Having devoured the rest of the Kate Daniels series earlier this year, I pre-ordered this and read it as soon as it came out (although stupid work has got in the stupid way of reviewing ever since). Magic Triumphs made for a great finale to a fantastic series – I’ll definitely miss having more Kate to look forward to.
So…War has been looming for post-shift Atlanta ever since Kate laid claim to the land, making her a direct obstacle to her father’s quest for domination. Still navigating the new politics brought about by having split from the Pack, she’s now also navigating motherhood having given birth to possibly the world’s cutest werelion cub. Unfortunately for Kate (but fortunately for us) she’s not going to be given a reprieve to concentrate on raising her son as a mysterious box shows up on her doorstep – an introduction to an ancient being with the power to lay everything and everyone Kate loves to waste. To defeat it, Kate’s going to need all the help she can get – including from people that she’d really rather not – as she is forced to work with former adversaries to neutralise the threat. To top things off, Curran has been disappearing on ‘hunting trips’, and the secret he’s been keeping from her could possibly see him disappearing forever the next time that tech hits.
I thoroughly enjoyed this last outing, which showed how well Andrews has been lining up her pieces for the end-game as well as how much things have changed for Kate since we first met her – no longer the surly loner, Kate is now surrounded by family and friends who would lay down their lives for her, a slow build which progressed naturally as the series developed. There’s tons of imagination at work, and the world built is incredibly well-realised, with post-shift Atlanta being one of the best that I’ve read in this genre.
If you’re even the most casual of urban fantasy fans but haven’t read this series yet, do yourself a favour and rectify this immediately. The Kate Daniels series really needs to adorn your bookshelves.