Sara's Review: Magic Binds (Kate Daniels #9) by Ilona Andrews
Publisher via NetGalley
Released: September 20, 2016
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Length: 336 pages
Format: eBook, Hardcover, Audible
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…
Five Boundless Stars
I received a copy of Magic Binds via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I have read all of the main stories in the Kate Daniels series, but I have not read all of the novellas that accompany it. I felt in Magic Binds, that I was missing a few key pieces of the story. It was probably because I hadn’t read those novella’s, that or the fact I read so many books I don’t remember ever detail of this series. One character that I completely didn’t remember was Teddy Jo. All it did though, was make me want to go back and start from the beginning. Re-read the entire series and not skip the novellas. I still might do that.
Kate and Curran are finally planning their wedding. They have been given news by the Oracles that if they get married, Kate’s father Roland, will lay siege to the city and kill Curran. Any way the Oracle sees the future is bad. But Kate being Kate doesn’t lie down and take that news. Oh no! She is going to change her fate no matter if it kills her in the process. As the savior of the city and the protector of all that are within its boundaries it is up to her to keep it safe. But she won’t do it alone. Help comes from a place that is so unlikely that I never dreamed of in a million years.
In Magic Binds, friendship and loyalties are tested. Love and hatred are blurred. There is so much action you just have to hang on and enjoy the ride. I think it would be interesting to be a fly on the wall, when these authors are planning out these stories. They are just so brilliantly detailed, vivid and complex that it is an utter joy to immerse myself in their world for the few hours each book takes. At the same time I am always left wanting more.