Reviewed by Tori
Favorite Quote: “I wanted love or nothing.”
Note: Spoilers from the previous book in the series, Magic Bleeds
Towards the end of Magic Bleeds, Kate makes some life altering decisions. She abruptly quits the Order, publicly accepts Curran as her mate, and defeats her Aunt Erra in a climatic battle that leaves Curran comatose for 11 days and her fighting for her life to stay as Curran’s mate.
I am a huge fan of the duo writing team- Ilona Andrews. I find their style of writing addictive and I await their new releases with barely concealed impatience. Their Kate Daniels series is the perfect balance of power and vulnerability. We are not over burdened with emotional angst or ridiculous unbelievable feats. Plot action and ripe tension is tempered with snarky humor and everyday life.
A character driven series, we share an intimate connection with Kate Daniels. Her pain, her sorrow, and her triumphs are also ours. It has been a thrilling ride as we have watched her grow from a solitary lonely figure to having friends, family, and a lover. Her personality shines through more and more with each book. She is still scared but she is learning how to trust in herself and others. The world building stays fresh and exciting with constant evolution as we travel through an alternative magical version of Atlanta, GA.
If Magic Bleeds was the turning point for the series, then Magic Slays is the reassurance and comfort we need afterwords. It’s a heartfelt somewhat emotional book that doesn’t guarantee everything will be fine but it does give us hope towards the future. Here we see the results of everything that happened in Magic Bleeds. Kate has thrown off the shackles of silence that Voron and Greg imposed upon her. She has unintentionally collected allies and friends who will stand with her when Roland comes for her. We also get a deeper more intimate view of her and Curran’s relationship. It’s not the main focus of the series, but it is a huge part of it. The plot and romance blend so effortlessly your often not sure where one starts and the other ends. I enjoy the dynamics of their relationship and the subtle challenges that are presented to Curran and Kate. Curran admits he is not quite human and more dominant then most; but he tries so hard for Kate. Kate is still unsure of how to proceed in this relationship but she makes remarkable advancements. I enjoy the fact that Kate is given a life and emotional relationships with others separate from Curran. We see evidence of this with Bran from Magic Burns. It gives a sense of realism to the storyline. There are quite a few humorous scenes as we watch Curran try so hard not to snatch Kate up, surround her with bubble wrap, and hide her in the tower.
“You can’t tell me what to do.”
“Yes I can. Listen, this is me telling you what you will not do.”
I raised the cookbook and tapped him on the nose. Bad cat.
They are both still try to operate independently of each other; each trying to assert their dominance and control. Yet, there are some very sweet moments that have you sighing with pure pleasure and assure us that these two have a very good chance at making it.
Our cast of supporting characters are still as vivid and dynamic as ever. Each one fully capable of having their own story. I like that each have distinct,separate personalities; ensuring they are never overwhelmed by our protagonists. Andrea has come back into Kate’s life. She has had a hard time of it between Magic Bleeds and Magic Slays but has held her own brilliantly. She and Kate work well together on paper and I found myself laughing out loud at their bantering dialogue.
“This is the hand I slapped Aunt B with.”
“Maybe you should have it gold plated.”
“Here, you can touch it, since your my best friend.”
“Are you sure you even know where your going?”
“Would you like me to pull over and ask that bamboo for directions?”
“I don’t know. Do you think it will answer?”
“I think it looks suspicious.”
“Maybe there is a heffalump hiding in it.”
“Where do you even get this shit?”
Derek is still Kate’s protective boy wonder and Grendel’s love of all things Kate is still alive and well. I love Grendel.
The main conflict of the story is a whirlwind of intrigue, tension, and action as Kate is charged with locating an inventor who has built the ultimate doomsday machine. A machine that can absorb magic; effectively killing all those who possess it. Multiple subplots intertwine through out the main conflict, giving us more clues to Kate’s history and future.
Kate’s investigation leads her back to the witches who in turn not only help her with her case but give her some background information regarding her mother and Voron. Kate is disheartened by the revelations but not surprised. I was a little confused about the revelations because of information we received in the earlier books. But I’m thinking that this will become a case of the old saying, “There are 3 sides to every story. Your side, their side, and the truth.”
While the villains in here aren’t as visible as previous books- their still a force to be reckoned with. A series of events set in motion by their inhumane actions send Kate over the edge and into doing something that guarantees the final confrontational battle is coming soon.
The conclusion is heart stopping as Kate fights to secure Atlanta’s survival in a dramatic finale that left me satisfied but ready for book 6. Ilona Andrews once again hits a game winning home run with Magic Slays. As I stated in the beginning, I am a huge fan of this series and will continue to recommend them to anyone who will listen to me. I want to add that I do not feel these stand alone. You really need to start with the first in the series-Magic Bites or you lose out on the overall arc advancement and character development that makes this series so unique.