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Magic Slays (Kate Daniels) Mass Market Paperback – May 31, 2011
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"Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews is simply amazing. The Kate Daniels series honestly gets better with each new release." --Night Owl Reviews
"Magic Slays was an excellent addition to powerhouse series that hits the spot. I cannot wait to see what else Ilona Andrews will come up with next, but I'm betting it'll be good." --Books by Their Cover
"Fifth of the Kate Daniels series delivers nonstop action and a few surprises while adding considerable background and depth to Kate's character ... This series continues to deliver top-notch urban fantasy." --Monsters and Critics
If Magic Bleeds was the turning point for the series, then Magic Slays is the reassurance and comfort we need afterwords. --Smexy Books
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Every one of us has read fairy tales. Most of them follow the same pattern: a hero or heroine face a great enemy and many challenges. They fight against overwhelming odds and eventually they prevail. They marry a prince or a princess and live Happily Ever After. No sequels - the story is complete and it's over the moment the hero kisses the princess against the backdrop of the setting sun.
It's a great narrative pattern and it endured through thousands of years. That's why MAGIC SLAYS is a kind of book most authors hope they will never have to write. It's the story that takes place after the sun has set and new collection of monsters besieges the happy couple's castle.
When you look at the rest of the series, the calm and sweet Happily Ever After doesn't really makes sense. Kate, who has been a loner all of her life and avoided responsibility for other people, suddenly finds herself responsible for hundreds of shapeshifters within the Pack. And when they say "responsible", they mean it: they expect her to manage their troubled offspring, they expect her to sit in judgment and sort out their squabbles, and when danger arises, they expect her to put herself between them and that danger. Stepping into the path of a threat for the sake of other people is nothing new to Kate. However, this time the enemy isn't a single individual, but many. They are well organized, ruthless and fanatic in pursuit of their goal. And they threaten not just one or two people but literally everyone Kate knows. How do you guard thousands of potential targets against an enemy who could strike anywhere at any time?
It doesn't help that she isn't universally loved within the Pack. Technically her position as the Beast Lord's mate comes with great power. Practically, she faces opposition. She loves Curran, but he isn't the easiest man to live with either. He is stubborn and overly protective, and mind-numbingly difficult when he wants to be. And just when she thinks she has things in hand, her past returns once again and threatens to shatter her from inside out.
On other hand, Curran, who never had to share power before, is faced with the reality: Kate is his mate and he must share. From the moment Mahon had found him, Mahon's intention had always been to hammer Curran into the ultimate alpha, a man who could subdue and keep control of the violent unpredictable leaders of the shapeshifter clans. Mahon succeeded. Curran is a skilled ruler: he manipulates, manages, rewards, encourages, and threatens the shapeshifters under his command to ensure peace within the Pack.
None of his methods work with Kate. She reacts badly to any attempt at manipulation. She refuses commands. And occasionally she laughs at him. So Curran must learn how to request rather than order, and that doesn't come naturally to the man who'd been an near absolute ruler for the better part of his life.
MAGIC SLAYS is a volatile book. It's a boiling pot of emotions and danger, tragedy and comedy, defeat and victory. It's a story of love and devotion above all else, but it's also a story of friendship and hate, where failure carries an ultimate price tag. We won't promise you a smooth sailing, but we ask you to trust us. When it comes to our books, that one, most important adage of fairy tales always stays true: we will bring our characters safely to port.
MAGIC SLAYS is a Happily Ever After in progress, wrought with danger, and perils, and some laughs. We hope you'll give it a try. Come fight the monsters with us. You won't regret it.
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“Themselves, mostly. Rage is a powerful thing. People get upset over many things. Frustrating jobs, small paychecks, bad hours. People want things; people feel humiliated by others who have the things they want; people feel deprived and powerless. All this gives fuel to rage. The anger builds and builds and if there is no outlet for it, pretty soon it transforms the person. They walk around like a loaded gun, ready to go off if only they could find the right target. They want to hurt something. They need it.”
“Humans tend to segregate the world: enemies on one side, friends on the other. Friends are people we know. Enemies are the Other. You can do just about anything to the Other. It doesn’t matter if this Other is actually guilty of any crimes, because it’s a matter of emotion, not logic. You see, angry people aren’t interested in justice. They just want an excuse to vent their rage.” Doolittle sighed. “And once you become their Other, you’re no longer a person. You’re just an idea, an abstraction of everything that’s wrong with their world. Give them the slightest excuse, and they will tear you down. And the easiest way for them to target you as this Other is to find something that’s different about you. Color of your skin. The way you speak. The place you’re from."
“And then there are lost souls like Leslie, so full of selfhatred that they trample the world in a rush to blame someone for their pain.”
I could quote a hundred verses, but this dialog hit home for me, especially in today's struggles.
The humor and inner dialogue is purely amazing. Like visiting an old friend.
I like that in some ways Kate is still "human". Her knee still hurts and gives her issues from her injury in the last books and while she gets hurt it is reasonable and in the midst of battle. Also her ties to those she loves make her relatable. Kate says the things I think in my head, out loud. I love that she is snarky, caring, stubborn and vulnerable.
