Saturday, October 20, 2018

Review: Magic Trumphs by Ilona Andrews

Publication Date: Series: Kate Daniels #10Rating: 4.5 Stars

Official Blurb:

Kate has come a long way from her origins as a loner taking care of paranormal problems in post-Shift Atlanta. She's made friends and enemies. She's found love and started a family with Curran Lennart, the former Beast Lord. But her magic is too strong for the power players of the world to let her be.

Kate and her father, Roland, currently have an uneasy truce, but when he starts testing her defenses again, she knows that sooner or later, a confrontation is inevitable. The Witch Oracle has begun seeing visions of blood, fire, and human bones. And when a mysterious box is delivered to Kate's doorstep, a threat of war from the ancient enemy who nearly destroyed her family, she knows their time is up.

Kate Daniels sees no other choice but to combine forces with the unlikeliest of allies. She knows betrayal is inevitable. She knows she may not survive the coming battle. But she has to try.

For her child.
For Atlanta.

For the world.

The last book. The last hurrah with Kate and Curran. Nope. I refuse to believe this is it. Nooooooo!

Okay. FINE. I’ll accept it, but I don’t have to like it. #Justsaying.

Magic Triumphs. Where to even begin with this book. As another one of my long-standing series loves, it was very hard to come to terms with not only the fact the series was ending (see notes above), but that a time jump was more than likely coming, which turns out, I was right about. Kate, fresh off of birthing her prophecied bundle of Kate/Curran goodness, Conlan, is back in action both as a mother, a wife to an unusually absent husband, and the queen of the city. Life is not exactly what you would call perfect, but it never has been for her since she uttered “Here kitty kitty,” from book #1.

It was the best kind of send off you can get for such a beloved series. Yet because of it, my bar may have been set just a little too high for this book, and because of that, my usual 5 star rating fell to a 4 for one simple reason. Conlan and Kate’s relationship with him. I get it. First time motherhood is hard. You worry. You overthink things, but I expected a little more from Kate than what I got in the final book. It was almost too much in the helicopter parenting. Not to mention that I would have like to see more about her time being pregnant rather than “I’m pregnant” to “Here’s Conlan!”. It felt like a piece of the story was missing, and that Andrews was overcompensating for that lack by making Kate a crazy mom. Don’t get me wrong. Being a mother to wild child Conlan is sure to make you crazy, but in this case, it wasn’t the good kind of crazy.

But, I was happy with the way it ended. The action, romance, and feels were all there as expected. The plot was driving, and the twists and turns were a fun addition to the final story of the series. While not my favorite in the series, it will always be the final book that gave us the final one-two punch to end the series. Now the problem is… what to read next.

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