Embrace the Night (Cassandra Palmer, #3)
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Embrace the Night (Cassandra Palmer #3)

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13 Audio CDs / 16 hrs

Recently named the world's chief clairvoyant, Cassandra Palmer still has a thorn in her side. As long as Cassie and a certain master vampire---the sizzling-hot Mircea---are magically bound to each other, her life will never be her own.

The spell that binds them can only be broken with an incantation found in the Codex Merlini, an ancient grimoire. The...more
Audio CD, Unabridged - Library Ed, 16 pages
Published November 24th 2008 by Tantor Media (first published April 1st 2008)
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new_user
Jan 25, 2010 new_user rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: True Blood fans
Shelves: urban-fantasy
All right. This one annoyed me enough to earn a review. After reading enough urban fantasy, a reader learns to give leeway to the first book in a series. Embrace the Night was the third, and after a promising start in the catacombs of Paris, the narrative rapidly dwindles to sideshows and comedy acts until around chapter 13.

Yup, you read right. I don't mind humor in a UF novel, but if I want to read chick lit, I'll read chick lit. Or perhaps more rightly it would be the Lives and Times of a Cas...more
Duchess Nicole
Listened to the audio...please excuse spelling errors!

So...Cassie is after the Codex Merlini with Pritkin in order to find the spell to break her bond with the sexy master vampire Mircea. While there is still no resolution to this strange love triangle thing these three have going on, there are definitely more sexy times than in the previous two books.

My issue with these books is that although I understand what the plot is, the whole book still feels directionless. I know Cass is trying to bre...more
Nichole (Dirty H)
4.5 stars

I am really enjoying this series. Karen Chance starts out every book by tossing you onto a roller coaster somewhere in the middle of the ride. There's no sitting down, waiting for the safety bar to be lowered, and then slowly being taken to the top of the first peak. You're tossed in right in the midst of the action. She then lets you ride it through several peaks, valleys, twists and turns, flipping you upside down, then sideways, then right side up again, and then abruptly tosses you...more
Tara
I feel good about this. I like that Cassie (the narrator herself), voiced her confusion at the whole confusing time line thing. Because man that's one thing I always have trouble following. Ok, that being said, I'm enjoying these books, although I believe that I actually liked the last one a little better, although there is more Pritkin and I do like him. I'm glad they resolved the whole geis storyline because it was starting to get tedious. You can only read about people trying to suppress thei...more
Jen (Red Hot Books)
Wow. I think I have whiplash after this one. This time-travel thing has officially tipped the scales onto the side of too-much-for-my-brain. In fact, a few things moved into the realm of too-much for me in this book. But I have to say, I liked it anyway.

When the story begins, Cassie is training with Pritkin, trying to learn how to better protect herself from her growing pool of enemies. But her number one priority is finding the Codex of Merlin, which may have a counterspell to the geis affectin...more
Aly is so frigging bored
I really love this series! I didn’t think I would, hence the starting late part, but now I can’t put it down! I like KC’s writing style and the way she constructed her world.

In this one Cassie is trying to find a very valuable book, the Codex Merlini, and has some… shocks along the way. We find a lot of info about Pritkin and why he is as he is(I still like Mircea a lot more btw). On a different note: you won’t believe who he is! An what! I was “Say again?! Didn’t register well the first time....more
Yz the Whyz
Talk about a roller-coaster ride. The action never stops, and by the time the book is done, I felt tired and worn-out.

The book opens with Cassie on the search for the Codex Merlini which supposedly contains a spell that can undo the geis. She is on a time crunch, and she needs the solution before Mircea goes mad with the suffering brought about by the incomplete binding. Assisted and opposed (depending on which time-period he is from) by the war mage, Pritkin, who also has his own agenda and his...more
Barks & Bites
Mar 17, 2010 Barks & Bites rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those with more patience than I
This is book #3 and I’m still a bit stunned that I’m finally reading a series in order. The story starts out with Cassie and Pritkin getting into some dark cave action. Don’t get too excited, they’re only dealing with some ghosts and mages while looking for the magical book that will release Cassie from her ties to Mircea, the very sexy Jean Claude-like vampire. A spell has been placed on them both but in the last book Cassie accidentally doubled Mircea’s dose of it and it’s making him deathly i...more
Gemma
Ok It had been over a year since I read the second Cassie book and to be honset I was a little bit lost, but the last book had me lost anyway so its by the by, but saying that I enjoyed being lost with this book.

