Fabulous end to a wonderful urban-fantasy series!
Reading Level: Urban Fantasy
Release Date: August 28, 2018
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Length: 12 hours and 6 minutes (Unabridged)
Reviewed By: Kate McMurry
In this final installment of the terrific, Kate Daniels (KD), urban fantasy series, Kate and her husband, Curran Lennart, have become parents to their very young son, Conlan. He is of an age at which a human child would be called a toddler, but Conlan is anything but a mere toddling child. He is as powerfully magical as his parents and adds a adorably entertaining new dimension to the Kate-and-Curran saga.
As always, there is constant wild adventure in this book, and all of the beloved, continuing cast of characters from the series make an appearance. In this novel, as well, the overarching plot regarding the series’ Big Bad, Kate’s father, the godlike Roland, is wrapped up in a very clever and utterly satisfying way.
To the relief of us rabid KD fans, the authors have begun a spin-off series, Iron Covenant, starring Hugh d’Ambray. The events of the first book in that series, Iron and Magic, occur just before the events in this book, and Hugh and his love interest have a cameo appearance in this book. In a remarkable, well motivated plot twist, this deadly villain from earlier in the KD series has an upright, new life, after being cut off from the evil Roland.
There is also strong hope for avid fans of the KD world that there will be other spin-offs in the future in the form of short stories or even another trilogy with Kate’s adopted daughter, Julie. And maybe, someday, if we are very, very lucky, they will write a series starring Kate’s magnificently magical son.
I experienced this story in audiobook format and, as always, Renee Raudman does a wonderful job with the narration. She’s one of the best in the business.
I rate this book as follows:
Fantasy World-Building: 5
Action-Adventure Plot: 5
Audibook Narration: 5