May 29, 2010

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Review: Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews (Kate Daniels #4)

May 25th, 2010
Mass Market Paperback
349 pages
Ace Books

Yummy Man — Curran
Kick Ass Chick — Kate Daniels

From Goodreads

“Atlanta would be a nice place to live, if it weren’t for the magic. When the magic is up, rogue mages cast their spells and monsters appear, while guns refuse to fire and cars fail to start. But then technology returns, and the magic recedes as unpredictably as it rose.

Kate Daniels works for the Order of the Knights of Merciful Aid, officially as a liaison with the mercenary guild. Unofficially, she cleans up the paranormal problems no one else wants to handle—especially if they involve Atlanta’s shapeshifting community.

When she’s called in to investigate a fight at the Steel Horse, a bar midway between the territories of the shapeshifters and the necromancers, Kate quickly discovers there’s a new player in town. One who’s been around for thousands of years—and rode to war at the side of Kate’s father.

This foe may be too much even for Kate and Curran, the Lord of the Beasts, to handle. Because this time, Kate will be taking on family…”

If you are a fan of Ilona Andrew’s Kate Daniels series, you are going to LOVE this book!  If you are simply a fan of urban fantasy books that consist of fast paced stories, incredible characters, well built worlds and a touch of pulse raising romance, you are going to LOVE this book!

“Magic Bleeds” is the fourth instalment in super writing team Ilona and Gordon Andrews’ Kate Daniels series.  It isn’t necessary to read the previous books in order to enjoy this one.  The authors do an excellent job at recapping the pertinent events from the previous books so you don’t feel lost.  But they do it in a way that those who have read the books don’t feel a sense of “I know, I know, get on with it already”.  You will miss some of the intensity of Kate and Curran’s relationship though.  And boy, intense it is in this book!

We were promised that Magic Bleeds would settle Kate and Curran’s relationship one way or the other.  I sighed, I huffed and I squealed my way through, and was not disappointed in the least with the end result.  Is it possible for Curran to be even yummier?  Apparently yes, yes it is.  Curran is one of my favourite lead males of any series.  He’s witty and strong, yet caring and fair.  Kate also happens to be one of my favourites.  She cracks me up!  Her one liners are great and her character is the perfect mix of strength and vulnerability which make her approachable and likable kick ass.

After reading a Kate Daniels book, I tend to re-live it in my head for quite some time.  To me, that is the sign of great authors.  The writing is sharp, the characters are lovely and the world is brilliant.  Seriously, if you haven’t checked out this series yet, jump on it!  It is FANTASTIC.  I can’t wait until the next instalment (most likely in 2011) *sigh*


Giggle worthy quotes:

“Do men often tell you you’re enchanting?”
“No.  Men often tell me I hit very hard.”


“We don’t live in a safe world.  I can’t give you the white picket fence, and if I did, you’d set it on fire.”

Swoon worthy quote:

“He growled, pulling me to him, and kissed my lips, my cheeks, my neck…’Don’t make me leave.’”

  1. Curran…can we all just RAWR together? 😉

    Amazing book..wonderful review 🙂

  2. I keep seeing this book rated at 5 stars everywhere. Can you believe I haven’t started the series yet? *sigh* Nice review!

  3. Mandi — Thanks!

    Fiction Vixen — *gasps* Are you serious?! You haven’t read these books yet?! How have you survived! lol The first book is really good. The second is great. The third and fourth are FANtastic!!!

  4. I seldom agree enough with a reviewer to use the word ‘ditto’, but in this case, it fits. I loved this book, love the series, and love Ilona and Gordon’s writing. I can’t tell if the snippets they release help or hurt more.

    With the prologue of Magic Slays released, I’m trying not to stomp around in frustration!

    Summer, 2011, will you get here already?

  5. I couldn’t read the prologue, exactly for that reason. If I read some, I’ll want to read all and I won’t rest until I do…and summer 2011 is a long time to go without sleep. 😉

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