Magic Breaks is a big, cataclysmic book, so much so the foreword tells you it isn’t a series ender (which I know anyway because I’ve fallen behind on reading them). I love the messed up chaos that Kate always finds herself in, and this one is no different, with her having to choose between Curran and the pack and potentially millions of lives in the balance. It starts small, of course, choosing between her life and the lives of those she’s directly responsible for, but the threat only gets bigger, and the cost others would bear in her stead higher.
She never wanted the pack, not as a responsibility, and certainly not when she is the greatest threat to them because of her heritage, but the pack comes with Curran, and Curran comes with Kate, so she’s stuck with it.
More than the last few books, this one is focused solidly on Kate. She’s forced to be not just the consort, but the head of the pack in Curran’s absence. It was a beautiful demonstration of the responsibilities of an Alpha and how they differ from the responsibilities of an individual. Kate falls heavily on the side of the individual, but I give her credit in trying to live up to expectations and trying to manage a very complicated situation between her father’s people and the pack. Still, she struggles with the personalities, as you might expect, and a leadership role is so far from an ambition for Kate as to be on another planet.
Many of the secondary characters had critical roles to play, and I did like the side story with Desandra and Jennifer. It really shows why motivation counts when considering the actions laid before the pack leader, another good example of pack politics and what Kate wishes she never had anything to do with.
Then I give you this teaser to avoid spoilers: There’s an interesting twist in what we learn about Kate and her father. Nothing is as straightforward as it seems, which is really saying this is a Kate Daniels novel. I liked the developments and am looking forward to seeing how what happens affects the next books.