“Claimed by Shadow” is not as good as the first in the series, but it is still very good. When Cassie is brought in front of the vampire council she feels controlled and begins a rampage that takes her through two different worlds and makes her grow into her whole Pythia self. The geis is annoying and I know many other readers agree with this assessment, but it does not hinder the story too much. Many if not everyone she comes in contact with underestimate her. I recommend this entire series, but keep in mind the first is the best in series so far.