by Karen Chance
Mass Market Paperback, 514 pages
November 3rd 2015
by Signet Select
You’d think that being Chief Seer for the supernatural world would come with a few perks. But as Cassie Palmer has learned, being Pythia doesn’t mean you don’t have to do things the hard way. That’s why she finds herself on a rescue mission skipping through time—even though she doesn't entirely understand her dimension-bending new power.
Rescuing her friend John Pritkin should have been an in and out kind of deal, but with the near-immortal mage’s soul lost in time, Cassie has to hunt for it through the ages—with Pritkin’s demon dad in tow. He’s the only one who can reverse Pritkin’s curse, but with the guardians of the time-line dead set on stopping anyone from mucking about, Cassie will have to figure out how to get her friend back without ruffling too many feathers—or causing a world-ending paradox or two.
If you've never read the Cassandra Palmer series then you have no idea how fast and action packed a story can be. You jump in on page one and you don't come up for air till the end! And we are talking 500 pages. Reap the Wind picks up right where Tempt the Stars left off. Cassie is trying to follow Pritkin's soul back in time before he is lost forever. Unfortunately, that means working with Pritkin's father, and Demon Lord, Rosier.
I adore this series. The break-neck speed of the story, Cassie's snarky personality and how the hits keep coming and she keeps going. Cassie is supposed to be the one that the vampires, witches, mages, acolytes and demons come to for advice, but they have all been fighting to control her and her time traveling powers for political gain. You would think a girl could get some respect after defeating a god, but no. Now there is a world ending threat from faerie and the only way to win is for everyone to work together.
Reap the Wind introduces us to faerie and the history of its people and why they are at war. Mircea is in the story but not as much as his fans would probably like, but hell is getting ready to rain down on that part of Cassie's life because someone from Mircea's past wants him back. If you've read Masks then you know who. We get to see Pritkin before his curse, and boy was he a different back then...happy even. The more I see of Cassie's bodyguard Marco, the more I love him. He's got her back at times when no one else does.
It takes dedication to love this series because there is a two year wait for each book! I know, right?! But you understand once you consider the complexity of the story. Lucky for us the next book shouldn't take as long. Fingers crossed! You can grab a book from anywhere in the series and enjoy, but you will kick yourself for not starting at the beginning. And just a side-note: Cassie becomes the Pythia in book one, by the end of book seven, only four months have passed...like I said, packed with action.
Some of my favorite quotes (the story is told from Cassie's POV)
I came around what I guessed was a while later, since the sun was now shining in my eyes. It was intermittent, though, like it was flirting with a bunch of clouds. I finally realized that it wasn't clouds but ancient demon ass, and I wasn't flirting with it so much as rhythmically smashing into it. It seemed that Rosier had decided to act like his son for once, too, and had thrown me over his shoulder.
~~~~~~I did see the giant pincer that plowed into the ground a second later, though, throwing up a great welt of sand. And Casanova, the usually suave and impeccably dressed casino manager, running past wearing a loincloth and an expression that went beyond panic, left fear in the dust, and was well into full-on heart attack territory. Only he was a vampire, and his heart didn't attack.
~~~~~~Pritkin mouthed something I couldn't hear, and I suddenly realized that he didn't understand modern packaging. And I had one hand and no nails and damn child-resistant packaging; I always knew they were going to kill me someday. And it looked like that was today.
Because when I glanced up, there was nothing in front of us but wind and mist and a whole lot of air.
~~~~~~...I might not be a great fighter, but I was a pro at running away. I could teach classes on running away.
5 "shifting" Sheep
About the Author:Karen Chance is the author of two New York Times bestselling series, plus a number of novellas and short stories, all set in the Cassandra Palmer universe. A full-time writer since 2008, she was previously a university history teacher, which comes in handy when writing the time-travel aspect of Cassie’s crazy adventures. She loves Las Vegas, the main setting for her novels, but currently lives in Florida near her family home.