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Cassandra Palmer can see the future and communicate with spirits - talents that make her attractive to the dead and the undead alike. The ghosts of the dead aren't usually dangerous; they just like to talk...a lot. 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.

©2006 Karen Chance (P)2008 Tantor
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4 out of 5 stars
By Life's A Beach on 01-21-17

Fun series that gets better with each book!

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It took me a while to warm up to this book but now I have read the entire series several times. There is much detail and complexity and a number of intriguing characters. That is good because I will enjoy reading the series many times. Who wants to spend this much money on an audio book and only read it once because the plot is so shallow?

Touch the Dark introduces Cassie, a young clairvoyant, who was raised by the vampire mob who murdered her parents. She manages to escape after attempting to avenge her parents death and lives each day in fear of being recaptured.

The vampire mafioso is not the only one searching for Cassie, though. The vampire Senate, the Silver Circle of mages and the Dark Circle of mages are among those who have an interest in finding her. There is a war brewing in the supernatural world and everyone is looking for powerful allies.

It seems that Cassie is a contender to become the next Pythia, the world's most powerful seer. There are those who want to kill her and those who want to control her. And those who try to change the future by going back through time and altering the past.

Cassie must grow up fast and figure out who she can trust if she wants to survive.

Touch the Dark is a little darker than later books and spends more time on world building details. It is still a good read, though, especially the second time around when you know what is going on and can enjoy the details. The books include a lot of time travel, and you find yourself scratching your head because something doesn't make sense. That is because you don't know about something that hasn't happened yet and may not happen until a future book. Get it? You will after you read the series a second time.

I really like the narrator. She does a great job of portraying a tough young woman raised by gangsta vamps. In later books she does an awesome job making me laugh out loud at the funny parts. Mircea is sexy and seductive, Pritkin is sneering and bitchy and Billy is ...well just Billy. Cynthia Holloway doesn't do deep male voices but manages to portray their character effectively anyway.

If you like this series, there is a fun companion series ("Midnight's Daughter") set in the same world and taking place at the same time. It provides a lot of background information and understanding about Mircea and his family and the kind of man he is. It fills in the blanks about why he behaves certain ways and is so protective of Cassie.

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3 out of 5 stars
By donna on 08-20-10

decent story but does have a few flaws..

Ok first off one thing i realize looking back after listening to the WHOLE audio book is the narrator does have more variation in her tone of voice the further you get into the book. I didnt like that the story seems to start off in the middle of things and takes AGES to get around to explaining even the tiniest bit of the main characters background and why she is in the middle of running from assassins when the book opens. from there it does turn into a pretty good story apart from the fact that it is VERY choppy. I hope that this author learned how to write things more smoothly in the following books... ( for instance an "intimate" scene in the book where the characters are in bed in the middle of arousing each other and then she throws in a LONG discussion between them that really wouldnt be conducive to that kind of mood... and then after a talk that would have taken quite a while they suddenly remember what they were doing and resume? or out takes in the middle of fights too.. .. the other BIG thing that kept me from giving it a higher rating is the narrator has a problem with mispronunciation. Especially with words like werewolves or wererats she pronounces it weerwolves.

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