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Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews
Series: Kate Daniels #9
Published by Ace Publishing Genres: Paranormal
Kate Daniels and the former Beast Lord Curran Lennart are getting closer to their wedding day and, of course, just when you want and need things to be uncomplicated, it is anything but. First off, her father has captured a demigod and is slowing killing him so that he can rule the world. Then there are threats against a pregnant woman and her later newborn, which put the current Beast Lord at odds with Kate and Curran. And there are the normal ups and downs with Kate’s business and with teenage angst and the person they requested to marry them is driving Kate up the wall with his questions and planning.
If all of that isn’t enough, then Kate is told two different predictions by a Witch Oracle, one of which says that if Kate and Curran carry out their marriage, then her city will burn, and she will lose her lover forever, and we aren’t talking about the second one so far. Kate isn’t about to let fate tell her she can’t marry the man she loves, and she starts figuring out a way to change this prediction. She learns that the one person who would have knowledge of how to stop her father and save those she loves and her city, however, there is one small problem: This person is dead. Like that is going to stop Kate and Curran once he learns about the prediction. Love and war are but two sides of a coin, and it will take both to get Kate and Curran to the altar. Working together and with help of the guild, Kate and Curran do indeed change the outcome of their marriage, and what a wedding it is.
No one said that getting married would be easy, but in Kate and Curran’s situation, it is not a case of bridezilla or even the mother-in-law. In Magic Binds, Kate and Curran will fight fate itself in order to have the wedding they have been working towards for the last several years. Oh wow! I could not believe the very twists and turns that Kate and Curran had to go through just to say, “I do”. I was expecting it to be anything but a walk in the park, but even with that expectation I was amazed at how crazy it got. I loved how Kate was beyond determined to have Curran and her marriage go forward and then to save her city from burning. I have always loved Curran and how he gave up so much for Kate and their love and now how he runs the guild and those mercenaries who work there.
I know that the main battle or, worse, an all-out war with her father is in the future and maybe not all that far down the road, but I also know that Kate and Curran and their friends make one heck of a team when they all band together even with their disagreements that happened along the way. There was so much that I wanted to talk about here, but once I started, I had to delete it because it went way too far. What I will say is that for Kate lovers, this is a must-read and even if you haven’t followed the series, this book could get you hooked and not have you feeling like you came in several books down the road with no clue. I honestly can’t wait until the next book, and I bet you won’t be able to either once you finish Magic Binds. All of this is to say that I Joyfully Recommend this book as a must- read and a keeper.