Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Ilona Andrews - Magic Triumphs

Kate has come a long way from her origins as a loner taking care of paranormal problems in post-Shift Atlanta. She's made friends and enemies. She's found love and started a family with Curran Lennart, the former Beast Lord. But her magic is too strong for the power players of the world to let her be.
Kate and her father, Roland, currently have an uneasy truce, but when he starts testing her defenses again, she knows that sooner or later, a confrontation is inevitable. The Witch Oracle has begun seeing visions of blood, fire, and human bones. And when a mysterious box is delivered to Kate's doorstep, a threat of war from the ancient enemy who nearly destroyed her family, she knows their time is up.
Kate Daniels sees no other choice but to combine forces with the unlikeliest of allies. She knows betrayal is inevitable. She knows she may not survive the coming battle. But she has to try.
For her child.
For Atlanta.
For the world.

Comment: This will be a short comment.
I've been a fan of this series for a long time and each new installment a absolute pleasure to devour. This is the last installment of the Kate Daniels series, even if, by the way the authors have written things and the already existing spin off, readers will certainly be aware of what happens in this universe for longer. However, it's always a little sad when we know we must say goodbye to beloved characters or, at least, the expectation of reading about them in a somewhat consistent schedule.

Basically, this story focus on how Kate and all her friends team up not only to stop Roland, her father, from enslaving everyone she cares about, but also a new ancient threat which only by joining forces with her untrustworthy father will she be able to defeat.
This is trademark adventure story with all the funny little scenes in between and amazing new discoveries here and there...

Much has been said about the series, readers have loved it overall even if some installments weren't as strong.
For me, this series worked wonderfully in what I came to want to see the most: the family/friends connections and all the dynamics of mixing up different people in a homogeneous way so that it does feel like they could be live people just down the road. (except for the killing and all that)
I can also be aware of the issues but I confess I wasn't too worried about them because what I wanted out of this series was the story of the protagonists and not much of what they can do.

In this last installment, things progress pretty much as usual and I don't think readers will be disappointed by the way Kate acts and finally comes to a conclusion about how to solve all their problems. It wasn't an end as definite as it could but it did fit the main theme of the stories in which we've come to accept Kate is special but not perfect nor a goddess, so it's believable she has flaws and things she can't do. I also liked how Curran played a part in this, he is an amazing hero and his scenes are all incredible (to me). 
It's also adorable how some details in this story showed a softer side to Kate and Curran but not to the point they get unrecognizable. In fact, their bond is as strong as ever and it's so good to see an established couple still dealing with problems but not giving up, not letting go. I do like them a lot as a couple.

I won't say more so I don't get into spoilers, but this was a great story, many interesting details about secondary characters... I wouldn't say I liked the last chapter, a sort of epilogue but nothing bad happens, I just felt...ehh, sort of sad, I guess. All in all, though... amazing.
Grade: 9/10

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