Book cover - Touch the Dark - Author Karen Chance

Touch the Dark

Author Karen Chance

  • Release Date: 2006-06-06
  • Genre: Fantasy
Our score: 4
From 166 Ratings

Touch the Dark Summary


Cassandra Palmer can see the future and communicate with spirits—talents that make her attractive to the dead and the undead. 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 Cassie 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 nothing, 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....

Touch the Dark Review

  • Great start to a new series

    By Curly’s Ramblings
    An entertaining story that is definitely a start to a new series with plenty of background information to help the storyline progress. I thought the story was very good but man are there a lot of characters introduced early on, so much so that I had to stop & grab a piece of paper and write down names and a few words of what they were & their role. Some of my fellow reviewers compared the story to Laurell K Hamilton’s Anita Blake story...I call BS. I don’t see any similarities other than vampires. Cassie is not a monster hunter nor a necromancer and ghosts are not the same as zombies. Nor does she have the abrasive attitude that Anita does. Great story and I’m looking forward to book 2.
  • Great book!

    By Jen Swope
    This book was great! Great beginning to what I hope is a very long series!
  • Lots of Paranormal Action

    By BBandreveries
    The Cassandra Palmer series is really interesting. Karen Chance does a wonderful job of combining paranormal with mystery and romance. Touch the Dark starts with the protagonist, Cassandra Palmer, nicknamed Cassie, living in hiding. She has been on the run for three years from her vampire "master," Tony. He killed her parents and took her in as a clairvoyant when she was a little girl. Now, in her 20s, Cassie works as a tarot card reader at the same club as her roommate, Tomas. One night Tony's men come to find her, and kill her. She manages to escape, thanks to a mysterious tattoo and Tomas. Cassie is now in the hands of the vampire Senate and Lord Mircea. All Cassie wants to do is be free-she doesn't want to belong to Mircea, Tony, or the Senate. Simply running away isn't going to help. Those who don't want to control her, want her dead because she has inherited the powerful pythia's power. Touch the Dark is filled with time traveling, sexy men and vampires, and a lot of action scenes. Cassandra Palmer has one goal in mind-to get her father's ghost from Tony and be free. Everything she does is to get that done. She doesn't want power. She doesn't want to be under the protection of Mircea and the vampires. By inheriting the pythia's power, Cassie finds herself thrown back in time. This is mostly because Myra, the girl who was supposed to become the next pythia, has decided to mess with the timeline. Lord Mircea, a very sexy vampire, has appointed himself as Cassandra's protector. He knew where she was when she "ran away." I'd love to believe that he loves Cassandra, but I'm not sure. His actions show that he does. But at the same time he's a first class manipulator so I'm not sure. Same thing with Tomas, I think he has feelings for Cassandra, but at the same time, not too sure. Karen Chance made sure the reader is never bored. There is so much going on that you feel like you ran a marathon by the end of the book. The only problem I had was that I felt thrown into the middle of everything. There were so many action scenes, I would have loved it if the story slowed down for bit. The time traveling scenes were a bit confusing, but still quite interesting to read. The series is quite interesting-mixing mages/magic, vampires, fey, and even historical figures into a series of books. I will definitely keep reading the series. Warning:18 yrs. and older.
  • absolutely great!!!

    By mirsha
    many compare it to the anita blake series but with this start i really cant see why.... ok i admit the over all idea of the book might be similar but Cassie is unexperience...she might know about vamps politics but thats the extent of it....shes a quick learner and witty but deff no anita! i cant wait to read the next literaly took me less than 24hrs to read this was that addicting!! i highly recomend it.... ;)


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