|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…
“Did you strangle the wolf alpha? (…)With the threat of Kate’s dangerous and incredibly powerful father, Roland, being a true reality for Kate and the Pack now, and Hugh, who works for Roland, who wants nothing more than to terrorize and play with Kate, it’s safe to say things are anything but boring these days.
Curran grimaced. “Of course not. I needed information. After I put her face in my mouth, we agreed that it was in her best interests to tell me what I wanted to know.”
Things start off badly when Kate and Curran are separated for a few days after Curran and a few of his men head off to deal with a group of non-pack shapeshifters. This means that Kate has to attend the Conclave on her own. Of course it doesn’t go smoothly, Curran’s away afterall! Hugh shows up, bringing a dead Master of the Dead with him who was clearly killed by a shifter and all hell breaks loose. Kate gets one day to try and find the killer or the People, being lead and riled up by Hugh, will attack the Keep. Kate’s journey finds her in some dangerous parts of Atlanta and surrounded by an unlikely hunting group that consists of her, Desandra (wolf pack beta who’s on her way to claiming the alpha spot), Robert (rat alpha), Derek and one additional person who sneaks in with her group – I’ll leave that a secret since he/she plays a pretty important role in some of the fighting that’s to come. And oh the fighting, it is memorable.
I felt like some of the most epic fight scenes in the Kate Daniels series happen here in Magic Breaks. In fact, it’s non-stop action whether it’s Kate in the middle of a fight for her life or trying to save others, or it’s Kate having to watch a fight that she’s unable to jump into (this instance is devastating to her and the results are shocking to say the least). Or she’s watching Curran take on a powerful being or finally, she’s facing down Roland – it happens people, finally! And it’s just the start of what’s sure to be a crazy, dangerous relationship.
All fights throughout Magic Breaks lead to a Kate vs. Roland show down and as I mentioned, it’s not a storyline that comes to a neat and tidy end. In fact, more questions are left about where things are going related to Roland and what his true end game is. Yup, he’s a bad guy, but there might be more gray to him and his agenda than it simply being a black and white situation. Or he completely has me letting my guard down and he’ll be the biggest baddie Kate will have ever gone against. The jury’s out and I’m more anxious and excited to see where this is all going.
On the relationship front, Kate and Curran continue to have one of my favorite, if not THE favorite, relationships playing out on page. I love that they’re so solid and become more and more so as the series goes on. Being together has changed each of them, I think for the better, and I love seeing those changes come through in decisions they both make and the discussions they have. They are separated for a decent chunk of the book, but when they’re together, it brings the story to life.
One quick thought about the Pack – I hate how they treat Kate. They don’t trust her and make it clear that if Curran were ever out of the picture (ie. dead), she would be out even though she’s one half of the alpha pair right now. What an awesome group of beings. Kate puts her life on the line for these people day in and day out and they’d kick her to the curb as fast as possible were they able. What made me stand up and cheer is the sharp right turn the series takes at the end. I’ll say this, the writing team of Ilona Andrews isn’t afraid to shake things up aaaaaaand do they ever at the end of Magic Breaks.
In the end, Kate and Curran are in a completely new situation for them both, in many different ways and I love it. Things are different, new and it just makes the series even more addicting if that’s possible. I can’t wait to see what Andrews does next because they’ve set up some amazing things and as always, I want more, now!
“This is Cuddles. She’s a mammoth donkey.”
Derek grinned, leaning on the fence. “Do you [Kate] have any self-respect left?”
Release Date: July 29, 2014
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*eARC provided by publisher for review*