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Good...Better...THE BEST! I'd give it 10 stars if it were possible.
am 3. August 2014
It is getting redundant but I simply can't help myself: This is the best book of the series so far...and I pretty much said that about EVERY SINGLE BOOK in the series. I read a lot (and I really mean a lot), but I have NEVER come across a series with such a constantly high level as the authors deliver with each and every book of this series. There never was a dull moment - and you really won't find them in the latest intallment.
The book starts with a short introduction of the main characters, followed by a brilliant abstract of the "road so far" - Barabas' journal catches you up with the story line. Even though I didn't need the reminder I highly enjoyed it and it got me into the right mind set to really dive into the book. This was a fantastic idea so that at the start of the actual book you can drive straight into the plot without 50 pages of trying to explain what happened when & why.
The plot thickens - while Curran is away to bargain with the Panacea Kate is on her own and has to deal with an incident that could start a war between the Pack and the People. We meet Hugh again (who needs killing) and Hibla (who really needs killing). Also, Roland is advancing on Atlanta - he does not like the rising power of the pack and he is most curious about his daughter - yes, we finally get to meet the Builder of Towers!!!
To top it off the book ends with a really nice short story about Julie (seeing that she does not play a part in the main book she gets to shine in a well rounded young-adult kind of mini-novella). Here we also meet another side character from the novella Magic Dreams - I was totally excited about that and can't wait to see where his character will go. It was so good that I actually hope for a full-length YA-book about Julie and her adventures at her new school.
I can't even begin to explain all the things that I love about this book. It is kind of a "semi-final" in the series, a turning point if you will. Old story lines are brought to a brilliant conclusion, the plot never goes where you expect it to go and new storylines are ever evolving. The character development is as always superb, Kate and Curran are just mind-blowing in their interactions, their maturity and their willingness to sacrifice for their people and especially for each other. New/sideline characters are introduced or brought to the spotlight, respectively. There is more interaction with the People - which is a given seeing that the meeting of father and daughter is inevitable. Many series suffer after a couple of books (Anita or Sookie, anyone?). This series: not so much. This is just such a well-rounded book that I have to ask myself why there aren't more authors who can deliver each and every single book with such a high standard - because obviously, it can be done!
Enough gushing. Well, not enough: sometimes you just read a book (in this case a whole series) that just speaks to you. Characters that are so life-like that you want to meet them. Characters that really touch you not because they are perfect (who is?) but because they are perfect for each other. Characters who just strive to do what is best for the people that depend on them - sometimes even at high personal costs to themselves. And it is not only Kate and Curran, every single character in this book is well-rounded, if not always likeable. Nothing and no one is one-dimensional, which contributes to the brilliance of this book and this series. Okey, enough gushing now.
For those of you who haven't started on the series (seriously, just what are you waiting for???), here is the sequence of books and stories as found on the homepage of the authors (a site I also recommend you visit, especially for the free online novellas Clean Sweep (finished) and Sweep in Peace (at this point at Chapter 5):
1.Questionable Client (short story, prequel to the series)
5.Magic Mourns (Raphael and Andrea novella)
7.Magic Dreams (Jim and Dali novella)
9.GUNMETAL MAGIC (and Magic Gifts) – Andrea’s book – Kate Daniels World #1
12.Magic Steals (Second Jim and Dali novella) – November 25, 2014 (can't wait for this one, included in "Night Shift")
13.Kate 8 – untitled, under contract YES YES YES more!!!!!
14.Magic 9 – untitled, under contract