Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews

Magic Shifts (Kate Daniels, #8)

by Ilona Andrews

Magic is coming and going in waves in post-Shift Atlanta—and each crest leaves danger in its wake in this gripping novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling Kate Daniels series.
After breaking from life with the Pack, mercenary Kate Daniels and her mate—former Beast Lord Curran Lennart—are adjusting to a very different pace. While they’re thrilled to escape all the infighting, Kate and Curran know that separating from the Pack completely is a process that will take time.
But when they learn that their friend Eduardo has gone missing, Kate and Curran shift their focus to investigate his disappearance. As they dig further into the merc’s business, they discover that the Mercenary Guild has gone to hell and that Eduardo’s recent assignments are connected in the most sinister way…
An ancient enemy has arisen, and Kate and Curran are the only ones who can stop it—before it takes their city apart piece by piece.

Reviewed by MurderByDeath on

4 of 5 stars


Well, that ending wasn't what I expected.  Somewhere in the last year I got the idea that something happened to one of the characters and I went through this whole book waiting for it, braced for it.  And it didn't happen.  This is good, because what I'd braced for was bad, so it was like the book ended with an extra special cherry on top.   

Is it wrong that I liked the scenes with Roland?  The verbal sparring, the sly repartee and dry humour - they just ended up being my favourite scenes in the book.   

The Andrews' continue to mine mythology for story lines and it keeps the stories fresh and interesting.  Moving out of the keep stops the clan politics from taking over the books as they'd threatened to do and I'm looking forward to seeing where all the changes end up.   

My only worry at this point is this:  you can only hold a threat over someone's head of doom for so long before it loses its power and impact.  This holds true for the reader as well and no matter how good the writing is, the anticipation is going to wear thin.  

But then again, I've heard this series might be in the home stretch; if that's true, I have nothing to worry about except having to say goodbye to these characters, and that's going to be a sad, sad day.   Until then, bring on more Kate and Curran!  (*cough*roland*cough*)

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