Can’t Wait Wednesday: Magic Triumphs by Ilona Andrews

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings. This is a weekly meme to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. The books I choose aren’t released yet and usually won’t be published for at least two or three months.

I love finding out about books which will publish in future months and I like to share my excitement about the books. I also like to find out about new books on other people’s blogs and hope they’ll sometimes find something to look forward to on my blog.

I’m excited to read . . .

Magic Triumphs by Ilona Andrews

magic-triumphs-ilona-andrewsSeries: Kate Daniels #1o

Published by Ace

Publishing date: May 8, 2018

Genre: Urban Fantasy

352 pages

Synopsis: Kate has come a long way from her origins as a loner taking care of paranormal problems in post-Shift Atlanta. She’s made friends and enemies. She’s found love and started a family with Curran Lennart, the former Beast Lord. But her magic is too strong for the power players of the world to let her be.

Kate and her father, Roland, currently have an uneasy truce, but when he starts testing her defenses again, she knows that sooner or later, a confrontation is inevitable. The Witch Oracle has begun seeing visions of blood, fire, and human bones. And when a mysterious box is delivered to Kate’s doorstep, a threat of war from the ancient enemy who nearly destroyed her family, she knows their time is up.

Kate Daniels sees no other choice but to combine forces with the unlikeliest of allies. She knows betrayal is inevitable. She knows she may not survive the coming battle. But she has to try.

For her child.

For Atlanta.

For the world.

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One my very favorite urban fantasy series. Always so happy when I see there’s going to be another book in the series. I like this cover a lot, too!

Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews

magic-shifts-by-Ilona-AndrewsMagic Shifts by Ilona Andrews
Series: Kate Daniels #8
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Setting: post-Shift Atlanta, Georgia
Published by Ace, 2015
Library book
342 pages
Grade: B+
Synopsis: 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…

“Where were you? What happened?” I carved a chunk out of another lizard’s face.

“I just took the kids to fight some ghouls,” Curran said.

Oh, so it was fine, then . . . Wait. “You did what?”

He kicked a lizard. It flew into the others like a cannonball. “I called Jim before we left the house to talk about ghouls, and he said they found some in the MARTA tunnels. So I grabbed the kids and did a little hunting.”

I would kill him. “Just so I get it right, Jim calls you and says, ‘Hey, we found a horde of ghouls in the MARTA tunnels,’ and your first thought was, ‘Great, I’ll take the kids’?”

“They had fun.” A careful note crept into his voice. Curran saw the shark fin in the water but wasn’t sure where the bite would be coming from.

“You even took the dog.”

Grendel chose that moment to try to shove past me. I shoved him back into the Guild and he began running back and forth behind us, growling.

“He had fun, too. Look at him. He’s still excited.”

Initial impressions

  • It’s so good to get back to post-Shift Atlanta and Kate and Curran. I love this series. One of my favorite parts of summer–knowing a new book in this series is coming out.

Cheers

  • It’s interesting to see Curran and Kate now that Curran is no longer the Beast Lord.
  • I like the interchanges between Kate and her father. He’s a scary character and it’s hard to figure out his motives.
  • As always the humor is lots of fun–especially between Curran and Kate.
  • There’s lots of fighting in this book with lots of different and odd creatures. Curran and Kate also are involved with the Mercenary Guild in this book. I’m looking forward to more about the Guild in future books.
  • The characters still grow and change even though this is book 8. Kate and Curran have left the Pack, Kate has interacted with her father and lived and Kate claimed Atlanta as hers.
  • Have I mentioned I love the relationship between Curran and Kate?
  • We learn more about Mahon (who is a Kodiak bear shapeshifter) and Curran’s relationship. Mahon found Curran after his family was killed. He became a surrogate father to Curran and pushed him to become the Beast Lord. They have a complex relationship!

Jeers

  • As I mention below this book feels like a middle book.

And a few thoughts . . .

  • In a way, this book is a little like a middle book. The last book was the culmination of a long arc that had continued for a number of the books before–Kate preparing for and finally meeting her father in Magic Breaks.
  • This book shows the aftermath of the events in book 7. The overall story moves ahead a little, but a lot of the book shows Kate and Curran settling into their new lives.
  • I get the idea the next book (perhaps books) may have many important actions and changes. I can’t wait!

Have you read this book? How did you like it?

Author info

  • Ilona Andrews” is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. Ilona is a native-born Russian and Gordon is a former communications sergeant in the U.S. Army. Contrary to popular belief, Gordon was never an intelligence officer with a license to kill, and Ilona was never the mysterious Russian spy who seduced him. They met in college, in English Composition 101, where Ilona got a better grade. (Gordon is still sore about that.)
  • Gordon and Ilona currently reside in Texas with their two children and many dogs and cats.
  • They have co-authored two NYT and USAT bestselling series, the urban fantasy of Kate Daniels and romantic urban fantasy of The Edge and working on the next volumes for both.

