Review: Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews

September 13, 2016     Danielle Romero     4stars, ARC, R2R, reviews

Review: Magic Binds by Ilona AndrewsMagic Binds by Ilona Andrews
Also by this author: Burn for Me, Magic Bites, Magic Burns, Magic Strikes, Magic Bleeds, Magic Slays, White Hot, Wildfire
Published by Penguin on September 20th 2016
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction, General, Paranormal, romance, Urban
Pages: 336
Format: eARC
The new, “heart-stopping”* novel in the New York Times bestselling series that “defines urban fantasy.”*  
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...

My Review

I’m so torn right now. I have loved the Kate Daniels series for so long and every installment has been a five star read. Andrews has always knocked it out of the park for me but I have mixed feelings about Magic Binds. Now, before you raise your pitch forks in my direction because in most instances Andrews can do no wrong, hear me out. I’m still a huge fan. I will still read every book the duo writes. Magic Binds was just…different

I just didn’t ‘feel’ anything here. A lot happens. There is action for days and relationship troubles and up and downs that take you on a merry chase. I’m thrilled we know more about Christopher and I like the confusion surrounding Roland and Kate’s father daughter relationship. If I stacked this book against other UF novels, it would take the cake, but when stacked against previous Kate Daniels books, it just falls flat. I feel as though I have higher expectations for KD books. Andrews has ripped my heart out of my chest and shoved it back in time and time again and every page through the KD adventure has been a page turning leading up until now. Magic Binds was good but it wasn’t great.

It wasn’t what I expected. It felt rushed and a little too short which is odd given that its over 300pgs. I don’t know what happened here and as I got closer and closer to the end, the one thing that kept running through my head was…15 chapters…. How can everything get tied up in 15 chapters? It wasn’t enough. There were also minor things that irked me. **Slightly Spoilery below** You’ve been warned.


Why wasn’t Andrea, Kate’s best friend, her maid of honor? Why does someone who she’s developed a 10 year friendship with turn his back on her. Yes he’s paranoid and him retaliating against Roland makes sense but turning his back on her, it isn’t the character we as readers expect from him. It just isn’t him. It didn’t make sense for me. A lot happened but at the same time, not enough did and I felt like it was all expected. There were no real jump out of your skin surprises, and that was a bummer for me.  This felt like an inbetween book. Everyone has one. Magic Binds is theirs. It became something to lay the ground work for the next book because it would be too big to tie this in with the rest of the action. I’d have preferred a really big book.

Regardless, as always, Ilona Andrews delivers a truly unique story. Whether you’re a new fan or old, you’ll enjoy the book. I did, and when book 10 comes out, we’ll all still be chomping at the bit and counting down the days until its release. Ilona Andrews is one of the best and brightest voices of urban fantasy. That fact will never change.


Previous Books in the Series


About the Authors

Ilona Andrews is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. author2smIlona is a native-born Russian and Gordon is a former communications sergeant in the U.S. Army. Contrary to popular belief, Gordon was never an intelligence officer with a license to kill, and Ilona was never the mysterious Russian spy who seduced him. They met in college, in English Composition 101, where Ilona got a better grade. (Gordon is still sore about that.)

Gordon and Ilona currently reside in Texas with their two children, and many dogs and cats. They have co-authored two series, the bestselling urban fantasy of Kate Daniels and romantic urban fantasy of The Edge.

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