May 27, 2011

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Review plus giveaway: Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews (Kate Daniels #5)

Urban Fantasy
May 31 2011
Mass Market Paperback
304 pages
Ace Publishing
Received from author / publisher

Kick Ass Chick – Kate Daniels
Yummy Man – Curran

From Goodreads
Plagued by a war between magic and technology, Atlanta has never been so deadly. Good thing Kate Daniels is on the job.

Kate Daniels may have quit the Order of Merciful Aid, but she’s still knee-deep in paranormal problems. Or she would be if she could get someone to hire her. Starting her own business has been more challenging than she thought it would be—now that the Order is disparaging her good name, and many potential clients are afraid of getting on the bad side of the Beast Lord, who just happens to be Kate’s mate.

So when Atlanta’s premier Master of the Dead calls to ask for help with a vampire on the loose, Kate leaps at the chance of some paying work. Turns out this is not an isolated incident, and Kate needs to get to the bottom of it—fast, or the city and everyone dear to her might pay the ultimate price . . .


Every time I pick up a book from Ilona Andrews’ Kate Daniels’ series, I am reminded of why this series is among my mostest favorite out there.  I love everything about it.  The world, the stories, the style, the characters…all of it.  And Magic Slays, the fifth book in the series, is just as wonderful as the rest of the series.

Magic Slays focuses mostly on Kate’s and her new co-worker (yay!) as they work their first case with Kate’s new business venture, Cutting Edge Investigations.  (Boy is this case a heavy load!)  But on top of dealing with her first case, Kate is dealing with being co-alpha of the Pack.  Now that she’s mate to the extra yummy and very alpha Curran, she has to stand up and take on her share of the Alpha duties.  I say this every time I write about a book in this series, and I’ll keep saying it over and over:  I love Kate and I want to be her when I grow up.  Ilona Andrews writes such a real character in Kate.  She’s flawed, afraid, human.  She’s so brave and full of spunk but she can’t show her true self to the Pack.  She can’t show weakness or real emotion.  But when she’s with Andrea, or better yet when she’s with Curran, her vulnerabilities come through.  Yet they don’t make her any less strong.  I am always amazed at how well she is written.  She is by far my most favorite part of this series.

I am also quite fond of Curran.  (All together now, let’s just get it out of the way – *rawr*)  Curran is one of my favorite male characters in any book.  There is just something about him.  Much like Kate, there is such a human side to him, even though he has to be mostly animal all the time and he absolutely can’t show any sign of fragility.  Just one show of how he really feels in a distressing situation and he could not only lose his Alpha status, but also his life.  He has the weight of the world on his shoulders yet can still find humor in life.  (And I still adore how he courted Kate in the previous two books).  Curran isn’t around all that much in the first part of this book, but don’t fret.  Curran and Kate share some of the most wonderful couple moments later on.  They are so filled with real emotion.  In the prologue, there is a time when all Curran does is say “Kate”.  Oh wow *swoon* all over!  And even though these books take place in a world where magic resides with tech and shifters are everywhere, the feelings and how they are dealt with hold true in any setting.

The story that Ilona came up with this time around is gripping.  Kate and the rest of the magical community are dealing with extremists.  They manage to capture the hate and fear that these extremists feel perfectly.  So much so, even though you know that these people are simply being misled and are too stupid to realize otherwise, you manage to hate them with all your being.  The confrontation scenes are gory and heart-wrenching.  And even though you know that things will turn out okay, you still hold your breath and cross your fingers when these scenes occur.

We learn a little more about Kate’s ancestry in Magic Slays too.  This time we get a glimpse at her mother’s side.  Poor Kate…  I’ll just say thank goodness for Curran and the joy he brings her.  I really hope her magic abilities are explored further in the next book.  That would be really neat.

Overall, I was very very happy with this installment.  The Kate Daniels series is one of my most favorites and will remain there forever.  I know it.  The world is so unique and the characters are unforgettable.  It’s just a wonderful Urban Fantasy series.

As for Magic Slays, I found it to be just wonderful.  I laughed, I swooned and I felt my heart break.  And the scene where Kate has to take care of Pack business on her own…the way she handles a certain situation…  Let’s just say you’ll jump out of your chair and yell “Oh Yah!  You go girl!”  Kate rocks, and so does this book.

5 stars

Giggle worthy quotes

“Why is everyone calling me Consort?”

“Jim designated you as Consort in official papers. You don’t want to be called Mate, calling you Alpha is confusing, and ‘Beast Lady’ makes people laugh.”
“No,” he said, pronouncing the word slowly.

“You can’t tell me what to do.”

Curran roared. The blast of noise erupting from his mouth was like thunder. I clenched up, fighting the urge to step back.

“Yes I can,” he snarled. “Listen: this is me telling you what you will not do.”

I raised the cookbook and tapped him on the nose. Bad cat.

Swoon worthy quote

The welfare of fifteen hundred shapeshifters was now my responsibility. Whatever storm was brewing in Atlanta, I’d find it and fight it. If it was the price of being with Curran, then I would pay it.

He was worth it.
I’d missed him so much, it almost hurt. It started the moment I left the Keep and nagged at me all day. Every day I had to fight with myself to keep from making up bullshit reasons to call the Keep so I could hear his voice. My only saving grace was that Curran wasn’t handling this whole mating thing any better.  Yesterday he’d called me at the office claiming that he couldn’t find his socks. We talked for two hours.

