Heckfire!!! What did I just read? I never saw any of this coming, not even a little bit. And yet? It made complete sense too. This is book 9 in the Kate Daniels series, and be ready for it, because I am going to gush and spoilers for earlier in the series may occur and if you haven't read the series it is going to be pure gibberish (it's book 9, what do you expect?). Kate Daniels rocks out with her socks out...or on as the case may be...in a tutu.
We've seen Kate grow from a low-lying no-name merc, to a POWER. She's made friends and enemies. Just, aargh, I don't even know how to express all the things that make me love this series. But I love it so. The night I was reading it someone asked me what I was reading and I TRIED to explain it. But trying to express into words what makes me so enthralled with this series proved pretty much impossible and devolved into something that probably resembled the kind of embarrassing spectacle that was once associated with Bieber fans. My love for this series is vast, I walk in this world in my head and it is a mythology that makes sense to me.
So this book in particular? Leading up to it we have seen how the structure of the people in Kate's life have shifted, it was moving toward something. But that structure is pretty effing clear now. War is coming and alliances are and will be tested.
Christopher, the broken man, the apparent deus ex machina that I thought was there to show who Kate really was, to set her apart from her father, yeah, he turned out to be pretty ever-loving important. He hurts my heart, but I think he's going to get better now. And I can't wait to see how his story shakes out.
Roman the Dark Vohlv is freaking adorable. Just the cutest little Dark Vohlv ever, and as the representative that your job doesn't have to define you, he's pretty perfect and I want a HEA there quite badly.
Jim, the new Beast Lord, yeah he done screwed up. Fortunately Dali is a magnificent Beast Lady who is perfectly willing to call him on whatever he needs calling on. She is just as good of a Beast Lady as I knew she would be. I expect Jim will have some consequences, as he well deserves. But I expect we'll see that shake out in the next book.
And of course Ghastek , Master of the Dead, came through, I've always liked him. I'd like to see his story play out too. We don't necessarily need a whole book, but a little more wouldn't go amiss.
We also got quite a bit of back story on everyone. Roland, Era, Hugh. Lots of emotions to be wrong there.
And the rest of the gang; Andrea, Raphael, Desandra, Derek, Ascanio, Samhain, everyone made an appearance and played their parts.
And I guess that pretty much shows if not explains why I love this series. These characters are as real to me as anyone else. The world is built and layered so I believe it too, so the characters they've created can walk there and I can believe in them and feel like I know them too.
As for the events, this is very much a learning book, more so than an action book. But is still felt really exciting. So yeah, we tromp through Kate's past and her future, and Kate learns a heck of a lot, but it still felt like there was a lot going on and that there were some real stakes. And there was a wedding. I don't know, it came down fairly easy and then hooked for the next (last?) book. Good stuff, all the stars, 10/10 would read again, recommend this series to everyone and all that jazz.