Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews

Kate Daniels, Book 9

Synopsis: 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 this…

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 his 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…

Review: How not to succumb to a new novel by Ilona Andrews? I think we all wait with great anticipation each book and it was a pleasure to immerse myself in the world of Kate Daniels! All the characters we love are of course also here!

Kate and Curran have finally decided to formalize their relationship and to get married. But now, their marriage also announces big changes and the oracles predict the destruction of Atlanta and the love ones of our heroine. Our heroes will then have to decide how they wish to act in particular when it comes to Roland. In fact, a multitude of events follows one after the other and Kate must thus manage her marriage, the war looming but also her power she does not master. No, Kate did not expect that her wedding preparations would take so much of her time and even if someone does it for her, she is obliged to be present for the details. It’s pretty funny it must be said to see them handle all this then that is the last thing they want to do. As I said, Kate must also manage her new responsibilities, including her new powers and her taste for ever more. It’s really not easy to assist to these events, especially when we see that she goes deep down. And then we have Roland … It’s always very difficult to state about him. It is definitely crazy and horrible at the same time to see his relationship with Kate as it is quite complicated to define. Yet, choices will have to be made and we see with our characters the preparation of a confrontation.

I can also tell you that we learn much more about Kate and her family and I loved knowing all these revelations and explanations. Besides, as always, Ilona Andrews carried me with the story and I was struggling to put the the novel down before finishing it. It was once again a compelling and fantastic story that I enjoyed reading it and can not wait to read more!

5 

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Magic Binds de Ilona Andrews (VO)

Kate Daniels, Tome 9

Résumé (traduction personnelle) : La mercenaire Kate Daniels sait trop bien que la magie en post-Shift à Atlanta est dangereuse. Mais rien n’aurait pu la préparer pour ça …

Kate et l’ancien Seigneur des Bêtes Curran Lennart rendent finalement leur relation officielle. Mais il y a quelques obstacles difficiles sur la voie de leur marche vers l’autel …

Le père de Kate, Roland, a enlevé le demi-dieu Saiman et le saigne à sec lentement dans son désir constant de pouvoir. Une sorcière Oracle a prédit que si Kate épouse l’homme qu’elle aime, Atlanta brulera et elle le perdra pour toujours. Et la seule personne à qui Kate peut demander de l’aide est morte depuis longtemps.

Les chances sont nulles. L’avenir est sombre. Mais Kate Daniels n’a jamais été du genre à jouer selon les règles …

Avis : Comment ne pas succomber à un nouveau roman d’Ilona Andrews ? Je pense qu’on attend tous avec grande impatience chaque sortie et c’était un réel plaisir de me replonger dans l’univers de Kate Daniels ! Tous les personnages que l’on adore sont bien sûr eux aussi tous ici !

Kate et Curran ont enfin décidé d’officialiser leur union et de se marier. Mais voilà, leur mariage annonce aussi de grands changements et les oracles prédisent la destruction d’Atlanta et des proches de notre héroïne. Nos héros vont alors devoir décider comment ils désirent agir notamment quand il est question de Roland. En effet, une multitude d’évènements se succèdent les uns à la suite des autres et Kate doit ainsi gérer son mariage, la guerre qui se profile mais aussi ses pouvoirs qu’elle ne maitrise pas. Non, Kate ne s’attendait pas à ce que les préparatifs de son mariage soient aussi contraignants et même si quelqu’un s’en charge pour elle, elle est obligée d’être présente pour les détails. C’est assez drôle il faut le dire de les voir gérer tous cela alors que c’est la dernière chose qu’ils désirent faire. Comme je le disais, Kate doit aussi gérer ses nouvelles responsabilités et notamment ses nouveaux pouvoir et son son goût pour toujours plus. Ce n’est vraiment pas simple à la vue des évènements, notamment quand on voit que tout l’enfonce toujours plus. Et puis il y a Roland… C’est toujours très difficile de statuer à son sujet. Il est définitivement horrible et fou mais en même temps sa relation avec Kate est assez compliquée à définir. Pourtant, des choix vont devoir être faits et on assiste avec tous nos personnages à la préparation de l’affrontement.

Je peux aussi vous dire que nous en apprenons beaucoup plus sur Kate et sa famille et j’ai adoré connaitre toutes ces révélations et explications. D’ailleurs comme toujours, Ilona Andrews m’a emportée avec son histoire et j’ai eu du mal à poser le roman avant de l’avoir fini. C’était une fois encore une histoire prenante et fantastique que j’ai adoré découvrir et je suis impatiente d’en lire plus !

5 

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Magic Stars by Ilona Andrews

Grey Wolf, Book 1 & Kate Daniels, Book 8,5

Synopsis: Scarred, solitary Derek Gaunt has separated from his Pack, and is truly a lone wolf. With no family he answers to no one; but is fiercely loyal to a chosen few. So, when several of those close to him are murdered, he’ll stop at nothing to hunt their killer through the magic-drenched streets of Atlanta.

