Jul 292014

Magic BreaksMagic Breaks by Ilona Andrews
Book #7 in the Kate Daniels series
Release date: July 29, 2014
Genre: Urban Fantasy
ARC provided by Ace Hardcovers and Netgalley

Synopsis from Goodreads: No matter how much the paranormal politics of Atlanta change, one thing always remains the same: 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, she must now deal with the affairs of the pack, including preparing her people for attack from Roland, a cruel ancient being with god-like powers. Since Kate’s connection to Roland has come out into the open, no one is safe—especially those closest to Kate.

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


It’s no secret that the husband wife writing duo Ilona Andrews and their Kate Daniels series is a Badass Book Reviews favorite. We loved Magic Breaks so much we just had to share our love for it with you!  Rather than write a review, we’ve put together our impressions of the book and the series for you.

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AH – The cast of characters is like no other in the urban fantasy world. Our lead couple Kate and Curran are both badass – Kate is absolutely amazing in her magical abilities and Curran is, well, let’s just say he takes my breath away. The huge supporting cast is wonderfully eclectic with all kinds of characters that add a twist of humor, danger, and even more badassery.  I liked how the book had a listing of the cast of characters at the beginning of the book. That, along with Barabas’ journal entries served as a very clever recap of the prior books.

Christal – I really enjoyed the recap at the beginning (loved Barabas’ voice!) and think it was perfect for new readers.  Don’t start here though; you’d miss out on so many fantastic stories in the previous books!  I loved Kate and Curran in this book.  They’ve grown together and matured in their relationship and this book was the perfect demonstration of that.  They support each other now without being too pushy and no one would call them co-dependent.  The supporting cast was wonderful as usual.  Andrea, Julie, and Doolittle are probably my favorites, but everyone adds something special to this series.

Regina – I liked the incorporation of the newer sidekicks. I don’t want to put spoilers but the entire beginning quest with the newer crew was great.  Their dynamic was funny and introducing new shifters to the inner crew grows the story.  Andrews is great at not just sitting back and relying on what they have done before.

AH- The writing team of Ilona Andrews has such an interesting sense of humor. I found myself chuckling throughout.

Christal – These books are always so funny, even when the characters are in life-and-death situations.  I was able to see Ilona and Gordon speak live and that same humor and wit come very naturally to them.  Ilona is not Kate, but you could definitely hear Kate in her voice from time to time.

ReginaMagic Breaks is funny. It is the kind of funny that comes from one liners based on situations and well written characters.

AH- I love how you can tell that the writers are parents themselves and they seem to understand their teenage characters so well. Loved that scene with Julie and how she was not doing well in school. Curran and Kate deserved an Oscar for that scene.

Christal – On the parenting issue, it was very intriguing to finally met Kate’s father.  I’m still not quite sure what to make of that situation, but it seems veeeeery interesting.  It did not play out like I thought it would; it was so much better!  And that is why I love the Andrews duo.

Regina – what I liked about this is that each book pushes the world and story building. I like how this book is a game changer.

AH-The world building is so incredibly detailed and unlike anything else I have ever read. I love how the authors research all sorts of myths and cultures and use that knowledge to create their own original world.

Christal – Yes, they always add to the mythology with each book and it’s amazing; I never know what to expect.  I liked how we met another member of Kate’s family in a completely unexpected way and learned a little bit more about where the power in her blood comes from.

AH- One of my favorite parts of this book was when the gang was in Mishmar. The nonstop action, scary monsters, ever changing corridors, and other freaky things made this a real page-turner.

Christal – Ah, Mishmar was the best!  I admit I teared up a little bit when Kate saw her rag-tag band of saviors.  I also have a newfound respect for Ghastek.  There were some really sad moments in this book, some really happy ones, and an ending that will be taking this series in a completely new direction.  I am so far on the Kate Daniels train that there is no getting off for me and I can’t wait to see what happens at the next stop.

Regina – it was interesting that Ghastek played such a large role in this book. Before he was just a character met along the way.  I like how Andrews builds on other books, things and situations don’t just happen.  Every development seems part of a larger story plot. I love that. It means we as readers are not being taken down side plots that do not matter and that the characters are never inconsistent.  I also really appreciate that Andrews is able to keep the books interesting without creating unnecessary problems for Kate and Curran.  So I am not sure anymore if I would categorize these books as urban fantasy.  I was alway ambivalent about that label for Kate Daniels. These stories seem to be more like fantasy. But it probably doesn’t matter, 5 years later every book is so darned good. 

Our verdict – Magic Breaks is a 5 Skull read!  ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠ 

Series Reading Order:
Currently, there are 9 books planned for the series. The Kate Daniels series should be read in order. There are also a lot of short stories and novellas that fit in between each book. You can find a full listing of those on Goodreads and the author’s web site.

  1. Magic Bites
  2. Magic Burns
  3. Magic Strikes
  4. Magic Bleeds
  5. Magic Slays
  6. Magic Rises
  7. Magic Breaks

Thank you to Ace Hardcovers and Netgalley for providing a review copy of this book.

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