Magic Binds Audiobook by Ilona Andrews (REVIEW)

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Review of: Magic Binds Audiobook
Ilona Andrews

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On November 10, 2016
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Magic Binds Audiobook

By: Ilona Andrews

Narrated by: Reneé Raudman

Published by: Brilliance Media 10/04/2016

Magic Binds Audiobook by Ilona Andrews

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Kate Daniels #9

13 hrs and 1 mins

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Magic Binds Audiobook

5 Hearts

If you know me, then you know this series usually ranks number one or two on my favorite series lists. I’ve been following it for many years. It is a series that I started off reading, but then as soon as I listened to the first book on audio (no idea which book it was. It even could’ve been starting over with book one for a revisit), I’ve been a diehard audio only for this series ever since. I’m as big of a Renee Raudman fan as I am of Ilona Andrews. They are the perfect pair (triangle?? LOL) of author and narrator. When I heard that the audiobook was going to be late because of a schedule conflict with Raudman, of course I was a bit disappointed, but then she is allowed to have a life outside of narrating Ilona Andrews books. I’m so glad that the writing pair agreed it was better to wait on Raudman than get a new narrator. That would’ve been such a HUGE bummer.

Anyway, if you haven’t read the Kate Daniels series, then here’s a bit of a background. In her world of a kinda dystopian Atlanta, magic and tech are fighting each other. Magic comes in waves and knocks out everything that it deems “man-made”. Skyscrapers have fallen. Gasoline engines don’t run when magic is up, so they have enchanted water engines. But if tech is up, these water engines won’t run, so some cars have both. Many people have also gone back to animal transportation. There are shifters of many kind, witches, monsters of all kinds and vampires. The vampires in this book are completely different than anything I’ve read before. They are completely mindless and hunger driven. However, there are navigators who can take over the vamps minds and send them out on tasks. These people are part of a group call The People. Okay, that is about as simplistic as I can make it, but it is way more complex that this.

This is a series that has been getting better with every book. No, really, each book is better than the previous book. Kate’s world is full of many different kinds of horror. But, her and her friends/family have learned to live within this world. And I will say, things are not easy for them. This version of Atlanta always seems to be in some kind of peril. Kate has a ton of magic that she’s hidden for years, but she continues to let more and more of it out in order to save her friends. She’s one of those characters who will walk through hell for you if she calls you a friend.

In this story, we learn a lot about Kate’s family history. Her father is more in the picture. Roland is not a good guy, but he can play one when he wants to. He does like to show is true colors when he wants to.

One of my favorite parts of this story is the fact that Kate and Curran are finally going to get married. They’ve asked a friend to officiate the wedding. Roman, the priest of Chernobog, the Russian dark god. Some think Roman is evil, and many even question Kate and Curran’s decision to have him officiate the wedding. Personally, I’ve always like Roman. I like him even more after this book.He takes it upon himself to not only officiate, but also plan the wedding. That leads to some great hilarity as Kate wants nothing to do with planning. She has more important things going on, like fighting with her father and preventing some visions from coming true.

So as not to spoil anything, I will just say that this is another really fun, action packed installment in the series. Kate has a lot of battles to fight, not just with the enemy, but also within herself. There is some news from Andrea and Raphael. There is a lot we learn about Christopher. There is stuff about the wedding (so much fun).

This is a series that I love because of the banter and the characters. Every time I start a new book in this series, I come to love some of the characters even more. Some really piss me off. And some don’t make it and others make it and you have no idea how they got themselves out of the mess they were in. I’m on pins and needles with every book, in a great way. I’m so excited to see where the story goes from here. Now to leave you with some great quotes from the book, because this is one of those books that always has way more quotes than I could put into a single review. 🙂

“Hypothetically speaking,” Robert said, “if the attack happens, and Roland retaliates, what will you do about it?”
“She is a princess of Shinar.” My aunt burst into existence in the middle of the kitchen. “It is by the grace of her mercy you are still breathing.”
Robert stumbled back. Raphael’s hands went to his knives. Andrea bared her teeth, cradling Baby B. You could hear a pin drop.
“I have family in town for the wedding,” I said into the silence. “My aunt, Eahrratim, the Rose of Tigris.”
Curran covered his face with his hand.

I hung up and opened the envelope. Inside on a crisp piece of paper embossed with roses and outrageously curvy cursive said, With great pleasure we invite you to the union of Kate Daniels and Curran Lennart. “What is this?”
“It’s a wedding invitation,” Julie said.
“I didn’t order any.”
Julie grinned at me. “Roman.”
“Oh, that’s right.” I waved the envelope at her. “It has flowers on it.”
“Did you want gore, swords and severed heads?” she asked.

Magic Binds Audiobook Narration

5 Hearts

Renee Raudman continues to nail this series. I love the many (and there are many characters in this series) voices that she uses for this series. Each person’s voice is unique. There are accents, there are growly alpha male shifters, there is the snark that goes on inside Kate’s head, not to mention what comes out of her mouth. Raudman narrates all of Ilona Andrews series, and I’m so happy about that. She really understands what Andrews is going with their stories. If you haven’t tried this series on audio, then you really must give it a shot.

Ilona Andrews

Authors – Ilona Andrews

Ilona Andrews is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. Ilona is a native-born Russian and Gordon is a former communications sergeant in the U.S. Army. Contrary to popular belief, Gordon was never an intelligence officer with a license to kill, and Ilona was never the mysterious Russian spy who seduced him. They met in college, in English Composition 101, where Ilona got a better grade. (Gordon is still sore about that.)

