Magic Binds

. Ace: Berkley. (Kate Daniels, Bk. 9). Sept. 2016. 336p. ISBN 9780425270691. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780698136786. FANTASY
OrangeReviewStarCurran and Kate, having left the Pack and taken over the Mercenary Guild in Magic Shifts, are dealing with some high-stakes stress. Not only are they planning their wedding, but Kate's father, the immensely powerful Roland, seems determined to push Kate into all-out war by kidnapping Saiman, her sometime ally. In his own weird head game with Kate, Roland also apparently wants to have input in her wedding plans. The power that Kate has inherited from Roland is something she's hidden and fought against using, but she'll have to apply her magic to protect those she loves, not to mention the city of Atlanta.
VERDICT Series readers will be pleased that some long-anticipated events finally come to pass in this book, while leaving room for further entries. Andrews's "Kate Daniels" urban fantasies are among the very best, combining heart-wrenching, dark story lines leavened with the perfect amount of humor and a romantic couple readers will root for through thick and thin.
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