I have to hand it to Andrews even when they have created the book equivalent of a huge ice cream sundae they still manage to pop a cherry on top.
Magic Binds is the 9th book in the Kate Daniels series, and far from slowing down and getting boring, it is actually picking up pace and becoming more adventurous.
In this book we see Kate struggle with her inner demons. She is faced with the realisation that she is indeed her father’s daughter. She is part of the family dynamic and more importantly their powerful magical heritage.
Kate feels the power trying to consume the part of her personality that makes fair and moral decisions. It wants to rule and it wants to demand submission. Unfortunately the inner power overrules Kate at the most inopportune moments, which almost causes a war.
Aside from that minor issue Kate also has to make some important choices based on the previews of her future. The problem with that is the more you know about the future, the more you either want to change it, thereby possibly making it worse, or you inadvertently walk along the path of a self-fulfilling prophecy.
It is a fast paced story, well actually that might be a bit of an understatement. It is a non-stop god battling, wizard challenging, squaring up to beast kings extravaganza with a little oracle snark thrown in for free. If you’ve read Andrews before you know every page is an experience in itself.