Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews #Review

Posted September 20, 2016 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 28 Comments

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews #Review
Magic Binds

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Series: Kate Daniels #9
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by Ace
Released on September 20, 2016
Pages: 336
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley

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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.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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  • I haven’t read this series but I’ve been seeing a lot of great reviews for this particular book.

    • Oh yep, you really need to, Mary. I think you’ll get a kick out of their take on vampires. 😉

  • Debbie Haupt

    Sophia Rose this is an author I have on my must read bucket list. Thanks for confirming it for me too:)

    • Yep, smart gal to put this on the reading bucket list, Debbie. The first one is maybe average, but the series only gets better from there.

  • I did a REAL quick skim of your review, as my copy arrived miraculously on my kindle this morning, but I haven’t had the time to start reading yet. I’m very happy it earned four and a half stars from you, Sophia. I can’t wait to jump into this world once more 🙂
    I hope you’re having a terrific Tuesday!
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

    • Yahoo! Glad it made it’s arrival. Hope you have plenty of time for reading this. 🙂 Look forward to your thoughts, Lexxie.

      And you have a Terrific Tuesday, too. 🙂

  • I’m just so in love with this series and I was so happy to have my copy! SO curious to see what is going to happen next! I’m glad you had a good time as well!

    • You and me both. That ending left me moaning with pain that I have to wait to find out what happens next. They always do it to me. 😉

  • This series is a favorite of mine. I’m really excited for this book, but must wait for the audio. I can’t experience these stories anymore without Renee Raudman reading them to me. I know the audio is delayed, but I’m willing for the wait. 🙂

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

    • I don’t blame you. There are a couple narrators that I would gladly show some patience just to have them tell me the story. It’s going to be gooood. Look forward to your thoughts, Melanie!

  • I totally skimmed because even though I have the arc I must listen

    • Ha! I do that a lot. Melanie must have it as an audio too. I’m getting the feeling that I’m really missing out. 😉

  • Agree with everything you mentioned. I know I’ll be reading this again when I get my hardcover. It’s not like I’ve read the ARC twice already. That would be crazy. LOL!

    • Oh no, I agree, reading it twice and planning a third read with the finished version just borderlines the absurd. Haha, nope, I wouldn’t know anything about that kind of behavior. Nada.

  • This book was just so amazing. Yes, the surprise at the end left me almost desperate for the next book but I guess we will have to wait a whole year for it. Great review!

    • Exactly. I love catching you and several others book thoughts and seeing all the love for this series.

      But grrr, waiting will be tough for the next one. 🙂

  • oh I just can’t wait to pick this book up!!! I love Kate and Curran so very much. And I just love how steady Curran is for Kate, he keeps her grounded and I love seeing that.

    • You have a real treat in store, Renee. Curran did a wonderful job holding steady for Kate in this one. Can’t wait to get your thoughts on it.

  • I’m so glad you enjoyed it too! It really is such a good series. I just loved Roman. Now the wait until the next release. *flails*

    • Roman was such a breath of fresh air when things were getting dire for Kate. I loved that quote you picked about him bringing in the bear shifter for the cake testing (that was you, right?). There are so many scenes that were vivid for different reasons. Yes, need the next book. 🙂

      • LOL yep that was me. That scene totally made me laugh. He really was a great secondary character. I hope there’s more of him in the future 🙂

        • Me, too. Though, I actually still have a couple novellas in the series that I passed up that I could go back and read to tide me over.

          • It might have to be my mission for end of the year– catching up. I’ve got a couple of the novellas and then three of the full lengths I haven’t read. Oops!

            • Yes, that is a good mission. I’ve got one of the novellas already so it’s definitely within my grasp. I’ve got a couple series I’m pretty close on catching up and it feels good. 🙂

  • karina

    It was an amazing book, so glad you enjoyed it too, Sophia Rose! 🙂 The authors get better and better with each book. Fab review!

    • Yes, they write great books and I love that they just stay up there as some of the best UF.

      Thanks, Karina! 🙂

  • Every time I see someone reviewing this series I wonder if I should give it another chance, i read the first book but it didn’t quite work for me back then. It’s been years ago though since I read it and everyone says it gets better with book 2, so who knows. For now I just enjoy reading people their reviews of this series.

    Sounds ominous with that oracle prediction that Curran or their son will die. And how she has to outsmart her father and her own nature. It does sound like the series is still going strong. Glad to hear you enjoyed this one.

    • I’ve heard people say that about book one being the weakest in the series, too. And it may be. I know that later books definitely fall into my favorites category, but that said, I’ve always liked it. I hope if you do try it again that you’ll like it better, but it’s okay if this is not your thing. There are a few popular PNR/UF series that don’t do much for me.

      Oh yes, that oracle prediction really put the twist of the knife on Kate b/c it seemed any choice she made that someone she loved was going to die. Very exciting stuff!