She and Curran are still working through what it means to be in a relationship and she is still getting challenged by some in the pack.
In this book the work she does brings danger to one of those she has come to love and care for. We start back with Kate trying to help Ghastek, the reunion of our two best buds....and a bit of blood.
Kate is now personal non grata and trying to navigate getting new business since The Order has been saying bad things abt her. Julie has run away, Curran has put another youngish under her care, Aunt B is asking for favors and of course she has to save her nook of Atlanta from crazies while dealing with a new family revelation.
You have action, surprises, near death, traitorous bastards and crazy schemes. All in all a good read. A MUST read and I'm off to the next book. This has to be one one the best I've read in a while. I used to love the Mercy Thompson books till it seemd Mercy kept suffering for a Pack that never appreciated her. Kate in some ways reminds me of Mercy except here when it counts the Pack has Kate's back.
Before we get into my thoughts and feelings about this particular installment, here are a few things that are true about all of them and that you can read without any fear of spoilers :)
#1 this series is absolutely phenomenal and you all need to read it if you haven’t yet :) I blew through all of the stories in it in record time, cause I was unable to put them down and read something else :)
#2 the whole series follow Kate, the main character, and tells one big story… so even though each installment revolves around a smaller event / issue, I highly encourage you to read them all in order, including the novellas and side books that happen along the way, because they all bring something extra to your overall experience :) the reading order of all those stories can be easily found on Goodreads if you look for the series Kate Daniels :) I read them all in that order, as it was recommended to me by my good friend who already finished it, and I am very happy I did that :) of course I can’t force you to listen to me, I’m no #BookPolice ;) it’s just a friendly suggestion ;)
#3 a few more words about the series in general :) it’s a paranormal / urban fantasy story, set in an alternate version of our world… in it, there are magic waves that crash over the world, making basically all technology useless for some time… because it’s impossible to predict when exactly they will come and go, it alters the way people live… of course, with magic came all sort of gifts and talents… not to mention magical creatures :) we definitely have vampires and necromancers of some sort who control them, shapeshifters who can change into all sorts of animals, not to mention the fact that we get to see magical influences and practitioners from very different belief systems… it’s a lot to explain and we don’t have that much time to get into all the details right now :) just know it’s phenomenal :) each book is action packed, fast paced and full of surprising twists and turns… I can’t even begin to count the number of times when I gasped in shock because the plot went in a completely different way than I anticipated :) once you get to know this world and these characters, you will be completely hooked… and speaking of characters… ;)
#4 diverse and interesting characters are one of the main reasons why I love this series so much :) not only the main one, Kate, goes through a pretty spectacular character development arch throughout the whole series, but along the way we keep meeting new ones… and before you know what happened, you have a whole bunch of people you love and with each book you are quietly chanting “don’t kill any of them, don’t kill any of them” as if that might change some outcomes :) obviously I won’t name anyone right here, because a lot of them might come as a surprise to you… what I will say is that it will be a pleasure to re-read those books again soon, knowing how certain characters end up… that’s all I’m gonna say ;)
#5 DO NOT READ THE REST OF THIS REVIEW if you are not caught up on the previous stories… I will be mentioning people and events from previous books next, because I cannot possibly write more about my feelings without them, and you will be spoiled about some major surprising turns… I won’t spoil anything when it comes to the book I am currently reviewing, but everything that happened before is fair game :) you’ve been warned ;)
truth be told this is one of the installments in this series that I remember less about… and it’s not that it wasn’t as good as the rest of them… it’s solely because I flew through it so fast that I just can’t recall many details… ;) this is the first book where Kate has her own business, as in a sort of Private Investigator thing, because she’s no longer part of the Order :) and it’s not easy to keep it open… so Kate tends to take cases no one else wants to take… one day she is approached by someone she met before and she’s asked to find a missing person… and his device… and of course, it’s yet another story packed with action and surprises that will keep you at the edge of your seat :)
Top international reviews
As with the previous books this is an extremely exciting storyline that is non stop action and I loved that element, it keeps you on your toes and you are hooked from the first page right up until the last page but you really don't want it to end. I love how this author is able to create such a vivid and colourful world as well as characters that are so u pique and addictive to read about. With how the book ends I am eager to find out more about Julie. Also watching the relationship between Curran and Kate is an adventure that is so enjoyable to read about considering how stubborn they both are!!!
I can't recommend this book, this series and this author highly enough!!!! It's just amazing, once you start reading you most definitely won't be able to stop!!!!
And again it didn't disappoint at all, the Ilona Andrews team have a fantastic way of writing and I really do find myself being constantly surprised with the way things turn out, even when I *think* I know what's going to happen, from all the hints given, it is refreshing to see the way relationships are twisted and turned.
Looking forward to the next one, have to wonder if this would work as a film too.. Surprised no one has thought about it..
If you are thinking of buying this book and have not read the others please do not. Buy the first in the series and work through them. You will get much greater enjoyment.