Magic Bleeds (Kate Daniels, #4)

by Ilona Andrews

4.47 of 5 stars 18 ratings • 8 reviews • 19 shelved
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Magic Bleeds (Kate Daniels, #4)

by Ilona Andrews

4.47 of 5 stars 18 ratings • 8 reviews • 19 shelved
The fourth Kate Daniels novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author who “defines urban fantasy” (Fresh Fiction).

Kate Daniels works for the Order of the Knights of Merciful Aid, officially as a liaison with the mercenary guild. Unofficially, she cleans up the paranormal problems no one else wants to handle—especially if they involve Atlanta’s shapeshifting community.
 
When she’s called in to investigate a fight at the Steel Horse, a bar midway between the territories of the shapeshifters and the necromancers, Kate quickly discovers there’s a new player in town. One who’s been around for thousands of years—and rode to war at the side of Kate’s father.
 
This foe may be too much even for Kate and Curran, the Lord of the Beasts, to handle. Because this time, Kate will be taking on family...
  • ISBN10 0441018521
  • ISBN13 9780441018529
  • Publish Date 25 May 2010
  • Publish Status Active
  • Publish Country US
  • Publisher Penguin Putnam Inc
  • Imprint Ace Books
  • Format Paperback (US Mass Market)
  • Pages 384
  • Language English

Reviews

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Kate Daniels has to be one of my favorite protagonist. She is snarky, confident, badass and does not whine instead she gets even. Curran, the beast lord oh, he makes me giggle, roll my eyes at his alpha ways and then go weak at the knees.

Kate begins investigates a fight at the Steel Horse. The Steel Horse is a bar that borders two territories those of the shape shifters and the necromancers. Of course, this is not your garden-variety bar fight and Kate soon finds herself battling one heck of a villain. I cannot tell you who because, well, “spoilers darling.” What I can tell you is that we learn so much about Roland and the battle that unfolds is intense, dark and gritty. Lives will be lost, hearts broken, alliances made and whoa, baby is this villain terrifying. Once again, mythology plays a role as we battle this villain and I love how Andrews weaves these into her tales. Thank goodness, Kate is such a smart cookie because her villain has YEARS of experience and she will need to match them with her wit. I was completely engaged and holding my breath.

While this world is dark, and gritty Andrews gives us a romance with delicious, often hilarious banter and swoon worthy moments that just make me melt. Kate and Curran together is magic, even when they are bickering I cannot help but smile. The relationship sees major developments and you will not want to miss even one moment of this courtship. Ooo and Kate picks up another stray..and you will love it. Just sayin'

If you have not read this series or read book one and thought it was meh I am begging you to pick it back up. Magic Bleeds is one of my favorite of the series to date and I cannot wait to dive into Magic Slays.

This review was originally posted at Caffeinated Book Reviewer

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elysium 4 of 5 stars
4.5 stars

The book starts where the last one ended. Kate is preparing a dinner for Curran as a payment for a lost bet, but then he never shows up. She’s furious but decides to act like nothing happened. Then villain comes around who plans on getting rid of the shapeshifters.

Let me start this by saying that now I’m officially Curran fangirl. And maybe just a bit Jim, and teeny tiny bit Derek.... Okay moving on...

We finally see some progressing on Kate’s and Curran’s relationship even though I’m sad we don’t see the dinner she promised to make. That would have been entertaining. Kate seems to grow as a person in every book and Curran is trying to learn to share and both are trying very hard making it work.

We learn more about Kate’s family and that’s always interesting stuff. Can’t wait for Kate to meet her dad one day.

I’m starting to run out of ways to describe the awesomeness of this series but I really loved this. There was more of Curran but less of Derek and I’m starting to hope more of Jim in future books. Oh the problem of too many hot men!

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Amanda 4 of 5 stars
Originally reviewed with Kelly: http://onabookbender.com/2012/05/14/joint-review-with-soulswallo-magic-bleeds-by-ilona-andrews/

Kelly: The beginning of this book was so hard to read. OMG! Kate and her broken heart. It hurt. She hurt. I wanted to hurt Curran. It was tough transitioning from the end of book 3 where things felt like they were looking up between Curran and Kate to this heartache. *cries a little inside* That said, I was instantly, irrevocably, undeniably hooked and I HAD TO KNOW what was going on because WOE! KATE DIDN’T DESERVE THIS!

Amanda: Yes. And, like I texted you at the beginning of the book, there were two things I wanted to see happen. 1. An explanation of Curran’s douche baggery (I had really wanted to use douche canoe here but douche canoery didn’t have quite the same ring to it). And 2. more sexy times. Until I got both of those, I wouldn’t be happy. And let’s just say that I got happy. *holds up seven fingers*

Kelly: *laughs long and hard* Yes! YES! That!

Amanda: Oh! And let’s not forget about all the pranks that happen. The tension between Kate and Curran is irresistible. And hilarious. But if I had to sum up this book in a few words, I’d have to say: a lot of shit goes down. Kate can’t really catch a break. Her secrets are getting out. Everyone wants a piece of her.

Kelly: Her secrets are flying around like monkeys with wings, if you ask me. That said, I loved how the bad guys in this book helped reveal more about Kate’s heritage. Her family tree is one gnarly mess, isn’t it?

Amanda: Yes. And you thought YOUR family was bad. I think I’d take a pig slaughter conversation over dinner than any time spent with Kate’s family. Seriously though, I was utterly and completely captivated by this book. This series has a way of pulling me under its spell and only releasing me once it is finally over. Returning to earth is like coming up for air after holding your breath underwater for as long as possible. It makes you want to pick up the next book in the series the minute you catch your breath after finishing the previous one.

Kelly: Uggh. In case you’re wondering, I know far more about pig slaughtering than any person who isn’t a butcher should know. *shudders* I am wicked glad we decided to start this series, btw. The books really have gotten stronger as the series goes on. The bad guys keep getting more terrifying and everything is pointing toward a showdown of epic proportions in later books.

Amanda: The Kate Daniels series is slowly inching into the category of my favorite series. You’re right. These books only get better. And scarier. So much happened in Magic Bleeds that I wasn’t sure how Kate was going to come out on top. I love how Kate has evolved as a character; she is so different from the Kate we met in Magic Bites, determined not to form any attachments. Kate has attachments in spades now. I loved the addition of the attack poodle. LOVE.

Kelly: Who wouldn’t love the attack poodle? That ferocious beast! But, yes. I agree with you that Kate has developed nicely as the series progresses. She has people she’s willing to fight for now. She has ties that she’s unwilling to sever.

Amanda: I just love everything about this series. I love Kate. I want her life. Minus the fighting and getting hurt and everyone trying to kill me. But I like Curran and I’d have magical lion babies with him.

Kelly: We had magical lion babies with Curran’s magical lion loins in the last review, didn’t we?

Amanda: I think so. But you know what? No one said having magical lion babies was a one time thing.

Kelly: Good point. And Curran’s magical lion loins don’t shut down after the first time.

Amanda: *holds up seven fingers again*

Kelly: *laughs uproariously*

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Melanie 5 of 5 stars
The more I read this series, the more I like it. Now, I will wait impatiently for the next book in the series. I can't wait to see where Kate and Curran go next.