Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews is the seventh in the Kate Daniels series and things are seriously heating up. After the insane emotional torment of the previous book, Magic Rises, Magic Breaks is a bit heavier on adventure on less on dehydrating you through crying, though of course now we know that no one is safe. Kate and Curran continue to develop as strong characters, and I especially liked that Kate once again had to figure things out without Curran’s assistance for a while. I think my favorite part about Magic Breaks, however, is the short story at the end, which is from Julie’s point of view: Magic Tests! Since this is a seventh book, there are of course going to be massive spoilers below! Check out Magic Bites to start from the beginning :D.
Note: I received Magic Breaks through Netgalley for review consideration. Some things may have changed in the final version.
Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews (Kate Daniels #7)
Published by Ace on July 29th, 2014
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Page Length: 302 pages
How I got my copy: NetGalley
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No matter how much the paranormal politics of Atlanta change, one thing always remains the same: if there’s trouble, Kate Daniels will be in the middle of it…
As the mate of the Beast Lord, Curran, former mercenary Kate Daniels has more responsibilities than it seems possible to juggle. Not only is she still struggling to keep her investigative business afloat, she must now deal with the affairs of the pack, including preparing her people for attack from Roland, a cruel ancient being with god-like powers. Since Kate’s connection to Roland has come out into the open, no one is safe—especially those closest to Kate.
As Roland’s long shadow looms ever nearer, Kate is called to attend the Conclave, a gathering of the leaders from the various supernatural factions in Atlanta. When one of the Masters of the Dead is found murdered there, apparently at the hands of a shapeshifter, Kate is given only twenty-four hours to hunt down the killer. And this time, if she fails, she’ll find herself embroiled in a war which could destroy everything she holds dear…
- Magic Breaks does a nice job of going back to the roots of the Kate Daniels series by having Kate strike out on her own to solve a mystery right from the beginning. Of course I love Kate and Curran together, but it was nice to see that Kate has still got it ;-).
- One of the strengths of the Kate Daniels series is the full cast of secondary characters to both love and hate (sometimes at the same time!). Magic Breaks pulls in a lot of familiar faces since it is in Atlanta more than Magic Rises was. I just love so many of these characters and want them all to have spin-offs!
- I don’t reread previous books before jumping in to sequels and I had no problem remembering previous events. There is actually a cool prologue with Barabas writing things down for posterity, so don’t sweat trying to reread six books.
- Things are getting pretty heavy in Kate’s world, but this means that we get to see a lot of epic and downright beautiful magic in Magic Breaks. It has always been fun discovering what weird things the Magic Shift will come up with next, and you get to see a lot this time around.
- The Ilona Andrews writing team does a wonderful job of balancing despair and hope in the Kate Daniels books. When I’m watching Game of Thrones, I just give up hope that any character that I like will survive, because they pretty much never do. However, Magic Breaks managed to still surprise me, leaving me knowing that no one is safe thanks to Magic Rises, but also knowing that there is still hope even when things look dire. That is the kind of balance that keeps me hooked.
- I absolutely adored the short story, Magic Tests, from Julie’s point of view that is included with Magic Breaks. It of course makes me want a whole spin-off series of YA from Julie’s point of view. I didn’t actually realize just how interesting Julie’s magic is, but Magic Tests definitely conveys that and gave me a deeper connection with Julie.
- The plot of Magic Breaks wanders a bit. Magic Rises had such a clearcut plot direction that I felt a bit lost jumping into the plot of Magic Breaks. Even having finished it, I’m not sure I could really tell you what the main plot was, other than a spoilery thing >.>.
- This next point is completely another comparison to Magic Rises, but hopefully that is a useful comparison for you ;-). Magic Rises absolutely tore my emotions to shreds in a wonderful way and Magic Breaks just couldn’t live up to that level of feels. There are some, sure, but Magic Breaks is not nearly the same emotional roller coaster that the previous book was. This might be good for some people, but I love crying at books, hehe.
- Kate Daniels as a character has a difficult balance to maintain in order to be both tough and something more than Tough Girl. I felt that she leaned a bit too much towards the Tough Girl trope in Magic Breaks and I had a hard time connecting with her to the level I have in previous books.
Magic Breaks is a highly enjoyable new addition to the Kate Daniels series. It is clear in Magic Breaks that epic things are brewing and I think fans are going to be thrilled to see where things are headed. I enjoyed still be surprised despite this being the seventh book in the series and I feel that the world is getting richer with every additional book. While I didn’t love it quite as much as Magic Rises, I of course highly recommend fans of Kate Daniels read Magic Breaks. If you haven’t read the Kate Daniels series and decided to risk spoilers to get to this point, fans of unique and interesting urban fantasy should definitely check out this series ;-).
Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews
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