Before we begin, just a reminder this post and its comments may include spoilers for the previous books in Ilona Andrew’s Kate Daniels series. This read-along is for those who have read the books previously and also for those who are new to the series, so please no spoilers for books beyond the one featured in the discussion this week.
Book 9: Magic BindsMagic Binds by Ilona Andrews
Series: Kate Daniels #9
Published by Ace on September 20, 2016
Genres: 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…
Kate Daniels is my FAVORITE series by my FAVORITE authors and this is just another piece of evidence why. It starts with the characters. There are many and their depth and growth continues as does my love (or hate) for them. It’s not so black or white; there are shades of feelings about them, even about one character. They are just so comfortable and precious to me, with their complexities. Those layers provide a wealth of feelings.
Kate, I love your intelligence and spirit, your moral fiber and compassion. You are a better person than many will ever be. Magic Binds was set to be about your marriage to Curran. Of course, it is so much more. Curran was developed more, as well as Julie and Jim. Roland shows his true colors. Kate, being a true heroine, has developed a wide range of strange allies, even ones who don’t like her so much. And THAT is the hallmark of a true urban fantasy heroine.
Multiple little plots happen here along with the big action with Roland and the wedding. This is like real life. Just because one big event is in the forefront, the little things don’t just stop; the background is full of meals and cleaning and work and school, etc. This full picture is another fact in the authors’ ability to create amazing books.
Somehow, I got the idea this was the last book and I’m so happy it is not. There is so much more story here! Now we have the additional story of Hugh, possible stories with Julie and Derek, and tomorrow is the release of Magic Triumphs!
“Apparently, the Eakle boys took him seriously, because they got the hell out of the river and ran naked and screaming through the woods right into a Girl Scout campground, where two rival troops were having an archery competition. The Girl Scouts joined forces to subdue the interloper.”
Schedule and wrap up:
We have done one book every four weeks, posting on Mondays.
Magic Triumphs is almost here! To celebrate, Ace Books and participating blogs will be giving away three copies of each Kate Daniels book every weekday leading up to highly anticipated release on August 28th. Each giveaway will run for three days.
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Aug 28: Magic Triumphs (release day!)
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Jan 15: Magic Bites
Feb 12: Magic Burns
Mar 12: Magic Strikes
Apr 9: Magic Bleeds
May 7: Magic Slays
Jun 4: Magic Rises
Jul 2: Magic Breaks
Jul 30: Magic Shifts
The winner of last book’s giveaway is: Maria K.
This Book’s Giveaway: US Only Thank you Ace!
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