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…
What I liked: I wasn’t really sure how the Kate Daniels series was going to move forward after the last two books (which I enjoyed immensely) but I was a bit concerned about Kate and Curran’s new way of life. I shouldn’t have worried. Ilona Andrews, if nothing else, can spin a wonderful, action packed story and to top it off, it makes sense.
By facing head-on, the prophecies, Ms(r) Andrews showed great imagination and a logical sequence of events. I mean every fan just had to know that having Roland in such close proximity to Kate and “her” city was not going to work out. I just really didn’t expect all the twists and turns incorporated into the storyline.
While the story and plot are compelling, it will always be about the characters for me. Each and every one, alive or dead, present or missing is a feast of complications. The interactions between all the characters and how they’ve grown from the very first book to now has been handled with care and thoughtfully developed. I really like that the younger characters are now getting a bigger part in the series. It just seems like yesterday that Julie was rebellious and almost broken. Well, she is still rebellious but that’s what makes her Julie. I also thought the way Kate handled everything surrounding Julie’s character was spot on.
Magic Binds also shines a spotlight on Barabas and Christopher. I enjoyed learning more not only about their relationship but wow, Christopher. Can’t say anymore but my gosh what a surprise! Then there’s Jim. Yep, the new Beast Lord. I’m not sure if I’m in awe or just want to smack him. His way of ruling the Clans is just so different from Curran but that’s not good or bad, just surprising. I still want to smack him though!
Then of course there’s always the comic relief between the characters and some of the situations they find themselves in. The interactions and the snark are a major part of what makes the Kate Daniels series an excellent adventure. It’s intense with moments of levity. Sadness mixed with triumph and I get lost in each and every book. When asked and sometimes when not asked, this is the series I recommend to family, friends and just anyone who loves a well-developed, creatively written series. Top notch!
What I didn’t like: I’ve got nothing to say here. I was worried initially about how the Andrews would handle the transition between major storylines but was not disappointed at all.
The final quarter of Magic Binds is completely unbelievably well done. Action packed, edge of your seat suspense, and then of course….the ending. Oh my, the ending. And with that ending, I don’t want to wait for the next book. I can’t wait to see what the Andrews team has in store for all of our characters.
I am a bit sad that I have to wait for the audio book but having anyone but Renee Raudman do the story is a non-starter. It has to be her and fans will wait impatiently for the release.
I was provided a copy from NetGalley for a fair and honest review.
Highest of recommendations!! (Don’t overlook this series but as always, start at the beginning and don’t miss all the novellas and shorts in between the books).