Release Day Review: Magic Binds (Kate Daniels #9) by Ilona Andrews

September 20, 2016 Review 0

Release Day Review: Magic Binds (Kate Daniels #9) by Ilona AndrewsMagic Binds by Ilona Andrews
Series: Kate Daniels, #9
Published by Ace on September 20, 2016
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Occult & Supernatural, Romantic, Shifters, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 384 pages
Source: NetGalley
Sexual Content: references to sex, mild sex scene, kissing
Reviewed by: Kristina
5 Stars

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…

Have you ever read a book and wanted to immediately start it over again or find a way to get the next book even though it isn't completed yet and your T.A.R.D.I.S. is always broken? That happens to me every time I finish one of the books in the Kate Daniels series. Such is the disappointment of traveling through time in a linear fashion. MAGIC BINDS is in a word fantastic. Kate has been facing conflict and defeating it like a champ in each of the previous books and in this one she is coming against a opponent that could very well be her match and who might bring about her downfall. Throughout this book, Kate keeps fearing that the power she has gotten from claiming Atlanta will make her become a sociopath like her father and I can almost see it happen to her. I hope it doesn't but everything she has gone through and the sacrifices she has made really gives weight to that becoming a reality. While it's scary to see a hero edge towards what may be a dark path it is also really fascinating and has me excited to see how she deals with this growing power in the next book.

The tension built up over the pages of MAGIC BINDS is intense as she tries to figure out what her father, Roland is planning. We can see the end point of this build up coming in Kate's father's passive aggressive moves towards Kate throughout the story. Their relationship is really interesting. Her father loves her in as much as a power-hungry sociopath can yet he has a need to control and dominate Kate. Roland, is powerful- in an end game boss sort of way and the fact that Kate can challenge him without dying says a lot about both their twisted relationship and Kate's evolving power. Another twisted familial relationship Kate has that was really cool in this book is between her and her aunt Erra. I don't want to spoil it but it brings about an interesting turning point.

Kate has something that Roland doesn't though, and that is family and friends to back her up and keep her somewhat sane. Everyone gets a chance to shine in this book in a way and I was glad to see each and everyone of them as some of the secondary characters were able to bring some levity at times to a tense book. This levity and humor includes wedding planning! Yes, Kate and Curran are getting hitch and wedding planning hi-jinks ensue amidst oncoming war.  There are a few other subplots that help move the story along and we learn more about certain characters which only makes this already rich world even more fascinating. I loved everything about this book and the series just keeps getting better.

Series Titles:
  1. Magic Bites
  2. Magic Burns
  3. Magic Strikes
  4. Magic Bleeds - 5/5
  5. Magic Slays - 4/5
  6. Magic Rises - 5/5
  7. Magic Shifts
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  • For another preternatural couple who kicks butt and takes names long after their happily-ever-after, try Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson series.
  • If you'd like rich mythology and adventure with a faerie twist, try Seanan McGuire's October Daye series.
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