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Curse the Dawn

(Cassandra Palmer #4)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  20,815 ratings  ·  564 reviews
Cassandra Palmer may be the all-powerful Pythia now, but that doesn’t mean people have stopped trying to kill her. Most of the supernatural power players don’t want the independent minded Cassie as chief clairvoyant—and they’ll stop at nothing to see her six feet under.

The Vampire Senate does support Cassie in her position, but their protection comes with a price: an allia
Paperback, 386 pages
Published April 7th 2009 by NAL
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Claire Hi Hannah! The photo album represents a tie-in to the other series Karen Chance is writing: the Dorina Basarab series, set in the same universe.

So fa…more
Hi Hannah! The photo album represents a tie-in to the other series Karen Chance is writing: the Dorina Basarab series, set in the same universe.

So far, the identity of the mystery woman is not revealed in the Cassie books, because it represents a major revelation in her relationship with Mircea.

Short answer: The mystery woman would be a spoiler for the Cassie books so you could be patient and wait, or you could read the Dorina Basarab books (book 1 is called Midnight's Daughter) and find out pretty much instantly. Personally, I love both series so I'd vote for option 2!(less)

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Kat Kennedy
Nov 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
Series Overview Review

The rest of these books were a solid three-star review for me. They're interesting, sexy, reasonably well-written novels. The fourth novel, Curse the Dawn, is a far better read that the first three. In my opinion. Which is the only opinion that counts because this is my review.

PS. Jon Stewart is funnier.

Curse the Dawn is FUNNY. The rest of the series has definite moments of funniness to them but they don't compare to Curse the Dawn.

However, there are several problems with t
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,
"Pritkin, haven’t you figured it out yet? We don’t get the easy jobs."

Curse the Dawn is the fourth book of the Cassandra Palmer series. Cassie is now free of the geis, but not free of problems. In this book, her main ambition is to reach an agreement with the Silver Circle, but of course it is not that easy.


Cassie’s motto in this book: "I don’t get it."

Normally, I like Cassie, but now she is just dumb. The reader was already told in the previous books that she had been raised i
Nichole (DirrtyH)
Whew. As usual, what a ride!
This review is probably going to mostly be a response to a lot of the other reviews I have read of this book. I was surprised by the mediocre-to-poor response this book received. I loved it!

It seemed like most people's complaints fell into two categories: The break-neck pace, and Cassie's intelligence.
So to respond to issue 1, I have two points:
A. This is what the series is. It has always been this way. You're just figuring this out now? (See my roller coaster analogy
Nov 11, 2009 rated it did not like it
I really wanted to love this series but four books in & Cassie is still shrieking (practically everything she says ends in exclamation points) & running around like a chicken without a head.

Four books in & there has been no character growth. No real new developments & each book is still chock-a-block full of major events in which the resolutions are soooo underwhelming in their simplicity, it's left me wondering if the author is purposely trying to paint her MC as an idiot b'c why did I even re
Lana *Lifeinwordsandlyricscom*

When something doesn't go right, take a break and try again. That's exactly what I did reading this book. Either I was in a ACOTAR hangover or I just needed something of a diferent nature, but for whatever reason Cassie didn't do it for me at first.

Then my dark heart had its fill with Take Me with You and everything was right with the world once again. Still, even though I like the series and the book was just fine, there's no exitement anymore. Me tinking I need a break from it.

Over and out
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I think I need a lie down and a nice cup of tea! I have read the four Cassie Palmer books back to back and frankly I am exhausted just reading the damn things! Which, makes me extremely grateful that I am not Cassie, the world's cheif clairvoyant (if they would only listen to her!), who has to put up with a lot of crap, from over protective sort-of husbands to a vengeful god who wants to enslave mankind. It all seems a little over the top when you thin
I dunno about this series. There are a LOT of fun moments, but sometimes Cassie acts too stupid to live. There are many times where she just acts dumb and bad things happen (I think getting your character in trouble is taken to the extreme just to get plot moving, as fun as the ride is)

