by Ilona Andrews
Sci Fi & Fantasy
Published by Penguin Random House/Ace
Hardcover and Ebook | Aug. 4 2015 | 352 Pages
Paperback Feb. 23, 2016 | 384 Pages
E-Galley provided by publisher for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.
The eighth Kate Daniels novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author who “defines urban fantasy” (Fresh Fiction). Magic is coming and going in waves in post-Shift Atlanta—and each crest leaves danger in its wake… After breaking from life with the Pack, mercenary Kate Daniels and her mate—former Beast Lord Curran Lennart—are adjusting to a very different pace. While they’re thrilled to escape all the infighting, Kate and Curran know that separating from the Pack completely is a process that will take time.
But when they learn that their friend Eduardo has gone missing, Kate and Curran shift their focus to investigate his disappearance. As they dig further into the merc’s business, they discover that the Mercenary Guild has gone to hell and that Eduardo’s recent assignments are connected in the most sinister way…
An ancient enemy has arisen, and Kate and Curran are the only ones who can stop it—before it takes their city apart piece by piece. (http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/314964/magic-shifts-by-ilona-andrews/#)
It takes a lot of skill to write a series that I can still follow and enjoy even though I missed reading over half of the books. I think it is a combination of a kick-ass heroine with many of the strong qualities ascribed to the womanly ideal: She likes to care for her family, and she is attractive and loyal. But, she also doesn’t have qualities that hold women back, for example, she is not demure, or weak, and she doesn’t apologize. Kate doesn’t take orders unless she has agreed to let someone else lead. She is, in other words, truly a kick-ass heroine. But, she’d love to be happy and serene I think. Or at least a little less at war all the time.
She also has huge family issues; and in this installment in the series, I got the feeling she might actually soften towards her father. But, then again, the nearly immortal Roland has fooled people before.
The husband and wife team that is Ilona Andrews have created a very complete, chaotic world with magical rules they seem to use pretty tightly. Kate doesn’t realize she has an amazing power just as she needs it; she would probably wish she could just invent a power on the spot.
I don’t want to reveal the plot, but there is a new kind of magical bad guy on the scene. It’s a very complicated plot centered on an ancient and powerful being rooted in Middle Eastern lore.
There is a lot of bloody action in this tale. It’s a literal bloodbath. And changed in Kate’s and Curran’s relationship to the pack will have some rather massive ramifications in other parts of the Kate Daniels world.
The other important characters in the series, which thankfully seem to be all of them – there are few extraneous creatures, create a family of varying levels of relationship. But I like how Curran, Kate and Julie are identifying and building their relationship as a family unit, especially a relationship between Curran and Julie.
There is one scene that really reminded me of a scene from the “Guardians of the Galaxy” movie that was out last summer. I think that stuff like that is sometimes created without conscious intent.
I always want to go back and read;/listen to all of these exciting books. I don’t really know of any other series with the kind of fan-loyalty this one gets. I recommend the series – but I would probably start at the beginning for the best experience.