Friday, January 11, 2013

Novella Review: Shadowland (Cassandra Palmer #4.2) by Karen Chance

A John Pritkin short, available for free on Karen Chance’s website and

"Shadowland" is a novella set between Curse the Dawn (Cassie Palmer #4) and Hunt the Moon (Cassie Palmer #5). It should be read after "A Family Affair".

* Contains spoilers for the first four Cassandra Palmer books.

The wait between Cassandra Palmer books is far too long (two years between Curse the Dawn and Hunt the Moon and a two year wait for Tempt the Stars). So the next best thing to a series re-read is reading the free short stories that Chance has available on her website. 

Taking place before Hunt the Moon, Cassie is being protected inside of Dante's casino. She's constantly surrounded by Mircea's vampires, along with the strongest magical wards, and has the added protection of one moody, green-eyed mage named Pritkin.

The story is told from Pritkin's point of view and occasionally Casanova's. Following an assassination attempt on Cassie's life, Pritkin sets out to find the person he believes is responsible. Meanwhile, Cassie and Casanova find themselves stuck in a time loop she has inadvertently set into motion and has no idea how to stop.

I always enjoy any story told from Pritkin's point of view and this one was no exception. Throwing Casanova into the mix was an added bonus because his attitude toward Cassie always makes me laugh.

A lot of action and humor is packed into less than 100 pages and I would highly recommend this to any fans of the series. And if you haven't already, check out the other short stories in the Cassandra Palmer series, "The House at Cobb End", "A Family Affair" and "The Day of the Dead".



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