I am a pretty big fan of Karen Chance’s Cassie Palmer series and was super excited for the fifth book, Hunt the Moon, to finally hit shelves after such a long long wait between this release and the release of Curse the Dawn.
Cassandra Palmer recently defeated a god, which you’d think would buy a girl a little time off. But it doesn’t work that way when your new job description is Pythia — the world’s chief clairvoyant. Cassie is busier than ever, trying to learn about her power, preparing for her upcoming coronation, and figuring out her relationship with the enigmatic sexy master vampire, Mircea.
But someone doesn’t want Cassie to become Pythia, and is willing to go to any lengths to make sure the coronation ceremony never happens—including attacking her mother before Cassie is even born.
Cassie is gearing up for her coronation as the new Pythia, but you guessed it, something yet again is after Cassie, trying to ensure she is unable to complete the coronation. Cassie is her usual, stubborn self in this book. She refuses to take orders (which is something that I normally like in a heroine and this series is no exception), but doing so puts her and several others in a very dangerous situation. Cassie is also learning to control her powers, rather than them controlling her. Though, there is still some of that that goes on, as well.
One thing I was slightly unhappy about with this book, was the fact there is little time spent on Mircea. He makes an appearance, but not until later in the book (in person, at least…though there are several phone calls, what I’d consider “cameos”). At the end of Curse the Dawn, Cassie wanted to give this whole relationship thing with Mircea a shot, and she is, but Chance didn’t really touch on that aspect of things too much in Hunt the Moon. As a big Mircea fan, I was slightly disappointed, but the overall story arc in this book did help to make that up *G*. Oh and Pritkin fans, you will see LOTS of time with that mage he he.
Hunt the Moon is action packed from beginning to end. I really never felt there was a lapse in pacing or the plot. It’s one of my favorite things about Ms. Chance’s writing style. With some books, even though I love them, I can skip a few paragraphs or even pages because the plot kind of wanes in and out and I don’t really miss anything important. Not so with this series or Hunt the Moon. If you do, you’ll regret it and will have to go back and find where you originally left off, because you won’t really understand what is going on because with Cassie being Pythia, things can change and time can shift in a matter of a few short seconds.
Without giving away too much and not giving any spoilers, if you’re a fan of this series, you’ll finally get some answers to some long standing questions…like finding out more about Cassie’s parents. And let me just tell you you’ll be in for quite a shock. There is more mythology in this story than just “regular” history as well. As a big mythology geek, this made me quite happy. Overall, if you haven’t read this series and like history and/or mythology, you should defiantly pick it up. It’s a great, and at times nice and dark, UF series and I can’t wait to see what Ms. Chance has in store next.
Touch the Dark
Claimed by Shadow
Embrace the Night
Curse the Dawn
Hunt the Moon