Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews

Hi All!

So after the long absence of both Bran and myself, we are back baby!

And what better way to kick the hiatus to the curb with a review of the most recent book in one of my favourite series!

Minor spoilers ahead (duh)

Magic Breaks

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…

Some heavy stuff, am I right?

Longtime fans of the series (such as myself) know the story with Kate’s, uh, family issues. This is the first book where we get the privilege of meeting the all-powerful Roland. I did have an image of the man in my head, and I definitely had a firm opinion on who I expected him to be.

What I got was most certainly not what I expected. I won’t spoil Roland for you, so please go read the book!

Being completely honest, my favourite book in the series previously was the fourth one, Magic Bleeds. That doesn’t by any stretch of the imagination mean that the fifth and the sixth ones were lacking, but just in comparison to the stunning Magic Bleeds, they felt a bit…normal.

Magic Breaks grabbed me and yanked me right back into my love for the Kate Daniels series. It just slid to my top spot in the series. It was everything that I had come to expect from Ilona Andrews, and loads more. Unlikely alliances, danger, fights, high stakes, and of course, the cost of magic. Kate is an incredibly likeable heroine, one with lots of her own flaws. She has to work at everything in her life, and nothing comes easy to her. There’s real danger for many of our favourite characters in this book, and as we learned the hard way in Magic Rises, no character is safe.

Another thing. Hugh. Hugh is the main antagonist of this book, and I will say, I have never quite enjoyed a villain in a book as much as I loved/hated Hugh D’Ambry. To sum it up succinctly, he was the absolute worst in the best possible way.

I won’t say too much more, because having books be spoiled is quite possibly one of the worst things in the world, so I’ll leave you all with my usual advice. Read the damn book, please. And for goodness’ sake, I know that there are seven of them, but please, would you people just read the books in order?

~ J


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