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327 pages, Hardcover
First published August 28, 2018
“It is a truth universally acknowledged that Kate Daniels is the Best Bloody Shrimping Urban Fantasy Series That Ever Was and Ever Will Be.”I can’t remember this most perceptive author’s name, unfortunately , but one thing’s for sure: those 18th-century folks really had Impeccable Book Taste (IBT™). Too bad their being somewhat dead prevented them from reading this last installment in the series. Life really sucks sometimes. Hmmm…I wonder what sucks more, come to think of it: being a little dead and not having read the book, or being vaguely alive, having read it and therefore having no other installment to look forward to. Sounds like we’re all equally screwed, if you ask me. But I ever so slightly digress.
“I hold gods prisoner, tormenting them for my pleasure. I bring war and terror. I am Neig, the Undying. I am legend. All who know me bow to me.”
“For the first time in my life I wished magic had never come.”
“Conlan Dilmun Lennart squirmed on my chest and cried. There was no better sound in the world.”
"Look, Daddy killed him dead. All dead.”Along with the family bonding, there are a few heartbreaking moments in Magic Triumphs, so the Andrews don’t pull all of their punches here. After fudging a little with the ongoing, high-stakes conflict with Roland in Magic Binds, there is an ingenious resolution to the Roland Problem in this novel, which satisfies the need for a wrap-up but still leaves room for possible adventures to come. As Iron and Magic evidences (not to mention the epilogue in Magic Triumphs), Ilona Andrews isn’t yet finished with Kate’s world. Kate is probably happy to take a back seat at this point and let some other characters do most of the driving and monster-slaying. Though I’ll certainly miss Kate’s point of view, I’ll always be deeply interested in whatever adventures in this world may come from the fertile imaginations of the Andrews team.
Dali was staring at me with a look of pure horror.
“I don’t want him to have nightmares that the bad man is going to get him,” I told her. “This way he knows that his daddy killed him … We are a family of monsters and he’s our child. People will always try to kill him and we will always protect him. He better get used to it.”
“You and me, Kate. We’re forever.”
“I promise you this morning wouldn’t be the last time,” he told me. “I keep my promises.