Magic Slays (Kate Daniels Series #5)

Magic Slays (Kate Daniels Series #5)

by Ilona Andrews
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harstan More than 1 year ago
Still reeling from her deadly insane Aunt Erra's destruction that included her Atlanta apartment, Kate Daniels left the Order of Knights of Merciful Aid. She has become the Mate (some say lady or Alpha) of Curran the Beast Lord. . Now the Mate of the Beast Lord Curran, she opens up Cutting Edge Investigations. However, clients are few as the Order spreads nasty commentary about her and many fear hiring her as they do not want to alienate her mate. Ghastek the Master of the Dead navigator, who works for the People cult-corporation, asks for help as he hunts down a loose vampire; she chains the deadly predator, but all hell breaks loose with the Atlanta Police Department PAD unit firing at everyone. Kate's BFF Andrea Nash the Beaskin Order of Knights comes to her rescue and joins the firm. Soon after that debacle, The Red Guard asks her to find missing engineer Adam Kamen, a brilliant applied magic theorist, and the device he was working on. They promise Rene of the Guard it will be done subtly, but nothing goes right especially when they learn the capability of Kamen's gizmo. This is a superb urban fantasy that grips the reader from the moment all hell breaks loose on the street outside of and in Kate's office, and never slows down as her BFF joins her with the missing person's search and much more. Kate is terrific and the return of Andrea will be appreciated by fans of the magical series. This fresh entry is also a nice place for newcomers to take the dive. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Kate Daniels series just keeps getting better & better. I finished it in one night and wished there was another one out to read already. These books do not slack off and get boring. Love them. Have already gone back and reread them from book 1.
MicheleLeesBookLove More than 1 year ago
The fifth book in the Kate Daniels' series has hit streets and readers want to know: Can Kate adjust to her new life as female alpha of the pack and mate to the Beast Lord (a werelion) of Atlanta? And after fighting gods, rabid werewolves and family, where can Andrews take readers now? In Magic Slays Kate, trying to establish her own merch/PI business after quitting the Order of the Merciful Aid when she found out about their anti-supernatural stance, takes a case to find a lost inventor and a lost machine from the Red Guard (and elite group of ex-military and ex-cop merchs) instead Kate finds out disturbing details about her own past that make her question her relationship with Curran, when she's not too busy trying to find out why vampires and werecritters are going rogue, wards to keep bridge trolls from rampaging are vanishing, and why no one knows what the missing invention did. Despite Kate finally jumping into real personal connections Andrews keeps true to both the action-packed reputation of the series, and Kate's combination of total combat prowess, but completely scarred emotions. Readers will be pleased to find that love doesn't magically make either Curran or Kate completely open and trusting people and their lives without self-induced complications. Andrews' prose sizzles and her plots keeps readers glued to the pages. Highly recommended for public collections as a representation of some of the best writing modern UF has to offer. Contains: sex, violence, language
kitkat3ny More than 1 year ago
I strongly recommend you read the previous books in the series (Magic Bites, Magic Burns, Magic Strikes and Magic Bleeds) prior to reading this installment. This has been one of my anticipated, if not THE most, anticipated release for 2011 and I was not disappointed. Usually the thrill of the chase between characters is what keeps a series alive and exciting; once those characters get together, things usually start to dull and become stagnate. However, Kate and "Your Furriness" are just as interesting together, as they are apart. The authors did a wonderful job of keeping things mysterious and fresh. I had to subtract a quarter-star simply because, there seem to be too much information when it came to the logistics of planning the battle at the end and the battle scene itself seem to go on and on forever. Other than the small issues listed above, I totally loved this book. I loved the dark humor throughout the story and the situation with Julie. I especially loved experiencing Kate and Curran as a power-duo and the unfurling mystery of Kate's maternal bloodline. I highly recommend this book fellow dark urban fantasy fans and I can't wait for book 6 due out in 2012.
