Book Review-Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews

Book Review-Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews

Book Review-Magic Binds by Ilona AndrewsMagic Binds by Ilona Andrews
Also in this series: Magic Rises, Night Shift, Magic Breaks, Magic Shifts
Series: Kate Daniels #9
Published by Ace on September 20th 2016
Genres: Urban Fantasy Romance
Narrator: Renee Raudman
Length: 13 Hours and 1 Min
Pages: 328
Format: Audiobook
Source: Self Purchased
ISBN: 0425270696
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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…

May Contain some Spoiler (but I did try not to reveal too much, read at your own risk 🙂

This couple writing team has packed quite a punch with Magic Binds and so many neat and cool truths become revealed but still leaves us hanging a bit with a teaser. Curran and Kate are engaged to be married, and even with all the drama of planning her wedding Kate has to also deal with her fathers shenanigans.

“What is this?”
“It’s a wedding invitation,” Julie said.
“I didn’t order any.”
Julie grinned at me. “Roman.”
Ugh. That’s right. I waved the envelope at her. “It has flowers on it.”
“Did you want gore, swords, and severed heads?” she asked.

 

“The black volhv pivoted to me. “I have questions.”
“Can it wait?”
“No. Your wedding is in two weeks. Have you prepared your guest list?”
“Why do I need a list? I kind of figured that whoever wanted to show up would show up.”
“You need a list so you know how many people you are feeding. Do you have a caterer?”
“No.”
“But you did order the cake?”
“Umm…”
“Florist?”
“Florist?”
“The person who delivers expensive flowers and sets them up in pretty arrangements everyone ignores?”
“No.”
Roman blinked. “I’m almost afraid to ask. Do you at least have the dress?”
“Yes.”
“Is it white?”
“Yes.”
He squinted at me. “Is it a wedding dress?”
“It’s a white dress.”
“Have you worn it before?”
“Maybe.”
Ascanio snickered.”
“The ring, Kate?”
Oh crap.
Roman heaved a sigh. “What do you think this is, a party where you get to show up, say ‘I do,’ and go home?”
“Yes?” That’s kind of how it went in my head.

He isn’t making it easy for her and Kate learns that unless something changes, she might lose Curran and her unborn son and her father will be the one to cause her the most pain. Kate is forced to make wedding decisions (last priority on her list) even amidst all the drama and stress that she is under. And I know Roland is super evil and all but I still have no idea what I think about him yet. We see that he does care about Kate in his own twisted way, but can’t resist his own evil nature at the same time. And we see Kate battle with herself. This is probably the darkest book in the series, because the magic she is using is changing her and she learns of her own strength and what she is capable of. This is more about fighting inner demons than any real enemy. And her relationship with Curran becomes tested. We learn who Christopher truly is and we see more of some of our favorites Jim, Mahon, Julie, Andrea and Raph, Roman,

“Yes,” Curran said. “We’d like you to officiate.”

“I’m sorry?”

“We’d like you to marry us,” I said.

Roman’s eyes went wide. He pointed to himself. “Me?”

“Yes,” Curran said.

“Marry you?”

“Yes.”

“You do know what I do, right?”

“Yes,” I said. “You’re Chernobog’s priest.”

and many others. I still am not a big fan of Jim, especially in his treatment of Kate. Never really liked him but in this book I understood him a bit more. There are many surprises, plenty of tension and thrills and chills and these authors bring a powerfully written story that is captivating and irresistible to put down! And on a side note: The narration is done by Renee Raudman and there is a reason why she is one of my favorites to listen to. She brings out the humor and wit so well in this book, and really helps balance out all the seriousness with moments to make you laugh and smile.

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About Illona Andrews

Ilona Andrews is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. author2sm“Ilona is a native-born Russian and Gordon is a former communications sergeant in the U.S. Army. Contrary to popular belief, Gordon was never an intelligence officer with a license to kill, and Ilona was never the mysterious Russian spy who seduced him. They met in college, in English Composition 101, where Ilona got a better grade. (Gordon is still sore about that.)

Gordon and Ilona currently reside in Oregon with their two children, three dogs and a cat. They have co-authored two series, the bestselling urban fantasy of Kate Daniels and romantic urban fantasy of The Edge.