Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Review: Magic Slays (Kate Daniels #5) by Ilona Andrews

Magic Strikes (Kate Daniels #3) by Ilona Andrews
Publisher: June 2011 Ace Penguin Berkley
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal
Format: Kindle
Source: Purchased

*Please note that it is very hard to review books past the first one in the series without having any spoilers at all. I will try to keep it as spoiler free as I can, but if you haven't read the first book in this series, you may just want to read that review instead of continuing with this one.
Goodreads Summary
Kate Daniels narrates Atlanta detective agency start with pal Andrea, half-beast rejected from the Order. Kate's loving Mate is Beast Lord Curran, so Keep politics intervene. She is unlikely to kill 'children', so Aunt B assigns half-bouda bodyguards, spoiled Ascanio 15, Derek 19. First case is vanished inventor and Doomsday Device. Ward Julie runs from school, again.

“Shapeshifter parenting motto—if your kid slit somebody's throat, always have a backup plan to make the body disappear.”

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.


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.


“Yes I can,” Curran snarled. “Listen: this is me telling you what you will not do.”
I raised the cookbook and tapped him on the nose. Bad cat.” 

“Andrea raised her hand. “This is the hand that slapped Aunt B.”
“Maybe you should have it gold-plated.”

“Here, you can touch it, since you’re my best friend.”

“Did he just rip out the engine?" I asked.
"Yes", Saiman said. "And now he is demolishing the Maserati with it."
Ten seconds later Curran hurled the twisted wreck of black and orange that used to be the Maserati into the wall.
The first melodic notes of an old song came from the computer. I glanced at Saiman.

He shrugged. "It begged for a soundtrack.” 

“Help me, I can’t breathe, your ego is pushing all the air out of the room.”  


  1. This is such an excellent series! I hope you enjoy :D Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Oooh I have been wanting to read this series ,, I guess i will just have to postponded till 2015 and read it either on January or Feb ,, not really sure when.

    glad you like the 5th book, Lovely review as usual :D

  3. OMG, you make me want to read these books again for a 5th time. That bad cat quote, I laugh every time.
    I loved what Curran did to Saiman's cars. The best revenge EVER! I was cracking up so much during that scene.
    Happy you still love this series, it only gets better.

  4. I'm glad you joined the Kate & Curran club, Jaclyn. I can't gush enough about how much I adore this series and Kate & Curran. They're amazing. I like how even though Kate *knows* who she is, she's still learning *who* she is over the course of the series. And Kate & Curran together are so much fun. Okay, this makes 3 reviews of Kate Daniels I've read today and you're ALL making me want to re-read. Jaclyn, this is TWO series you're making me want to re-read - this one plus Fever. I soooo wish I had the time!! :)

    I hope you've had a great week. Mine's been busy, as I'm sure everyone's is at this time of year. The kids have one more week til they're out for winter break and they're excited. Well, Sky's not as much since she has finals next week. :/ But it will be nice to have them all home for a little while. :) Hope things are well with you. Is Zane ready for Christmas??

  5. Thank you! This is one of my favorite series :D I hope you enjoy it when you get to it!

  6. That scene was hilarious! I enjoyed it so much. Yes, I'm loving this series :D Can't wait to get to the next one!

  7. Definitely! I've been slowly getting through it, but I love it so much :D

  8. They really are! One of the best couples ever :D Yes even though Kate starts the series as a strong heroine, she really does still grow. Zane has to finish this week out before winter break too. Zane is sooo ready for Christmas! We've been busy with plays and choir programs, but it is such a fun time of year! I hope y'all have a fantastic one!!


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