Friday, April 7, 2017

Review - Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews

Series: Kate Daniels #9 
Genre: Urban Fantasy 
Age Group: Adult
Hardcover - 328 pgs
Ace - September 2016
Source: Christmas Gift

Rating - 4.5/5

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… 

In this novel we address many issues that have arisen since Kate claimed Atlanta, namely that Kate now has a ton of power and has to deal with how it is changing her. Also her father's continuous attempts to challenge or provoke her. Kate has a lot on her plate even before the Witch Oracle gives her dire news that puts her upcoming nuptials on the back burner. We have been working up to many of these problems for several books and I feel that drive towards the finish line. It is time clear up lingering problems and questions before the big finale which I think is coming (maybe) in book ten. 

We get a lot of answers in this book which I really appreciated. A lot of my favorite characters were back in the picture. (It would be nice to see even more of them.) Kate and Curran's relationship is still a sticky point for me. I find it frustrating that they constantly take action and ask for forgiveness after the fact. It seems to work for them, but the whole trust issue has been there since Magic Rises so I won't keep griping about it. (Well I will but in my own head) 

There is a lot going on in this book and I do want to read it again before the next book is released. Kate does what she does best in this installment. She uses her mental database of knowledge on myths and legends to come up with a plan to save her own skin. It is epic and just what I want from these novels. Kate kicks ass and is smart about the choices in front of her. I love it. I love her and I'm very very curious about where we go from here.

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