Sunday, November 8, 2015

Review: Reap the Wind by Karen Chance

Publication Date: 11/3/2015
Series: Cassandra Palmer #7
Rating: 3 Stars


Official Blurb:

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...

For the first time, I have struggled to finish a Cassie Palmer novel.  When this series first started, I was swept away in his engaging and chaotic story about a young woman rising to the ranks as Chief Seer in the supernatural community.  She struggled to find her self and battled feelings along side her political duties. Hell, she even battled a God at one point.  But, Reap the Wind was the first book in this series that I truly can't say whether I liked it or not.  I feel like the love triangle between Cassie, Mircea, and Pritkin has gone on too far.  It's clear to me that she loves Pritkin after she's rescued him how many times in the previous books and is in the process of doing so in the current book. I know that story line adds some dramatic plot twists to the story, but it's almost becoming like a nagging husband you've been married to for fifty years.  You've been through everything together, but you just start to tune him out after a while.  At some point, this part of the story needs some serious resolution because at this point, I want to know more about the Gods on the other said of the barrier than I want to know who will warm Cassie's bed at the end.

Another detractor for me is that in the entirety of this book, I feel like the main goal was never achieved.  You might be wondering what that is, but honestly, I'm not going to spoil it for anyone.  The time jumps were so distracting at times that I wasn't sure when or if she came back to reality or if she was dreaming.   I felt like some of the characters really took a step back in likability as well. 

I don't like leaving negative reviews, but I want to be honest about how I feel after waiting two years for this book. I know the delay was out of Ms. Chance's control and I don't fault her for that, but Reap the Wind fell flat for me.  Maybe it's my seasoning reader status catching up with me finally, but I just couldn't get into this book at all.  Now, does that mean I won't read Ride the Storm? No, I want to see where this story will go after Reap the Wind.  I'm ready to see where Ms. Chance goes with the series after the cliffhanger of this book.  

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