Title: Magic Binds
Author: Ilona Andrews
Genre: Urban Fantasy/ Romance/ Adventure
Publication date: 2016
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…
Magic Binds is the 9th book of the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews and by now I am really out of nice things to say. Looking back I realize with awe how much more complicated and serious the story became without loosing its specific humor and passion. Most series fall prey to this but not this series – and thank god for that!
Kate has claimed Atlanta and she is trying her best to protect it from her father and every creature with ill intentions that crosses its borders. But her father is playing coy, building a castle just outside the limits, baiting her by entering her territory, sending spies and whatnot. But they both know that this game of cat and mouse can’t last forever.
The moments between Kate and Roland were tense and unsettling for me – like quiet before a storm. We knew war was inevitable, we knew one of them must die but we didn’t know where to expect the attack from.
Well, in Magic Binds the quiet comes to an end. And the chances are not in Kate’s favor. She had difficult times in the previous books, impossible odds and heart-wrenching moments but I’ve never felt so depressed as I felt for parts of this book. The desperation, the helplessness and anger she struggled with were so strong that I had to step away from the book and take a breath. But as expected she took all of that and made it her armor, her strength, her weapon. And she fought.
I won’t spoil you the ending and I won’t ruin the struggle – one has to go through that. I may be a bit overly-emotional due to my pregnancy and Kate’s tribulations but this book will say with me for a while. Best one for me so far, hands down.
I also have to mention Julie here. So far she was not among my favorites. But something changed and it turned out the most moving moment for me was with her. The battle was awesome, Kate was badass and I don’t want to take anything from it but this quote made me take a deep breath and hold it, my heart racing:
“Most of the remaining army gathered around my father, forming a mass of bodies. I saw Curran roaring, enormous, demonic, tearing into monsters left and right. The mercs followed in his wake. My father froze in his chariot, his face bloodless. One moment he had a vanguard and now it was all gone. He wasn’t looking at me. He was looking to the left. I turned my head and saw the sea of green-and-blue banners the bloodsuckers had left thrust into the dirt as they retreated.
“Glory to In-Shinar!”The hair on the back of my neck rose.I spun around. Julie sat on her horse, holding my banner. Her voice rolled, charged with power. “Glory to In-Shinar!”
I doesn’t make it justice out of the context of the battle and not everyone may find it so compelling but this was a strong moment for me. I felt proud, scared and determined all at once. That combined with the breath-taking action scenes, the humor and ass-kicking dangers sealed the deal for me. Well, the deal was sealed long ago but this only confirmed I have made the right decision to keep reading.
Magic Binds gets 5/5 from me with a doubt. I couldn’t put it down and I was getting increasingly angrier that I couldn’t read like the Flash. But the agony was part of the process so I wouldn’t have enjoyed it as much without it.
What about you? Have you read the book? What rating would you give? What are your thoughts and takes on Magic Binds?