Final review, first posted on Fantasy Literature: Kate Daniels, after nine novels ’ worth of fighting magical villains, romancing Curran the Beast Lord, developing her own über-magical powers and preternatural sword-fighting abilities, and magically claiming all of Atlanta as her territory ( and that ’ s eve a start), gets an ending to her story in Magic Triumphs, the fift and final ook in Ilona Andrews ’ popular KATE DANIELS series.
Well, kind of.Kate is married to Curran now, who ’ s passed his title as Beast Lord on to Jim. After th very brief prologue in which Kate gives birth, the story jumps forward in time thirteen months, when their son Conlan is a precocious one year old whose antics keep his parents hopping.
An ominous, evil-smelling box is left on Kate ’ s doorstep, causing thirteen-month-old Conlan to suddenly erupt into a new shape ( or two), making Kate even more nervous, Curran joyful, and life exponentially more difficult.Magic Triumphs is actually one of my avorite books in the KATE DANIELS series, and another great wrap-up to the series.
What one might not expect is that it ’ s also fairly important to plot understanding and continuity to have also read Iron and Magic, the recently published spin-off novel featuring Hugh D ’ Ambrey, Kate ’ s old enemy.Conlan is an musing and adorable addition to castin of characters, and Kate manages fairly well in combining her ass-kicking magical investigator and problem-solver ways with capable parenting, though her spin on it ends up being, well, ifferent than most parents ’. " Look, Daddy killed him dead.