Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews

November 2nd, 2016 Kimberly Review 61 Comments

2nd Nov
Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews
Magic Binds
by Ilona Andrews
Series: Kate Daniels #9
Narrator: Renée Raudman
Length: 13 hours and 1 minute
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Source: Purchase, Publisher
Purchase: Amazon | Audible
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Narration: 5 cups
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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.…

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It’s no secret that I love the Kate Daniels series and that I must listen to the audio version with Renée Raudman first. Magic Binds in another stellar edition to the series written by the fabulous husband and wife duo that compromise  Ilona Andrews. With wedding bells fastly approaching Kate is about to pull out her hair. Daddy causing trouble and a Witch Oracle predicts the burning of Atlanta and Curran’s death if she says, “I do.” Gripping, Intense, and emotional Magic Binds bound my heart.

Like most urban fantasy it is essential to read the Kate Daniels series in order, or as I prefer – grab your earbuds and listen. The tales are filled with characters you will love and hate making each read engaging. I love the relationship between Curran and Kate. It is full of snark, bite and swoony-worthy moments.

Magic Binds was interesting in that we both learn about Kate’s father Roland and watch as Kate tries to outwit the Oracle’s prediction. To handle both her father and change her fate she enlists the help of others giving readers a fantastic treat. Kate and Roland’s backstory and those of their ancestors are shared. It was brilliant and otherworldly! Andrews continues to impress me with how far reaching and developed their characters and world are.

It was hard seeing Kate struggle, just once I would love for her to enjoy a quiet afternoon. I cannot imagine she ever spends an afternoon reading in the sun. She is struggling with who she is, and we see developments as she struggles with her abilities. She is so fearful of becoming her father. Her struggles felt real, and I help my breath as she made choices. Some of the battle scenes were so incredible, I honestly rewound my player and listened again. I loathed the tension between Curran and Kate, but we all know how stubborn they both are. Grab a few truffles.

ARC developments will delight fans. We finally find out WHAT Christopher is and get happy news about Andrea and Raphae. We also get wonderful moments and humor between characters. Gads I love the humor from Kate’s witty one-liners to the teasing. Characters made me grind my teeth, and others had me laughing so hard I had tears. Teasers have me chomping at the bit for my next Daniel’s fix!

Fans will devour and love Magic Binds. It delivered the reading experience I expect from Ilona Andrews. Rudman is amazingly talented and only enhanced this tale with her narration. If you haven’t read/listened to this series, you must rectify it post haste!

Quotes

“Did you run any of this by Curran?”
“I told him I was about to do something idiotic and dangerous, and he told me to go ahead and let him know if he could help in any way.”
“I don’t understand your relationship.”

“You’re like a crazy cat lady, but you collect killers instead of fluffy cats.”

“I don’t collect killers.”

“Yes, you do, and those who aren’t killers turn into killers by the time you’re done. You made Julie into a maniac. That child has more knives on her than a squad of the PAD.”

“You’re letting him get to you. You’re like a walking mythological encyclopedia, Kate. You pull random mystical crap out of your head and figure out that a giant monster nobody has seen on the face of the planet for three thousand years is allergic to hedgehogs and then you find a cute hedgehog and stab the monster in the eye with it.”
“Where do you even get this shit?”

Magic Binds by Illona Andrews grabbed me, squeezed my heart, and had me biting my nails #audiobook Click To Tweet

About Ilona Andrews

Ilona Andrews is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. author2sm“Ilona 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 Oregon with their two children, three dogs and a cat. They have co-authored two series, the bestselling urban fantasy of Kate Daniels and romantic urban fantasy of The Edge.

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61 Responses to “Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews”

  1. Leona

    I can’t wait to finally get to this installment! I just finished Magic Slays and I’m really looking forward to the showdown between Roland and Kate.

  2. Di

    I really, really want to try this series out. And the fact that there are so many books in this series (and that people seem to rate them all highly if they enjoy the series) makes me very excited for it. They sound like EXACTLY the sort of books that I enjoy.

  3. Melliane

    I really love this series as well and I had a great time with this new volume! I so can’t wait for more, but isn’t it always like that?

  4. Olivia

    I tried to get into this series but the first book didn’t really manage to hook me. However your review makes it sound brilliant, so I might give it a second try 🙂 Thank you.

  5. Lexxie

    *Fistpump!* I’m so happy you loved Magic Binds as much as I did, Kim! Wasn’t it just awesome? I do agree, though, Kate never gets a minute to just settle down and relax a little… I can’t remember a longer moment when she and Curran just got to be a cute couple in love. Don’t get me wrong, I love, love, love the action, but at times, I do feel a bit sorry for them both.
    I need to listen to this series, too! I have read all the books, and I own most of them in audio as well. Great review 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Maybe for a re-read? Once I start a series by reading I am often hesitant to start audio because voices are in my head and vise verse with those I start on audio. One day I plan to listen to the Charley Davidson series on audio.

  6. Angela

    I love this series! I stopped a few books back so I need to get caught up before I start this one.

  7. kindlemom1

    I am about two books behind on this series because I was hesitant to start it after the changes that I know where made but I really need to because everyone has loved them. So glad this was another great one and that you loved it !

  8. Melissa

    Oh my gosh…you made me so sad for her when you said that you don’t think she ever has a quiet afternoon in the sun!

  9. Melanie Simmons

    Great review. I just finished the audio yesterday. I loved it as well. For me, the funniest parts were Kate and wedding planning (she makes me think of how I would react to those questions, LOL) and her inner dialogue.

  10. Danielle Nolan

    I really need to branch out more and give urban fantasy more of a fair read. It is a genre I am not too familiar with. Lovely review Kimba!

  11. Tanya

    This is one book I did wait for the audio on. Sometimes I get too impatient and give in to the lure of the arc ebook, but I just can’t on this series. I feel like Kate & Curran’s relationship is unique. I love the two of them together.

  12. Rowena

    My friend is reading and loving this series so I really need to check it out. Thanks for the review, Kim.

    You’ve got me checking out audiobooks to try and listen to one at work, see if I’ll like it. I didn’t before but I’m curious now to give it another go.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yes, listen to your friend and Caffeinated listen to them!! Now, fair warning book one was meh for me, but by book two I was totally addicted.

  13. Heidi

    I got an ARC of this months ago but like you, I had to wait for the audio. I devored it and loved it. So happy for Christopher and I loved the aunt. I want more.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Hehe..me too. I felt bad about not reading the arc, but this and the Others series must be listened to first. I used the arc to pull my quotes.

  14. Laura Thomas

    It’s been a while since I first started this series. I need to go back to the begiining and start over. I keep seeing these everywhere!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I started this on audio in the fall and devoured all of them in 3 months..lol Since then I have read all of her other books. Love them all.

  15. Sophia Rose

    Oh yes! I’m in love with this series, too. You captured several things that I didn’t think to put into words, but felt or enjoyed. Ha! Great quote choices.

  16. Braine

    Ooh, maybe I will listen to book 3 now that I think I’ve found my audiobook groove. Thanks for the idea, hopefully that will make catching up faster!

  17. Cyn

    I’m always happy to see This was a good listen! And that’s for sharing the quotes, good reminder to get back to this series! Great review, Kim!

  18. Dani Chapman

    So I just read this entire series the last couple of weeks. Wow! I loved it!!! 🙂 Not sure why I waited soooo long to read them all!