Saturday, July 21, 2012

Review: Magic Slays (Kate Daniels #5)

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

Magic Bleeds, by Ilona Andrews, is the fourth novel in the Kate Daniels series. After a falling out with her supervisor, Kate has quit the Order of Merciful Aid to dedicate her full attention to the Pack, Atlanta's premier shapeshifting community. As the mate of the Beast Lord, she presides over meetings and proves her worth among the shapesifters. Meanwhile, Curran is still recovering from the epic battle where he almost goes wild in Magic Bleeds.

As a generous gift from the Pack, she establishes her own paranormal private investigator business. Starting her own business has been more challenging than she thought it would be—the Order is disparaging her good name, and many potential clients are afraid of insulting the Beast Lord. When Atlanta’s premier Master of the Dead needs her assistance with a vampire on the loose, Kate leaps at the chance to get paid and build her brand.

However, this case is not an isolated incident, and Kate quickly needs to get to the bottom of it. In another situation, she is also racing against time to save the life of a human girl infected with the Lyc-V virus. When a secret group of human terrorists threaten to destroy all things based on magic in Atlanta, it's up to Kate and the rest of the supernatural community to save the city from total destruction.

I officially love the Kate Daniels series. I think the relationship between Curran and Kate grows stronger every novel as they endure challenges that test their endurance and love for each other. They are such a special treat to read. I also love learning how people adapt to living with magic and technology. Their adventures are always both spiriting and suspenseful. I didn't know what to expect when I picked up these series four months ago. I read the rave reviews about Ilona Andrews, and decided to take the risk. I am glad that I took the risk.

If you are an avid fan of the series, check out the latest novella, Magic Gifts, which is available in PDF format. This novella takes place right after MAGIC SLAYS: A dinner date after a hard day at work sounds heavenly. Of course, when that date is between the Beast Lord and Kate Daniels, things don’t go as planned. Before you know it, undead are running amok, heads are being chopped off, lawyers are deployed and used with extereme prejudice, and drunk vikings are calling people out.

Stay tuned for the spin-off book in the Kate Daniels series, Gunmetal Magic.

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