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Cassandra's Challenge (Imperial #1)

4.17  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,385 Ratings  ·  103 Reviews
Cassandra Chamberlain has always stood out. It's hard not to at 6’1” and 165 pounds with jet black hair and sapphire blue eyes. And if that wasn’t enough she is also brilliant, graduating from Harvard at fifteen, teaching at MIT at nineteen and up for the prestigious Magellan Award at twenty five. But she’s never really fit in. Not with her peers, not with her contemporari ...more
Kindle Edition, 1, 721 pages
Published April 28th 2013 by M.K. Eidem (first published April 20th 2013)
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Angela Richter I just re-read the book and Queen Yakira was given special permission to conceive her daughter. Her son and daughter are full blood siblings from the…moreI just re-read the book and Queen Yakira was given special permission to conceive her daughter. Her son and daughter are full blood siblings from the donation of her dead Lifemate Vane. It's explicitly explained at the end of the book when it tells what Cassie offered them when they left the House of Knowledge.(less)

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This is the usual human/alien romance with a little twist and it worked! The plot was interesting, the I liked the characters but What I didn't like were the tedious description of the hero and heroine's day, hour, minute and second of their existence! This is just annoying filler. The author also needed an editor or a proof-reader, it would have made the book so much more enjoyable. Apart from these issues, this book was an entertaining read to pass the time.
Jun 11, 2015 Mei rated it really liked it
Shelves: sf
First I must say that I’ve enjoyed this book very much.

Second I have to say also that I didn’t enjoyed some little things in it.

The plot is extremely interesting and the pace of the story is good. But something was constantly bothering me, mainly the present tense.

It could be that I’m not used to it, but the constant descriptions of every single moment of the day gave me the impression that I was reading a very detailed diary: he says, she says, the wake up, the sit, they go… Let me get you a sm
Cassandra Chamberlain may be one of the smartest people on Earth, as evidenced when she's nominated for the prestigious Magellan Award, but it all means nothing when Earth is attacked by aliens who systematically kill every man, woman, and child leaving the planet for all practical purposes dead. By a fluke Cassie and her niece Victoria are saved by a different alien race who confront the invaders too late to save the planet from destruction but rescue the two sole survivors who now have no home ...more
Sep 10, 2013 Sugarcat rated it liked it
Shelves: romance-sci-fi

I liked the story but there is obvious editing flaws which made it a bit difficult to get in to the rhythm of the book which had me taking breaks.The characters are likeable and some moments you feel the pain of both Cassandra and Victoria for the loss they have suffered. the romance between Cassandra and William is a roller coaster ride of one mistake, from one or the other, the side characters are good and little Victoria is adorable. the love scenes are hot and numinous, the bad guys crimes
Jan 09, 2016 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
Loved it before the tense updated, the love continues.

Wow, just wow.

I found Grim and Cassandra quite enjoyable, I've re-read both multiple times already which tells me that I've fallen in love with characters, plot and setting. I tend to ignore reviews that focus not on the story but on editing, grammar etc because I can usually read past those issues (otherwise I would have nothing to read, big publisher or self/indie published).

Cliffhangers though...fortunately not in either of these books. I'
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)

2.5 Stars

The Earth has been destroyed, the only two survivors are Cassandra Chamberlain and her nine year old niece Victoria. They barely survived, only saved as the Carnians, the alien race trying to save them, managed to pick them up as they were helping one of their fighters who had crash landed. Cassandra and Victoria are taken under the wing of Admiral William Zafar, but the danger doesn’t stop even when they leave earth and the attack behind, and William must protect the woman he now real
Dec 15, 2015 Lizzy rated it really liked it
Loved this book! With a very creative and fast plot Cassandra's Challenge didn't even feel that long despite its length. I enjoyed every page. I took me sometime to pick it up; the idea of Earth's complete destruction did not seem very appealing but once I started couldn't stop. It's a story of space warfare, betrayals, conspiracies and murder attempts, all amidst a budding romance. It’s a true space opera.

M.K. Eidem does an incredible job constructing the Corinian world with its four royal h
Sep 27, 2013 Judith rated it really liked it
This was a very good story. Cassandra and William are a kick-ass couple once they each learn to trust each other. Grim (also by M.K. Eidem ) was published August 30,2013 and also was a wonderful story. It is obvious that the author has a lot of talent and a good imagination.
Unfortunately she apparently doesn't have either a proof reader or an editor. If I didn't enjoy her story telling abilities, I would have deleted the book for the grammar errors alone. It's worse than reading a middle schoo
Tam B.
Sep 15, 2013 Tam B. rated it liked it
For anyone who read my review of Grim by the same author - I think they found an editor. This book isn't perfect - it still has the consul/console problem but it's dramatically better.