And THEN ---->

At the peak of the climax it literally takes 3 people to explain to her, for like 2 pages, how she caused everything to go wrong herself. Not only did she me
Monty Cupcake ☠ Queen of Bloodshed ☠
I've been reading these books back to back, so I don't really remember what happened exactly in this book, but I think I liked it more than the others, possibly. My biggest issue with these books is Cassie is inept at everything and TSTL, granted she does it because she's the only Pythia, but she still spends all the books blundering around. My biggest gripe is the effing love triangle. Do you know of my loathing of a love triangle? It's top tier on book devices that I hate. Pritkin should not e ...more
Shera (Book Whispers)
“Stalking a time traveler is hard work, even if you are one.” - Cassandra Palmer
You know what else is hard? Not freaking squeeing! That's right I'm gonna say it: Love triangle done freaking right! This is why I keep torturing myself with bad love triangle after bad love triangle. Because when done right, it's A-mazing. See other authors, it took 4 books to build this spectacular chemistry and FIRE! Bless, you Chance. Bless you. Best part is I love both of the men vying for dear Cassie's heart. W
Jen Davis
May 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Without a doubt, this has the best book yet in the Cassie Palmer series. It had all the great characters, action and smexy goodness of the previous books, without any head-scratching time travel conundrums.

Two main things are happening here: 1. The mages are redoubling their efforts to get their hands on Cassie; and 2. Something has destroyed a ley line and the MAGIC center where the North American Vampires had their stronghold.

The mage attacks throw Cassie and Pritkin even closer together than
Aly is so frigging bored
No words. Just pictures.

One of the amazing quotes from the book:
“Sorry. It’s just—there’s a problem with the bathroom.”
“What problem?”
“There’s no toilet.”
“This is an old house,” Pritkin said, like that explained anything.
“And they didn’t need to pee in the past?” I demanded.
He groaned and threw an arm over his face. “There’s a WC down the hall.”
“A what?” I asked, a little desperately.
“A water closet. It’s in a separate room.”
“Why? Why not put it in the—”
“Because a bathroom is where one goes to b
Dec 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I read the first book in the Cassie Palmer series, Touch the Dark, I wasn’t too impressed. I enjoyed the plot, the storyline, the action, but it was very much a first book in a series; some things needed to be explained to the reader that Cassie already knew about, which disrupted the story line for several pages at a time, and left me confused. However, I was urged to continue with the series, assured that the series will definitely get better, and so on the assurance of those people, I pi ...more
Cat Russell  (Addicted2Heroines)
Sep 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I had forgotten how good this was! It's non-stop action all the way through.

The story is loaded with car chases, explosions, angry mages, hungry demons, drag queen divas, and intimate moments with one very sexy vampire. Also, Cassie and Pritkin's "mishap" had me laughing out loud for several pages.

I'm curious to see what happens with Cassie's relationships. I love how good Mircea is to her, but everything is more exciting when Pritkin is around. I can't wait to read "Hunt the Moon".

"He painted
Dec 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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Apr 08, 2009 rated it liked it
Why can't Mircea be in the whole book? Seriously, there is too much inane action going on. Could care less. ...more
Aure, The Bored of the Quarantine
Best one in the series so far :)
Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)
Nov 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
The Good
I am actually smiling as I write this review. From the first few sentences of Curse the Dawn, I knew this was going to be a good book. I usually don't do this but I have to share the beginning of chapter one with you:

Stalking a time traveler is hard work, even if you are one. Especially when said traveler totally had you made. "Can we talk?" I screamed as I dodged behind a column to avoid a spray of bullets.

The women hunting me through the cellar slung her flashlight beam in my directio
May 03, 2009 rated it liked it
I like this series. I really do. But I really, really wish that the plots in each separate book would have a better, more polished structure. The plot in this book, much like the other three in the series, rushes headlong from the first page until the last with very little in the way of downtime. You’ve got to give your reader breaks! They need to relax for a minute and assimilate everything that you’ve thrown at them. This book was pretty exciting, but at the same time, I needed more tension br ...more
Cassie Palmer: TSTL. Within the first few chapters I was groaning aloud and and telling her to "Stop already and just listen to what other people are telling you!" But no, she just blunders on her merry way, causing mayhem as she goes.

