Tempt the Stars
by Karen Chance
Genre: Urban Fantasy
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Reviewed by: Kate | Source: NetGalley
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?
An action packed romp through the Cassandra Palmer universe, TEMPT THE STARS doesn’t give the reader a second to get their breath from one scene to the next. With multiple fight scenes, jumps through time and dimensions, and new characters to meet, TEMPT THE STARS will satisfy a reader who is already in love with the series, but I wouldn’t suggest a first timer start here. There were times when even I had trouble remembering who was who (it has been two years since our last visit with Cassie).
TEMPT THE STARS takes place over about two days, from what I could tell. Like I mentioned, there were jumps in time and dimensions that made it hard to discern the timeline. It felt a bit like a filler book, with lots of little pieces to lots of different plots being revealed, but no clear step in one direction. Plus, there was a definite cliffhanger ending- so much so that I seriously thought something was wrong with my book- how could it end there?! It was a little frustrating to have some resolution but then so many new questions brought up. Lots happened in TEMPT THE STARS, and my head is still spinning a bit.
One noticeable absence was Mircea, who sadly didn’t make an appearance the entire book. However, it felt like every other character did manage to pop in- including some new ones, as we learn more about Cassie’s heritage and her new role as Pythia. She’s definitely coming into her powers, and whether or not that’s a good thing is up for debate, since she’s had almost no training, and there are a few magical mishaps both amusing and scary.
So, while I definitely recommend the Cassandra Palmer series as a whole, I wouldn’t say that TEMPT THE STARS is my favorite installment, and if you’re new to the series, you should really start with number one, or, even better, try the Dorina Basarab series first- that was my gateway drug to Cassie. Being a fan of Cassie makes it hard for me to rate TEMPT THE STARS, though, since I love her and love the world, but this book didn’t live up to what I’ve come to expect. I’ll still be on board for the next book, and maybe in the meantime, I’ll reread the series and make a cheat sheet of who’s who, just in case.
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