The Hidden Legacy series is young fresh and quite steamy. It has the complexity of a more seasoned urban fantasy and the lightness that will attract younger readers.
The whole marry and procreate to create the perfect magical being for your magical house has a eugenics feel to it. Perhaps not so distanced from real life and the quest to create the perfect human.
In a world where we can already manipulate the choice of gender, hereditary diseases and general appearance, the need for magical or indeed perfection is actually quite a popular topic.
Nevada has done some growing up and is stepping up to protect her family by making the correct political moves and planning strategically instead of with her heart. To beat the the rules of the houses you have to be able to think and act like them.
One of the highlights of the story is of course the romance between Nevada and Rogan. The two of them are like a well-tuned machine in both a professional and personal sense. The chemistry is explosive, which of course is one of Andrews specialities. Being able to create tension, longing and pure animal attraction between the main characters.
It is what readers have come to expect from Andrews, a solid urban fantasy with memorable characters and plenty of potential for further development.
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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.
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