Series Review: Kate Daniels, books 8-9 by Ilona Andrews

Series Review: Kate Daniels, books 8-9 by Ilona AndrewsMagic Shifts by Ilona Andrews
Series: Kate Daniels #8
Published by Ace on August 4, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Mystery, Mythology, Romance
Pages: 342
Format: eBook
Source: Library
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four-half-stars

In the latest Kate Daniels novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews, magic is coming and going in waves in post-Shift Atlanta—and each crest leaves danger in its wake…

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…

How have I already read book 8? I’ve read all of books 2-8 in the month of November, which like I know I’ve been reading a LOT, but seriously hot damn that’s fast. Magic Shifts might be my favorite one so far, although that could also be Magic Bleeds or Magic Slays, because they’re all just so damn good.

TBH I’m still reeling from the fact that Curran left the Pack for Kate. It speaks fucking volumes that when she wanted him to do that back at the start, he was all hell to the no, but now it wasn’t even a discussion. If that needed to happen, he would walk away with no regrets. THIS SHIP JUST KILLS ME. Now Curran and Kate and Julie are living in the suburbs and being an adorable fucking family, and I’ll be over here dead and weeping my feels.

Something I haven’t yet talked about that I really love about this series is that Kate really takes hits. She’s immensely powerful but she’s also very much not unbreakable. The shapeshifters around her, while not as powerful as she is except maybe Curran, have regeneration capabilities she doesn’t have. Without skilled healers, she’d be dead. Even with magical healing, Kate faces so much she’s constantly dealing with lingering injuries. Team Andrews does such an amazing jobs reminding you of Kate’s mortality and it also really makes everything feel so much more believable too, because all the shit she faces daily takes a real physical and emotional toll. View Spoiler »

With regards to plot, this one’s pretty damn intense with some breaks for hilarity. The world building continues to grow in scope and complexity, and this series just keeps getting better and better. I’m also loving the handling of Roland thus far. The way he’s torn between being a father to Kate and killing her is tense and humorous all at once, which means it’s perfect for this series.

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Series Review: Kate Daniels, books 8-9 by Ilona AndrewsMagic Stars by Ilona Andrews
Series: Kate Daniels #8.5, Grey Wolf #1
Published by NYLA on December 8, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Mystery
Pages: 64
Format: eBook
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three-stars

From award-winning author, Ilona Andrews, an original novella, set in the New York Times #1 bestselling Kate Daniels World and featuring fan-favorites, Derek, and Curran and Kate’s very independent ward, Julie.

Scarred, solitary Derek Gaunt has separated from his Pack, and is truly a lone wolf. With no family he answers to no one; but is fiercely loyal to a chosen few. So, when several of those close to him are murdered, he’ll stop at nothing to hunt their killer through the magic-drenched streets of Atlanta.

Never one to be left on the sidelines, equally determined—some might say stubborn—Julie Lennart-Olsen soon joins in his pursuit; and what began as revenge turns into a race to save the city. Their search pits them against powers they never imagined and magic so old, it predates history. It may cost Derek his life, but there are things for which even he would risk everything.

Magic Stars is easily the low point of all the Kate Daniels I’ve read. It’s not bad, but I’m very much not as invested in Derek or Julie as characters, and I mostly care about them because Kate does.

Earlier on, I really liked Derek, but he’s become more withdrawn and less funny. On the one hand, this is good characterization, because he went through some shit while he was very young, and it’s changed him. Likely, he’s suffering from some PTSD. Julie, too, has been through too much too young, and I like her sass, but I don’t like the way the series has been pushing this ship subtly since book two, when Julie was just 13 and Derek a much older teen. It’s creepy, and I’m not about it. Maybe I could get on board if they had an OT3 with Ascanio, because both are much more lively when he’s around.

It’s a novella, so the plot’s a brief little mystery of the week. Lots of action but mostly in place to advance the ship and without much impact otherwise. Unfortunately, I’m not into the ship and Derek and Julie’s voices just don’t have the vibrancy of Kate’s or even Dali’s.

How about a novella about Barabas and Christopher instead? I’d be down for that. I’m sure I’ll keep reading the Grey Wolf stories, but I can’t say I’m particularly excited about it.

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I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Series Review: Kate Daniels, books 8-9 by Ilona AndrewsMagic Binds by Ilona Andrews
Series: Kate Daniels #9
Published by Ace on May 4, 2017
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, Mythology
Pages: 342
Format: Paperback
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four-stars

Mercenary Kate Daniels knows all too well that magic in post-Shift Atlanta is a dangerous business. But nothing she’s faced could have prepared her for this...

Kate and the former Beast Lord Curran Lennart are finally making their relationship official. But there are some steep obstacles standing in the way of their walk to the altar.

Kate’s father, Roland, has kidnapped the demigod Saiman and is slowly bleeding him dry in a never-ending bid for power. A Witch Oracle has predicted that if Kate marries the man she loves, Atlanta will burn and she will lose him forever. And the only person Kate can ask for help is long dead.

The odds are impossible. The future is grim. But Kate Daniels has never been one to play by the rules…

I did it! I am caught up on Kate Daniels! This series has been such a delight to read, and I’m so glad I made the ridiculous decision to request book nine in a series I’d never read. Thanks to Meg for giving me encouragement on this totally genius plan. Magic Binds isn’t my favorite in the series, but it’s really good and heartbreaking, as these novels tend to be.

Magic Binds was another one that went really slowly for me, much like Magic Rises a couple books ago. However, there I had some plot quibbles, but with this one I think the book’s thoroughly excellent plot-wise. Similar to that one, though, Magic Binds has a darker tone and loses some of the humor that I love so much. I also love the snarky ones the most.

I continue to adore the complex relationship between Kate and Roland, and there are some fascinating new developments on that front. Christopher and Barabas are totally becoming a ship, which I called ages ago and I SHIP IT, and also Christopher’s getting some new development which YAY. Kate and Curran remain perfection, even though they have a fight here but it’s such a them fight and I love them endlessly. Cheers to Kate and Curran, but also omg the ending has me so scared.

Kate Daniels is one of the best urban fantasy series out there, right up there (slightly under) with October Daye. I love it fiercely.

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2 responses to “Series Review: Kate Daniels, books 8-9 by Ilona Andrews”

  1. Thelma says:

    I’m so glad you like the serie!
    I totally agree with your opinion on Magic Stars. I don’t like the Derek/Julie ship. I think the OT3 could be a good option but honestly I would settle for just avoiding this ship. It feels cringy.
    The first time I read Magic Shifts it wasn’t my favorite. But I recently reread the whole serie and it made me enjoy it way more. So many great and important things happen in this book. And I love how it kicks off the end of this serie. I really feel like the last three books are a separate mini-arc. I feel like Magic Binds picks up the pace and I love it to pieces. It’s one of my favorite in the serie. I loved the development of Christopher (him and Barabas totally need a novella. Hopefully we’ll get one someday.) I also love the return of some characters.
    I’m a bit terrified about the last book but I’m also super excited about it.

  2. Olá, adoro a série kate Daniels
    …Mas não li o livro 8…se vcs poderem me enviar agradeço

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