Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Magic Slays

In the wake of previous events in this action-packed urban fantasy series, our heroine Kate Daniels has quit her job with the Order of Knights of Merciful Aid and has broken off on her own, establishing her own supernatural detective agency.  But sadly she hasn't gotten many customers, especially with the Order (or certain unpleasant people there) constantly badmouthing her name.  Being the mate of Curran, alpha of the local were pack, only complicates matters.  She feels a need to succeed on her own - not because the pack could (and would) continue to fund her agency even if she never makes a cent.

She agrees to help with a vampire issue, even though she knows she may be getting over her head- but she has no idea that the ramifications will be so far reaching.  To complicate matters, her ward, Julie, has run away from boarding school again, and Curran is having some issues sharing power and responsibilities fair and square with her.  Their relationship has certainly progressed in many positive ways, but between Kate's reluctance to accept responsibility for others, loner that she's always been, and Curran's reluctance to share his power, or even delegate, fireworks tend to fly.

This series is an engaging mix of action and adventure, mystery, and romance, with a nice dash of humor thrown in along the way.  Each book continues to develop the characters and their relationships with each other, giving the series a welcome complexity that can sometimes be lacking in books of this genre.  I continue to enjoy this series, and I always look forward to each new book.  The Edge series is fun as well, but it does change focus from one character to another.  Sometimes that's fine with me, but I do enjoy coming back to characters I've come to love and seeing where life will take them next.

Books in the Kate Daniels series:
1. Magic Bites
2. Magic Burns
3. Magic Strikes

4. Magic Bleeds 
5. Magic Slays

Magic Slays (#5 in the Kate Daniels series) by Ilona Andrews (Ace Books, 2011)


  1. I LOVE Kate Daniels...this book is so good! :)

  2. One of these days I am going to read this series...

  3. Yes, sometimes when the characters keep changing on me, I can't connect with them as well. I usually like the first person pov, as I'm really nosy and would like to know everything about the character!


  4. Mandi - Me, too! :-)

    Kailana - I hope you will - it's a lot of fun.

    Sharry - I love 1st person POV, too - I guess I'm really nosy as well. :-)

  5. Unrelated to your post here - just finished the 3rd Mistress of the Art of Death series, not as good as the first two. I hope this doesn't become like Evanovitch - I can't even motivate myself to read number 17, if I have to read one more screw up by Lulu and Stephanie in trying to capture a bail jumper, ugh!

  6. VA Gal - Oh, I'm sorry to hear that. I have high expectations for that series. Keep me posted on #4 if you read it. I can tell you right now that there are several screw-ups by Lulu and Stephanie, so you might want to take a pass on Seventeen. I liked it, though. :-)


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