Being a goddess is a lot less fun than you might think. Especially when you're only a half goddess, and you only found out about it recently, and you still don't know what you're doing half the time. And when you've just used your not-so-reliable powers to burglarize the booby-trapped office of a vampire mob boss.
Yeah, that part sucks.
But that's just the tip of the iceberg for Cassandra Palmer, aka the Pythia, the freshly minted chief seer of the supernatural world. After all, Cassie still has to save a friend from a fate worse than death, deal with an increasingly possessive master vampire, and prevent a party of her own acolytes from unleashing a storm of fury upon the world. Totally just your average day at the office, right?
Fifteenth century Venice is a safe haven for the masterless dregs of the vampire world, a city where they can live without the fear of retribution for violating another's territory.
Still, there are plenty of ways for a young vampire to die in the glittering city, a lesson that prince turned pauper Mircea Basarab must learn quickly. But there are opportunities, too—in the service of a secretive courtesan, in the bed of a beautiful senator, and in the hunt for an ancient assassin.
As a vendetta older than Venice itself comes to a climax, Mircea struggles to evade the dangers of his current life, to come to terms with his past, and to uncover the truth hidden behind a city of masks…
You'd think that being Chief Seer for the supernatural world would come with a few perks. But as Cassie Palmer has learned, being Pythia doesn't mean you don't have to do things the hard way. That's why she finds herself on a rescue mission skipping through time—even though she doesn't entirely understand her dimension-bending new power.
Rescuing her friend John Pritkin should have been an in and out kind of deal, but with the near-immortal mage's soul lost in time, Cassie has to hunt for it through the ages—with Pritkin's demon dad in tow. He's the only one who can reverse Pritkin's curse, but with the guardians of the time-line dead set on stopping anyone from mucking about, Cassie will have to figure out how to get her friend back without ruffling too many feathers—or causing a world-ending paradox or two...
My first review of Tempt the Stars
Yes! Rereading Tempt the Stars, and then reading for the first time Masks and Reap the Wind! They were just so freaking great and enjoyable! Pushed a lot of buttons (especially Read the Wind!) that I had to put them down and breathe-then dive right back in!
Loved rereading Tempt the Stars, it was just so great, Cassie's been through so much, and she got to spend some time with her parents-finding out that her dad was pretty audacious to be lying about his ghost army, yeah.
Though it brought up the point in my head, that they still don't have the thing containing the souls of her parents. Why couldn't they have gone to just before the war broke out, move it somewhere safe, and then retrieve it in the present time so that her mom's soul was there to keep the spell going?
For some reason, I thought that Masks would have more of Dory in it, that she was with him, that she was a concern. But Masks takes place before he knows about her, when he was younger. And while I miss the idea that was in my head, Masks was just such a fantastic book that it didn't matter! Just fantastic, and makes Mircea's relationship with the Consel more interesting!
Though it makes me wonder, how did they decide which of the Co-Consel would be starting the new court. How could've it affected Death's Mistress if Anthony ran the North American Senate instead of the European one?
Ah, Reap the Wind! Most of the plot is on saving Pritkin from the curse-and having some of her predecessors getting in her way because they apparently can't see the spell that's on his soul, and made things so much more difficult! Which was really hands-become-claws frustrating and I totally had a whole rant for them for not listening to her, or giving her a chance to explain, just being happy to do their jobs without thinking that hey, maybe there's a really good reason she's doing them, but yeah that things ended up with being her able to go back again sometime in the future after a few things are wrapped up!
The other major plot was about the rogue acolytes who want to bring Ares over. That they were bad was briefly but, well, explosively introduced in Tempt the Stars, and then it was a pretty big deal in this book! Also brought up Jonas and the Silver Circle being asses and some secrets. Just so awesome to read!
Loved reading these books so, so, so much! And then that ending with the scene that happened near the end of Fury's Kiss at the end of Reap the Wind, just fantastic, and I can't wait for Ride the Storm, hopefully it gets a new publication date soon that is as close as possible to now as it can be!
Author: Karen Chance
Series: Cassandra Palmer #6, 6.3, 7
First Read: October 12th, 2013
Read: December 8th, 9th, 9th, 2015
Source: Own, Tuebl, Bought
Reason Why: Rereading up the Tempt the Stars, and from Masks, it's all new! And they're Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2015 Books! And Reap the Wind is a WoW Book!
Publisher: Signet Select, Penguin
Published: September 25th 2013, March 18th 2014, November 3rd 2015
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