When alone in a dark forest waiting for an audience with an evil god, the most prudent course of action is to be quiet and wait. “Prudent” wasn’t one of my favorite words.
“Hello? I’ve come to borrow a cup of sugar. Anybody? Perhaps there is an old woman with a house made of candy who could help me?”
Kate Daniels. A favorite here at Fiction Vixen. Magic Binds is book nine and we will give our normal warning: SPOILERS************AHEAD**************SPOILERS*******AHEAD
Seriously, don’t read it you aren’t caught up because there are spoilers coming.
Jen: To get myself in the mood for Magic Binds (as if I need to) I listened to the two previous books so I was pumped for this next one. Curran taking over the Guild. Awesome. Roland moving in on Kate. Can’t miss reading. Jim as the Beast Lord. Fascinating. A wedding coming up? It is about time! Plus, I always know that these books are going to be excellent.
Angela: I always get a little twitchy every year as the release date for the newest Kate Daniels draws closer. Twitchy fingers and grabby hands. When it does hit my Kindle I stare in awe because I know it’ll be awesome and I can’t wait to find out what new adventures await Kate and Curran. There’s this desire to dive in immediately while hiding out from the world so there will be absolutely no interruptions. But at the same time, I know it’ll be another year before the next one so I want to take my time, drawing out my reading so I can savor every word. Read faster to get to all the good stuff or read slower to make it last? I’m telling you, the struggle. It’s real.
Jen: I’m not sure where to start with this review so why not start with the heroine. I adore Kate. She is strong, loyal and always does the right thing. She is really tested in this book. She seemed slightly off and out of whack for the first half. Then someone comes along and explains why she is acting like this. All I could do is shake my head and wonder at the genius of Ilona Andrews. Kate fights for those she loves like she has never fought before. The Oracle has given her a prophecy and she has to color outside the lines in order to change that prophecy.
“You once told me we were monsters. We are.” Roland smiled at me. “Things are so difficult for you because you’re denying your nature.”
Angela: For the first half of the book you can see Kate is struggling. Struggling to fight her nature, struggling to find a way to overcome a prophecy, struggling to keep her family together and safe, and struggling to keep her promises. I know in my head Kate is strong and a problem solver, but I honestly had no idea how she was going to figure out a way out of the prophecy. It seemed like a no-win, everything burns to the ground scenario. Trust me, she does come up with a way to alter the prophecy and OMG I absolutely loved it. I might have let loose a fist pump when I figured out what Kate’s plans were.
Also, this quote right here is why I will always believe that Kate and Curran will always win in the end.
“Do you want to tell me about it?”
“There is nothing to tell. The magic is changing me, Curran, and I’m not always aware of it. You should bail while you can, before it all goes to hell.”
“This might be your last chance to get out.” I pulled off my pants and my shirt, I wanted to soak in the tub and wash the day off.
“I’m not going anywhere. Besides, hell is when you and I are at our best.”
Jen: There are so many other people to talk about and so many things going on the best way I can do this is one word (for Curran a couple more) explanation.
Curran: Initially frustrated but I can’t stay mad at that big guy
Teddy Jo: Love
Un-named character: WHYYYY???
So many people in this book and so many awesome things going on. There is one part that left me very upset. That is the unnamed character. It hurt. Roland and Kate have a very poignant conversation and, again, how awesome is Ilona Andrews. Roland is the ultimate bad guy but he is made human and sort of likable.
“People must be free.”
He shook his head and sighed. “What am I going to do with you, Blossom?”
“Think about it, Father.”
“We are going to war, my daughter. I love you very much, my Blossom.”
“I love you too, Father.”
Angela: I like your list, here’s mine. (I’ve added a few characters) I’m not sure I can one word them, though, how about I keep them short and sweet?
Curran: I love Curran. I will always love Curran. Even if he does drive me nuts sometimes.
Jim: Dammit Jim!
Christopher: Did not see that coming. But I loved it.
Barabas: There is this thing I think is developing between him and another character that I want very badly to happen. Yesssssss.
Teddy Jo: <3 <3
Julie: Growing up. Learning about herself and her relationships. I’m all at once thrilled and terrified for her.
Andrea: Ditto on the awwwwww.
Raphael: Even more awwwwww.
Derek: Awesome. I always get a little thrill when he walks onto the page. He and Ascanio trading insults are still the best.
Ascanio: Am I the only one who worries about him in every fight scene?
Grendal: Nowhere to be found. Did I miss something?
Un-Named Character: I did not see that coming either. My heart still aches.
Mahon: Totally redeemed.
Martha: I love you, Martha.
Ghastek: I never know what the heck Ghastek is going to do.
Roman: Roman and his ‘planning’ were one of my favorite things about Magic Binds.
Roland: So, so much conflict. I hate him, then I hate him some more, then he does something and I wonder for a minute.
There is so much going on that I hesitate to say too much. Suffice it to say there are big reveals as far as Christopher. There are changes in the dynamics between Kate and the Pack that I think will resonate for a good long while, which makes me sad. Julie is growing up and I think she will be integral in the fight between Kate and Roland. Changes are coming to the People. Lots of stuff happens in Magic Binds, that’s all I’m saying for now.
Jen: Here I think we will be a little vague but it is all about stopping Roland. Kate is given a prophecy that her wedding will trigger Atlanta burning and the deaths of those she loves most. She has to change that prophecy and she does pretty insane things to stop it. There are certain milestones the Oracles see and Kate must meet all of them in order to change the prophecy. These milestones involve just about everyone we have seen in this series (no Hugh, though he is talked about).
“Hypothetically speaking,“ Robert said, “if the attack happens, and Roland retaliates, what will you do about it?”
“She is a princess of Shinar.” My aunt burst into existence in the middle of the kitchen. “It is by the grace of her mercy you are still breathing.”
Robert stumbled back. Raphael’s hands went to his knives. Andrea bared her teeth, cradling Baby B. You could hear a pin drop.
“I have family in town for the wedding,” I said into the silence. “My aunt, Eahrratim, the Rose of Tigris.”
Curran covered his face with his hand.
Angela: I absolutely, positively, insanely loved the way Kate found a way to fight her father and the prophecy. It’s genius. GENIUS. It also gives readers glimpses into Kate’s family history. So while I am intrigued by her current relationship with Roland, I am also fascinated by her family’s past battles and rise to power. There is a flashback scene of Roland and Erra that left me breathless. I think I’ve already reread that scene a hundred times.
My aunt charged across the field, magic twisting around her.
The first line of the enemy was almost to her.
Erra opened her mouth. Power tore from her, an unstoppable blast that sent the armored mammoths flying.
At the other end of the field, my father raised his hands. The earth split, swallowing the enemy.
See? Breathless. Ilona Andrews battle scenes are the best in Urban Fantasy. The end.
Jen: There is an epilogue and it is awesome. I almost got teary. The wedding and how much these two love each other is the real payoff in this book. And then there is that last LINE OF THE BOOK. HOLY CRAP. Final grade- A
So far I had the god of evil and the God of Terror on my side. My good-guy image was taking a serious beating. Maybe I should recruit some unicorns or kittens with rainbow powers to even us out.
Angela: I think every single fan of this series will relish the epilogue. We’ve all been waiting and waiting for this exact scene to play out, and it was everything I hoped it would be. Absolutely perfect for this couple.
As far as that last line…. Yeah… just yeah. I can’t even imagine how this will change this series going forward. But I’m ready. Bring. It. On. Final Grade-A
“Where the hell would I go without you, Kate? No matter where I went, you would be there in my head. I would miss you every moment of my life.”