*I received a free copy of Reap the Wind from Tantor Media via Tantor Media. This has in no way influenced my voluntary review, which is honest and unbiased *Reap the Wind by Karen Chance
Narrator: Jorjeana Marie
Series: Cassie Palmer #7
Published by Tantor Media on 3 November 2015
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal
Length: 17 h and 53 min
Source: Tantor Media
Reading Challenges: 2016 Audio Book Challenge, 2016 HW Challenge
You’d think that being Chief Seer for the supernatural world would come with a few perks. But as Cassie Palmer has learned, being Pythia doesn’t mean you don’t have to do things the hard way. That’s why she finds herself on a rescue mission skipping through time—even though she doesn't entirely understand her dimension-bending new power.
Rescuing her friend John Pritkin should have been an in and out kind of deal, but with the near-immortal mage’s soul lost in time, Cassie has to hunt for it through the ages—with Pritkin’s demon dad in tow. He’s the only one who can reverse Pritkin’s curse, but with the guardians of the time-line dead set on stopping anyone from mucking about, Cassie will have to figure out how to get her friend back without ruffling too many feathers—or causing a world-ending paradox or two...
Reap the Wind is extremely fast-paced, and so much is going on both in Cassie’s world and in other places and times…
The overall storyline in Reap the Wind didn’t cover as much as I had expected, especially with everything that happened! Cassie traveled a lot through space and time, in order to save people, and herself, and to figure out more about her power. She also had more help in this story than in the prior ones, and that was certainly a relief. I felt almost frantic while listening, because there is a lot to cover, even if most of that has to do with Cassie herself.
I loved the interactions between Cassie and her very own acolytes, because while they might not know everything, the knew enough to show Cassie the right direction for her to go in. I also really appreciated the vamp Marco, because he was one of the few people who were supposed to be on her side who was really on her side. He trusted in her and her power, and he also felt sure she would do the right thing. Of course, she also brought quite a bit of excitement to his boring life, and he enjoyed that as much as I did.
At the beginning of the story, I tried to listen in my car, but that didn’t work for me – I got distracted and went too far on the highway, having to turn back and rather concentrating on driving than on the story I was enjoying. This led me to listening at home, either as I was doing stuff around the house, or as I was coloring in my adult coloring books.
Reap the Wind finally showed Cassie becoming more sure of herself, and also more than a little fed up with all those who only wanted to use her, those who didn’t truly respect her even if they did somewhat believe in her. I thought she was long overdue to be angry, and it was refreshing to see her rage against everything that didn’t go the way she expected it to.
The narration was great, and I need to find more books narrated by Jorjeana Marie, she made the different voices and accents for the various characters effortlessly, and I found that she brought a lot to Cassie’s world that I didn’t get when reading it for myself. Written mostly from Cassie’s point of view, I felt like I was in the middle of the breakneck action with her, through planes I hadn’t thought I’d ever visit. The only downside to Reap the Wind was that I wanted more of a resolution to what happened towards the end of Tempt the Stars.
“This is getting surreal,” Marlowe murmured. “Even for this place.”
“Cassie is here-mentally,” Mircea told him.
“I gathered that.”
“She seems to find it difficult to understand why I do not wish to have her in my head, unannounced, any time she pleases–“
Marlowe gave a bark of a laugh. “Oh this should be fun.”
“I see you.”
You always did, I thought, watching sparks dance in his eyes.”