Gordon and Ilona currently reside in Texas with their two children, and many dogs and cats. They have co-authored two series, the bestselling urban fantasy of Kate Daniels and romantic urban fantasy of The Edge.

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Renee Raudman narrator

Narrator Reneé Raudman

Renée Raudman is a multi-award-winning audiobook narrator. A multiple Audie Award nominee, she has earned a number of AudioFile Earphones Awards, including for The Last Secret by Mary McGarry Morris and Wesley the Owl by Stacey O’Brien, as well as a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award for Joe Schreiber’s Chasing the Dead. She has also performed on film, TV, radio, and stage, including the recurring roles of Jordon on ABC’s One Life To Live, Phyllis on NBC’s Passions, and guest-starring roles on prime-time TV. She has been heard in cartoons (The Simpsons, Billy & Mandy), videogames, and on the E! channel. Her narration of Homer’s Odyssey by Gwen Cooper was selected by Library Journal as one of the best audiobooks of 2009, and her reading of Marthe Jocelyn’s Would You was selected by the ALA as one of the best young adult audiobooks of 2009.

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I like to thank Brilliance Audio for providing me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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Melanie Simmons
I’m Melanie and I live in Ohio. I have two horses and a dog. I’m an animal lover, avid book reader and audiobook listener. I like to live vicariously through fictional characters. I enjoy reading and listening to mostly fictional books in the paranormal genre, including Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance and Horror. My favorite paranormal creatures are shifters, doesn’t matter the flavor.


  1. I so want to try this author combo but i’m not sure I’m willing to get into one that’s #9 already because as you know I’m just starting the Charley Davidson series by Darynda Jones. But one day I will read this author!

    • If you want to try a shorter series by this author, she has the Innkeepers Chronicles (UF) which have only two books out (book three should be out soon, but later on audio, if audio happens). She also has The Edge (PNR) which is complete with 4 books. Or the Hidden Legacy series (UF) which only has one book out. The next book will be out next year.

  2. I totally agree about Raudman. I had an ebook ARC of this one weeks in advance and I coulnd’t read it. I had to wait for the audio. This series is amazing, and I loved this book so much. I am going to be so sad when it is over. I loved the whole thing with Roman too.

    • Yes, I had to wait for the audio. I love Roman. He was funny. I would so be Kate if I ever have a wedding. 🙂

  3. I am so behind but at least I have dipped my toes into this series and listened to book one. 🙂

    • These books get better as you go into the series. I know several people who didn’t fall in love until books two or three.

      • I enjoyed it, but I have the hardest time with series. I have read/listened to a lot of book one’s but never seem to follow through but I want too…lol.

        • Book ones can be hard. This series was their first, so there are some novice author issues there, for sure.

  4. This one really was the Perfect Storm of all the best elements in the series- humor, danger, love, camaraderie, and Kate with an off the wall plan that works. Roman was a hoot and actually, I thought Roland was too in his own way. Love seeing the series still growing stronger even as it comes down toward the end.

    You are the second person to really insist on Renee’s narration. I’ve obviously been missing out and must do audio as my re-read. 🙂

    • Yes, do try this series on audio when you get a chance. It would be a great way to revisit the series. Raudman is amazing.

  5. I loved this too! It took me a book or two before I was addicted but am so glad I kept going! I loved Roman and her aunt!

    • Yes, the first book in this series was their first published book (I believe), so there are some novice author stuff in it. But the books just continue to get better and better.

  6. I’m so glad this series is still on the right track after all the changes. I’m about two books behind right now and I really need to get caught back up!

    • It is so easy to get behind on series. I know I am on several, even from favorite authors. We all need to become professional readers so we could read all day. 🙂

  7. You really can’t find the words to share how wonderful this series is after so many amazing books! I totally agree. I really enjoyed this one (although the previous two were my favorites of the series). I love the Christopher part – LOVED. Cannot wait to see what happens next.

    • I loved Christopher too. The wedding hit home for me because I would be just like Kate if I ever actually have a wedding. That’s why Roman was my favorite in this book.

  8. I can’t wait to get to this one and yet I don’t want to start it. I know the end is coming and I want to delay it for as long as I can and at the same time I just want to dive into the rest of the series. Yea, I’m consistent like that. LOL

    • Hahaha. I don’t know how many more books they plan for this series. It will be sad when it ends.

  9. I didn’t read much of this cause I am so behind on the series. but I am glad to see you are continuing to enjoy this series. I miss Curran o.o

    • Curran is still here. It is so easy to get behind. I’m very behind on even favorite authors. We need more time in the day.

  10. I loed this series and I loved this one as well so I’m glad it’s the same thing for you too!

    • It has been a fun series. I wonder how many more books we will get?

  11. So did they manage to actually tie the knot or were there adventures that delayed it? I’m so behind this series… as always

    I hope you’re having a great week!

    • They finally got married. I hope you’re having a great week too. 🙂

  12. Kate and Curran for the win!! I just loved this instalment, even if I wish my fave couple could get a little time off to just enjoy each other and be romantic. At the same time, it’s the action and the break-neck speed that always brings me back for more 😉
    Awesome review, Melanie!

    • I agree with you. We would love to know that Kate and Curran got some downtime together, but not sure how much fun it would be to read that story. I’m sure Ilona Andrews could find a way. Maybe they will get a novella of some down time at some point. 🙂

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