|Series||Kate Daniels #4|
|Tags||magic, shapeshifters, urban fantasy, vampires|
Kate Daniels works for the Order of the Knights of Merciful Aid, officially as a liaison with the mercenary guild. Unofficially, she cleans up the paranormal problems no one else wants to handle—especially if they involve Atlanta’s shapeshifting community.
When she’s called in to investigate a fight at the Steel Horse, a bar midway between the territories of the shapeshifters and the necromancers, Kate quickly discovers there’s a new player in town. One who’s been around for thousands of years—and rode to war at the side of Kate’s father.
This foe may be too much even for Kate and Curran, the Lord of the Beasts, to handle. Because this time, Kate will be taking on family…
Review & Comments
If you take a synopsis of the action from a Kate Daneils book and read it out to, say, your significant other, it sounds really over-the-top silly. The plot synopsis from this story is an excellent example.
Thing is, the plot is tight, the action well-written, and the combat flows. And interlaced within that - not separate - is deft characterization and realistic interactions between characters. I trust Ilona Andrews to throw around ancient god-like beings because she makes it work.
At any rate, for many readers I suspect that the biggest draw for this installment in the series is the developing relationship between Kate and Curran. It develops quite a bit in this book, in the realistic, frustrating, roundabout way of people who have a deep connection and absolutely no clue how to deal with it.