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Magic Steals by Ilona Andrews {5 Stars}

Magic Steals by Ilona Andrews {5 Stars}

Magic Steals by Ilona Andrews (Kate Daniels #6.5)
Published by Penguin on Aug. 16th, 2016
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Page Length: 83 pages
How I got my copy: Borrowed
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lona Andrews—#1 New York Times bestselling author of Magic Shifts—once again pulls readers into the dark and dangerous world of the Kate Daniels novels...

Shapeshifting tigress Dali Harimau may be a powerful healer and magic user, but she’s far from what might be called “normal”. She dislikes the violence and bloodshed that are a way of life for most of her kind, even going so far as to become a vegetarian. The last thing she wants is trouble...

Jim Shrapshire is an original, hardcore badass. A jaguar shifter, he’s been tasked with keeping Atlanta’s Cat Clan in line, which he does with swift and lethal force when necessary. His only soft spot is for the petite Dali, whose kindness he calls upon when he is injured.

When Dali is approached by a desperate woman whose grandmother has vanished, Jim is concerned enough to help investigate. But what they find may just be the end of them—an enemy whose skill in the dark arts is matched only by their willingness to kill anyone in their way...

Magic Steals was originally published in the anthology Night Shift.

5 Stars

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Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews eARC {5 Stars}

Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews is the ninth book in the Kate Daniels series and let me tell you, this series just keeps getting better and better! There will be spoilers below for the previous books since it’s hard to discuss this one without that, but if you haven’t picked up this series, do it!

Note: I received an advanced copy of Magic Binds from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.

Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews eARC {5 Stars}

Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews (Kate Daniels #9)
Published by Ace on Sept. 20th, 2016
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Page Length: 384 pages
How I got my copy: NetGalley
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Mercenary Kate Daniels knows all too well that magic in post-Shift Atlanta is a dangerous business. But nothing she’s faced could have prepared her for this…

Kate and the former Beast Lord Curran Lennart are finally making their relationship official. But there are some steep obstacles standing in the way of their walk to the altar…

Kate’s father, Roland, has kidnapped the demigod Saiman and is slowly bleeding him dry in his never-ending bid for power. A Witch Oracle has predicted that if Kate marries the man she loves, Atlanta will burn and she will lose him forever. And the only person Kate can ask for help is long dead.

The odds are impossible. The future is grim. But Kate Daniels has never been one to play by the rules…

5 Stars

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Magic Stars by Ilona Andrews eARC {4 Stars}

Magic Stars by Ilona Andrews is a novella in the Kate Daniels world, but starring Julie and Derek. It is great getting stories from perspectives other than Kate’s since, much to her disappointment I’m sure, she doesn’t know everything ;-). Julie and Derek have a great dynamic and their adventure is both humorous and heart-stopping. More importantly though, there are some really big reveals that make this a necessary read for fans of the Kate Daniels series!

Note: I received an advanced copy of Magic Stars from the author. Some things may have changed in the final version.

Magic Stars by Ilona Andrews eARC {4 Stars}

Magic Stars by Ilona Andrews (Grey Wolf, Kate Daniels)
Published by Author on Dec. 8th, 2015
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Page Length: 64 pages
How I got my copy: Author
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Scarred, solitary Derek Gaunt has separated from his Pack, and is truly a lone wolf. With no family he answers to no one; but is fiercely loyal to a chosen few. So, when several of those close to him are murdered, he’ll stop at nothing to hunt their killer through the magic-drenched streets of Atlanta.

Never one to be left on the sidelines, equally determined—some might say stubborn—Julie Lennart-Olsen soon joins in his pursuit; and what began as revenge turns into a race to save the city. Their search pits them against powers they never imagined and magic so old, it predates history. It may cost Derek his life, but there are things for which even he would risk everything.

4 Stars

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Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews eARC {4 Stars}

Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews is the eighth book in the Kate Daniels series, so definitely stop now if you don’t want to be spoiled, but know that this is an urban fantasy series you can’t miss! For those of you who have read most of the previous books, be prepared for a story that gets back to some good ol’ supernatural mystery solving while paving the groundwork for a damn epic showdown with Roland! Oh and sexy times ;-).

Note: I received an advanced copy of Magic Shifts from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.

Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews eARC {4 Stars}

Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews (Kate Daniels #8)
Published by Ace on Aug. 4th, 2015
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Page Length: 400 pages
How I got my copy: NetGalley
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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, Curran misses the constant challenges of leading the shapeshifters.

So when the Pack offers him its stake in the Mercenary Guild, Curran seizes the opportunity—too bad the Guild wants nothing to do with him and Kate. Luckily, as a veteran merc, Kate can take over any of the Guild’s unfinished jobs in order to bring in money and build their reputation. But what Kate and Curran don’t realize is that the odd jobs they’ve been working are all connected.

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…

4 Stars

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Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews eARC {4 Stars}

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.

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Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews eARC {4 Stars}

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…

4 Stars

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5 Stars: Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews

Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews is the sixth book in the Kate Daniels series and I will admit to being completely in love with this series. Magic Rises just reaffirmed my complete love of anything Ilona Andrews writes so basically you should go and read this series ASAP! Even if you didn’t think the first book was all that special, you probably will enjoy the series if you stick with it because these books continue to improve with every addition. I don’t generally read an entire book in one sitting, but I literally read the last 2/3 of Magic Rises in one night because I absolutely could not put it down. There will undoubtedly be spoilers for the earlier books in the series.

Note: I purchased Magic Rises and all opinions are my own.

5 Stars: Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews

Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews (Kate Daniels #6)
Published by Ace on July 30th, 2013
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Page Length: 327 pages
How I got my copy: Purchased
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Atlanta is a city plagued by magical problems. Kate Daniels will fight to solve them—no matter the cost.

Mercenary Kate Daniels and her mate, Curran, the Beast Lord, are struggling to solve a heartbreaking crisis. Unable to control their beasts, many of the Pack’s shapeshifting children fail to survive to adulthood. While there is a medicine that can help, the secret to its making is closely guarded by the European packs, and there’s little available in Atlanta.

Kate can’t bear to watch innocents suffer, but the solution she and Curran have found threatens to be even more painful. The European shapeshifters who once outmaneuvered the Beast Lord have asked him to arbitrate a dispute—and they’ll pay him in medicine. With the young people’s survival and the Pack’s future at stake, Kate and Curran know they must accept the offer—but they have little doubt that they’re heading straight into a trap…

5 Stars

Strengths:

  • All right all, I love sleep. I seriously think my bed is the best place in the world. I gave up hours of sleep to finish Magic Rises and was happy about it!
  • We get to explore more of the Post-Shift world :D. The gang goes to Europe in Magic Rises and we get to see how that side of the world is faring with the downfall of technology.
  • There is so much research that must go into these books. We get even more crazy new creatures in Magic Rises that pull from non-typical lore for this genre. It is freaking awesome!
  • Omg, THE FEELS! There was crying, there was white-knuckled anger and fear, there was gushy-happy. All of them!
  • While Kate and Curran have very much established their relationship by the beginning of Magic Rises, there is still room for the romance storyline to be extremely gripping.

Weaknesses:

  •  Um…. I honestly got nothing. Make sure that you have room in your schedule to do nothing but read before you start this one ;-).

Summary:

I cannot express my love enough :D. I’m been hesitant to give 5 star ratings recently, but wow, I know it when I see it! You’d think that a series would run out of cool things to explore, but I have seen no evidence of that in this one. Just wow.

5 Stars
Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings

– Anya

 

 Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews