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Claimed by Shadow

(Cassandra Palmer #2)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  22,142 ratings  ·  708 reviews
Clairvoyant Cassie Palmer has inherited new magical powers-including the ability to travel through time. But it's a whole lot of responsibility she'd rather not have. Now she's the most popular girl in town, as an assortment of vamps, fey, and mages try to convince, force, or seduce her—and her magic—over to their side. But one particular master vampire didn't ask what Cas ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 374 pages
Published April 3rd 2007 by Ace Books
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Helen 2.0
Jan 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
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. ...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 and with a past version of Mircea, saving his
Jan 18, 2012 rated it liked it

I read the 4 first books of the series in a row. Then, I reread them in a row again so I had them fresh to read the 5th one. That means that I have them all scrambled in my mind right now which is why I can’t review each of them separately. This is more a general opinion of the combination of the 5.

This series have many elements that make it an entertaining and interesting read. It has compelling plots, action, miseries to solve, enemies, romantic tension, magic, friendship, humor,
Jen Davis
May 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
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.
Lana *Lifeinwordsandlyricscom*
May 27, 2017 rated it really liked it

It wasn't just me right? This one was way better than the first one. Yes, I still have a case of major whiplash from all that was happening left and right, and it had a few eyerolling/head banging the wall moments, but I see a genuine progress.

The chase of Myra the evil contender continues through time and space and now she has her evil eye trained on Mircea. As in killing Mircea in the past so that he can't give Cassie his protection over the span of her childhood. Bla bla. That's not the inte
Jul 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
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.
Nichole (DirrtyH)
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
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
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
Aug 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 01, 2013 rated it did not like 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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Apr 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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!!
Dec 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Seena Seena
Nov 30, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommended to Seena Seena 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
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 ;) ...more
Aly is so frigging bored
Aug 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: action, urban-fantasy

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!
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
4 Stars... Cassie and crew travel through time and into the lands of the Fey in order to thwart an attack by a deadly assassin that has the power to change history and alter their present with deadly accuracy... Once again, Karen Chance incorporates historical pieces into her modern day fictional read adding an intricate layer to her storytelling; meeting these historical characters and seeing how their past intertwines into the current story is fascinating... Although I enjoy these details, the ...more
Jul 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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)
Jul 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: paranormal
3.25 except for that fae assault scene DEAR GOD NO WHY
You will start yelling at the characters, in a good way. Lots of creatures (sometimes too many). Crazy action scenes, things all over the place and space and time. Chance has a lot of creativity and basically wanted everything in this series and clearly had a hard time letting ideas go. (it's ok babe i understand editing is touuuugh)
The whole Pythia thing is still a bit nebulous, but the ability to time travel and its repercussions are fun. I
Bark  |  Laurie  |  LOHF
Jan 25, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
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
Apr 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Cassie is hiding out in Vegas. She's on the run from any goons Tony sends as well as a wayward acolyte Myra. She's keeping her things in a skating rink locker and stealing outrageous outfits from casino locker rooms to interrogate Casanova. He used to be Tony's second in command and he might know how to get to him in Faerie. She has to get to Tony before he gets to her. She wants to take him down and she wants the paper weight that currently traps Cassie's father's ghost. She also does not want ...more
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
ohhhhkay.. So Cassie is a clarvoyant with well everyone gunning for her. The vamps want to own her, The Circle wants to kill her and the black wants to well kill her or own her.

She just wants a normal life, so not going to happen. This is where we meet fully Pritkin and I adore him. She is off to find a way out of being Pytha. Pritkin Helps her to find Myra and Antonio. She wants to know what happened to her dad's soul.

Mircha has going mad with the gias he put on her. There is really so much h
May 17, 2007 rated it really liked it
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. ...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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Cassandra Palmer (1 - 10 of 12 books)
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  • 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)
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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.
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