Never one to be left on the sidelines, equally determined—some might say stubborn—Julie Lennart-Olsen soon joins in his pursuit; and what began as revenge turns into a race to save the city. Their search pits them against powers they never imagined and magic so old, it predates history. It may cost Derek his life, but there are things for which even he would risk everything.

Review: For those who do not know it yet, I love the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews and it’s true that I jump on every new release as soon as it is possible. So when I saw this novella in the series, I admit that I was immediately intrigued, especially when you consider that it is about Derek and Julie. How not to be interested?

We thus find our dear wolf, and Julie, facing a new investigation while Curran and Kate are absent from the city. To his dismay, moreover, Derek will have to team up with the girl to try to unravel the terrible murder of an entire family. Both characters will find themselves swept away by the events and find themselves in a more difficult situation than what they would have thought originally. They will thus have to confront mythical creatures, a very powerful magic and a man who is desperate to amass power.

It was a very interesting novella and it was a real pleasure to find the Kate Daniels’ universe here. I loved to see the interactions between Julie and Derek and it’s true that we wonder when they will realize both that perhaps there is more between them. We also discover one of Julie’s secrets and new faculties (although she tries to remain discreet about it). I’m curious to see what will happen when everyone will be aware of her actions.

In any case, as I said, I had a great time with the story and I always look forward to have more!

 

4-5 

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Magic Stars d’Ilona Andrews (VO)

Grey Wolf, Tome 1 & Kate Daniels, Tome 8,5

Résumé (traduction personnelle) : Derek Gaunt n’a pas de famille et peu d’amis. Marqué d’une cicatrice, il est le loup solitaire qui s’est séparé de sa meute. Lorsque ses proches sont assassinés, il va tout faire pour chasser leurs assassins à travers une Atlanta baignée dans la magie.

Bientôt Julie Olsen se joint à lui et ce qui commence comme une vengeance se transforme en course pour sauver la ville. Leur recherche les met face à des puissances dont ils ne soupçonnaient pas l’existence et à une magie si ancienne qu’elle est antérieure à l’histoire. Elle peut coûter à Derek sa vie, mais il y a des choses pour lesquelles il peut tout risquer.

Avis : Pour ceux qui ne le savent pas encore j’adore la série Kate Daniels d’Ilona Andrews et c’est vrai que je me jette sur chaque nouvelle sortie dès qu’il en est possible. Aussi quand j’ai vu la prochaine nouvelle de la série, j’avoue que j’ai été intriguée, notamment quand on sait qu’elle porte sur Derek et Julie. Comment ne pas être intriguée ?

On retrouve ainsi, notre cher loup, ainsi que Julie, face à une nouvelle enquête alors que Curran et Kate sont absents de la ville. A son grand désarroi d’ailleurs, Derek va devoir faire équipe avec la jeune fille pour essayer d’élucider le meurtre terrible d’une famille entière. Les deux personnages vont se retrouver emportés par les événements et se retrouver dans une situation bien plus délicate que ce à quoi ils avaient pensé initialement. Ils vont ainsi devoir affronter des créatures mythiques, une magie très puissante et un homme qui est prêt à tout pour amasser du pouvoir.

C’était une nouvelle très intéressante et c’était un réel plaisir de retrouver l’univers de Kate Daniels ici. J’aime beaucoup voir les interactions entre Julie et Derek et c’est vrai qu’on se demande quand ils réaliseront tous les deux qu’il y a peut-être plus entre eux. On découvre aussi un des secrets de Julie et les facultés qu’elle a à présent (bien qu’elle essaie de rester discrète à ce sujet). Je suis curieuse de voir ce qu’il adviendra quand tout le monde sera au courant de ses actions.

Dans tous les cas, comme je le disais, j’ai passé un excellent moment avec l’histoire et j’attends toujours avec impatience d’en avoir plus !

4-5 

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Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews

Kate Daniels,  Book 8

Synopsis: After breaking from life with the Pack, mercenary Kate Daniels and her mate—former Beast Lord Curran Lennart—are adjusting to a very different pace. While they’re thrilled to escape all the infighting, Curran misses the constant challenges of leading the shapeshifters.

So when the Pack offers him its stake in the Mercenary Guild, Curran seizes the opportunity—too bad the Guild wants nothing to do with him and Kate. Luckily, as a veteran merc, Kate can take over any of the Guild’s unfinished jobs in order to bring in money and build their reputation. But what Kate and Curran don’t realize is that the odd jobs they’ve been working are all connected.

An ancient enemy has arisen, and Kate and Curran are the only ones who can stop it—before it takes their city apart piece by piece…

Review: As for each novel in the Kate Daniels series, I was waiting for Magic Shifts with impatient since the end of the previous volume. It must be said that every novel is always a delight to follow and to discover.

We thus find our hero, now separated from the Pack. This is a big change, and even if it is easier for Kate, Curran is struggling to return to a quieter life. Yet, with our heroine, nothing is ever really peaceful. While an army of ghouls is wandering appears in town and that nobody seems to know the reason of their presence, George comes home to ask for help. It seems that her companion, Eduardo, has disappeared and the pack does not really seem interested to save him. Our couple will then embark on a new investigation much more difficult than they thought. But as they come closer to the truth, they may realize that a new enemy is in town, and he seems much more powerful than they would have imagined.