This is an epic. Cassandra first finds/rescues a crashed alien male and patches him up, returns him to his rescue ship and due to an attack goes with them (rescuing a niece on the way) and then sees the Earth destroyed. Most books might have ended the drama there and just had a romance foll
2.5 stars

You will find yourself screaming about the mistakes in this story!!!

REALLY needs an editor and proof-reader!!! In those departments, this book is a monumental disaster! It's something problematical on almost every page... so many that I got sick of making notes about them on my Kindle.

The story is fairly good, though. The author makes the mistake of putting in *every little thing*, and there are also the formulaic blunders from new authors - constant showers, for one. The smex scenes ar
Betty Lambert
Apr 05, 2014 Betty Lambert rated it it was amazing
This book was totally awesome. It captured my interest right from page 1 through to the end of the book. It had everything I require in a good book...action, romance, a bit of sci-fi, good plot and the characters were just so believable and they just seemed to be suited for each other. They had their problems..after all she is a human from earth and he is from a different planet and had lots of adjustments to make . I highly recommend this book. I highly recommend all the books from this author ...more
A long, but great story (if able to overlook multiple grammatical and
editorial issues)

If you are the type of person that every little punctuation, spelling and grammatical error bothers you, this book may not be for you because there are TONS in this book. Aside from that, however, the storyline is incredible. The plot was exciting and fast paced. The characters were solid and had great depth as well. This was a very long book, and I feel it could have been easily downsized, because there were a
Dec 20, 2014 Claudia rated it it was amazing
I loved the story. Finally an author who is developing the story and characters in time and there is a plot. The choice of words used might need some thought and change in other books since I am not expecting an alien race 5000 light years to say "fuck" or develop so similar to our society.
A destroyed Earth I was not expecting but worked. The relationship between William and Cassandra started fast but had enough time to grow with the story. M K stories are becoming my favorite. I am waiting now
3.5 Stars

Holy crap this book was so long...over 700 pages.

I love M.K. Eidem's stories; especially the Tornian series. But I'll say this again...she desperately needs an editor. As usual, there were numerous typos, wrong words and bad sentence structure. This book also needs to be condensed. Many parts were really drawn out and repetitive.

Overall, I liked the premise but the execution could have been better.
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The Earth has been destroyed, the only two survivors are Cassandra Chamberlain and her nine year old niece Victoria. They barely survived, only saved as the Carnians, the alien race trying to save them, managed to pick them up as they were helping one of their fighters who had crash landed. Cassandra and Victoria are taken under the wing of Admiral William Zafar, but the danger doesn’t stop even when they leave earth and the attack behind, and William must protect the woman he now realises is h

Aug 02, 2015 Jane rated it liked it
If I wasn't already familiar with Eidem's writing (I've read Grim), then this cover would not entice me to give it a shot. I'm a bad reader like that, because I sometimes judge books by their covers. But, really. That cover does not invite people to read your books. At least it does not appeal to me, hell it even drives me away. Luckily one does not get to see cover much if it's the ebook edition they're currently reading.

But about the story. I found the story to be rather engaging and while it
Patricia Guy
Jun 24, 2015 Patricia Guy rated it it was ok
Although I gave the book two stars the writer has potential but needs work and not just with editing. SPOILER***She has a distant character arrive on earth and give the Sumerians writing 2800 years ago. She needs to add another 2000 years to it for it to work. Then at the end of the book she refers indirectly back to this character as 200 cycles ago after telling us a cycle is the same as a year.

She also has the aliens speak English except for a few token words just because. Apparently we are to
Meg Kinch
Dec 28, 2013 Meg Kinch rated it it was amazing
This is a very long book, but very good. Multiple plots and happenings, but all easy to follow. Nothing was too confusing. It was very interesting throughout the ENTIRE book. It kept me hooked and I never thought once, goodness, is this going to be over any time soon. I thoroughly enjoyed it and can't wait to read more from this author.

A few minor discrepancies were found in editing, such as when someone is fed something, it was written as feed and a few others. Sometimes it would bump me out a
Oct 01, 2013 Sasha rated it really liked it
No one writes in the present tense. No one. So this was very disconcerting. There were numerous grammatical and spelling errors. But despite all that, I was intrigued by the sample and decided to give it a shot. Turns out it's pretty fantastic. Characterisation, plot, pacing - fantastic. There are a few points of mystery that were not so clear to me, even after getting to the end, but in all, I really loved this book.

