Series: Kate Daniels #7
Published by ACE on July 29, 2014
Genres: PNR, Urban Fantasy
Source: Advance Reader Copy, author
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…
If I could only use one word for this book it would be WOW.
As anyone following the series knows, the last book brought some changes with it. This book does no less.
Curran is called away on Pack business and Kate is left in charge. And these shifters, no matter how often Kate has bled for them, saved them, given her everything for them, it’s still not enough. It never is. While Curran is gone, Hugh shows up again and this time, he’s involved the People. Kate has a little less than 18 hours to solve a murder and prevent a war. Meanwhile, there are rumblings around the Pack that if Curran doesn’t return, they won’t allow Kate to keep the alpha position.
This didn’t go so well for them last time.
Has no one wondered how Kate has survived all this time, how she keeps coming out on top? She can’t be “just a human” if she’s survived so much. They have no idea what’s in store for them.
But Kate does.
Her father knows about her and has sent Hugh to bring her in. And we know she won’t go.
There are a few surprises in this book, and there are a few twists and turns that drastically change the series arc. Like big time. Epic. You know, I take back my one word review…I’d change it to EPIC. That is the word for this series.
I love how Kate has to do so much on her own here, and how she’s tested over and over. I mean Ilona Andrews never pulled their punches before, why would they start now? Kate, now that her secret is slowly leaking out and more and more people are learning it, has stopped hiding. She has stopped holding back. There are 2 scenes that I was silently fist pumping and jumping up and down because of how awesome Kate is.
When Curran is back in the scene, you realize how much Kate has done, and how much she still has left to do. Hugh may not be in favor with Roland anymore, and isn’t that just awesome?
And enter my favorite side character of the book, Ghastek. Yes, you read that right, Ghastek. He’s got a decent-sized role in this plot, and you know? I kind of like him. And I just loved the ending where he was the last to get it (won’t tell you what “it” is—no spoilers!)
But the biggest thing we see in this book is how much Kate and Curran compliment each other. There’s no battle for page time, there’s no time at all where one out-shines the other. They just work so well together, and I think this is why this series works so well for me.
Ilona Andrews has created one of the best Urban Fantasy heroines out there, and as Kate has done something monumental, we know we haven’t see the last of her, even though the world created now has a new branch growing in a slightly different direction, I have no doubt that Kate will continue to rock my socks.
The best thing any of you can do is start the Kate Daniels series. I promise, you’ll thank me for it.
***ARC courtesy of the author