Magic Tides & Magic Claims by Ilona Andrews

August 8th, 2023 Kimberly Review 17 Comments

8th Aug

I read Magic Tides, but held out for the audio for Magic Claims and was not disappointed. Magic Tides & Magic Claims by Ilona Andrews are novellas in the Kate Daniels: Wilmington Years. The first introduces us to life after Atlanta, and the second brings change. Both are fantastic and have me looking forward to many more stories.

Magic Tides & Magic Claims by Ilona Andrews
Magic Tides & Magic Claims
by Ilona Andrews
Narrator: Hillary Huber, Michael Glenn
Length: 12 hours and 21 minutes
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Source: Purchase
Purchase*: Audible *affiliate
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Narration: 4 cups Speed: 1.4x

This bundle contains the following long novella and short novel:

In Book #1, MAGIC TIDES, Kate, Curran and their son, Conlan have left Atlanta, vowing to keep a low profile, and are settling into a new city and new house…but some things never change! Magical mayhem is about to erupt when Kate undertakes the rescue of a kidnapped youth, while Curran guards the home front.

It should be a simple retrieval, but with monsters on land and sea, Kate’s got her work cut out for her. Still, she's never let her blade dull or her purpose falter. And that low profile? It’s about to wash away with the raging tides!

In Book #2, MAGIC CLAIMS, Kate and Curran have just settled into their new home and their “low profile,” when a local businessman approaches them with an offer they can’t refuse. A mysterious evil has spawned in the nearby forest and is holding a defenseless town hostage. The “ransom date” is rapidly approaching.

It’s exactly the kind of fight the Lennarts can’t resist, not for the prize the town offers, but for the people who will surely die if they ignore it. If they succeed, they’ll be rescuing an entire community and can build a strong new base for their family and the Wilmington Pack. If they fail...well, fail is a four-letter word.

Nothing comes without a price. Now Kate must decide if she has what it takes to pay it.

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Hillary Huber and Michael Glenn narrated, and I needed a moment to get used to the change from Renee Raudman. But both did well, even if Curran’s voice was less rough.

In Magic Tides, Kate goes to rescue a kidnapped boy and despite wanting to keep a low profile, she will battle sea gods. Snark, quick wits and tapping into her magic kept me engaged.

Meanwhile Curran & Conlan fortify their keep because an angry mob is on its way. After Kate destroyed their homestead. Trust me, they deserved it. They’ll have help and we get to see a taste of eight-year-old Conlan’s gifts.

As always, the Andrews pulled me in and held my attention. I love these characters, the humor and the fantastic battle scenes.

In Magic Claims, a town businessman approaches them seeking help. Something in the woods bordering their town has demanded payment of a human sacrifice each year, and this year demands two. If they will stop it, the town will gift them the woods.

The tale that unfolds was fantastic from the shifters who joined them to the entity in the forest and its history. It was dark and scary. Both Kate and Curran were kickass. We witness more of Conian’s skills and learn about things happening with the Atlanta pack. To top it off, they jammed the epilogue with information and hints on things to come.

I am loving the Wilmington Years and cannot wait for more.


About Ilona Andrews

Ilona Andrews is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. author2sm“Ilona is a native-born Russian and Gordon is a former communications sergeant in the U.S. Army. Contrary to popular belief, Gordon was never an intelligence officer with a license to kill, and Ilona was never the mysterious Russian spy who seduced him. They met in college, in English Composition 101, where Ilona got a better grade. (Gordon is still sore about that.) Gordon and Ilona currently reside in Oregon with their two children, three dogs and a cat. They have co-authored two series, the bestselling urban fantasy of Kate Daniels and romantic urban fantasy of The Edge.

About Hillary Huber

Hillary Huber

Hillary Huber is a multiple Audie Award finalist, an AudioFile Earphones Award winner, and an AudioFile Best Voice. She has recorded over 550 titles, spanning many genres. A huge fan of audiobooks, when she's not narrating one, she's listening to one!

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Kimberly is a coffee loving book addict who reads and listens to fictional stories in all genres. Whovian, Ravenclaw, Howler and proud Nonna. She owns and manages Caffeinated PR. The coffee is always on and she is ready to chat. Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

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17 Responses to “Magic Tides & Magic Claims by Ilona Andrews”

  1. Bea LaRocca

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful review of Magic Tides & Magic Claims, I love the paranormal genre and these stories sound like must reads for me. I will check out the audiobook versions as well

  2. Jen Twimom

    I read both books, but I’ve purchased the audiobook bundle. I was curious how the two POV narration with new narrators plays out. It’s been so long since I”ve listened to the original series, so I hope I don’t need a big adjustment period.

  3. Ethan

    Thanks for your detailed review! It sounds like Magic Tides and Magic Claims kept you hooked with engaging characters, humor, and intense battle scenes. Looking forward to exploring the Wilmington Years myself. Happy reading!

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