Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Ilona Andrews: Magic Slays

I'm sorry to say that I do not have the reviews of Andrews’ other books on this blog, but I was reading this series way before I started this blog, so if you are looking for reviews of the first four books I would recommend checking out the reviews on Good Reads. The books in order are Magic Bites, Magic Burns, Magic Strikes and Magic Bleeds. You will want to read those books before you get to this one because everything from the world to relationships is set up in the previous books, so if you just decide to pick up this book I believe you will find your self lost. But do not worry the first four books are great reads and I think they should be read by those who like the paranormal genre.

Ilona Andrews is back with another Kate Daniels book and this time it is the disappearance of Magic that is wreaking havoc on the city of Atlanta:

Kate has officially left the Order and while the Order gave her more power and a role within society, she would never go back to working within the confines of being part of it. She has decided to open her own P.I. but has yet to have a single customer, this might be due to the fact that potential customers know that she is attached to the beast lord Curran, but Kate is not willing to give up she knows something is going to happen (but hopefully soon). It starts with a Vampire on the loose, it was lost by it's controller and is heading straight for Kate. Magic is disappearing throughout Atlanta and this is putting Kate and all the magical creatures (Vampire, witches, weres ect) in danger as it is magic that holds them together, but even Kate cannot fight something that has the ability to take away magic away and without magic none of them would be able to exist. It has now become a life and death struggle to keep Magic in Atlanta.

This is one of my favorite series. I think that all the books have the right mix of action, mystery, darkness and romance. I think that this series should be on everyone's book shelf that is a fan of paranormal genre, there is really something and someone for everyone in this book. I also like that Andrews has taken the time to develop the world and have the characters grow both as themselves and their relationships within the book. Kate is one of my favorite heroines and it is nice to see her change but stay the same as well. I am always interested in finding out more about Kate's history (which we get in this book) as well as more about her father as I think that all faithful readers of this series are looking forward to the eventual show down between Kate and Roland, but Kate does need to get stronger in order to do that and she makes some strides in order to achieve that within this book.

We get to see further into Curran and Kate's relationship and I personally like the time that Andrews has put in to its creation and development. I know one of the reasons I really enjoyed this series is that Curran and Kate did not exactly hit it off right away I believe Kate said "here Kitty Kitty" to Curran the first time they met. I also like that Andrews has decided not to make her stories about sex and have endless sex scenes throughout her books. This is not to say that nothing happens in the romance department it is just toned down in the size of the scenes when compared to other books within this genre. I think that this is also why this series will appeal to a wide variety of readers. There are some interesting insights made within this book towards their relationship and how "true" it actually is and there are questions by both Curran and Kate if their relationship is actually a good thing and the struggle for more honesty within their relationship and less manipulation.

I found that this book did not have as much action in it as the previous books, and I personally was missing some of this action. I found the ending was too quick of a battle and it wrapped up way too soon. I wanted to see more of a struggle to achieve their objective. I think this was partly due to the fact that this book was slightly more about the relationship of Kate and Curran, which I think needed to happen, I was just sad to see some of the action lost out because of it especially because the opening few chapters were action intense

I am really looking forward to the next book that comes out July 30, 2013 (pre-order? Yes I will). This is one of the best paranormal series out there and if you have never heard of it, go pick the books up and if you have been thinking about reading the series go pick them up. You will not be disappointed.


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