Review: Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews (@ilona_andrews, @AceRocBooks)

Posted September 22, 2016 by Carmel in Carmel, Reviews, Urban Fantasy / 8 Comments

Review: Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews (@ilona_andrews, @AceRocBooks)
Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews
Series: Kate Daniels #9
Published by ACE
Published on: September 20, 2016
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 335
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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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…

Epic 2016 Fav Rocked my World

The first thing that pops into my head whenever I finish a KATE DANIELS volume is that Ilona Andrews can’t possibly top what I just read. Ok, so maybe there’s a whole lot of EGAD-GAH-OOOH-WHEE-ZOWIE-EEP-OMG (!!!) that precedes my first coherent thought, but then a year goes by, I pick-up the next novel, and the author duo blows the previous installment out of the water. I’m not usually a book hugger however, MAGIC BINDS evoked such strong emotions in me that they bubbled over, and manifested physically.

Kate & Curran are in the thick of wedding planning madness, and the heroine’s reluctance to tackle all of her big day musts made me feel like a bridezilla in comparison which is funny because I was extremely blasé about my nuptials. Naturally, flowers and cake tasting take a back seat when Roland starts breathing down their necks, Christopher pulls a fast one, and Julie cozies up to dear ol’ grandpa. The Andrews’ really covered ALL of their bases in this latest addition with answers and backstory aplenty!

Daniels’ efforts to piece together her lineage have been admirable, but several large gaps still remained. In this novel we learn about Roland’s pre-world domination days, and some light is shed on the rest of her family tree as well. Kate’s history linked-up nicely with her present because it helped to explain why she is currently battling with her “dark side”, and illustrated her potential paths as the princess of Shinar, granddaughter of Semiramis, niece of the City Eater, daughter of the Builder of Towers.

All of the nuggets of information that the authors unloaded on fans were reason enough to break out into song however, then there were the action montages, trademark snarky humour, and tender moments between the two protagonists which called for a full fledged musical performance. Ilona & Gordon could have quit while they were ahead, but instead they piled on an epic crusade, a close call for a much loved character, and a whooper of a last sentence that’ll keep bouncing around your brain until book 10.

MAGIC BINDS resonated so deeply that I felt it in my bones!

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8 responses to “Review: Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews (@ilona_andrews, @AceRocBooks)

  1. So I have actually listened to the first book in this series! I really need to listen to book two and I think I have it on my audibles waiting on me…lol. Sounds like it gets a lot better as time goes by! 🙂 I skimmed the review so I didn’t spoil myself too much…lol. Great review~!

  2. Bah. Am I the only one who hasn’t read this series? I read the first book years ago but didn’t think it was for me but things changed and I’ve learned to appreciate UF/PNR since then. I’m thinking, why not, eh?