Magic Breaks

Ace. (Kate Daniels, Bk. 7). Jul. 2014. 400p. ISBN 9780425256220. $25.95; ebk. ISBN 9780698146402. FANTASY
Kate Daniels just wants to grab some quiet time with the shape-shifting love of her life (and leader of Atlanta's Pack) Curran, but her father has other plans. Kate is the only living child of Roland, the many-thousand-year-old builder of towers, creator of vampires, and the most powerful magic wielder in the world. She has long hidden her paternity, but the secret is out now, and no one whom Kate cares about is safe. The Pack has amassed too much power, and Roland sends his general to Atlanta to take care of them—and Kate—once and for all. The action and tension are high as Kate heads for an inevitable confrontation with her father.
VERDICT This is one of the best urban fantasy series around, and while there is a strong romantic element (including a weirdly discordant steamy sex scene), the focus is on the battle and the continued development of Kate, who is conflicted about her own power but determined to protect those close to her. The series has just made the jump to hardcover (after 2013's Magic Rises).
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