I was as in the dark about the goings on with Cassie, Pritkin, Mircea and the search for the codex and to be honest it made the book more enjoyable. I literaly was going along for the ride with Cassie.

There was considerable plot development here and some nice twists in the whole storylin...more
Julie (jjmachshev)
The 3rd (final?) book in the Cassie Palmer series from Karen Chance.

Cassandra thought she'd just been in the wrong place at the wrong time...turns out tho, that her being made Pythia was actually the culmination of some truly long-range planning. I really enjoyed the first two books in this series and was waiting anxiously for this one. I enjoyed the book and must give kudos to the author for weaving a complex tale. She did a great job of weaving together the threads that had been cast in the fi...more
Suzanne the Mighty (Under the Covers Book blog)
Come check out Under the Covers for my review!

Cassie is still in a bind. The geis is driving Mircea mad, and if she doesn't find a way to get it removed soon then he will die; but there is a spell that will remove the geis. Only it is in a ancient text that has long been lost, possibly destroyed and also contains a spell that could potentially destroy the world. But that isn't the only catastrophe that is on Cassie's rather long to-do list; she now is not only the enemy of the fae, the vampires...more
Yvenande
3 Stars for as yet unmet potential

I think this book was nice, just that, nice.
There was nothing amazing about it or the previous books. It's been three books now and I keep seeing potential but it's not getting fulfilled. I usually give a series two books to wow me but this one hasn't yet. While the premise of this book is not generic, it still reads like it is. The time travel thing could have been cool but its execution in this book is just confusing. Like I said, it's been three books, you t...more
Kit
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Phyllis
You could go down a paranormal cliche checklist.Heroine has unexpected powers. Check. Heroine is bound to hot, mysterious, powerful, vampire. Check. Despite relationship with vampire, heroine has an attraction to another male, a powerful stern mage. Check. Heroine holds the fate of the world in her hands. Check. Heroine makes unlikely alliance with dangerous foes. Check.

Chance takes some pretty tired out paranormal cliches and make it fresh and new. What I love about this series is the fast pac...more
The Flooze
A little confusing at times, as we work through the jigsaw puzzle pieces of a tale fraught with time-travel, but awesome overall.

This installment was just as fast-paced as the previous two, with lots of twists and turns to drive Cassie mad with frustration and feelings of helplessness. After all, what would Cassie's life be without looming uncertainties? But our girl is nothing if not determined, despite the fact that most everyone wants her snuffed out.

I like that Chance has wrapped up certai...more
Samina ~ Escapism~
Absolutely loved the book. I know this series started rather slow.I mean action wise it was packed but there was something lacking which nagged me.It seemed like the author was trying to find her footing and I think she has found it.

Cassie is witty clever and interesting.She keeps you entertained.The UF bits are fantastic and more than enough eye candy to keep someone like me happy.There is the obvious love triangle developing which keeps you on your toes.Karen Chance made it extremely difficult...more
Heather Dalgarno
This could perhaps have been a decent series, given a little more plot development and a better editor, but by book 3 things are getting worse and my patience is wearing thin.



How long does Chance expect us to believe that a supposedly all-powerful heroine who ought to be a ruler of the supernatural kingdom can do no better than be dragged around by those around her, learning nothing, and achieving little more than the odd heated encounter with a male character....



In this installment Cassie is tr...more
Theresa
The third entry in the Cassandra Palmer Series, Embrace the Night, kept me enthralled until the last word. What an incredible adventure this book was - I was breathless throughout!

First, let me say that the Cassandra Palmer series has been one of my favorite series since I read the first book.

The author, Karen Chance, wrapped up a bunch of open storylines in this book, but left some big ones open as well for future books in the series. The book has wonderful character development and continuity...more
Kirsty Bassett
I like this series, but there are a few things that irratate me and stop me from loving it.

1. Mircea's character. After reading the Dorina Basarab series I thought he was amazing and wanted to read his and cassies story. But it just doesnt seem like the same character, hes so much more developed in the other series and hes only a secondary character there. Also, I cant stand the geis thing and his relationship with cassie. Pritkin all the way. And mircea should end up with someone else, whos st...more
Exina
"We have a problem."
Pritkin snorted. "Only one? That would be a change."

