Rated it: 5 Stars
Recommends it to: Generally the Young Adult crowd into the urban fantasy realm. If you liked The Edge series (haven’t read it yet myself), chances are you might like this one as well.
Mercenary Kate Daniels and her mate, Curran, the Beast Lord, are struggling to solve a heartbreaking crisis. Unable to control their beasts, many of the Pack’s shapeshifting children fail to survive to adulthood. While there is a medicine that can help, the secret to its making is closely guarded by the European packs, and there’s little available in Atlanta.
Kate can’t bear to watch innocents suffer, but the solution she and Curran have found threatens to be even more painful. The European shapeshifters who once outmaneuvered the Beast Lord have asked him to arbitrate a dispute—and they’ll pay him in medicine. With the young people’s survival and the Pack’s future at stake, Kate and Curran know they must accept the offer—but they have little doubt that they’re heading straight into a trap…
A slight spoiler is in here somewhere
I think this might possibly be the best book in the series. Not only because this wasn’t happening in Atlanta but half way around the world made me pause; it could be either really good or disastrous, because they’re going to be way out of their territory so any crap can happen but that made the prospect of reading this even more exciting. It was awesome.
Punctuated with the much loved smart-mouth remarks, Kate, Curran and Co. sail across the Black Sea on body guard duty. Having no choice on the matter really, they agree to a contract drawn up where in exchange of protecting the werewolf mother-to-be Dessandra in exchange for the precious panacea, a substance capable of drastically reducing the probability of young shifters falling prey to loupism. Dessandra though, oh my goodness, that woman is a case by herself, complex and at times pitiful (and I suspect that’s on purpose) but certainly not stupid.
They knew they’re walking straight into a trap; to what ends, that was the mystery. Julie’s friend was in an induced coma, her body overrun by rampant Lyc-V, or Lycros Virus, the virus that makes them go furry as well as giving them the ability to heal at exponential rates. They have to get that panacea or die trying, for her and the future. But hot damn, I hadn’t expected that Iron Dog bastard to be pulling the strings, orchestrating the master plan.
I enjoyed immensely the chemistry of their little entourage, some people we knew and some definitely new, like Jim’s sister. Kate and Curran’s relationship were tested almost to the edge, as it was faced with her growing sense of isolation from the Pack. Mahon, God bless that bear, actually came around and that kind of surprised me but I suppose he finally saw the lengths to which Kate was willing to go for his – forgive me –their people.
There was sacrifice, yes. I am so so sorry and will miss that bad ass individual (to minimize the spoiler impact), but it’s because of him/her they got to live, not to mention Kate’s compassion towards the slightly cracked Christopher. Saiman was here as well and to be honest, as despicable as he can be half of the time I’d have missed him if he hadn’t been included but since he was the reason they could get across the sea in the first place there was no question of him being there at all. He’s grown on me and I’m thinking that might not be such a horrible thought.
The game is over now and the cat’s out of the bag, Roland knows where his daughter is and will be coming to get her at any cost. Everyone Kate holds dear is in mortal peril.
Is she ready to face him? Not yet. She’s not alone though, having made the right choice to live a little even if that meant endangering the Pack. You have to see it this way too, it’s not like the Pack wasn’t going to get involved anyway. The action continues in Magic Breaks which is to be released around the 29th of July this year!
“Aha! So I’m not crazy.”
“You are most definitely crazy,” Derek said. “But in a deranged, endearing way.”
Barabas placed a stack on the table and held the chair out for me. “For you.”
“I’m hungry and I don’t have time for this.”
Barabas’s eyes held no mercy. “Make time, Alpha. You have two hands. You can eat and sign simultaneously.”
“Enjoying my suffering?” I asked.
“I find it hilarious that you’ll run into a gunfight with nothing but your sword, but paperwork makes you panic.”
Barabas put a thicker stack in front of him.
“This is yours, m’lord.”
Barabas pulled Christopher out of the cage. The man stared up at him. “I died, didn’t I? Are you an angel?”
“Sure,” Barabas said. “Follow me to the Heavenly Shower.”
“No matter what happens, you will always be Pack. Because you have that loyalty and restraint. Not human, not whatever, but Kate. Unique and different, but not separate.” [Mahon to Kate]
“Leaving what is safe so you can be more, Derek said. “The cage is what the bird knows; the sky is all the things he still wants to do even if it’s a risk.”
“I was the badass Consort and he was the grim Pack’s executioner. Hugging him in the hallways would be entirely inappropriate.” [Kate referring to Mahon]
“I tried to picture a female version of Jim and got Jim in a dress instead. The image was disturbing.”