Magic Slays (Kate Daniels, #5)

by Ilona Andrews

4.17 of 5 stars 24 ratings • 11 reviews • 26 shelved
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Magic Slays (Kate Daniels, #5)

by Ilona Andrews

4.17 of 5 stars 24 ratings • 11 reviews • 26 shelved
In this novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling urban fantasy series, war-plagued Atlanta has never been so deadly...Good thing Kate Daniels is on the job.
Kate Daniels may have quit the Order of Knights of Merciful Aid, but she’s still knee-deep in paranormal problems. Or she would be if she could get someone to hire her. Starting her own business has been more challenging than she thought it would be—now that the Order is disparaging her good name. Plus, many potential clients are afraid of getting on the bad side of the Beast Lord, who just happens to be Kate’s mate.
So when Atlanta’s premier Master of the Dead calls to ask for help with a vampire on the loose, Kate leaps at the chance of some paying work. But it turns out that this is not an isolated incident, and Kate needs to get to the bottom of it—fast, or the city and everyone dear to her may pay the ultimate price...
  • ISBN10 0441020429
  • ISBN13 9780441020423
  • Publish Date 31 May 2011 (first published 1 May 2011)
  • Publish Status Active
  • Publish Country US
  • Publisher Penguin Putnam Inc
  • Imprint Ace Books
  • Format Paperback (US Mass Market)
  • Pages 320
  • Language English


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Mercy 4 of 5 stars
This was so good. I am enjoying this series more and more and I'm starting to don't mind certain aspects that bothered me in the previous books (like the fucking info dumping at the beginning of each book xD) and Kate is becoming one of my favourite characters ever. She went through a lot of shit in this book and I was so sorry for her but still, she's so strong and I love it.

I also love the rest of characters, the bad guys are always interesting and they make me so angry! Also, there were many hilarious moments, like the scene with the crazy family of witches and volhvs. It was priceless!! 😂

I was afraid I wouldn't like it much after reading some reviews but seriously, this series is getting better and better. 🙌

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Chelsea 4 of 5 stars
I really liked the plot in this one! And Kate's family is starting to come out to play so we're learning more about her finally. I think we're getting close to a big brutal war and I can't wait for it!

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I'm not sure why I gave this three stars originally - this is a solid installment to the Kate Daniels world. Stakes are higher, more people I wish wouldn't die have, shit goes down and Kate has to make some difficult choices and learn to trust her god damn mate!

I really want the Ronald thing to go down. It's starting to wear on me.

This concludes my re-read of the series. The next book I read in this universe will be a completely new and unknown adventure!

Just a small correction to something from this book, as someone who comes from Israel and speaks Hebrew: Neshama doesn't mean Breath, it means something like soul. Neshima means breath. Slightly different pronunciation.

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EBookObsessed 5 of 5 stars
Kate Daniels has resigned from the Order of Merciful Aid, and has used her years of experience as a Merc and from training and working at the Order to opened up her own investigation firm. Things are going...slow. Kate isn't sure if it just the usual problem starting a new business or is her new status as mate of the Beast Lord causing clients to shy away.

The slow business is giving Kate plenty of time to fret about the fact that her ward, Julie, has run away from school again and that Curran's trackers haven't been able to find her yet.

When Kate received a call from Ghastek that one of the People's vampires is unpiloted, on the lose and headed in the direction of Kate's office, well...she didn't have anything better to do anyway. Kate manages to lasso the vamp, but a loose vampire brings out the supernatural version of SWAT running. The PAD's idea is shoot first and identify the pieces later, especially when they have all those really, big guns to fire. PAD's involvement isn't going to help the situation and they aren't happy when Kate steps between the vamp and their fun. Everything was under control until Ghastek suddenly takes a nosedive and passes out, losing control of the newly captured vamp. The PAD opens fire on the vampire and Kate, Ghastek and his people could quickly become collateral damage.

The quick arrival of Kate friend's Andrea, retired Knight of the Order and bouda shifter, is the only thing keeping Kate and the others from becoming expendable casualties of the PAD. But there is still something niggling in the back of Kate's brain, how did the vamp lose its pilot and what caused Ghastek to faint after he took control? Ghastek and the People aren't real good at sharing information.

