by Ilona Andrews
Series: Kate Daniels #7
Narrator: Renée Raudman
Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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Narration: 5 cups
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…**Includes the bonus Kate Daniels story Magic Tests**
OMG..I am finally up-to-date with the Kate Daniels’ series and have now joined the ranks of fans waiting for more! Magic Breaks about blew my mind. As ya’ll know I am listening to the audio books narrated by the fabulous Renée Raudman. In the audio edition, we get a message from the author(s) as we have reached a pivotal point in the arc plot. I was glad since this almost read like the final book and that my friends would have been awful. Mind blowing, action packed and a superb example of the brilliance that comprises this writing duo I was left spent and wordless.
It is getting increasingly difficult to share my thoughts on this series, as I fear spoilers for those who have not yet met Kate. Therefore, I am going to try to break it down into dates and keep it to feels.
Coffee dates with Magic Breaks
First date: Barabas, our beloved weremongoose gives us a prologue at the beginning of our date, recapping what has happened and noting key players. I thought this aspect was brilliant and allowed us to jump right back into the story. We know Daddy dearest is coming and preparations are being made. Curran must leave the pack and travel to create alliances but before he goes, he manages to make both Kate and I swoon. His absence leaves Kate in charge of the Weres and forces to attend the Conclave. Despite everything that is happening Kate manages to keep her humor. Her snark causes me to giggle even as I worry. At the Conclave, a Master of the Dead is murdered and chaos ensues leaving Kate with a nasty ultimatum find the killer or start a war. Gads poor Kate cannot get a break.
“Where to now?” I asked.”Hold on,” Robert said. “I’m still . . . coming to terms with your mode of transportation.”
“Take your time,” I nudged Cuddles, turning her to give him a better view. Cuddles flicked her ears, lifted her feet, and pranced. Oh dear God.”
Second date: Andrews is pulling my heart in all different directions and taking us places I could never even have fathomed. Witches, predictions, Hugh and danger are at every corner. I feel like there should be tribal drums beating out, Daddy is coming. Scenes in the middle of the story reaffirmed my love of urban fantasy on audio. Raudman made me feel every emotion and taste Kate’s despair. I could barely breathe and lost myself completely in the story. I have never been more anxious in my life. Andrews scoffs at predictability leaving me very unsure of my third date.
“If your head explodes can I have your stuff?”
Third date: The final segment is breathtaking, nerve racking and heartbreaking. Can I just take a moment to say how kick-ass Kate is? Her protective nature and love for those around her gives her this incredible strength. We see growth in her abilities and Andrews created a panoramic view as the events unfold. Daddy dearest is strong and even I quivered in his presence. Leave it to Andrews to completely surprise me and move the storyline in a direction I did not expect. This series is completely addictive and the characters are amazing. Even the secondary characters gave me the feels, made me laugh and sometimes I wanted to run. Brilliant. Brilliant. Brilliant!
“Will I get nights of ecstasy?”
“And days. Ecstasy all the time.”
Bonus date: Magic Breaks includes Magic Tests a novella that originally published in the anthology, An Apple for the Creature. It is also available as a a standalone. I enjoyed this case featuring Kate and Julie. It has me adding all of the novellas from the series.
Magic Breaks left me breathless and in awe of this dynamic writing duo. Magic Shifts releases in August and I am excited to see what happens next.