Mercenary Kate Daniels and her mate, Curran, the Beast Lord, are struggling to solve a heartbreaking crisis. Unable to control their beasts, many of the Pack’s shape-shifting children fail to survive to adulthood. While there is a medicine that can help, the secret to its making is closely guarded by the European packs, and there’s little available in Atlanta. Kate can’t bear to watch innocents suffer, but the solution she and Curran have found threatens to be even more painful. The European shape-shifters who once outmaneuvered the Beast Lord have asked him to arbitrate a dispute - and they’ll pay him in medicine. With the young people’s survival and the Pack’s future at stake, Kate and Curran know they must accept the offer - but they have little doubt that they’re heading straight into a trap.…
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Great addition to the story
I would definitely recommend this book, and have done so. I have followed the Kate Daniels series since getting the first book due to an audible recommendation, and this plot works well within the framework of the world created by Ilona and Andrew. The plot is forward moving, for both the series and as a stand alone novel. I do think that the rest of the series adds to this novel in that certain events in the novel gain reader emotional responses due to the prior depiction of them in earlier books. What impressed me was how seamlessly the authors interwove the fantasy elements with the emotional elements. Relationship issues are often secondary or minor subplots that seem unrelated to the main story, so you question as a reader "why is this even in this book?", that is not the case here. The relationship issues are due to the over arcing plot of the whole series, and are fitting with the first person pov, and the plot arcs addressed in the book. For this genre, it is a tightly written work, with more showing than telling, and that draws the reader in.
Nallini Singh's Guild Hunter and Seanan McGuire's October Daye series are the closest of the series that really compares, also Anne Bishops' Written in Red (first in a new series) because they both combine the urban fantasy and the emotional/relationship elements in a seamless manner. All these books (series really) work hard at making the 'everyday' events realistic within the surreal nature of the worlds created by the authors. Children, transportation, nutrition and medical concerns are not whisked away in favor of the action, nor are the action sequences gratuitous. Bad things happen and they have consequences beyond the plot point of one book, the characters natures change.
I enjoy Renee Raudman's narration of this and other books. She manages to give each character a distinct voice that is fitting for that character.
Sometimes intrigue and danger is worth challenging for the children.