Even if the author doesn't do us all a favour and invest in a professional edi
Jun 02, 2014 T rated it it was amazing
Oh my gosh, I love this book...started reading it and couldn't put it down. I would have been happy to give it 6 stars if I could. The story totally pulled me in from the first to last. Who doesn't love a strong hero with an even stronger heroine. In spite of personal tragedy, Cassandra remains determined to get justice for those she loved and stands by her man through thick and thin. And William is a strong, confident strength once he gets over some of the issues in his past.

I can't wait to rea
Mar 28, 2016 Hayley rated it really liked it
I LOVED this! I was really close to giving it 5 stars and really, the only reason I didn't was that it was super long and for me, dragged a bit in parts. I also could have done with an epilogue and there was quite a bit that bugged me, if I thought about it too long. There are also some pretty severe editing/grammar/spelling problems in this book. 'Who's' and 'whose' get confused alot. As does 'you're' and' your' . . . But apart from that it was great.

Cassandra was fab, without being too much of
Silvia Andrito
Oct 14, 2015 Silvia Andrito rated it liked it
Good story but a few problems

I liked the story. It was a good, interesting plot. I liked that it was long, so often we get 200 page stories that feel rushed, I can say that is not the case with this one, it might actually be a little too long. The characters are interesting and I will be reading the next book just to see where the story goes for the supporting characters.

Now for the bad. I read the previous reviews and saw a lot of people had problems with the editing. Yes there are quite a few
Oct 08, 2014 Laurie rated it liked it
Yesterday I had one of those days. You know what I’m talking about. If it could go wrong it did and I did not feel good on top of it all. I finally decided to go upstairs and pile into bed with a book and jump into another world for awhile. I’ve been fighting a book funk for what seems like forever so I decided to change things up and let my nerd side come out to play. I found a Sci-fi Romance that looked promising and settled in with a couple of dogs at my feet, my favorite mellow playlist on l ...more
Jul 05, 2014 Melanie rated it did not like it
I'm unable to continue, literally. I can honestly say I almost never stop reading a book. I purchased this book because the amazon ratings (and good read) ratings were high. AND yes, I read those reviews that stated there were grammatical issues etc. but OMG! Okay, let me just say that it is terribly unfortunate when a possibly decent plot gets ruined by severely poor editing. Grammar, even run on sentences and punctuation mistakes I can usually ignore for a bit...but switching from present to p ...more
Apr 10, 2014 Sarah rated it liked it
Wow... this book is long! I did enjoy the book but some things came off as ridiculous. It may be arrogant to think that no other species would have come up with Nuclear power, but really? Why on earth would you carry something like that on a war ship or even think about using it in space? Am I the only one thinking of what that would do? Then there is the whole blowing up earth thing, wtf? I know that it's in the summary but still it just seemed a bit weird. There were a lot of grammatical error ...more
Mar 10, 2014 Eya rated it it was ok
Let me start by saying that I would have happily tagged this one with 3 stars. IF NOT FOR THE HORRIBLE EDITING. Seriously, if you have little patience with absolutely no editing done to a piece of writing, avoid this like a diseased rat. On the other hand, if you like a decent story, even if it's a really gooey one, you might want to give it a shot.

I was surprised. I usually have little patience with poor editing because it almost invariably comes hand in hand with poor storytelling. But in this
Feb 14, 2014 Gia rated it liked it
Four words, long, very, very long. Or rather two words repeated twice.

I downloaded a sample of this and first thought I'd accidentally been sent the entire book by mistake, I hadn't, it's just that long. In fact it's more like two longish books stuck together and if you're an avid reader you can probably, like me, tell where the break should have been.

My second thought was, is this the book were grammar came to die, I'm not gonna sugar coat it, it was bad. The first thing you notice is that in
Sep 28, 2014 Nickcole rated it it was amazing
Stars: 5+

Overall: The Earth has just blown up and Cassie and her niece Tori are throw into a world that they never knew existed. In their first month there both of them prove how smart and strong they are and Cassie really seems to impress the people she comes into contact with and Tori just charms the pants off of them. After a month Cassie and William become close and attacks start to happen to the girls, which they find of later, that it has more to do with a bigger problem than they original
Dec 13, 2013 Katrina rated it liked it
Storyline and characters - 4*
Reading experience - 2*

As with Grim, what potentially could have been be a very good book, suffered from non-existing editing. It is a great shame to rate it as such, but in all honesty, with all the frustration that went in to reading it, 3* is generous.
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