Books in the Kate Daniels Series –
Magic Bites
Magic Burns
Magic Strikes
Magic Bleeds
Magic Slays

Because this is one of my mostest favorite series, and because this book was pretty darn amazing, I want every UF fan to have the opportunity to read it.  So for my last giveaway for my blogoversary celebration, I am going to be picking two winners!  One commenter will win a copy of Magic Slays and one commenter will win one of the other books in the series.  You can pick either the first book, Magic Bites, or Magic Burns or Magic Strikes or Magic Bleeds!

To enter, simply leave a comment telling me which Kate Daniels book you would like to win.  Open Canada/US only and until June 1st 2011 11:59EST.

  1. Oh Julie I’m jealous!! I want this book, need this book!!
    As always I love your review. Thanks.

  2. Vicki Casso says:

    Imagine my disappointment when this Tuesday I thought my book would be downloaded on my iPad! The release is next week! I love, love, love this series so glad you liked it.

  3. What a fun giveaway Julie! I can’t wait to start reading this series!!! Since I have Magic Bites on my shelf I would LOVE Magic Burns. I am planning on reading book one at the beginning of June (I haven’t decided which books I’m taking with me on my trip next week) but I know that I’m going to love this series based on the complete rave from EVERYONE about it!

    I did not read the review since I haven’t started the series yet. 😀

  4. This is a great series. Magic Slays would be my choice since more of Kate and Curran is never enough. I’m also a fan of The Edge series.
    Another example of being introduced because of a blogger.

  5. I’m just starting the series. Will probably start Magic Bites at the beginning of June. I’ve heard good things.

    I would like to win Magic Slays, because it’s the newest one. I can get the other books through the library pretty easily. Plus, if I have the newest one sitting around waiting for me, I’ll be pretty motivated to work my way through the series quickly, especially if it’s amazing.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  6. This series is on my TBR list as well. I’ve heard great things about it and can’t wait to read it. Please enter me for Magic Bites 🙂

  7. Magic Slays, but really, any of them! I love this series!

    villatemprance [at] gmail

  8. Slay Me!
    I cannot wait for this release.It is some of the amazing!

  9. I would love Magic Slays, I love this series so I have all of the others but this one. These books are the best.

    terilhack at gmail dot com

  10. Please enter me for a copy of Magic Bites. I haven’t read the series yet, but I would like to. I keep hearing fabulous things about it. Thanks!

  11. This series is the perfect illustration of your blog title, IMHO. I can’t wait for my copy of MAGIC SLAYS to arrive!

  12. TheOnlyLisa says:

    Magic Slays! I cannot wait! Your review reminded me of every reason I love this series and why it is my mostest favorite also! Thank you for the contest, good luck everyone!

  13. Rebecca WS says:

    I would love a copy of Magic Slays, because I already have the other four in paperback AND on my Kindle. I looooove these books!

  14. wade2121 says:

    This is an awesome giveaway.

    I’d really love to win Magic Slays.

  15. OK, I definitely want a copy of Magic Slays 🙂 Of the others, I’d pick Magic Bites so I can give my old copy to a friend to start the series!

  16. Why have I not bought book 4 yet! Arghh need it now

  17. I’d like to win Magic Slays because I have the paper and ebook versions of the other books. Thanks so much for giving us a peak at what the book is about.

  18. Don’t enter me in contest as I live in NZ, just wanted to say great review! I can’t wait for this book 😀

  19. This was a really great review and I love this series. Oh what a lovely contest, thank you for the offer. I’d like to win Magic Slays if possible 😀

  20. elaing8 says:

    I have the first three books.I can’t wait to start this reading htem.
    I would love to win either Magic Bleeds or
    Magic Slays

  21. Barbara Elness says:

    I have Magic Bites, but that’s the only book I have in this series. So I’d love to win a copy of the next in the series, Magic Burns.

  22. Chrissy DM says:

    Love this series and would love to win Magic Slays-Great giveaway and happy blogoversary!

  23. Magic Slays would be very cool as I already have the others. Happy 1 Year!!

  24. dragongirl46 says:

    I too already have all the other books, in both paper and e-format. But am really looking forward to the new instalment.

  25. Julie Witt says:

    I would love to win a copy of Magic Bites because I have not started this series, YET! Even if I don’t win, this series is definitely being added to my TBR list! Thanks for a great review 🙂

  26. Melissa says:

    Magic Bites, please! This series is awesome- I’ve read them so much they are getting worn down, though. This is especially true for the first book- more time to read.

  27. Cybercliper says:

    Wow, great review and I’m so excited about his release. I would love a copy of Magic Slays – I have all the other books on my keeper shelf and have read them over and over – love this series!

  28. Thanks for the chance to win! I love this series and I’m so excited to read more about Kate, Curran and everyone else from their world. I’d most like to win Magic Slays, but I’d also be really happy with a copy of Magic Bleeds.

  29. Daniella says:

    Loved the review, and loved even more the quotes!
    Can’t wait to read this book.
    Since I already have all the previous book, I would die for magic slays.
    Thank for the review!

  30. I’m a die hard fan too and have the first 4 so I’d like Magic Slays. I’ve only seen 4 and 5 star reviews. I’m so glad there’s at least 2 more books in this series.

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