#CBR10Bingo: This is the end
This is the tenth and final book in a long running series. As such, there may be spoilers for the contents of at least previous books, as well as mild spoilers for the plot of this one. More importantly, it is NOT the place to start. The proper place to begin is Magic Bites. The book is a bit rough, but stick with it, this series is among the best paranormal fantasy out there.
I’ve spent more than eleven hours on a train from Canada today, and then more than an hour getting back from Penn Station, so I’m going to just cut and paste the official blurb here, because my brain is too muddled to come up with a decent summary of my own:
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 the world.
I’ve been reading these books for nearly a decade (started the series in 2009), so it’s a rather bittersweet thing to finally get to the end. Nevertheless, it was time for Kate and Curran’s adventures to reach an end point, but the authors leave the door open for further adventures in the universe they’ve created. Already promised – two more books about Hugh and Elara (intriguingly set BEFORE their appearance in this one. While there were some things I didn’t think worked so well, and the pacing of the plot is uneven (the ending feels really rather rushed), but overall, I thought this was an incredibly satisfying final chapter to the series.
Full review on my blog.