I really liked the ideas of the authors here, including a new type of creature and I admit that I was quite surprised. It must be said that the authors keep us in the dark for a while before revealing the truth. But of course, we also have the presence of Roland and I admit that I’m really curious to understand what he really wants. And it’s true that even if we understand that he is interested in Kate and her family, it is difficult to really understand him. Moreover, this novel will help us to learn more about the mother of our heroine and the events following the escape of Voron. But that’s not all because, now separated from the Pack, Curran finds himself offered the reins of the Guild of Mercenaries and I admit that it was pretty funny to see how people were taking this decision. But I think what made me smile the most was to see Curran trying to adapt to a normal life that is perhaps not necessarily made for him and to see that although Jim is the new leader, all turn to our lion to solve their problems.

You can understand now that it is not necessarily an easy novel for Kate but we find here all the characters we know about with pleasure and as always, it is very difficult to put the book down until finishing it. Besides, if you have not already tried the series, I can only advise you to do it quickly. I’m sure you will love these colorful characters that will take you easily in their adventures and their lives.

 

5

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Magic Shifts d’Ilona Andrews (VO)

Kate Daniels, Tome 8

Résumé (traduction personnelle) : Après s’être séparés de la Meute, la mercenaire Kate Daniels et son compagnon – ancien seigneur des bêtes Curran Lennart – s’adaptent à un rythme très différent. Alors qu’ils sont ravis d’échapper à toutes les luttes de pouvoir, Curran est en manque des défis constants des métamorphes.

Alors, quand lui offre ses parts dans la Guilde Mercenaire, Curran saisit l’occasion – dommage que la Guilde ne veuille rien à voir avec lui et Kate. Heureusement, en tant que vétéran merc, Kate peut prendre en charge les missions non achevées de la Guilde afin d’apporter de l’argent et de construire leur réputation. Mais ce que Kate et Curran ne réalisent pas, c’est que les petits boulots sont tous reliés.

Un ancien ennemi a surgi, et Kate et Curran sont les seuls qui peuvent l’arrêter, avant que leur ville ne tombe en morceaux…

Avis : Comme pour chaque roman de la série Kate Daniels, j’attendais Magic Shifts avec impatiente depuis la fin du tome précédent. Il faut dire que chaque roman est toujours un pur délice à suivre et découvrir.

Nous retrouvons donc nos héros, à présent séparés de la meute. C’est un gros changement, et même si c’est plus facile pour Kate, Curran a du mal à revenir à une vie plus calme. Pourtant, avec notre héroïne, rien n’est jamais vraiment paisible. Alors qu’une armée de ghoules semble errer en ville et que personne ne semble en connaitre la raison, George se présente chez eux pour leur demander de l’aide. Il semblerait que son compagnon, Eduardo, ait disparu et la meute ne semble pas vraiment intéressée pour le sauver. Notre couple va alors se lancer dans une enquête bien plus ardue qu’ils ne le pensaient. Mais alors qu’ils se rapprochent de la vérité, ils pourraient bien se rendre compte qu’un nouvel ennemi est en ville, et qu’il semble bien plus puissant qu’ils ne l’auraient imaginé.

J’ai beaucoup aimé les idées des auteurs ici, on retrouve un nouveau type de créatures et j’avoue que j’ai été assez surprise. Il faut dire que les auteurs nous gardent dans le flou pendant un bon moment avant de nous révéler la vérité. Mais bien sûr, nous avons aussi la présence de Roland et j’avoue que je suis vraiment curieuse de comprendre ce qu’il désire réellement. Et c’est vrai que même si on comprend qu’il s’intéresse à Kate et sa famille, c’est difficile de vraiment le cerner. D’ailleurs, ce roman nous permettra d’en apprendre plus sur la mère de notre héroïne et les événements suivant la fuite de Voron. Mais ce n’est pas tout car, maintenant séparé de la Meute, Curran se retrouve proposé les rênes de la Guilde des Mercenaires et j’avoue que c’était assez drôle de voir comment les gens prenaient cette décision. Mais je pense que ce qui m’a fait le plus sourire c’est de voir Curran essayer de s’adapter à une vie normale qui n’est peut-être pas forcément faite pour lui et de voir que même si Jim est le nouveau dirigeant, tous se tournent vers notre lion pour régler certains problèmes.

Vous le verrez, ce n’est pas un roman forcément facile pour Kate ici mais on retrouve tous les personnages que nous connaissons avec plaisir et comme à chaque fois, c’est très difficile de reposer le livre avant de l’avoir fini. D’ailleurs si vous n’avez pas déjà essayé la série, je ne peux que vous conseiller de le faire au plus vite. Je suis sûre que vous serez conquis par ces personnages hauts en couleurs qui vous emporteront facilement dans leurs aventures et dans leur vie.

5

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Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews

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.

5

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