Author: Ilona Andrews
Title: Magic Binds
Series: Kate Daniels 9
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy
Pairing: M/F, M/M
Rating: Four Petals
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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...
Kate's relationship with Curran has been a tumultuous one throughout the series and their wedding has been a long time coming. The foreshadowing before this book about the wedding has been intense and this book continues the drama. Kate's father is causing problems, of course, but there's also the issue of finding a priest to marry them, getting a dress, killing any monsters that might interrupt the ceremony, and sending out invitations to the rest of the monsters.
I have liked this series from the first book and everything good about this series was included here. The characterizations were on point, with Kate and Curran pulling me in to every bit of the stress of the planning and the joy of marriage. The world is amazingly complex with details that span from larger issues like the resurgence of magic to smaller issues like how to drive when magic is up versus when it's not. The depth of all of that together always amazes me and this book didn't disappoint.
The wedding as a plot was cute and often funny, but it wasn't quite as dynamic as I'm used to. There were twists and turns aplenty and definitely drama, but I felt like there wasn't as much as in previous books. That's why I only gave this story four petals when the brilliance of the series as a whole definitely deserves five.
This series is absolutely one of my favorites and I've been looking forward to the wedding for a while now. Magic Binds doesn't disappoint, but I thought it wasn't quite as dynamic as previous books in the series. I do recommend it and I definitely recommend the series, I was just hoping for a little more in this book.
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