As if her morning hasn't been exciting enough, Kate does get her first client, The Red Guard has shown up at her door needing some discrete help. The Red Guard is an elite protection service but they have recently lost the body they were guarding. Someone managed to get past them and steal the geek scientist they were protecting and his special project. Since it is all hush-hush and rather embarrassing to the Red Guard to have lost their body, Kate is going in with little information, but beggers can't be choosers and solving the case and getting a recommendation from the Red Guard would help Kate and her new employees, Andrea and Derek, get the business off the ground.

The more Kate learns about this missing scientist and his missing device, the more imperative it is that she find him and more importantly his creation.   He has been creating a device that creates a magic-free void -- except anything magical inside the area of the void when the machine goes off is destroyed: including witches, shifters and magic users, like Kate.

I enjoy this series more with each story. I just think Curran needs to hire a battalion of healing mages since Doolittle can't follow Kate around and keep putting her back together.

After growing up to keep her head down, and her friends and confidants to a minimum, it seems more and more people know who Kate's father really is. Kate also has a meeting with the witch oracle, Evdokia and learns a lot of distressing information of about her mother and Voron, indicating that Voron was a puppet to Kate's mother and had no real love for either of them.  Kate knew Voron wasn't the cuddly sort, but to find out that he really never cared for her hurts tremendously.  After throwing Kate off with all this information, Evdokia also gives her opinion that Curran chose Kate for the connection to her real father, not despite of it. Now Kate fears that she has given her heart wholeheartedly to a man who is once again just using her for her magic. This leaves her shaky and vulnerable, especially since Curran is out of the Keep looking for a rouge shifter and she can't confront him on it.

Julie is seriously hurt because of Kate and Kate has no other choice than to delve into her father's blood magic and risk her own life to try and save Julie.

As always, this story is full of action and mysteries to be solved both professional and personal to Kate. It is always an exciting reading experience.

This review was originally posted on EBookObsessed

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Spoiler Free Caffeinated Thoughts on Magic Slays

In this episode, Kate learns some very interesting things about her mother, and a little seed of doubt creeps in about Curran’s reasons for their relationship. That is enough to keep anyone occupied but poor Kate always has a plate full. Her ward Julie is causing problems, she has hired some employees and the Master of the Dead hires her. Which causes her oh-so-much trouble and Kate soon finds herself trying once again to save the ungrateful folks in Atlanta.

“Put your badass face on and follow me.”

This installment was intense; at times, brutal and we suffer some loss. Kate once again shows how incredibly self-sacrificing she is when dealing with those she loves and even those she does not. Andrews displays some of Kate’s powers and I have to tell you the girl has some wicked mojo.

“I looked at him. "You really need to work on your threats. I can't tell if you're threatening me or inviting me for tea.”

Renne Raudman is brilliant as the narrator and once again my audio experience was engaging, heart pounding and there were moments where I laughed so hard I had to pause the audio. Raudman’s tone and delivery of some of the snark is pure perfection.

We see development between Curran and Kate. I laughed, cried and while we get a little heat, it is all behind closed doors. Character growth, drama in the pack and interesting tid-bits kept me listening. I of course bought Magic Rises the next audio as soon as I finished.

The overall arc is developing nicely and the way in which Andrews weaves character development, current case and overall arc together keeps the pacing finely tuned and the reader addictively engaged.

“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.” This review was originally posted at Caffeinated Book Reviewer

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Linda 5 of 5 stars
Holy cliffhanger! And what an amazing story! I love learning more about Kate. Curran is so great I want to purr when he arrives on the page!

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Amanda 4 of 5 stars
Joint Review with Kelly

Kelly: I didn’t want to punch Curran at the beginning of this book (unlike the beginning of book 4) which is a plus since he’s, like, 900 times bigger than me. In fact, I kinda sorta possibly found myself lurving him even more than I did before because he was so obviously trying to give Kate her space when she got in a pickle. *pets Curran*

Amanda: Is it possible to love Curran even more?

Kelly: Umm… yes. Yes, it is.

Amanda: Because I find that hard to believe. There is a lot of love for Curran and his lion loins here on this blog.

Kelly: I’m not pointing any fingers here *holds up seven fingers behind Amanda’s back* but there’s a lot of love for Curran’s lion loins on Twitter, too.

Amanda: That’s because our love for Curran’s lion loins is so large…

Kelly: *snickers*

Amanda: …that it cannot be contained by this blog or even Twitter. I suspect the lion loin love is going to spread to Tumblr soon.


