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Claimed by Shadow (Cassandra Palmer #2)

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  14,250 ratings  ·  492 reviews
11 Audio CDs / 13 hrs 30 min

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 s
Audio CD, Unabridged - Library Ed, 14 pages
Published October 27th 2008 by Tantor Media (first published April 3rd 2007)
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Jen (Red Hot Books)
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
Sep 14, 2008 Anita rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
"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, a
Nichole (Dirty 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
Gizella Tóth
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
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
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
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 ;)
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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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
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.
Terrible. Couldn't even finish it. Too much unnecessary stuff.
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
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
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
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,
Jun 09, 2008 Wendy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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!!
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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Dec 03, 2009 Mersina Stark is a Bookwhoreasaurus rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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
May 17, 2007 Pamela rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of vampire novels, dark fantasy.
This is the sequel to Touch the Dark, and it takes the storyline in a completely different direction than I expected. The vampires don't play quite as prominent a role; the story focuses on Cassie interacting with the battle mages, though the vampires are hovering around the edges. IMO, there's not enough Mircea for my taste, heh. However, Cassie is still very likable without being obnoxiously spunky, and this book added some nice character development all around.
♥ Ashleigh ♥  contrary to popular belief im not actually mad!
i love Cassie, she's such a fantastic heroine. i love how she just survives everything (she has to be the luckiest person ever, lol) and how she isnt all gun hoe and gets upset if people die for her and that she's super loyal.
Pritkin's also pretty awesome... oh and i love billy joe, best ghost ever :D
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!
Fangs for the Fantasy
Just about every mystical creature that you could possibly think of, has been mentioned at least once in this story. This makes for a very large and interesting world. At times however, Chance gets downright ridiculous in her choices. In the last book, we were introduced to Marlow, Rasputin, Baby face Nelson, Jack the Ripper and the famed artist Raphael as vampires. It's enough to make one wonder if Chance believes that any historical figure was human. To some degree, one must suspend belief to ...more
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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.

What’s more, she’s just discovered that a certain arrogant master vampire has a geis on her—a magical claim that warn
I like this series because it is very well written, has a great plot line, and Karen Chance describes everything really good. Sometimes in a series it takes 2-3 books for you to 'get into the world' but even the first book felt more like book two or three in a series thanks to all the detailed explanations.

However, I also have some problems with this series: Like I said, I love all the detailed explanations but Karen Chance tends to go into them right in the middle of action scenes which complet
Suzanne the Mighty (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
I was really looking forward to this book after reading the author's debut, "Touch the Dark." However, I found it somewhat disappointing. This was especially apparent when I went to read it last week and realized I already had! I forgot I had read this one and needed to start book 3. This rarely happens as I have a very good memory for books. I quickly scanned through the book again to familiarize myself with the story and realized why I didn't remember it. Despite the length, not much happens.

4.5! I took my time this time around with this little baby and was rewarded for doing so! Yes my head hurt for the first 100 pages ( I gave the first book 2 stars I think for the info overload and confusing world/storyline), and I frowned a lot and thought about whacking my head on the wall..but I learnt to appreciate the world and the huge number of characters she has created. I still think there were too many information dumps, and way too much going on with regards to back stories, intertwini ...more
Basic Plot: Cassie Palmer doesn't want to be the Pythia, but it seems the only way she's going to survive is if she not only becomes the Pythia, but also travels through time to save the life of Mircea.

I am impressed by Chance's ability to weave a complex plot that makes sense. There were a few hiccups in continuity and description, but largely they were minor issues. Chance continues her love affair with famous dead people, and further shows she's an intelligent writer by including mythological
Cassie Palmer is back at Dante´s trying to find out Tony´s and Myra´s hiding place. She wants to stop the evil sybil before she can alter the timeline by killing her protector the master vampire Mircea. Incidentally she learns from Casanova an incubus (how fitting) who is in charge of the casino for the moment that Mircea has placed a "geis" (a kind of spell) on her when she was a child to protect her. But his geis has some unwanted side-effects...
This second volume starts as fast paced as the f
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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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“He had the look of an atheist who’d just had a visit from God: stunned, disbelieving and faintly ill.” 91 likes
“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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