Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews (Kate Daniels #4)
May 25, 2010
Paperback, 432 Pages
This review contains small spoilers.
Tori’s Favorite Quote:”…if you come to remove me, come in force, because if you try to separate me from him, I will kill every single one of you. My hand won’t shake. My aim won’t falter. My face will be the last thing you see before you die.
Mandi’s Favorite Quote: He growled, pulling me to him, and kissed my lips, my cheeks, my neck….”Don’t make me leave.”
Kate Daniels, employee for the Order of Knights of Merciful Aid can’t catch a break – professionally or at home. At the end of the last book Kate promises Curran, Beast Lord, a dinner prepared naked. As she waits with all of his food requests scantily clad, he never shows up. When she calls The Keep to make sure he is alright, she is told by another member that he is busy and not to be disturbed. Kate is hurt and angry, thinking she is a fool that there could be something between them. Weeks go by and she avoids him at all costs. But her life has much more going on than just man troubles. She gets called to a scene where a shifter has been speared to a pole at a bar right between Pack and The People’s (vampires) territory. Worse, he is diseased, and the disease has a mind of its own. Kate creates wards and calls in biohazard to help stop what could become an epidemic. Witnesses say a cloaked figure came in, the shifters literally started going crazy and all chaos broke out. After another attack, and more shifters go insane, Kate knows someone with serious power is out to do harm. When the Pack offer help, Kate and Curran are forced to deal with each other.
Mandi: This series by the writing team of Ilona and Gordon Andrews is one of my favorites, and I think Magic Bleeds is my favorite installment yet. Kate Daniels is an awesome heroine and in this book we see her struggle with being the self assured, tough girl to battling rejection and feelings of hurt over her relationship with Curran. We also dive into Kate’s family tree and I think they mystery and villain are very strong and intriguing in this one.
Tori, I know you are doing the fan girl dance over this series – let’s hear it. Did you like the book?
Tori: Like? I don’t like quite covers it. I had to sit on my hands so I didn’t go nuts and become creepy stalker fan. I read this book in a few hours. Then I read it again. I admit I was apprehensive at first over this book. Magic Strikes ended in a way that promoted this book to be the catalyst for all that has transpired so far. This book was either going to be fantastic or bomb. I am ECSTATIC it did not disappoint. In fact, Magic Bleeds far surpassed my expectations.
Kate has finally jumped the hurdle of her upbringing, catapulting her to the fore front of the battle for Atlanta. She can not hide any longer. She also works through much of the emotional baggage she has learned to bury through out her life. Kate’s life has changed so much since first book in series- Magic Burns. Watching Kate adjust and grow beyond the training of her childhood has been a joy to watch. While she is an awesome heroine, she has a genuine kindness and loyalty that is not often seen in UF books.
I agree Mandi, the mystery and the villain in the book had me hooked. I alternated between anger and laughing-it’s a sign of true genius when you can write a book that has your readers loving to hate your bad guys. ARRRRGGGGG!!!! I want to talk, talk, talk about this book but it’s hard for me to say anything without giving it all away.
Help me Mandi.
Mandi:Yes, while I would love to talk about everything that happens in the book, it wouldn’t be as much fun for everyone else! What I will say is this. I love the dynamics between Kate and Curran. Kate is so independent, so in control of her life – she is absolutely terrified of being rejected. When there is a miscommunication and Curran doesn’t show up for his naked dinner, Kate closes down. She refuses to listen to reason, and builds up that very fragile wall she has erected around herself. But finally, in this book, Kate decides to take another chance – which is really tough for her. For both of them to give up an inch – to not always have the last say, is tough, but the reward is so intensely wonderful. The passion between these two – the build up for three books of sexual tension is finally released. And hot damn – Curran. He is so alpha and I love that he also has to adjust his life to fit Kate in. Ilona Andrews amps up the number of pages devoted to their relationship in this one, and it pays off really well.
Tori, we don’t just see Kate and Curran – but the regulars show up as well. Who is your favorite supporting character?
Tori: Yes, the bonds of many relationships are brought to the test in this book. You are also treated to some interesting snippets about what may come.
Everyone really had to earn their paychecks in this book. I love how Ilona and Gordon handle Kate and Curran’s fragile relationship. Two non trusting slightly insane people trying to find a little happiness in a world gone mad. Their HEA won’t be a bed of roses. And that’s good. Because no relationship worth having is easily won. Plus, you can never go wrong with some Kate and Curran loving. *happy sigh*
After I read the book for the 3rd time (yes, I am a little obsessed right now) that I realized how cleverly Kate’s world has evolved from her hiding and being alone to having her own “family”. Of course, that brings out altogether different set of neurosis for Kate.
It reminds me of what Nick told her in Magic Bites…
“If I were on my own, packing some power, and for some reason not wanting to be found I might lay low for awhile. But I’d know sooner or later I’d have to come out and play because whoever was looking for me would eventually find me.”
She has decided to finally play and control her own destiny. Watching her adjust to that is both sad and hilarious.
Mandi, it’s hard for me to pick a favorite supporting character because I truly love them all. If I really had to choose…I would say Saiman. He’s such a enigma. Your never sure where he stands or what he’s up to.What do you do with someone who can be anyone he wants to be? The fact that Kate always knows it’s him really eats at him. In Magic Bleeds he learns so much about Kate that I am dying to see what he does with the information. I also like the shocks Kate gives him when he consistently underestimates her.
Who is your fav Mandi?
Mandi: I’m in love with Andrea and Raphael. I think their overabundant love and loyalty to Kate is a nice contrast to Kate’s rocky road to romance.
This series is just getting better and better. I honestly can’t think of a single complaint I have about this book. The villain and romance are top-notch. The way it ends opens up a new future, and I am sure a new set of troubles for Kate to find herself in. Like you said Tori, now she has a family, and I am so excited to see where she goes from here. And I have to say, the very last sentence of the book (before the epilogue) gave me a shiver. Curran is one of the best alpha’s out there.
Tori: I agree Mandi. I have read and reread this book and it’s perfect. The action, the romance, the plot & suspense. So many new doors opened. Everything is 5 stars. I cannot WAIT for the 5th in the series.
Lurv a la Mode – 5/5