Kate Daniels, Book 7
Synopsis: No matter how much the paranormal politics of Atlanta change, one thing always remains the same: if there’s trouble, Kate Daniels will be in the middle of it…
As the mate of the Beast Lord, Curran, former mercenary Kate Daniels has more responsibilities than it seems possible to juggle. Not only is she still struggling to keep her investigative business afloat, she must now deal with the affairs of the pack, including preparing her people for attack from Roland, a cruel ancient being with god-like powers. Since Kate’s connection to Roland has come out into the open, no one is safe—especially those closest to Kate.
As Roland’s long shadow looms ever nearer, Kate is called to attend the Conclave, a gathering of the leaders from the various supernatural factions in Atlanta. When one of the Masters of the Dead is found murdered there, apparently at the hands of a shapeshifter, Kate is given only twenty-four hours to hunt down the killer. And this time, if she fails, she’ll find herself embroiled in a war which could destroy everything she holds dear…
Review: Ah Kate Daniels… I can definitely say that this series is one of my favorite and I wait for each new volume with great anticipation. So I was the happiest girl in the world when I had the chance to receive an ARC of the novel. I was also eager to get into the story, and once started, I struggled to stop before finishing it. Before starting it, I read an article on the author’s blog, explaining that the big plot versus Roland was over here, and that we should not be afraid because 3 volumes were still expected after this one, and I confess that it made me really curious about everything. Yes that’s right! Because we were waiting for this meeting since the first novel and I really wanted to know how everything would unfold and be ended. But of course, everything is a vicious circle because I am now really looking forward to see what the two authors reserve us for the next Kate’s adventures.
But let’s go back to the beginning … Curran is forced to go away from the pack to have a conversation with another leader and so to try to weaken Roland by removing his supplier. Kate is naturally responsible for all weres, although she hardly likes it. But while she attends the meeting of the Conclave, a murder is committed, and to the chagrin of our heroine, Hugh offers her an ultimate choice. To find the culprit, or to start a war between vampires and werewolves. Of course, a third choice is still open to her, but giving up to this man is not even possible. However, to understand and to discover the murderer, the young woman is forced to go to the territory of the People, who are determined to kill her if they see anyone there. While dealing with this problem, along with the absence of the Lord of the Beasts, Kate will soon have to find solutions, especially when her choices are being questioned by her own. In addition, Roland seems closer and closer, and his arrival announces major changes. And unfortunately, some not necessarily good.
As you can imagine, I took a great pleasure in following this new story which is always equal to the previous volumes. It’s also always nice to find all the characters we love. Kate is as always trying to comply in relation to what the majority wants, yet this is far from easy. And although she is deemed in all circumstances, it is very difficult for her to act differently from what she wants. Unfortunately this is how she makes many enemies. I waited for a very long the meeting with Roland and each novel prepared us a little more for what would happen. Does Roland wish to kill her? Does he want to know her? Does he want to fight her to be sure she can’t overcome him? Yes I had many question throughout the story and I admit that I was still very surprised by the final. Yet I’m curious to see what the next few novels will present us compared to the past events. I think the villain who remains equal to himself is as always Hugh. Yes because he always has some very strange ideas and is determined to keep Kate with him whatever happens. And of course we have Curran. I admit it was a bit sad for Kate and for us as he isn’t present until the end of the story, indeed, until now we always had seen them together and inseparable. But it’s still very interesting to see how the young woman is doing all alone in front of everyone, even if she is always accompanied by those who are constantly in there for her (i.e. Derek, Jim …).
Finally you’ll understand that I had a great time with this novel and I highly recommend the series to the urban fatansy readers. I’m sure the fans will be excited and eager to read more as always. A new little jewel.