Even Urban Fantasy heroines have family problems. Kate and Curran near the date of their wedding. It should be wedding details stressing them out, but instead Roland has camped out just outside the city of Atlanta and harasses the borders of Kate’s city, has kidnapped Saiman, and now has his hooks into Julie. The confrontation that has building for some time has finally arrived.
Only a straight up battle is the easy part. Kate learns from the Oracle witches that her future shows that either Curran or their unborn son will die and Atlanta will burn. A new option hits her and she races to outwit her father. It will take all Kate has to win, but her father is not even her strongest threat. Kate must battle her own nature to avoid turning into her father and this will take relying on Curran and her close circle of friends and family.
What seemed like a series that had already seen its most exciting moments and was now heading toward an easing into lesser adventures, has sure fooled me in all the right ways. Kate and Curran have faced the worst, but then a new book adventure rolls out to show there is more where that came from.
In this one, Kate battles external and internal conflicts. Claiming Atlanta seemed like a good idea at the time, but with that sort of power comes a cost. Kate feels possessive about it and its inhabitants and she is enticed by the binding power that can make people turn into her slaves and worship at her feet. Her weakness is wanting to keep people safe and from harm.
Kate is disturbed and angry that Roland is trying to turn Julie into another Hugh and that Julie seems to be fascinated enough to fall for her father’s charming side.
Kate is keeping secrets from Curran and one in particular that may be the one that crosses his line and pushes him away for good. And she might have lost Jim when association with Kate gets Dali injured.
Trouble is boiling over.
But on the flip side of the coin, there is humor and love and friendship. Andrea is going nuts with the final days of her pregnancy. Derek, Ascanio, and Julie are there to keep things lively. Kate and Curran picked Roman, the priest of an evil god as their officiant and Roman adds wedding coordinator to his job description driving everyone nuts. He sends an invitation to Roland. And just when she is near the breaking point, Curran does what this great lion does best. He loves her- all of her and holds her together so she doesn’t turn into a monster like her father.
The ending was amazing in its intensity and scope. Loved that little zinger of a surprise right at the end leaving me gasping for the next installment.
Another fantastic book in the Kate Daniels series. The series is one that must be read in order. It’s one of the best Urban Fantasy series out there and I can’t recommend it enough.
I received this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
Romance Roundabout #285 UF