The Story
The plot revolves around Cassie’s efforts to break the geis without fulfilling the bond with Mircea. First Cassie is the one who doesn’t want to consummate it, later Mircea, but their reasons are the same.
The counterspell is said to be found in the Codex Merlini, the book disappeared centuries ago. So Cassie runs through time, space and ley lines to have it. Making the quest more complicated and dangerous, ever...more
Nicole
This is the 3rd installment in Karen Chance’s Cassandra Palmer series. It follows Cassie as the newly anointed “Pythia”, also known as the world’s most powerful clairvoyant, as she searches for a counter spell to a curse placed on her when she was a child. I won’t go any further into the plot in this book because without fully explaining the first two books, it would just be too confusing. It suffices to say that there are a lot of people working against Cassie in one way or another and she has...more
Sandra
I would really give this one 3 3/4 stars, if I could. It started much better than the other two and I was able to follow the plot without getting bored with all the frantic activity. The humor is also very snarky and I love her wit. Finally, finally at long and almost unendurable last, Cassie and Mircea have sex to break the geis (sp?). Since I don't have a hard copy am not sure of the spelling. It was almost anticlimactic, though, as we have to wait so damn long for it to happen.

In all three,...more
Summer
At first, I wasn't all that keen on this series. I thought the first book was moderately entertaining, but I've never been big on authors who introduce multitudes of famous historical figures into their books as immortals. It's a bit cheesy, if you ask me.

However, I picked up the 2nd book in this series when I didn't have much else to read, and before I knew it, I was at the end and actually wanting the next one.

My favorite aspect of these books is the romance (?) between Pritkin and Cassie, and...more
Pete
Embrace the Night is book 3 of Cassandra Palmer series by Karen Chance. As confusing as the time shifting and other complexities, the characters were fun, especially Cassie, Pritkin and Mircea. Their search for the codex was intriguing to undo the geis.

Having ridden the Shinkansen, Japanese Bullet Train, multiple times, I felt this story moved like it sooo fast through shifting and time travel, I was in fear of missing some important, and in fact did once or twice and had to flip back a few p...more
Tammy
Embrace the Night made me really glad I stuck with this series, the first book was confusing, I enjoyed the second, but this one was great! In Embrace the Night its much easier to follow along when Cassie does her time-travel thing. There's tons of action, which I love!! There was some really interesting stuff revealed about Pritkin.
Gamatst
3 1/2 * from me. Definitely Urban Fantasy. There's relationship stuff going on but the main thrust of these stories is all about the action and adventure. I'm enjoying the books and I'm looking forward to the next one. But, for me, they could be half as long, leaving out lots of over description on so many mundane aspects (clothing, decor, landscapes, the sky etc etc) and they'd be even better.

This perspective comes from someone that found these books as a big paranormal romance fan, not a trie...more
Liviania
In order to end the geis binding her to Mircea, Cassandra Palmer must find the Codex Merlini. (As in, Merlin. I do love a touch of the King Arthur legends.) EMBRACE THE NIGHT opens with a terrific action scene and rarely stops. Cassie attracts trouble, much to the consternation of many of her companions, but to the great enjoyment of her readers. How can she help it, when everyone and their dog wants the Codex?

I’ll admit it: I barely avoided a spoiler in this review. It’s relatively minor, but I...more
Suz
The story is typical of this series; engaging and full of non-stop action and seemingly impossible situations for our heroine to conquer.

Only negative I have is that I'm kind of sick of the heroine's inability to get down to business with the people trying to KILL her (of which there is no shortage). She puts herself through the ringer over people dying either to protect her or because she kills them in self defense. This is the third book, time to grow the hell up and embrace the inevitability....more
Emanuela ~plastic duck~
Maybe it's more 4.5 because Chance lost me sometimes here and there, but rounded up because this installment was a lot of fun.

Cassie is trying to get rid of the geis that bonds her to Mircea, and to do so she has to find the Codex Merlini, a powerful book of spells that everybody seems to want. She either breaks the spell or completes the ritual to break it or lets Mircea go mad because of it. She doesn't trust Pritkin, after she found out something unbelievable about him. Really, my jaw almost...more
Jaime
This book strained my patience to the very limits, but my perseverance did pay off. ETN had a lot of back and forth just as book 2 did, which drove me to distraction, but unlike that one the ending has some satisfying resolutions and made me eager for the story to continue. The book does have issues, and it doesn’t hold up to the quality of book 1, but it was far better than book 2.

The story starts out as anticipated - Cassie needs to find a way to break the geis Mircea laid on her. Her will to...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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