Sunday, June 5, 2011

Review: Magic Slays (Kate Daniels #5) by Ilona Andrews

Book: Magic Slays (Kate Daniels #5) by Ilona Andrews
Release Date: 31 May 2011
Publisher: Ace
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Shapeshifters
Summary: 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 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, and 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. Turns out this is not an isolated incident, and Kate needs to get to the bottom of it—fast, or the city and everyone dear to her might pay the ultimate price...

Review: Kate Daniels' life couldn't be more perfect. She's finally her own boss and doesn't have to take orders from anyone, Julie is as safe as she can be and Kate has a cuddly lion to come home to each night. Too bad no one has hired her since Cutting Edge Investigations opened, Julie mailed herself to escape school and Curran still is himself, His Overbearance. The monotony doesn't last long, however. Kate receives an odd call from Ghastek requesting her to intercept a loose vampire because the woman controlling it fainted. Suspicious, yes. Kate discovers this is only the beginning of the odd occurrences when an old friend from the Red Guard offers her a job to find a man that she can't say anything about and the device he was building that she doesn't know what its purpose was.
Coming down off the amazingness that was the previous book, I was honestly going into this book with low expectations because what could possibly surpass Magic Bleeds?! I was right in my assumption that this book couldn't beat its predecessor but wrong in thinking that this would effect my enjoyment. This book was wonderful and I'm already eagerly anticipating whatever Ilona Andrews has in store for us next.
I loved all of the progress we saw in this book especially in relationships and character growth. Following Kate and Curran's relationship was been a true joy and I thought this was a great start to a contented togetherness between them. There were so many times when I stopped reading to think 'wow, Kate/Curran would never have said/done this in the first few books!' I loved them when they were apart, but both truly shine when they're together. Another step forward I was happy to see was Kate's business, Cutting Edge Investigations. I was a little worried about it because I love seeing Kate's defiance and fury when dealing with superiors but having her own business brought so many new issues for her to handle that I never had a chance to miss the old.
I'm a sucker for the secondary characters in this series and was sooo excited for their return. I was even more excited with the mentions of events in Magic Bleeds that carried over into this book with those secondary characters. You can't tell me you weren't dying to know if Curran exacted revenge on Saiman for his stunts at the last Conclave meeting or where Andrea disappeared to.
Magic Slays is a wonderful addition to an addicting series. The writing, characters and story are consistently fabulous. I simply couldn't have enjoyed the book more. I dare you to find a series with wittier and more clever dialogue than this one, enjoy wasting your time.

Quotes & Thoughts as I Read:
  • “Kate?” “I'm fine.” “Would you like me to install one of those child playground slides for you?” OMG not even on page two yet and I'm already in Curran fangirl mode.
  • I had once mentioned my desire for an elevator, and His Majesty asked me if I would like a flock of doves to carry me up to my quarters so my feet wouldn't have to touch the ground. We were sparring at the time and I kicked him in the kidney in retaliation. This sums up my favorite UF relationship of all time very well.
  • My only saving grace was that Curran wasn't handling this whole mating thing any better. Yesterday he'd called me at the office claiming that he couldn't find his socks. We talked for two hours. I've loved seeing Curran and Kate evolve throughout the series. This never would have happened in the first several books.
  • “I'm not implying anything. I'm saying it. You're the opposite of Dali. She drives like a maniac, you drive like an old lady...” Ohhh, I wouldn't be caught dead saying that to Kate's face. Go Derek!
  • “You will be good and you won't take any stupid chances. While you're at the office, you're my slave. You'll run errands, clean the place, work out, file...” Julie came over and hugged me. I love Julie. I remember when she was first introduced and I was so against it because I just couldn't see she and Kate working out but now I can't imagine the books without her.
  • Andrea raised her hand. “This is the hand that slapped Aunt B.” “Maybe you should have it gold-plated.” “Here, you can touch it, since you're my best friend.” Um. No words can describe how amazing Andrea is and how much I loathe Aunt B.
  • I raised the cookbook and tapped him on the nose. Bad cat. I'm so glad Ilona Andrews lightens things up for us constantly.

Rating: 5 Bites

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