Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews

Magic Breaks (Kate Daniels, #7)

by Ilona Andrews

No matter how much the paranormal politics of Atlanta change, one thing always remains the same in this #1 New York Times bestselling series: 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, but she must now deal with the affairs of the Pack, including preparing her people for attack from Roland, a cruel, ancient being with godlike powers.

As Roland’s long shadow looms ever nearer, Kate is called to attend a gathering of leaders from Atlanta’s supernatural factions. When one of the Masters of the Dead is found murdered by a shapeshifter, Kate is given less than twenty-four hours to hunt down the killer. And this time, if she fails, she’ll find herself embroiled in a war that could destroy everything she holds dear...

Reviewed by Mercy on

5 of 5 stars

I've read some reviews about this book that say this is full of plot holes, deux ex machina, plot fillers, anticlimactic scenes and Kate not being Kate (I agree a bit with this last thing, Kate pining over Curran a little too much bothered me) but hell if I didn't loved the rest. Those reviews made me feel like I read something entirely different because I enjoyed every minute of the story.

There were some parts where I suffered for Kate because what she was going through was pure torture but it made me love her even more, she's so fierce, strong and fantastic. The fight scenes were brilliant and she fighting Hibla had my mouth hanging open.

I was still mad at Curran for being an asshole in the last book but what he did at the end helped to win me back. I also love their relationship so much, they're so adorable and it's great to see how fiercely they protect each other without diminishing what the other can do. I didn't felt lack of chemistry at all and I guess this book is my favourite in that aspect because although I know is part of the genre, there weren't random sex scenes in this one. 😂

The rest of characters got to shine as well, Ascanio and Derek teaming up for Kate's despair was hilarious and Desandra being the badass she is was top. I'm also glad we got to see more of the were-rat couple, Robert and Thomas. I've seen people complaining about these characters and how they aren't important but it's good to see these characters aren't only background noise and they get to be an important part of the story. And all what happened in Mishmar was brilliantly done. Ghastek was great too, I knew the Master of the Dead had more to him than annoying Kate. Although I didn't believe the part where he was made to look stupid regarding the big secret. Dude is smart, I tell ya.

I like how in every book certain topics are touched, in this one was the genocide committed to the indigenous people in the US and how the cut of their magic link to the land made things easier to the bad guy. There was also a part where a person with a disability said this: «I refuse to be defined by which functions my body can or cannot perform well. Quite frankly, I’m more than the sum of my physical parts. I’ve come to terms with my new life and achieved personal happiness. Whether or not I will recover pales in comparison. Does that make sense?» and that's a beautiful message.

The authors keep building the story around different mythologies in a way that doesn't feel forced and every new one just adds a new layer. The long awaited meeting was just how I expected it to be and I understand why things ended like it did. It will keep the situation interesting until the final and I'm so excited to get to it.

P.S. Hugh is a hateful bastard but I kinda like him because he can also be so stupid. 😂

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