Magic Claims by Ilona Andrews
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
It’s so nice to go back to the world of Kate & Curran. In this book, Kate really shines.
Kate is still trying to “lay low” but after her previous Wilmington adventure, it seems unlikely. While progress on the fort is done, they receive a visitor loosely tied to Kate’s work in the previous book. It quickly becomes clear that they have been made an offer they can’t refuse. We all know that Curran is going to be beast lord whether he wants to or not and that Kate is still following (loosely) in her father’s footsteps. This sets them on the journey to a town that has been “cursed.” They receive visits demanding sacrifices and it appears nobody from the town is able to leave for more than a day.
Having no patience for bullies, Kate, Curran and their newly formed “pack” head out in to the evil woods to have a talk with the evil that lurks there. Turns out, there’s a lot of fighting that has to happen before we get to the talking stage. It’s Kate at her absolute best - just flexing her fighting and magic to the best of her ability, standing up for those in her protection. There are absolutely bigger forces at play, moving the chess pieces around, but it was still so satisfying to see Kate step up and make the tough decisions. I loved this story and hope we don’t have to leave Kate here forever.
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