Reading Challenges

TBR Review: Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews

magicbreaksMagic Breaks
by Ilona Andrews
Series: Kate Daniels #7
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Published by Ace, 2014
E-book, purchased
348 pages
Grade: A-
Synopsis: 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…

Sometimes the Universe smiled. Mostly she kicked me in the face, stomped on my ribs once I fell down, and laughed at my pain, but once in a while she smiled.

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On Harpy’s Drive we passed a row of trees, each one with its trunk unnaturally bloated and covered with black fuzz. I had no idea what the fuzz did, but we steered clear of it. The law of navigating post-Shift Atlanta was simple: if you don’t know what it is, don’t touch it.

Cheers

  • Reading this book is like seeing long-time friends whom you haven’t seen for awhile. But it’s like you just saw them yesterday.
  • This book is so much fun. Lots of action and excitement.
  • I love Kate and Curran! I love their honesty and respect for each other. They don’t try to change or stop the other from doing what they have to do.
  • Kate knows Curran will never give up on her. And she’ll never give up on him.
  • At one point in the book Kate says, “Giving up is dying quietly with your hands bound in a hut where the man who tied you up threw you. Hope is kicking your way out and running ten miles across snow and forest against all odds.” She shows both these qualities in this book.
  • The magic system is so interesting in these books. We learn more about how magic has changed the world and why magic and tech are warring with each other.

Jeers

  • I’m not quite sure what to think about her father!

About the author

  • Ilona Andrews is the husband-and-wife writing team of Gordon and Ilona. Their website has lots of great content including short stories plus a free serial. They also have a fun blog.

And a few thoughts . . .

  • I’m so happy with this book! I bought it when it first came out last July, but then wanted to wait to read it since I’d have to wait a year for the next one…lol. I’m so glad I finally read it. Can’t wait for the next book.

Have you read this book? How did you like it?

Reading Challenges

The characters I would want on a deserted island …

toptentuesday2Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme which I take part in occasionally. It’s a great meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish blog. Every week a new topic is presented. It’s not only fun to think about my list, but to read what other people come up with!

The topic this week is the characters I would want with me on a deserted island. At first I was thinking “desert” island and so I thought of characters who live in deserts! My first thought was of the book Dune by Frank Herbert which I read many years ago, but which sticks with me. Then I realized it was a deserted island so I had to rethink things!

By the time all these characters are on my deserted island it wouldn’t be deserted any longer!

1. Cassandra (Cass) from the Touchstone trilogy by Andrea K. Höst. Cass is transported to a deserted planet (except for animals) and manages to survive. She would be very useful!

2. Devi Morris from from the Paradox trilogy by Rachel Bach. Devi is very resourceful as well as irreverent. She would keep up our spirits as well as have anyNice Dragons Finish Last weapons necessary to protect us!

3. Julius from Nice Dragons Finish Last by Rachel Aaron. I just finished this book and it’s great! Julius is a dragon–very useful to have around–and since he’s a pretty nice dragon he wouldn’t eat us!

4. Jarra from the Earth Girl series by Janet Edwards. Jarra is brave, resourceful, knows a lot about history so she might be able to help us figure out where we are and how to get back home!

5. Ensign Andrew Dahl from Redshirts by John Scalzi. He would know not to volunteer to go on an away mission and remind us of the same thing!

6. Graham Keith in The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley. So I could listen to his Scots accent!

7. Suzume from the Generation V series by M. L. Brennan. I wouldn’t pick Fortitude Scott, because he’s becoming a better vampire…not what you need on a deserted island! Suzume, on the other hand, is a kitsune…a very resourceful fox.

8. Shai from The Emperor’s Soul by Brandon Sanderson. She is a forger–able to copy and recreate anything by rewriting its history with magic. That would be a magic-slaysgreat skill to have to help us get off the island.

9. & 10. Curran and Kate from the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews. We would need a very good leader and both these characters are great leaders. They’re very resourceful both with magic and when there is no magic.

Sorry I’m late getting this posted…by the time we got home last night I was too tired to finish this and get it read for today…and same problem this morning!

I chose all books I read this year. Not really intentional–they are all characters who would be great on a deserted island! What about you? What characters would you choose?

 

Review: Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews

Magic-Rises_mdMagic Rises
by Ilona Andrews
Series: Kate Daniels series, #6
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Published by Ace, 2013
e-book, purchased
355 pages
Grade: A
Synopsis: 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…

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Outside the windows the day was bright: golden sunshine, blue sky, pleasant wind … I wanted to punch the happy day in the face, grab it by the hair, and beat it until it told me what the hell it was so happy about.

What I like about this book:

  • Kate begins to doubt herself and all she believes, but she stays true to the things she believes in and this is ultimately her greatest strength.
  • Kate realizes in this book how alone she is among all the shapeshifters and then that she’s not alone at all…she’s Pack.
  • Each book moves the overall arc along, but is also completely satisfying and complete.

What I don’t like:

  • I can’t think of anything!

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My thoughts: 

This is such a good series. All the books are interesting and exciting.

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Have you read this book? What did you think of it?

Review: Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews

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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Have you read this book? What did you think of it?