Release Date: October 1, 2013
Published by: Signet Select
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: Digital ARC provided by NetGalley
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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?
Tempt the Stars has everything that Cassandra Palmer fans have come to expect. It's action-packed with plenty of humor, some sexy moments, and Cassie stumbling in to one problem after another. She is undeniably a magnet for trouble.
With the big cliff hanger ending at the conclusion of Hunt the Moon, I was surprised to find that this story had more than enough Pritkin to keep me satisfied. I was a little worried that the story would be slightly less entertaining without him, but through shifts in time and trips to the demon realm, we don't have to worry about missing our favorite blonde-haired, green-eyed mage for long.
The problem though is that the story ends with another cliff hanger that feels a little similar to the last one. The circumstances are different, but that's all I can say without giving anything away. I don't usually mind cliff hangers. In fact, I loved the ending to Hunt the Moon and thought the whole thing was exciting from beginning to end. I just wasn't as crazy about it happening a second time.
Cassie is still discovering the extent of her powers and has a surprising new development with regards to the vampires. But I found it a little frustrating that after 6 stories there is still so much that she doesn't know. She remains to be the most uneducated Pythia in history, but hopefully with the introduction of a coven of witches who seemed outraged at meeting a Pythia with so little knowledge of her own position, they may begin to teach her some of the things she needs to know.
Tempt the Stars was a great installment in the Cassandra Palmer series and I'm curious to see how other fans are going to react to the story's conclusion. If you're a fan of fast-paced, action-packed urban fantasy with a fun protagonist and tons of entertaining secondary characters, then you have to read this series.