Review: Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews

October 24, 2013 2013, A-, book rating, reviews 0

magic-slaysMagic Slays
by Ilona Andrews
Series: Kate Daniels series, #5
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Published by Ace, 2011
e-book, purchased
308 pages
Grade: A-
Synopsis: 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 . . .

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“Yes I can,” Curran snarled. “Listen: this is me telling you what you will not do.”
I raised the cookbook and tapped him on the nose. Bad cat.”

What I like about this book:

  • The relationship between Kate and Curran. They’re learning to be a couple and that living together isn’t always easy for two solitary and stubborn people. But it’s worthwhile because they both love and like each other. It helps they both have a sense of humor.
  • I like the mystery and investigation.
  • Each book moves the story arc a little further along as we learn more about Kate and Curran and others in the books.
  • The characters are all individuals and interesting. They change and grow as the series goes forward.
    • Kate is no longer with the Order of Merciful Aid and has started her own business–and it’s not instantly a success.
    • Andrea–Kate’s friend–is and has been going through her own crises.
    • Julie–Kate’s ward–is growing up and doesn’t want to be kept safe at school.

What I don’t like:

  • I don’t have any quibbles really–except maybe that the titles all starting with “Magic” become confusing!

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My thoughts: 

This spring when I was seeing when and what the new Kate Daniels new book would be I realized I hadn’t read this book. I read it last spring and recently realized I hadn’t reviewed it either! And it’s not because it’s a forgettable book–I really liked it!

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