Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Early Review: Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews

Magic Binds: Kate Daniels and Curran

(Kate Daniels #9)


From Goodreads.com
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…

Let me just start by saying that the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews is one of my favorite if not most favorite Urban Fantasy series. I dont think the husband and wife writing duo has ever written anything that I havent enjoyed. When you pick up one of their novels you know you are going to get a quality, smart, engaging novel. So to say that readers of Ilona Andrews have high expectations anytime they put something out is an understatement. Magic Binds continues to deliver in true Ilona Andrews fashion.

So in this novel Kate has claimed the city and is still working out all that means.  In this book she learns a lot about this particular subject.  She finds a teacher/ally in the most likely of places. It is very important that Kate learns as much as she can in a short of a period as she can as she has two very unacceptable scenarios/visions looming over her head. Her future looks bleak and needs to do something drastic to change her future.

I’d say in the past books most of the battles have been physical. Kate whacking away with her sword or blowing things up. Curran right beside her ripping enemies limb for limb. In this book it's more of an internal struggle. Kate is changing and not for the better. Her power is growing exponentially after the claiming and that power is greedy. She struggles to maintain who she is all while trying to figure out a way to avoid her near future, all while planning a wedding.. Or not planning as it were.  (I have to say I quite enjoy their choice of officator for their nuptials.. He made the planning quite entertaining). Kate also has to learn how to let go of some of the reins when it comes to Julie. It’s a lot of emotion with some action thrown in. We do get an epic battle at the end so worry not my friends even tho it’s not as action packed as some of the previous books there is still action to be had. :)

*ARC copy was provided through NetGalley for an honest review. No other compensation was provided.  

**This review will also be available on Brazen Babe Reviews

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