Review: Magic Binds – Ilona Andrews

Posted 7 October, 2016 by Linda @ (un)Conventional Bookworms in Reviews / 17 Comments

Review: Magic Binds – Ilona AndrewsMagic Binds by Ilona Andrews
Series: Kate Daniels #9
Published by Ace on 20 September 2016
Pages: 384
5 Stars

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…

Magic Binds has action at break-neck speed, and still managed to be one of the most romantic and sweet installment in the series at the same time!

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As always, Kate Daniels is epic! Magic Binds moves forward very nicely, and some loose ends are tied up, while new ones are being made. I loved that Kate was doubting things because of her connection with the land. Feeling the magic get stronger, and how it was sometimes difficult to stay human with all that power, and how Curran was able to anchor her when she could have gone completely mad with it.

Magic Binds includes Kate and other characters’ trademark humor, some serious hotness, epic battles, a lot of deceit, secrets and over all, loyalty. It is such a pleasure to open a book in this series, because all my reading quirks are satisfied. Kate is strong, but not afraid to ask for help, or even lean on others. The romance is extremely well done, and very realistic, especially now that Curran and Kate have been together for a while. The side characters continue to grow at the same pace as the main characters do. I can’t find a single thing I didn’t love here!

Written in both third and firs person, past tense, and peppered with awesome dialogues, Magic Binds is pretty much perfect in my opinion. All the ingredients for an amazing paranormal read are present, plus a few surprises that I might not have expected, but that made me salivate and want more… always want more.

Fave Quotes - (un)Conventional Bookviews

I’ll tell dear old Dad you’re sorry you missed him.”
Behind Curran, Eduardo snorted.
Curran bared his teeth. “Not as sorry as he’ll be if I have to come back and see him.”
“Hey, Daniels,” Ella called out. “Bring us back some cookies.”
“What makes you think there will be cookies?”
“When I go home to see my parents, there are always cookies.”
If Roland did have cookies, they’d probably make me spit fire. “I’ll see what I can do.”

“Again, this wedding is for me and Curran. You’re not turning it into a three-ring circus.”
“No.” Roman got up off his chair. “The wedding night is for you and Curran. The wedding is for everyone else and it’s the price you pay so you can get to the wedding night. Don’t worry. I’ll take care of everything. Anyway, we have bigger problems. The Witch Oracle wants to see you.”

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17 responses to “Review: Magic Binds – Ilona Andrews

  1. I’m so happy this is a stellar installment, Lexxie. And it makes me that much more eager to get caught up in the series! I just adore Kate and Curran!
    Happy Friday, wifey! I hope your day is going well and that maybe we’ll have time for a chat today?!?
    p.s. I didn’t get an email about this post. I’ve gotten emails all week but not for this post…

    • It’s SUCH an amazing series, and it actually keeps getting better in some ways, Nick. I agree, Kate is my role-model, too. She always wants to do what’s best – not only for herself, but for everyone else she cares about (and some she doesn’t even care about at all!) and that’s something I look up to.

  2. This is another series which I really want to start at some point. I really like the idea of this one being told in third and first person at the same time as well. I don’t think I’ve come across that before. And the fantasy just sounds so solid and good!

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