Book Review (ARC): Magic Binds (Kate Daniels, #9) – Ilona Andrews

17333174Magic Binds

By: Ilona Andrews
Expected Publication Date: September 20, 2016 by Ace
Format: eARC courtesy of NetGalley
Pages: 384
Genres: Fantasy, Adult
Rating: ★★★¾

Summary:
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…


My Thoughts

After claiming Atlanta in order to save it from destruction at the hands of her father, Roland, Kate is worried about the threat he poses to her city. She’s forced to deal with Roland taunting her by encroaching on her territory and kidnapping her old friend Saiman. As if that isn’t enough to worry about, the Witch Oracle Sienna foresees that if Kate marries Curran, Roland will kill him in two weeks, and if she doesn’t, Roland will kill their unborn son within the next year. Throughout the book, Kate does everything she can to change her future and prevent her father from harming her loved ones.

One aspect of the Magic Binds that I really enjoyed was the juxtaposition between Kate’s impending wedding to Curran and the impending war with her father. While facing the imminent death of either her future husband or her unborn child at the hands of her Roland, Kate is forced to deal with wedding planning. For instance, Kate and Curran’s officiant, and self-appointed party planner, Roman, forces her to drop everything and have a wedding dress fitting or taste sixteen different types of cake. This contrast between the impending wedding, or the start of a new life, and the impending war, which can only result in death, definitely provided some much needed levity to the story. For example, there was this funny exchange between Kate and Roland:

“How go the preparations for the wedding?”
“Very well. How goes the world domination?”
“It has its moments.”

In terms of the plot, I find that it often becomes almost secondary to me when I read the latest instalment of a long-running series. I’m usually so glad that I get to spend more time with some well-loved characters, that the actual plot isn’t as much of a deciding factor in my enjoyment as it would be with a standalone book.

Unfortunately, Magic Binds turned out to be one of those books that I enjoyed mainly for the characters. I was so disappointed by the ending. When considering the book, I thought of that adage, “it’s the journey, not the destination.” The journey was fun and exciting, but the destination was incredibly anticlimactic. As I neared the end of the book, I looked at the page count and had no idea how things were going to be wrapped up with so few pages left. My concern was not unfounded, because the ending was so abrupt that it left me feeling pretty unsatisfied with the book as a whole.

However, while I wasn’t overly impressed by the latest instalment in the Kate Daniels series, I’m still invested enough in the overall story and the characters to read the next book.

My Rating

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Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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