie, very much. The choice made by the author about the Pythia ritual was surprising, but not really disappointing. Anyway, I know where my loyalty lies. I have to say I am not very excited by the ne ...more
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Karen Chance is the author of two New York Times bestselling series, plus a number of novellas and short stories, all set in the Cassandra Palmer universe. A full-time writer since 2008, she was previously a university history teacher, which comes in handy when writing the time-travel aspect of Cassie’s crazy adventures. She loves Las Vegas, the main setting for her novels, but currently lives in ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Cassandra Palmer (8 books)
  • Touch the Dark (Cassandra Palmer, #1)
  • Embrace the Night (Cassandra Palmer, #3)
  • Curse the Dawn (Cassandra Palmer, #4)
  • Hunt the Moon (Cassandra Palmer, #5)
  • Tempt the Stars (Cassandra Palmer, #6)
  • Reap the Wind (Cassandra Palmer, #7)
  • Ride the Storm (Cassandra Palmer, #8)

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“Pritkin gave me a little shake and I eyed him without favor. The only other occasions when I had been dragged back in time, the trip had been triggered by proximity to a person whose past was being threatened.
I have to tell you,” I said frankly, “if someone is trying to mess with your conception or something, I’m not feeling a pressing need to intervene.”
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