That said, it's still four stars from me. Why? Because as infuriating as Cassie can be, this book is still fun, fun, fun all the way! I love the breakneck pace, Pritkin, the supporting characters, Pritkin, the vampire politics, screaming dresses, and er... Pritkin
Sep 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first three books of the series were ok, but left me conflicted if I really liked the story. This fourth installment was really wacked, I had a lot of fun. The battles and the plot in general were so far out there, it was surreal. Lots of action, battles, crazy magic, very entertaining.
Now I just wish the characters were more captivating. I am starting to warm up to Cassie and Pritkin, but Mircea is still pretty one-dimensional. All other charactes pop up so rarely, that there is barely any
♥ Ashleigh ♥  contrary to popular belief i'm not actually mad!
i loved this book, i thought it was fabulously funny. it was great to get to know pritkin better and for his and cassie relationship to become more closer. billy the ghost was just as funny as always. and the end was a splendid finish to the book, i cant wait till i get my hands onto the next book in cassie palmer's series ...more
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: shelved, reviewed, 2017
So this book was WAY better then the last one IMO. I was enthralled from beginning to end. It was wonderful! Pacing was amazing. I love how much you get to watch Pritkin and Cassie interact one on one. (Fyi, I totally ship them. Just saying. Don't start with the whole Mircea thing with me. P & C could totally be a thing!) Oh, good luck trying to stifle your laughter while reading this! This has some amazingly funny parts!

This wonderful book starts with Cassie tracking down the previous Pythia b
Jan 11, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: urban-fantasy
A large part of this novel is nonstop action. Everyone is out to kill Cassie, all of the time. The poor girl never gets a break! When she is not running from enemies, she is complaining about not having a teacher to help her with her powers. I'd really like to find out more about the black circle, Pritkin, and Mircea, and hear less from Cassie. I'm not a fan of main characters that complain about the situation they are in. Make the best of it please. Also, constant action with no purpose does no ...more
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Edited on reread:

I think this one might be my new favorite in the series. There is a ton of action and you get to see some more of Mircea and a whole new side of Pritkin revealed. Dangerous happenings are occurring
and Cassie is dealing with figuring out her powers and letting her visions come to her.

Cassie attempts to meet the Lord Protector of the Silver Circle to call a truce, only a truce isn't what they want.... it's her head. Cassie struggles to fight the Silver Circle knowing that any da
Dec 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite books of the Cassie Palmer series. It has some of the funniest scenes in the series. The book also deals with one of the major early series plot points. It actually ties up the previous three books quite nicely while setting up plot for the next story arc. We find out more about Cassie's background in this book, but much is still left unknown. Pritkin also goes through some rather interesting character development here. Fun new reoccurring characters are introduced in this boo ...more
This starts frustratingly and 10 or 15% in it I'm just irritated. I suspect it will get better, but not a good start. (view spoiler)
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book had some GREAT humorous scenes.
The body switching
Morning wood
Body hair revulsion
Mircea not knowing about the body switching
After they switch back and finding your legs shaved
The drag queens

Lots of funny times.

Dec 04, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
~* 3.5 Stars *~
"I Took the Road Less Traveled. Now Where the Heck Am I?"

I've just got to get a bumper sticker with that saying on it!

Karen Chance's latest Cassandra Palmer book, Curse the Dawn, quite literally slams you into action from page one, grabs you by the hair and throat, and half drags, half shoves you along with the story at rocket speeds while you cling desperately to the Kindle (or the pages) and pray you can keep up. At turns hilarious and hair-raising, I found myself laughing out
Liz (Quirky Cat)
May 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Curse the Dawn is the fourth novel in the Cassandra Palmer series. Though if you want to get technical, it’s the fifth novel in the world of Cassie Palmer (counting Dory’s first novel). Like the other novels before it, this one follows Cassie and her whirlwind journey as Pythia. There’s plenty of chaos, humor, and tension to be found in this series.
I know I’ve said it before, and I’m probably getting a bit repetitive by now. But I absolutely love this series. It’s so much fun and just has so m
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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 smiled at that, and then his gaze shifted to a spot over my shoulder and it faded. 'These doubts wouldn’t have anything to do with the company you’re keeping of late, would they?'
I didn’t get a chance to answer before the shop door was thrown open and a furious war mage stomped in. Pritkin spotted me and his eyes narrowed.
'You shaved my legs?!'
Mircea looked at me and folded his arms across his chest. I looked from one unhappy face to the other and suddenly remembered that I had somewhere else to be.”
“And I just couldn't take it anymore. I closed the distance between us, slammed him back against the chair and kissed him, holding his head still with both my hands buried in that stupid, stupid hair. I half expected more resistance, because Pritkin had never met an argument he didn't like. So it was a shock when he ran his hands down my sides, cupped my hips and slid us both to the floor.
"I'm going straight to hell for this," he muttered.
"At least you'll know a lot of people," I said breathlessly. ”
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