Eager anticipation flooded me as I nabbed up this latest installment in the Kate Daniels’ series. Things were left in an interesting place with the last book (aren’t they always?) and I really wanted to see what would happen next now that Curran and Kate have separated from the shifter community and Kate has drawn the figurative (and actual as it happens) line in the sand around Atlanta to keep her dear acquisitive daddy from adding her city to his conquer list.
This exciting Post-Apocalyptic Urban Fantasy series does not work well unless read in order, but it is fantastic so don’t even think about getting skittish because this is book eight.
The story opens with Kate and Curran attempting to adjust to living in the ‘Burbs with Julie, working cases through Cutting Edge, and adjusting to Curran no longer the Beast Lord. Kate laying claim to Atlanta in the face of her father’s acquisitional plans is sure to begin having repercussions. But instead of getting to focus on being back to business as usual at Cutting Edge, Kate is informed that a large heard of ghouls is loose in the city and then they are begged to find missing were-buffalo, Eduardo Ortega, because the shifters won’t look for him. And if that isn’t enough, Kate can add a few more disturbing elements to her growing list of issues like giants rampaging, giant disgusting bugs, a mysterious stalker, trouble in the new neighborhood, issues with the Guild, and most disturbing of all? Her father wanting to have a sit-down family dinner at Applebee’s to discuss wedding plans.
But with each new appearance of a giant, Kate and Curran can see that the one behind it all is growing more powerful and will soon get beyond their ability to stop if they doesn’t come up with answers quick.
The world building and encounters with new mythology continues to amaze along with the intense action, suspense, and series story line.
I love following along with this familiar cast of characters (yes, even Kate’s meglomaniac dad, Roland) as they are confronted by each new dangerous attack on their people and their city.
It’s exciting and the pace clips along, but it doesn’t become dizzying or confusing.
Kate is a heroine with depth. Her flaws and her strengths make her believable and engaging. I enjoyed how the authors took some time teasing out how the transition from Beast Lord to independent status living in the human world affects Curran. Cracked me up to see the nosy, bossy neighbor lady trying to address her complaints about the new eccentric neighbors that Kate and Curran are (the huge lion scaring the mail carrier made me giggle).
The twists of the case and the rallying of all the allies with the big scene battle near the end was perfect to keep me glued to the book. I groaned with disappointment to see the last page and now must await the next release.
Romance Roundabout #86 UF
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