Curse The Dawn: A Cassie Palmer Novel by Karen ChanceCurse The Dawn: A Cassie Palmer Novel by Karen Chance

Curse The Dawn: A Cassie Palmer Novel

byKaren Chance

Mass Market Paperback | April 7, 2009

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“Karen Chance takes her place along with Laurell K. Hamilton, Charlaine Harris, MaryJanice Davidson, and J.D. Robb.”—SF Revu

View our feature on Karen Chance’s Curse the Dawn.

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 alliance with the sexy master vampire Mircea, who has claimed Cassie as his own.

But even the vampires will have trouble keeping Cassie alive now that the self-styled god Apollo, the source of the Pythia’s power, has it in for her in a big way. To save her life—and the world—Cassie’s going to have to face down her creator…

Karen Chance has lived in France, the United Kingdom and Hong Kong, but always comes back to America. She currently lives in Central Florida, the home of make-believe, which may explain a lot.
Title:Curse The Dawn: A Cassie Palmer NovelFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 6.8 × 4.3 × 1.1 inPublished:April 7, 2009Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0451412702

ISBN - 13:9780451412706

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Curse The Dawn This is an urban fantasy with a twist. First book has a lot of information that might not stick at first but as the story progresses everything falls in to place. I love this series and highly recommend it to fantasy lovers.
Date published: 2017-09-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really Liking this Series <b>"Curse the Dawn" by Karen Chance. Book 4 in the Cassandra Palmer series.</b> Excellent 4th installment in this series. The development of the characters is just awesome. I loved Cassie's quirkiness. Adventure mixed with humour is always a good combination. On to book 5!
Date published: 2016-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from action packed This book is so full of action, you'll feel like you were there with Cassie. With Apollo trying to take over, the Circle after Cassie, and the Vampire Senate trying to protect her, what's a girl to do. Can Pritkin help her and protect her from everything out to get her? The best part of this book is when Cassie makes a wish to get them out of a bad situation, but there is a little twist that will make you laugh!
Date published: 2009-08-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice Continuance for the Cassie Palmer Series... Cassie Palmer may be the world’s chief clairvoyant, but that doesn’t mean people have stopped trying to kill her. And now, the self-styled god Apollo, the source of Cassie’s power, is on the war path leaving her no choice but to face down her creator once and for all. As with each book Chance writes, they improve. This one was no different in my mind. The info dumps for the most part, disappeared leaving only pieces here and there to keep the story flowing & remind the reader of past events leading up to this point. The story itself was great. As per the norm, save a few, a large portion in the magical community want Cassie’s head on a silver platter. If she’s brought to the silver circle alive, she’ll receive a ‘fair’ trial. Dead, hell that’s even better. Right from the get go, the book remains true to the rest of the series. It’s action packed and extremely fast paced. Love or hate the books, no one will ever be able to complain that nothing happens. The main difference in this book from the other three, is that we see the silver circle is requesting a meeting with Cassie, brushing the bounty off as if it’s no big deal and they just haven’t gotten around to removing it. We meet even more new characters, some to be suspicious of, some good & lots bad. We also get a more complicated sub plot throughout this book. Someone in the vampire senate (one of the family members) is a traitor… more so than any others have been and we don’t know who it is. Nor will you find out until near the very end of the book. Which of course raises even more questions of who can truly be trusted. Something our MC Cassie struggles with throughout this entire ordeal of becoming Pythia. Although we’ve seen minor character growth amidst other characters and Cassie throughout the previous three novels, I think that we see the most in book four. Cassie is trying her hardest to accept her office and what it entails as well as take charge of her own battles, refusing to be locked up by Mircea and learning what’s going on around her. We also see some growth from Mircea & Pritkin. Two more vital characters throughout the series. We see Cassie learning to pick her battles with Mircea and slowly but surely Mircea is learning to respect Cassie a little more (in the sense that her opinions matter). With Pritkin, we start seeing more emotions from him instead of the typical crazy war mage, that we’ve only caught glimpses of previously. The overbearing jerk known as Pritkin, is still overbearing, but much more loveable from the readers perspective. Through an unexpected turn of events, we get some real humor relief through Pritkin & Cassie in this book. I won’t go into detail on it, but it’s great – well, it’s at least hilarious in the breaks between running for their lives. My one issue with this book, I believe actually comes from the state of mind I was in while reading it, is the amount of things going on at any given point in the book. But as I said, this was more likely my state of mind while reading this because I didn’t seem to have this issue with the previous three. I’ve read that there is going to be a 5th book in this series, however a title and publishing date has yet to be announced. I’m not sure how I feel about this as aside from a couple of things, I found the ending of Curse the Dawn to be concluded nicely. Over all, I really enjoyed the book and although this series as a whole is not one of my favorites, It’s a good, fast-paced read.
Date published: 2009-04-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Continues to Please Curse the Dawn is another entertaining romp through the world of Cassie Palmer, a clairvoyant who has become the Pythia - kind of like the head clairvoyant of the supernatural world with time-travelling capabilities. Since there can only be one Pythia and the power chooses who becomes Pythia, there is really no question that Cassie is it....if only everyone else would believe it. The problem is that the Circle, the governing body of Mages, doesn't want her to be Pythia. They would rather it be someone they can keep under their thumb. Meanwhile, the Vampire Senate does support Cassie, mainly because they think that since she was raised in a Vampire court (in this universe Vampires are kind of like the mob) and is 'dating' a member of the Senate that they can influence her. To top things off, the self-styled god Apollo, the source of Cassie's power is out to get her. Now with mages as enemies and Vampires as friends (and with friends like that, who needs enemies) Cassie has to try and stop Apollo from not only killing her, but taking over the world as well. This book is the fourth book in the series and picks up basically right were the last left off. Chance writes a good story. The characters are fun and have depth. Cassie is clever and sassy and her vampire 'boyfriend' is oh so sexy. There are a few laugh out loud moments, especially when Cassie and her bodyguard/partner War Mage Pritkin share an interesting out of body experience (don't want to give it away here). I would really recommend this series if you are fan of writers like Keri Arthur or Kim Harrison. The first book in this series is Touch the Dark.
Date published: 2009-04-09

Editorial Reviews

“You definitely need to check out this series.”—Literary Escapism

“A really exciting book with great pacing and a huge cast of vivid characters.—Charlaine Harris, New York Times bestselling author of Definitely Dead