Melhay More than 1 year ago
It's been two months since Kate's Aunt attack on the city. Before the crack of dawn Kate receives a phone call from Julie's school. She's run away, again, and now they agree since she doesn't want to be there they won't take her back, for her own safety. Curran believes Julie will be safe staying with them and with three hundred shafters ready to protect her, Kate has agreed but teaches Julie a little lesson in the way she comes home. Kate has opened Cutting Edge Investigations, only a month ago and no ones called to hire her thanks to The Order has been bad mouthed her name, just bills piling up. Even through the Pack is paying the bills, for a short time, she wants to stand on her own two feet. Her first call, Ghastek with a lose vampire heading her direction, the journeyman had fainted while navigating. Finally when the vampire is under control and Ghastek shows, he passes out himself, of all people to lose control. Something is up. Kate's second call, is Rene from the Red Guard, she was the woman at the guard of Midnight Games, wants to hire her to find her charge and his magical device that was taken from her protection. Even though no useful information is available to find this man, the twenty grand and an endorsement for Cutting Edge Investigation from the Red Guard convinces Kate to take the job. This man and his device could end up being very dangerous to Kate, all her friends and family, and even the whole magical city. Even though this is two months later, I feel as we are right where we left off from Magic Bleeds. This book makes me smile on the first page, and so happy to see the fun jabs between Curran and Kate are not lost with the love they share. Kate's family heritage is growing. She learns more of her mother through others here. I found it interesting what Kate learns from the witches. Andrea is ever present in this book as well, and with her own personal issues. Andrea had left with Grendel, Kate's attack poodle which was in Andrea's care, after the fight with Kate's Aunt. But she's back, and been through a mess with The Order. Saiman is present for a scene as well. We get to see him in his true form, again, and learn of what Curran inflicted upon him after what happened in Magic Bleeds. Oh I am really enjoying Saiman, and his true form. Oh Julie...I love this girl. Kate is raising her to be one strong woman, and had taught her to fight. We get to see Julie and enjoy her humor for a few before we worry greatly for her. This book didn't hit me as hard as Magic Bleeds. Magic Bleeds was one that hit me all at once with a high point that ran full throttle to the end, and I couldn't stop. Magic Slays was one that kept going. There was so many great scenes and so many different people being affected. Each scene was non-stop. This book was the high hit all the way through. No low. I eat up the action, the happenings, and worries like crazy. All from Andrea to Julie to Kate and Curran, the magic, death, the pack, family, and so many more! This book has so many balls flying through the air and none are falling flat. One amazing read from the start to the finish.
Sandra027 More than 1 year ago
There's not much to say, these books are just great. It wasn't necessarily my favorite in the series, but all the high points were still there. Kate has a great mix of toughness while still being reasonable and being able to have a loving, non-drama filled relationship with Curran. There was definite progression in the overall story arc, as well as an interesting plot for this books itself. I am interested to see how things will work out with many of the other characters in the future. Can't wait!
Bettie Sharpe More than 1 year ago
utdelilah More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this series. Kate Daniels is a multi faceted character who becomes more than a mercenary. You will enjoy her exploits but more than that you become involved with her journey finding friendship, love and companionship as she fights the bad guys. Her asides are humorous and sarcastic. Be warned - this series is addicting!!!!!!!
zombeecupcake More than 1 year ago
I normaly do not read books with magic but I got her forst book for free and I have read everyone since then. I absolutely love this series and the other short stories too. I can not wait for her next book to come out! This series is funny, witty and romantic, with a lot of violence!! The lead character is great and you cant help but like all the people she befriends.
Masquerader888 More than 1 year ago
The Kate Daniels series is urban fantasy at its best. Magic slays combines truly talented world-building, an impressive array of mythological knowledge, character growth and development, and movement forward in the plot arc of the series. Oh. And it has a bunny that’s a cat in it too. This book was a fun read. It took up pretty much where Magic Bleeds left off and addresses the changes that Kate has to deal with after the fallout of killing her aunt and becoming Curran’s official mate. Fielding those curveballs along with some baggage from her past we also deal with a threat to all things magic, and Julie being in danger to an extreme made for a fast pace in this book. It is not a volume I would suggest to start with, as at this point in the series it really is necessary to have the back-story from books one through four. I’ll be honest, this probably wasn’t my favorite Kate book; it seemed like for every step forward there were several more back, and the action was bread-crumbed a bit much for me. However getting to see all of the magical factions interact and have Kate and Curran get both of their heads on straight was more than worth it to me. Add that to some kick-butt side scenes, new characters to play with and enough Russian mythology to roll in, and even without being the best Kate book, it is still an example of urban fantasy as it should be written. I give this book a loving four stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Move over Anita Blake & Racheal Morgan, there ia a new sheriff in town
Anonymous 4 months ago
This book was awesome!
alyssama121 11 months ago
I always worry when a series goes longer than four books. In my experience, very few can go past that point and still keep the magic that made the first books so incredible. Characters lose their edge, relationships lose their spark, and the plot runs around in circles. This series definitely doesn’t have any of those problems and can handle at least two more books, if not many, many more. Kate is as hilarious and kick-ass as ever. Curran is as possessive, adorable, and of course kick-ass as ever, and their relationship is certainly not losing any sparks. The plot is progressing nicely and I am SO excited for Book 6. Book 4, Magic Bleeds, was a tipping point for this series. Kate’s secret about her parentage is being revealed to more and more people, and the danger for her is building up. I like that the confrontation between her and Roland doesn’t occur in Magic Slays, because the authors are really building up the pressure and suspense. The break from all the Roland stuff is nice, and we get a deeper look into the world Kate is living in and other dangers she has to face besides those from her father. All the characters are showing amazing growth, and I’m still as fascinated by them as I was in the beginning of the series. Also, the writing is still edgy and spot-on. Despite all the crap she’s dealt with, Kate certainly has kept her sense of humor. I only have one minor complaint, and it’s that this book was a little difficult to get into. There is a lot of build-up and background and we don’t get to the really good stuff until the last third of the book. But that last third certainly makes up for the beginning two-thirds. I highly recommend this book to fans of this series, and for those of you who haven’t started reading these books yet, what are you waiting for?!
Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
Anyone who has followed my reviews knows that I am in love with this series. is just the best. I loved this book when I read it over 4 years ago and I loved it during this re-read. I probably liked it even more the second time around because I know how some things are going to work out and it is really interesting to see some of the ground work being laid. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment I spent listening to this book. This book starts with a lot of excitement. Kate gets a call that there is a loose vampire heading her way. She acts quickly and is able to capture the vampire but then everything falls apart fast. With Andrea's help, Kate works her way through the situation. Andrea accepts Kate's offer to join her business and they get their first client. The case turns out to be a very serious one that could put everyone with magic in danger. All of the characters that I have grown to love over the course of the series make an appearance in this book. Kate and Curran are now officially a couple and I have to say that I like them both a bit more together. They still speak their mind with each other but there are plenty of more tender moments that melted my heart. I was glad to see Andrea play an important role in this story. Julie has some serious life changing events happen in this installment. Derek was awesome as always and Ascanio proved how awesome he can really be. I enjoyed the narration. After a rough start with the audio for this series, I have come to really appreciate Rene Raudman's performance of these books. She handles a wide variety of character voices with ease. The emotions that she is able to convey during the story really take the book to a whole new level. The pacing was perfectly done. This was an audiobook that I didn't want to put down and was able to listen to for hours at a time. I would highly recommend this series to others. This is the fifth book in the series and I really do feel that this is a series that needs to be read in order. I loved this book even though it wasn't quite my favorite in the series it was really close. I can't wait to continue with my re-read!
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jcsbookhaven More than 1 year ago
The Kate Daniels series is one that I am beyond thrilled to have read. It makes me sad to think I went so long oblivious to the greatness of this Urban Fantasy series. This one just didn't sink its claws in me and drag me under like the previous ones. It's still a wonderful read, though. The Good Magic Slays brings out a different side to Kate. She is vulnerable, and she's more emotional. From the left, she's getting new information about her past that's tilting her personal axis. From the right, she's questioning whether she is the one that feels more in her relationship. It really doesn't matter how awesome you think you are, you will inevitably question whether you are that one that is head over heels and your partner is with you just for kicks, or maybe even a more nefarious reason like using you for their own gain. From the center, she's hit with the pain of a mortally wounded loved one. She tries keeping it all hidden and her tough shell up for the world to see, but I'm reading her inner most thoughts so her personal struggle comes through. Besides the action that I always adore in this series, there were also some other great moments. I found it brilliant to read Kate taking a bigger part in pack business...especially when they weren't all trying to challenge her to a fight. There was also that divine "gotcha" moment when she caught Julie doing something she shouldn't have, but was proud of her anyway. Having Andrea back in the fold is excellent as well. Every hard-as-nails heroine needs a bestie that is just as scary in different ways. I was thrilled to see the jealousy between Curran and Saiman come to a head with a hilarious video culminating in a conversation about what will undoubtedly cause Curran's jealousy to peak. The big bad in this one would rain on any parade. In a world where magic in many different forms is so abundant, the threat to all magic users is significant. It's up to Kate to once again save the day. The Bad There was a lull in action when Kate was learning about her past, and I was actually thinking to myself that it needed to get a move on and get it out already so we can get to the good stuff. While the information was important, necessary, and helped to shape Kate's understanding and character, it bored me as well. The Romance It's fantastic when an author can allow two characters to come together, and have everything about that relationship still be entertaining. They definitely get in lover's quarrels, but the way they argue, talk, make-up, and work things out, is enjoyable and fun. Kate and Curran feel like a true couple through and through and I definitely felt how deeply each feels about the other. Conclusion Another great book by the Andrews pair. I love the world in this series, the magic, and the characters, While I did feel a break in the action for a while through the middle, it gets juiced up at the end. It also starts with a good bang. Recommended. Originally given 4 1/2 stars at JC's Book Haven
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As usual, no disappointment in this....only anticipation for the next in the series. You must read these books in series order or you won't enjoy them. Love this series. It's like the chocolate syrup poured on ice always want more.
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I love the main character great pasing. Good charcter development and ratio between relationship and external cobfluct.
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