Release Day Review: Ride the Storm (Cassandra Palmer #8) by Karen Chance

August 1, 2017 Review 0

Release Day Review: Ride the Storm (Cassandra Palmer #8) by Karen ChanceRide the Storm by Karen Chance
Series: Cassandra Palmer, #8
Published by Signet Eclipse on August 1, 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Format: eBook
Pages: 608 pages
Source: NetGalley
Sexual Content: references to sex, one graphic sex scene
Reviewed by: Kristina
3 Stars

Ever since getting appointed the chief seer of the supernatural world, Cassie Palmer has been playing catch up. Catch up on the training she missed being raised by a psychotic vampire instead of at the pythian court. Catch up on the dangerous world of supernatural politics. Catch up on the powerful, and sometimes seductive, forces trying to mold her to their will. It’s been a trial by fire that has left her burned.

But now she realizes all that was just the warm up.

Ancient forces that once terrorized the world want to return, and Cassie is the only one who can stop them.

RIDE THE STORM picks up right after the events of the previous book, REAP THE WIND and in typical Cassandra Palmer series tradition, we hit the ground running. The beginning of this book is non-stop action, things exploding, and Cassie remarkably not getting too maimed in the process. We also get a lot of plot exposition which, to be honest can be confusing and tiring to read along with the constant battles and running about to different points in time chasing after Pritkin's soul. In spite of my exasperation at the super-ultra speed this book runs at, I love the world building, Cassie's can-do attitude, and the plot enough to push through because I have to know how it all ends (if it ever ends)! In second half of RIDE THE STORM which give us some much needed needed lulls in the action, I was excited to see Cassie discover some answers to a few long awaited series spanning questions.

Eight books in and I am of the belief that Cassie is some sort of wonder woman. I am constantly amazed at her ability to just get up and try to fix the mess that is her life when most people would have given up long ago. Another thing I love about Cassie is her ability to continue to have a sense of humor in the midst of backstabbings, near death experiences, and danger from all angles. While I continue to love various secondary characters, I am starting to tire of the other pythias as they seem to be a distraction from the actual plot and really, they all have come off as sort of horrible people.

RIDE THE STORM starts off chaotic and frustratingly complex, but makes up for it in the second half with a few slow moments that give some time for some much needed forward plot movement. While I like this series a lot I'm curious to find out whether there is an end in sight eventually as certain plot points are starting to get a bit repetitive. I almost feel like there needs to be some sort of finale coming soon based on certain things that happen in RIDE THE STORM.

Series Titles:

1. Touch the Dark
2. Claimed By Shadow
3. Embrace the Night
4. Curse the Dawn
5. Hunt the Moon
6. Tempt the Stars
7. Reap the Wind

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