“A month into becoming the all-powerful Pythia – well, sort of anyway since she has yet to be confirmed – Cassie Palmer is still trying to come to terms with her new elite status as the chief Clairvoyant of the magical world. Untrained, unprepared – and unwanted, by the mage-ruled Silver Circle and a few other magical folk – she’s kind of learning of her new powers and capabilities by mostly trial, error, and lots of luck. She’s also fighting for her life because of the recent issue of a huge bounty for her capture – or death, every magical person out there is after her. With her ally and protector, the very powerful war mage, Pritkin, by her side, Cassie brings new meaning to the phrase “living life on the edge.” A never-ending series of events and disasters continuously throws her out of one frying pan to the next. Cassie more than has her plate full with the Silver Circle after her, the destruction of MAGIC headquarters, a vengeful god wanting to make his comeback to the mortal world, and so much political intrigue and deception that it’s almost impossible to determine who to trust.
It doesn’t help that Mircea, the very old, very sexy Master Vampire Senator – and oh yeah, husband in the eyes of the vampire world, is constantly trying to keep Cassie safe and out of harms way. Of course, staying out of harm’s way isn’t exactly Cassie’s style and this never fails to leave Mircea on the verge of near-heart attack. That is, if vampires could have heart attacks. After learning that their initial attraction was the cause of a spell cast centuries ago, Cassie has become unsure of her and Mircea’s true feelings for each other. And who is the mysterious dark-haired beauty whose pictures fill a photo album that Cassie found in Mircea’s room? An ex-girlfriend? A powerful vampire Senator mistress? So many unanswered questions between the two of them, yet Cassie scarcely has the time to sort it all out with everything else that is going on in her life.
Curse the Dawn is the fourth book in the Cassie Palmer series and takes the reader one wild and thrilling ride. It’s filled with time travel and pretty much every kind of magic and magical creature you could imagine – vamps, mages, shifters, demons, and gods I’m only glad it’s Cassie life and not mine, because I’m fairly certain I wouldn’t have made it past book one. There is also plenty of humorous dialogue and events throughout the book to help balance out all of the drama and near-death experiences of the main characters. It’s nice to see Cassie’s character growing as a person, too. She’s come a long way in beginning to accept her role as the Pythia, but still has a long way to go in not only learning the politics of it all, but also learning to master and trust her powers.
Word to the wise though: don’t even attempt to start reading this series at book 4. There is too much back story and back plot that you would miss and, quite honestly, I think most of it just wouldn’t make sense. Heck, I have read all the previous books and still had a hard time remembering all the events that have occurred up until now.
That being said, I would most definitely recommend this series and this book to anyone who likes a fast-paced, entertaining romp through a magic-filled world with one smart and very entertaining heroine.
(Note: I would've ranked it 4.5 stars, if Shelfari gave me that option.)”
Mippy wrote this review Tuesday, March 31, 2009.