Favorite Lines: “Then why am I suddenly lusting after every guy I meet?” (128)
Cassandra is the world’s top clairvoyant and everybody wants to either control her or kill her. She is still searching for her former owner in hopes of killing the woman he protects, the same woman who keeps trying to change the timeline to erase Cassandra from existence. To top matters off she has just discovered that she is marked by a geis, a magical warning system that scares off potential suitors.
In a few parts of CBS, I felt a Shakespearian pull as Cassandra traveled back in time and wound up in a theater speaking to ghosts. To get the full effect of CBS I recommend that you read its predecessor first. Chance does a great job of filling in information from the first book, but to get the emotion and understand why Cassandra acts the way she does I think you need to read book one. When I read the book I became a little irritated with the heroine because after the last book I felt like her actions were just plain stupid.
I thought about her actions for a few days though and my opinion slowly began to change. Cassandra acts human. Yes, she is human but often when I read a book I get the overly thought character that makes calculated mistakes. While it is obvious to me that Ms. Chance has thought this book out, I appreciate the fact that she allows for human weakness in her creation of the powerful Pythia (Cassandra’s title). Cassandra had ties, which were explained in TBD, that soured but explained how she came to meet people. It also explained the amount of time she spent with the people and her emotional ties to the people. She dealt with betrayal and sexual pulls that she had never felt before.
In Claimed, Cassandra does just that; she claims her title and herself. She claims her sexuality, power, and destiny. I was a little pissy that she didn’t do exactly what I wanted her to do, but guess that’s part of what makes it a good book. I didn’t know what she was going to do. I traveled in time and through dimensions with the characters. I enjoyed every minute of it. Now, I figure I have another year until I can read the follow up to this fantasy novel.