Monday, June 25, 2012

Book Review: Magic Slays

Magic Slays

By:  Ilona Andrews

Publisher:  Ace Books

Publish Date:  June 2011

Format:  Paperback 308pgs, pocketbook size

Genre:  Urban Fantasy

Series:  5th in Kate Daniels series; 1st Book ~ Magic Bites, 2nd Book ~ Magic Burns, 3rd Book ~ Magic Strikes, 4th Book ~ Magic Bleeds, Short Stories ~ Curran POV 3 & 4

Recommendation:  Oh Yes!  This book has so many balls flying through the air, and more for us to learn about them all.

Book Synopsis:
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 Knights 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.  Plus, 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.  But it turns out that this is not an isolated incident.  Kate needs to get to the bottom of it - and fast, or the city and everyone dear to her may pay the ultimate price...

First Sentence:
The ringing of the phone jerked me from my sleep.

My Thoughts and Summary:
It's been two months since Kate's Aunt attack on the city.  Before the crack of dawn Kate receives a phone call from Julie's school.  She's run away, again, and now they agree since she doesn't want to be there they won't take her back, for her own safety.  Curran believes Julie will be safe staying with them and with three hundred shafters ready to protect her, Kate has agreed but teaches Julie a little lesson in the way she comes home.  Kate has opened Cutting Edge Investigations, only a month ago and no ones called to hire her thanks to The Order has been bad mouthed her name, just bills piling up.  Even through the Pack is paying the bills, for a short time, she wants to stand on her own two feet.  Her first call, Ghastek with a lose vampire heading her direction, the journeyman had fainted while navigating.  Finally when the vampire is under control and Ghastek shows, he passes out himself, of all people to lose control.  Something is up.  Kate's second call, is Rene from the Red Guard, she was the woman at the guard of Midnight Games, wants to hire her to find her charge and his magical device that was taken from her protection.  Even though no useful information is available to find this man, the twenty grand and an endorsement for Cutting Edge Investigation from the Red Guard convinces Kate to take the job.  This man and his device could end up being very dangerous to Kate, all her friends and family, and even the whole magical city.

Even though this is two months later, I feel as we are right where we left off from Magic Bleeds.  This book makes me smile on the first page, and so happy to see the fun jabs between Curran and Kate are not lost with the love they share.

Kate's family heritage is growing.  She learns more of her mother through others here.  I found it interesting what Kate learns from the witches.

Andrea is ever present in this book as well, and with her own personal issues.  Andrea had left with Grendel, Kate's attack poodle which was in Andrea's care, after the fight with Kate's Aunt.  But she's back, and been through a mess with The Order.  Saiman is present for a scene as well.  We get to see him in his true form, again, and learn of what Curran inflicted upon him after what happened in Magic Bleeds.  Oh I am really enjoying Saiman, and his true form.   Oh Julie...I love this girl.  Kate is raising her to be one strong woman, and had taught her to fight.  We get to see Julie and enjoy her humor for a few before we worry greatly for her.

This book didn't hit me as hard as Magic Bleeds.  Magic Bleeds was one that hit me all at once with a high point that ran full throttle to the end, and I couldn't stop.  Magic Slays was one that kept going.  There was so many great scenes and so many different people being affected.  Each scene was non-stop.  This book was the high hit all the way through.  No low.  I eat up the action, the happenings, and worries like crazy.  All from Andrea to Julie to Kate and Curran, the magic, death, the pack, family, and so many more!

This book has so many balls flying through the air and none are falling flat.  One amazing read from the start to the finish.


I read this book for my own enjoyment.
Please remember this review is of my personal thoughts and opinions.

20 comments:

  1. I want the next one now! My heart breaks that I have no idea when it's coming

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    1. LOL! I'm there with ya Blodeuedd! I don't know when the next will be out for you. Do you think it'll be after the US release?

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  2. I can't wait for the next one either. It feels with each book we discover more of the world, Kate and Curran. While we have to wait for the next Kate book, I can't wait to read Andrea's this summer! :-)

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    1. Mel, Thank you again. :) I've really been enjoying this series since you got me started on it. :) And I'll be looking forward to Andrea's book next too.

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  3. AHHHHHHHHHhhhhhhahhhhhhaaaaaaa!

    You are EVIL! Yes, I'm totally blaming you on me wanting this whole series. Look at this one. I needs it! NEEDS! This sounds so good... *sigh*

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    1. Yep, You do need it Melissa (Books&Things) Can't say anything else. ;D LOL!! I do think you would love this one too.

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  4. This is my second fav book in the series, after Magic Strikes. I don't think I could live without this series. It's just too damn amazing.

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    1. Jennifer L. Bielman, I think I have to agree with you. Magic Strikes is my fav and this is right next in line. :D Thank you!

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  5. I love books that have no lulls and keep on going, barely giving me a chance to breathe and before I know it, I'm at the end.

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    1. Oh StephanieD, this team is amazing at keeping the story moving. Great stuff here. :) Thank you!

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  6. What's the deal with Atlanta? Seems like its a hotbed of paranormal disfunction nowadays...literary wise at least. LOL. ^_^ Sounds like the author did a great job of balancing all the elements there...glad it worked for you! Happy reading...

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    1. GMR, You know Atlanta does seem to be a hot spot for paranormal. Oh this author has done an amazing job with all the elements needed. :) Thank you!

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  7. I so love the series and I'm always so happy to see your reviews about this one mainly when you think the same. Now you'll see it would be so difficult to wait! Well soon the spin off! YEAH! amazing review!

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    1. Melliane, yes, I'm now on the waiting list. ;D LOL And thank you! So glad you enjoyed the review. :)

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  8. Great post. Thanks for sharing!

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  9. Awesome review Melissa! I loveee this series, but haven't read the latest book because I heard the next Kate book won't be out till 2013. I might be reading this one up sooner then later though because I heard Gunmetal Magic takes place after Magic Slay. It will have to be enough till the next Kate book lol

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    1. Thank you Van Pham! Glad you enjoyed the review. It seems like it's a long way for 2013 lol. I do look forward to Andrea's book though, just to be in the world again, and I have a few anthologies with short stories there, so a little to tide me over. :D

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  10. I agree with you that this book and this series is amazing!!

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    1. Cherry! Yes! I'm so glad I was introduced to this one. I've really enjoyed it. Thank you!

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