This review is based on a complimentary book I received from NetGalley. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews
Series: Kate Daniels #9
Also in this series:Magic Bites
Also by this author: Magic Bites, Clean Sweep
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
Release Date: September 20, 2016
Format: ARC, E-book
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Mercenary Kate Daniels knows all too well that magic in post-Shift Atlanta is a dangerous business. But nothing she’s faced could have prepared her for this…
Kate and the former Beast Lord Curran Lennart are finally making their relationship official. But there are some steep obstacles standing in the way of their walk to the altar…
Kate’s father, Roland, has kidnapped the demigod Saiman and is slowly bleeding him dry in his never-ending bid for power. A Witch Oracle has predicted that if Kate marries the man she loves, Atlanta will burn and she will lose him forever. And the only person Kate can ask for help is long dead.
The odds are impossible. The future is grim. But Kate Daniels has never been one to play by the rules…
Ultimate urban fantasy series!! With every new installment the writing and the characters just improve, how is that even possible after nine books?? This book was very different than the rest though. Kate as we know her has changed fundamentally throughout this story and there has been shifts in the key powers that be. There are plenty of surprises and a few places where your heart will just crush upon itself. For any die-hard Kate Daniels fan it is a must read.
I love where the relationship has gone with Curran and Kate. With just weeks to go from finally exchanging their wedding vows they just seem to have come to a place where they are secure in each other. I am not suggesting that there is no conflict between them because, come on, would it be Kate if she didn’t fight back or find a way to get to the bottom of things her way?? No, that would not be our Kate but more than anything it is Curran that is different. He has the Guild and has a purpose now and he is more relaxed and more jovial than in previous books.
In this story there are predictions from the Witch Oracle that come to Kate’s attention that threaten everything she holds dear or feels responsible for. That knowledge and the constant pressure from her father, Roland, trying to encroach of her territory has Kate at her breaking point. Kate is coming into her powers in this story and she starts to show a dark side. The closer she comes to her breaking point the harder she struggles with her inner darkness and she must learn to control herself before she destroys everything she loves. Due to this inner conflict what was once considered rock-solid loyalties are starting to shift and in some cases it like a stab to the heart.
Throughout the series there have been longtime supporting characters and this time around there are some true developments for them. I am just going to spotlight a few changes. I love the development with Mahon. I am really surprised about this but I am overjoyed at the change because it means the world to Curran. Roland, yes super bad guy but in his own twisted way he demonstrates his love for Kate. It is harder to hate this character now, thank you Ilona Andrews, now I am confused on how to feel about him!! Oh yes, and there is a character that has a comeback, which at first I was like why?? Why?? Why??? Hmmm, why indeed do I doubt the writing genius of the dynamic duo of Ilona Andrews? I love that this character has come back and although I was against it, I am now embracing it. Jim has rubbed me the wrong way since book one and over the series I have always hoped he would come around but in this installment he is now clearly on my “do not like, can you please kill off this character” list. Last but not least there are some changes with Christopher and all I can say is wow!
I feel that this series is coming to an end but that the authors are giving us fans a slow but steady finish to the series that is going to make us be “ok” with saying good-bye. That is not to say that I think it is going to be in the next couple of books, I just mean that we are over the hill and traveling down the other side now. No worries though, there is still loads of humor and witty dialogue to be had in this story. What a great read from beginning to end.
*Thank you to Berkley Publishing Group & NetGalley for this eARC of Magic Binds*