68 points, 3 ½ stars
Cassie Palmer has been chief seer of the supernatural world for a little over four months. In that time, she’s battled two gods, fallen in love with two men, and confronted the two sides of her own nature, both god and human. So it’s not surprising that she currently finds herself facing two adversaries, although they have a single purpose: to wipe out the supernatural community’s newest fighting force, leaving it vulnerable to enemies in this world and beyond.
To prevent catastrophe, the vamps, mages, and demons will have to do the one thing they’ve never managed before and come together as allies. Cassie has the difficult task of keeping the uneasy coalition intact, and of persuading her own two opposing forces, a powerful mage with a secret and a master vampire with a growing obsession, to fight at her side. She just hopes they can do it without tearing each other apart.
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“Sorry I’m late,” I said, shoving the chair toward the table. It was an ornate thing of gilded wood that made a loud screech, scratch, squaaaawk on the pretty new mosaic. But I finally got it wedged into a too small spot between a guy in a burnoose and a woman in a business suit. “I don’t have a secretary yet,” I said, climbing over burnoose guy. “And my bodyguards are terrible about reminding me of appointments. What were we talking about?”
Brave the Tempest follows the pattern of the previous book of the Cassie Palmer series. That is to say that the story of the series progresses infinitesimally overall and it is a series of crazy things that happen one after the other with no rest. I’m not annoyed or disappointed. I knew exactly what I was getting in for when starting this book. I just always have this secret hope that this time, something will actually advance the series along in great strides.
Brave the Tempest starts up about a week after we left Cassie in Ride the Storm. Which left us when Cassie was about to do something really big that apparently got put off for a week. Everyone is still planning on war with the fae, and we’re getting hints that it is coming soon. So naturally, instead of being about the war front, Brave the Tempest adds in an entirely new thing for Cassie to take care of: the abominations. So Cassie deals with this new problem while also dealing with the old problems, all on a time crunch with no regard for how time works. We’ve seen this before.
The bright spot in Brave the Tempest were in the relationships between Cassie and Pritkin and Cassie and Mircea. I personally feel like everything is finally on track and exactly where it should be going. It was perfect and I’m genuinely ecstatic about this turn of events. The will-they-won’t-they of Pritkin and the lying of Mircea have both settled down into acceptable levels. The only complaint I had was that I had to wait a third of the book for anyone but Cassie to show up. I was so worried up until that point that I would get nothing all book!
Brave the Tempest also shows the biggest amount of character growth for Cassie of any of the books. Even more than a lot of them put together, too. It is amazing to realize, but it has only been about four months since the start of the series for Cassie. Cassie has had to go through a lot of hell in these four months. Yet, she has become a much stronger person for it, and it shines throughout this book. Sure, she has been run ragged, she is out of energy, she is fighting to become respected for the Power she is. But she has become stronger, and she is becoming respected. Cassie is becoming a great character. She is still out of energy, though.
This was pretty much as I expected it to be, and I was glad for this. Fans of the series aren’t likely to be disappointed. If you liked the previous books, you’ll love this one. New readers will be completely and totally lost. Overall, it was a good installment to the series.
I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Karen Chance, Berkley Publishing Group, and Netgalley for providing the opportunity to review this copy!