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...

Reviewed by kimbacaffeinate on

4 of 5 stars

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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  • 16 December, 2014: Reviewed