Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews

Magic Slays (Kate Daniels, #5)

by Ilona Andrews

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...

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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.

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