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Book Review: Magic Binds by Ilona AndrewsMagic Binds by Ilona Andrews
Series: Kate Daniels #9
Published by Ace Books on September 20, 2016
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Urban Fantasy
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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…

Heck yeah, it’s the release day for Ilona Andrews’ latest Kate Daniels book, Magic Binds! This series slips easily into my top five list of fave urban fantasy worlds, so you can imagine how excited I was to get an advanced readers copy—and how excited I am to share my thoughts on the book with you today. 

First off, Kate Daniels is forced to juggle kicking butt with wedding planning in this book, and the result is glorious. She’s kind of anti-bridezilla, but no less terrifying and annoying in her approach to said wedding planning. Most women are all about poring over magazines, trying on dozens of dresses, dreaming about dainty confections—both the edible kind and the fashion kind. Of course, Kate Daniels is not most women, and when her father, who also happens to be a nearly all-powerful enemy, starts nosing into her business, thoughts of bouquets and bridal gowns go out the window, and plans for bloodshed and battle come flying in.

In some ways, this book simply reiterated some of the central factors of the Kate Daniels series. One, that Kate Daniels kicks butt, and despite going through a lot of things that would leave lesser people mewling, she’s still got a conscience, and she’s still got compassion. Two is that Kate and Curran might not be a match made in heaven, but what’s even better is that what they have feels real, so much so it’s almost tangible. Three is that there’s still a lot of learning to do for our heroes, and every time we think we start to get a handle on the magic of this world and of the characters involved, something new comes swooping in—or something old and buried is suddenly unearthed. Four is that a showdown of epic proportions is inevitable—and it’s coming soon, if the buildup in this book is anything to go by.

All that is true, and these things add to the reasons I all but flew through the pages of this novel. But the thing that really struck me was how interesting Kate’s family history was, and how I would love to someday be allowed to crawl into Roland’s head and poke around everywhere—maybe when this series is done, the authors will satisfy my curiosity and publish something from his point of view, even if it’s just a short story. When I finished reading Magic Binds, I found myself rereading the parts of the books that came before it that dealt with Kate’s family, with new appreciation for the intricacies of everything that happened.

My reaction to Magic Binds is a combination of wow as a read and yikes for the characters! The next couple of books promise to have me chewing on nails as I read, and I for one cannot wait!

 

Feel Factor Ratings:

fan-factor5

adrenaline-factor5

swoon-factor3

steam-factor2

intrigue-factor1

 

Kate Daniels Series Reading Order

Series Spotlight: Kate Daniels by Ilona Andrews

1. Magic Bites
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2. Magic Burns
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3. Magic Strikes
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4. Magic Bleeds
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5. Magic Slays
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6. Magic Rises
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7. Magic Breaks
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8. Magic Shifts
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9. Magic Binds
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About Ilona Andrews

Ilona Andrews is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. Ilona is a native-born Russian and Gordon is a former communications sergeant in the U.S. Army. Contrary to popular belief, Gordon was never an intelligence officer with a license to kill, and Ilona was never the mysterious Russian spy who seduced him. They met in college, in English Composition 101, where Ilona got a better grade. (Gordon is still sore about that.)

Gordon and Ilona currently reside in Texas with their two children, and many dogs and cats. They have co-authored two series, the bestselling urban fantasy of Kate Daniels and romantic urban fantasy of The Edge.