Touch the Dark: Cassandra Palmer, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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The undead are another matter.
Like any sensible girl, Cassie tries to avoid vampires, but when the bloodsucking mafioso she escaped three years ago finds her again with vengeance on his mind, she's forced to turn to the vampire Senate for protection.
The undead senators won't help her for anything, and Cassie finds herself working with one of their most powerful members, a dangerously seductive master vampire - and the price he demands may be more than Cassie is willing to pay.
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|Listening Length||12 hours and 5 minutes|
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|Audible.com Release Date||September 24, 2008|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #67,770 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#661 in Contemporary Fantasy
#1,018 in Supernatural Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
#1,111 in Urban Fantasy
Reviewed in the United States on March 30, 2019
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Touch the Dark is an amazing book, set in a fully imagined magical world that includes vampires, mages, witches, fey, werewolves—all unbeknownst to ordinary humans. This is completely absorbing escape fiction in its highest form.
The heroine, Cassie Palmer, at first seems quite ordinary herself. A secretary at a travel agency, she wears thrift store clothes and walks to work because she can’t afford a car. She reads tarot cards at a dance club on weekends to make ends meet.
But Cassie is a powerful clairvoyant who sees horrific visions of the future. She also sees and talks to ghosts. We soon find out that she has been on the run for years from a vampire mob boss who wants to kill her. So she’s not so ordinary after all.
From the first sentence in the book, we learn that Cassie is courageous and decisive. She is not paralyzed by fear; she takes action.
She is also compassionate and responsible, delaying her escape to warn her roommate not to go home for a few days and to find him a safe place to stay. That kindness almost costs her life—which then takes a totally unexpected turn.
The world-building in this series opener is intricate and satisfying. But the action, ironic humor, and wonderful characters are what makes the book unforgettable and the series enticing.
Cassie herself is an unusual heroine. The people around her (good, bad, and ambiguous) are complex and fascinating, too.
One of the clever things about this series is that we see everything through Cassie’s eyes, yet she often tells us more than she herself understands. Karen Chance is a wonderful writer.
There are so many fun surprises in the book that I don’t want to spoil for you. All I can say is pay close attention to the vampires. Some of them will be familiar figures.
This book has been criticized for being too intricate, too active, too complicated. But I strongly disagree. This is not a beach read that you can skim while watching TV or carrying on a conversation over drinks. It’s a story that lets you escape into another world.
You need to give this book your full attention. And maybe read it a second time. It’s worth it.
Interestingly, the whole book takes place in just a few days. and the whole series (so far) covers only about three-and-a-half months in eight books. Yet this intricate series has taken several years to write.
Since the Cassie Palmer series began (when this book was published), a lot of writers have jumped into the fantasy genre with simple pot boilers and “paranormal romances” designed do be consumed like popcorn, and I’ve seen several reviewers complaining that this book is not one of those. It was not meant to be.
Touch the Dark introduces a wonderful, epic series that now has thousands of devoted fans and has been praised by some of America’s favorite fantasy authors. It will more than repay giving it your full attention—and maybe a second reading.
The series is unforgettable. The characters seem so real that you won’t want to miss a minute of their adventures—or how your opinion of them changes as you get to know them. This book is where it all begins.
Cassie herself is an example of a character who grows and develops over the course of this book and (even more so) over the course of the series. It’s a wild ride and a fun one, so jump on. You’ll be glad you did. And Touch the Dark is the place to start.
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What I love most about Touch the Dark is that Cassie is genuine. She has no clue about anything, understands she is just a human in a vampire and mage world, but is still plucky and doesn't let herself stay down no matter how hard she gets pushed.
This was the first ever adult paranormal romance I had read, and it opened me up to the genre. But I have never found another series that is as sexy and not-awkward with both romance (genuine relationship building) and the steamy scenes.
Balance between romance and action and world building is perfect. It is a first in a series, so be aware of that. Committing to Cassie's story is the best decision you will ever make.
Enjoy the book, fall in love with the series.
I think Cassie is amazing and Mircea is SO HOT but I just looked at the Goodreads review score and it is less than 4 stars.
I just cannot believe it but there you are.
Please keep writing Ms Chance - and pleeeease more Mircea.
It is a while since I read this but for the record - although this has vamps in it they are more "human" than in some of the other vamp books. There are also other paranormal species. The characters are varied and well developed. The story line is different. I am waiting for the next in the series - number 7.
There is no flow to the story, no build up of excitement and/or tension and by the middle of it I was ready to throw it across the room. The characters all had potential but were introduced suddenly with very little background explanation (until of course the action scenes) and as a result felt very one dimensional. I had no real connection to any of them including the protagonist and couldn't have cared less if they'd all been wiped out in the first battle.
Then there's the love interest....SPOILER ALERT......... My only word for it would be unsettling. It has the vague whisper of incest with the word 'uncle' being used at one point to describe the would be suitor who has known Cassie since the age of eleven. A sexual relationship with a man who used to tell you stories while you sat on his knee leaves me cold! As if that wasn't a big enough turn off the 'bedroom' scene is filled with stops and starts while the author bombards us with a lot of badly timed background information.
The only thing I will say is that I was left slightly curious as to what becomes of our tragic heroine but that was solved by reading each synopsis and some reviews of the remaining books in the series. That was sufficient enough to satisfy the curiosity and to confirm that I won't be reading anything else by this author.
To conclude, I find nothing to recommend this book. It is a frustrating and confusing read and could have been condensed to a short story with better editing. The author's style of writing is clumsy and erratic and I'm mourning the loss of my money and time. If you haven't done so already, check out Kelley Armstrong or the other previously mentioned authors in this review who actually know how to write Paranormal Romance!