Amanda: Mark my words. As much as I liked the evolving nature of Kate’s relationship with Curran, Magic Slays seemed absent of the tension that I’ve come to love between these two. In fact, it kind of reminded me of what happened in the later Night Huntress books. I liked book 5, but books 3 and 4 were definitely better, I thought.

Kelly: I like that we’re seeing them at different stages of their relationship. They had the seething hatred, the grudging attraction, the all night marathon sexin’ *holds up seven fingers again with a laugh* and now we’re seeing them attempt to make a go at the give and take of a long-term committed relationship. Considering how hard headed those two can be, I can’t imagine things are going to always go smoothly.

Amanda: True. I think I just miss the “will they or won’t they?” tension. Everything got sooooo heated. And it added another layer to the story arc. Now I just get sad when they fight because there aren’t more sexy times.

Kelly: I need to talk about Andrea and her craziness. I was appalled by the stance she took at the end of book 4, but I do understand her reasoning. I don’t agree with it, but I can see how she’d be looking to make changes to the Order from within. Of course, it ended up backfiring in her face and it broke her on several emotional levels but I think that’s only going to make her a more interesting character down the line. I’m really looking forward to her book now!

Amanda: Yes. You know we’re going to have to jointly review Andrea’s book, too.

Kelly: *nods enthusiastically*

Amanda: I am actually quite interested in her perspective. Like you, I understand Andrea’s reasoning for what she did, though I don’t necessarily like it. Kate voiced her reservations about it, and it was easy to see the utter futility in it. I am actually interested in the whole shifter/magical being versus humans dynamic. It really came to a head in Magic Slays.

Kelly: I know you had some big questions about how the tech/magic waves came about in the earlier books. After 5 books, are you happy with the answers we’ve been given or are you still waiting for more?

Amanda: Yes and no. I don’t think think the tech and magic waves have ever been fully explained (or if they were, I skimmed over it and missed it), but part of my desire for those answers was mainly to orient myself in Kate’s world. After five books, I have a good grasp on the world. It is almost as though they simply are. No explanation; they just are there. I can see that now, but the first couple books drove me a little crazy. Now I just enjoy “watching” how the characters deal with the unpredictably of the waves.

Kelly: Fair enough. I actually enjoyed not knowing *anything* in the early books. It made everything feel so much more unpredictable and deadly.

Amanda: Sometimes I’m okay with that and sometimes I’m not. Usually I’m not. Hello? Information whore here. *points to self* Can we also talk about how utterly terrifying this book/bad guy(s) was?

Kelly: OMG! Right? I kept imagining the worst case scenario with this and it was BAD.

Amanda: I think the only times I ever put Magic Slays down were when I had to pee. I was very resentful of my bladder pulling me away from my book.

Kelly: Ugh. I know! Except mine was more along the lines of eating.

Amanda: I don’t remember if it was this book or book 4, but I hadn’t even realized I was hungry until I finished the book and my stomach let out a huge growl. That’s what this series does to me. I had to read to find out exactly what happened. Because the synopsis doesn’t lie — Kate and everyone she loves were in danger of “paying the ultimate price” right up until the very end, we really didn’t know how it would end.

Kelly: I think I might be quietly hyperventilating at the realization that we’ve come to the end of the published Kate Daniels books and won’t get another Kate/Curran-centric one for many, many months. *goes off in search of something vaguely paper-like and possibly bag shaped to breathe heavily into*

Amanda: *hands you a paper bag* *pets you* It’ll be okay. Now, rather than ending on a panicky and sad note, let me share with you one of my favorite passages from Magic Slays.

I rose. ”Your way of doing things isn’t working. Time for a new strategy. The only difference between you and Derek is discipline and training. Either you can work on both, or you can keep thinking with your balls. It’s your choice. Say ‘pop.’ ”
“That was the sound of me pulling your head out of your ass. If you stick it back up there again, there is nothing I can do about it. This is the only lecture you’ll ever get from me.”

Amanda: After I finished laughing out loud at that, I immediately filed that line away for future use. And I think that’s the moment that Kate officially became my hero.

Kelly: Awww. Kate’s giving life lessons. I’m going to use this one on my son. Although I don’t exactly have the presence Kate has. Oh, well. I’ll still try it. We’ll see how it turns out. *cheeky grin*