by Jesus Ibarra
Cassie Palmer makes her long awaited return in Hunt the Moon after a two year hiatus, due to unforeseen circumstances affecting the author, Karen Chance. I never really knew why the book was delayed, but it matters not because it’s out now and it features the return of one of my favorite heroines.
Cassie Palmer, having just killed Apollo, a god, with the help of her trusty friend Pritkin (who, if you keep up with this series, is a half incubi and half Merlin, yes THE MERLIN). Preparing for her formal coronation as Pythia, the lead seer of all clairvoyants, and default leader of the silver circle which consists of good mages and other creatures, Cassie gets pulled into a fight for her very existence. The black circle (the bad guys who consist of dark mages and creatures) has tried to kill her before, but this time they want to erase her from the timeline by making sure Cassie was never born. Add in some continuing vampire drama, a few steamy well thought out sex scenes, and some plot twists, you got yourself an awesome book.
My favorite part of this book is that Cassie is finally learning to control her powers, that in part come from her office. They include time manipulation, teleporting, and seeing the future as well as the past. When she is pushed she pushes back, and learns how to do so hard. The final battle in the book, with another god nonetheless, has to be one of my favorite scenes in the book, because she kicks ass and does it naked allowing for some hilarious banter. I just love Cassie; her character is so out of her element and is constantly getting into trouble.
My other favorite part of this book is that we finally get another man in Cassie’s life (who I believe is much more suited for her than the vampire Mircea), and it’s none other than Pritkin, the half incubi. I finally got to see the chemistry they have come to fruition, and their bond gets strengthened beyond just forced allies. Pritkin plays a key part in setting up the next book, and it will be interesting to see just where Karen Chance takes that plotline.
I also have to give it to Karen Chance for easily deepening the mythology of her series, but keeping her characters front and center. I was happy to wait two years for this book and I would happily wait another two for the next if that’s what it takes. So do yourself a favor and go get this book NOW!