(Kate Daniels, #7)
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No matter how much the paranormal politics of Atlanta change, one thing always remains the same: if there’s trouble, Kate Daniels will be in the middle of it…

As the mate of the Beast Lord, Curran, former mercenary Kate Daniels has more responsibilities than it seems possible to juggle. Not only is she still struggling to keep her investigative business afloat, she must now deal with the affairs of the pack, including preparing her people for attack from Roland, a cruel ancient being with god-like powers. Since Kate’s connection to Roland has come out into the open, no one is safe—especially those closest to Kate.

As Roland’s long shadow looms ever nearer, Kate is called to attend the Conclave, a gathering of the leaders from the various supernatural factions in Atlanta. When one of the Masters of the Dead is found murdered there, apparently at the hands of a shapeshifter, Kate is given only twenty-four hours to hunt down the killer. And this time, if she fails, she’ll find herself embroiled in a war which could destroy everything she holds dear…

 “I have to say, your technique is really different. Curran hammered at the spell until it broke. You just talk. Help me out here, what’s the strategy? Are you hoping the ward will get tired and kill itself so it won’t have to listen to you anymore?”

Best book in the series? You bet, it even beats book three for me.

I can’t express how much I LOVED this book. I am SO Happy they went the way they did with Roland. For years I told people how I thought the twist should go, not many others were bringing it up, and I NEVER thought the authors would go the route I thought they should. Not only did they do that, though, they made it TONS better. I am fascinated with the Roland angle and it made this book even higher than the other ones, a sublime reading experience.

Kate and Curran were as epic as always. Their relationship makes the giggly girl in me happy. The ending twist with Curran and the pack gave me serious awwww moments – can’t wait for the next book and what’s in store for them. Just hoping that the author’s don’t mess the Roland angle up now that they’ve brought it in.

Gastek was in this book more and I enjoyed the time with him. He’s not the most likeable character but I do like him – especially with some of the funny stuff. His reactions to each development were priceless. Hugh is back and acting a little out of character as they have finally frustrated him to the levels where he just doesn’t give a damn anymore. Even so, his scenes were awesome, there’s something naughty but likeable about Hugh.

You get most of the pack’s main players, too – Andrea, Derek, Jim, all in their glory. And we now have a new donkey, Cuddles, that I love (seriously, funny scenes there.)

The pace is almost non-stop and I found it painful to put this book down. So sad when real life interfered. When Kate was alone, to when Curran came back, all was fascinating. I used to not care much for Kate, but she has grown on me more. This book takes place at the keep and in the city, and on journeys to meet Roland, not sitting still. My imagination wasn’t either. The restless nature of the scenes made it riveting stuff.

Obviously, I’m beyond happy with how the story has developed. My favorite of the group, can’t wait for the next.

   Book Quotes:

“If your head explodes can I have your stuff?” 

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