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