Speed Date with Kate: Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews

Posted 14 August, 2014 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | Features, Review, Speed Date | 50 Comments


Speed Date with Kate: Magic Breaks by Ilona AndrewsMagic Breaks by Ilona Andrews
Series: Kate Daniels #7
Published by Penguin on July 29, 2014
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 400

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...

FIRST DATE: Where can I get a Curran of my own? ‘Cause I wouldn’t mind some lion snuggles. Kate’s a lucky girl and, good for her, she knows it. The love between Kate and Curran is palpable and, even though they’re going through some serious shit, they both stand by each others’ sides no matter what. Okay, so Curran does his best to protect his woman, being a big ole alpha lion shifter dude, but he also respects her abilities. And Kate, Kate cares about everyone. She’s a protector by nature and she wants to take care of absolutely everyone she can, even if that person’s kind of an asshole (I’m looking at you, Ghastek).

SECOND DATE: Can I also have a bunnycat and a mammoth donkey that I will name Cuddles in honor of the some of the most awesome animals ever to grace the pages of a novel? (Sure there are some other contenders but I’m just not sure most of them can live up to the original Cuddles. Or the bunnycat.) When Kate gets to ride that mammoth donkey with the giant ears, that’s pretty much the highlight of her time in this book (well, except for the lovely smexytimes with Curran) because the rest of it is spent getting her butt handed to her by Hugh (god, what a total dick). And Curran’s out on Pack business far away. This is actually a good thing because, as much as I adore Curran, this gives Kate a chance to really shine. Her growth as a character is exponential and shows her in a whole new light.

THIRD DATE: This book is epic-ly epic. So much so that the writing team of Ilona Andrews decided they needed to add a disclaimer letting the rabid fans know that is is actually not the last book in the series. It is, however, the end of a long story arc and paves the way for another epic arc. Besides a fantastic plot, this story is filled with the authors’ quirky sense of humor and off-hand one-liners that lighten what could be a seriously dark story (what with all the world-ending disasters and such). An absolutely brilliant addition to one of my very favorite urban fantasy series out there today.

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