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…
Disclaimer: This review contains spoilers for the previous books and some things you may consider to be spoilers for the book in question. You have been warned.
Why we chose it: We love a Kate Daniels novel.
Review: A sixth book in a series is a book that must simultaneously connect and break and redistribute all the puzzle piece while adding more, smaller puzzle pieces to propel the plot and ensure readers don’t become bored.
A ninth (which is what this is) and what we believe is the penultimate book in a series must do all of that without forgetting to comprehensively maneuver all it’s ducks in a row because the final book will have all those ducks and puzzle pieces being shot or knocked down in a glorious manner that leaves the reader mystified.
Mystified and happy.
Magic Binds did that…for the most part. Where it failed is something we’ll discuss at the end.
This book was very much a Kate book and everything revolved around her. Literally everything. This book was about her emotional troubles, her familial troubles and of course her magical troubles. We could go on, but you get the point.
We really enjoyed the more personal feel that this book had because it delved deeper into Kate than previous books. It brought us right to her very core and it was fascinating.
Kate Daniels is in some weird and magical way almost an addict in this book who so desperately doesn’t want to get it’s next hit. Almost an addict who despite all her moral guidelines wants to just give in. Almost an addict who has within her the ability to destroy everything she’s ever worked for with just one wrong move.
Kate Daniels is very much nearly addicted to possession. To claiming.
It’s fair to say that Ilona Andrews wrote some great inner conflict.
Ilona Andrews also created other great conflict that brought Kate’s friends and the city into danger and while that was kind of to be expected, we didn’t anticipate how utterly annoyed we’d be by the judgement others put upon her because of her magic and her struggle to stay in control of it.
It was definitely interesting to read Kate’s reactions in both a physical and emotional way.
If you’ve read the eight previous books, you’ll know that Kate has taken the city of Atlanta and Julie by magic.
It’s important that we tell you here, Julie is a character who’s never used enough and we could really do with a spin off series focused on her and Ascanio and Derek.
With that much magical power one can see how it’s difficult to not become a tyrant. One can also see that it’s far more difficult to not become a tyrant when Daddy dearest has been one for millenia and really, really wants to control/kill you.
Lets talk about Roland for a second.
There was a great deal more of him being actually present in this book. There’s charming Roland who likes to eat at restaurants with his daughter and attempt to convince her that he’s a good guy. All the bad things he’s done and will continue to do aren’t because he’s evil, but because other people are disobedient.
There’s villainous Roland who will torture you and manipulate you through magic and other means.
There’s so many sides to Roland that he’s basically just a brilliantly faceted diamond who sparkles with a dark and bloody light.
We hate Roland.
Everyone sane hates Roland. Roland should be wiped from Atlanta and the world and Kate is really the only one who can do it which leads us to the only real failure with Magic Binds.
The ending…the ending was lackluster. It was anti-climatic and didn’t leave us reeling. Currently there’s no excitement building inside us for Kate Daniels #10 because the ending of this book really hasn’t set it up.
Strangely this book had an epilogue. It was nice and not what we expected, you know?
To conclude, Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews is a book that does so much and so little. There are a great many things that go on in the book which we haven’t discussed because they have are somehow not pivotal elements to the book’s overall plot. They are also very important and to even mention them would be to spoil the lovely surprises in store for you.
It’s wonderfully contradicting.
Thanks so much for reading this review. We’re so grateful even though we’re monumentally tired from staying up til two in the morning and then waking up not more than five hours later. It was not a smart thing to do. We don’t recommend walking around on so little sleep. It affects everything.
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