Release-Day Review: Reap the Wind by Karen Chance (Cassandra Palmer #7)


Reap the Wind by Karen Chance // VBCReap the Wind (Cassandra Palmer #7)
Karen Chance
Published: Nov. 3, 2015 (Signet Select)
Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon
Review source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

Reviewed by: Amy

Rating (out of 5): 4 stars

Note: While this review will be spoiler free, it will contain references to the previous books. If you haven’t started this series yet, check out VBC’s review of book 1, Touch the Dark.

Tempt the Stars (VBC review) concluded with Cassie saving a houseful of Pythian initiates from an explosion set by rogue Pythian Acolytes who are none too happy with the fact that Cassie wears the mantle of Pythia, and they’re going to do something. When Rhea, an initiate, foresees another god, Ares, breaking through to Earth, Cassie knows there’s very little time before war is on her doorstep once again.

And, oh yeah, there was also this other thing that happened in Tempt the Stars hmmm, what was it again, let me think. Oh yeah……. PRITKIN!

Not to be forgotten, Pritkin, whom Cassie saved earlier in the book from his father’s court, was hit was a curse that removes his soul backwards through each life that he’s lived.

Reap the Wind starts with Cassie and her current companion Rosier (yes, Pritkin’s father) trying to pin down where Pritkin’s soul will be next so they can hex him and prevent it from running to the end (beginning?) of his life, therefore taking him out of existence. Luckily, he’s lived a long life, so this should be fairly easy, right? Well, simple answer, no. Easy is never a word I’d equate with Cassie Palmer.

Add to this the pressing matter with Ares, the rogue acolytes, and all the supernatural factions trying to decide what’s “best” for the Pythia and I’ve pretty much summed up a typical adventure in the life of Cassie Palmer.

What I loved the most about Reap the Wind is Cassie. Readers are used to her getting into trouble constantly. And then getting out of some in what many can only equate with good, good luck. Never has the fact that Cassie is still breathing been accredited to her and the use of her powers and quick thinking. In Reap the Wind we see Cassie begin to actually see herself. Separate from what others are always telling her she is. She’s too fragile; she doesn’t understand her power, blah, blah, blah.

I loved that Cassie starts to see herself in a new light. The light that is tired of being used as a pawn for people who think she’s not smart enough to understand they’re trying to play her. I loved seeing her push back and start to build her own contingent of people she wants by her side, that see her as a person and not as a power to use. We get a lot of sweet and sincere moments between Cassie and those she trusts and cares about in this book.

But, as always, there are some guaranteed issues I end up facing when reading this series. Basically, I feel like we get overloaded with action-packed sequences that, by the end, just jumble together. I’m wondering if this is a conscious choice made in order to make the calmer moments stand out, because I love those moments and not just because we get a breather, but because we see the things that really matter in those moments. Revelations are made, feelings revealed.

Reap the Wind follows other books in the series in that it is part of an overall story arc. Meaning there won’t be a lot of closure here. Even though I’m left on pins and needles about some things, I will say Karen Chance never leaves me feeling bleak. I always feel positive at the end of a Cassie book regardless of what has happened throughout the story and with Reap the Wind this is no different.

Sexual content: sex

One Response to “Release-Day Review: Reap the Wind by Karen Chance (Cassandra Palmer #7)”

  1. I have this on audio. I can’t wait to get to it. I just skimmed your review, since I like to go in blind. Glad it was a 4/5 for you.

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