Kate Daniels #9
by Ilona Andrews
Penguin Random House | Berkley Publishing Group | Ace
Sci Fi & Fantasy
E-Book | 336 pages |Pub Date 20 Sep 2016
Mass Market Paperback | May 02, 2017 | 352 Pages
I voluntarily reviewed an advance readers copy of this book. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.
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 what’s to come in this heart-stopping novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling series.
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 a 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…
This book was almost “un-putdownable,” and the almost only comes into it because I was at a painting course on an island. In my spare moments I was glued to my kindle.
Even though I have not yet gotten through the entire series, there was enough interweaving in the backstory that I understood what was going on. More than that, I was entranced by the complexities of the moral paradoxes in which the heroine, Kate Daniels, finds herself.
This is a classic battle between “can and should.” Kate is a mercenary soldier fighting the good fight. She has a foance who was the lord of all the shapeshifters in the Atlanta region. Kate’s father is the stuff of legend, literally. He is at least 5,000 years old, and he is, I think, a sociopath, magical, possibly immortal, magical, without scruples, and portrays himself as a god. His only limits are when he has given his word in a manner that magically precludes it from being subverted.
He has killed his wives, lovers, relatives and his children. He killed Kate’s mother. And, yet, in the purest sense of childhood she offers him the love a child can give her father. But, she needs to contain him for his goals will result in the deaths of people she loves. At the same time Kate is fighting her internal demons. Being Roland’s child brings her power she had only come to realize within the scope of the series. The power almost has its own life and she is trying to tame it to use it for good, but it has a tendency to take over. If Kate can use the power without letting it subsume her she can win the war her father thinks must be fought – even if it means killing her and her people.
The complexity of world building and moral dilemma is both timely and complex. It is one of those times when a book speaks to the present day world, and yet is sufficient unto itself. I love that she is no damsel in distress, and that she powers her might with wisdom and humility.
I really enjoyed it and got a lot from it. It is great urban fantasy writing.