Series: Kate Daniels #7
Published by Recorded Books on July 29. 2014
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…
Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews had a different feel to it than its predecessors. I don’t know if it was the disclaimer the authors chose to include at the beginning of the story or what, but Magic Breaks definitely had its own thing going on.
Something that really made the beginning portion of Magic Breaks hard to digest and latch on to was the abundance of Kate’s sarcastic quips. I’m used to her having one-liners throughout each installment in this series, but it felt like every action of hers or someone else’s needed a punch line and she was the designated comedian. The one-liners felt over the top and were seriously cheesy. Not only that but Renee Raudman’s narration worked my nerves early on too! It was weird since I’ve always enjoyed her take on the Kate Daniels series. I don’t know if it was because Kate spoke so much within the earlier action scenes and her inner dialogue moments that just hearing the story told in her perspective became boring or what, but I found myself almost begging for someone else to take over telling the story. But once we got past the beginning portion me and Raudman’s narration was back on the same page.
With all of that being said, it was the last few chapters before the ending where I found myself on the edge of my seat and glue to my headphones regardless of what was going on around me. The curve balls that these authors chose to throw at their readers were some of the best that I have read! There was no way that I could’ve seen the progression of this series going the way it did, and I am glad that we finally got the Roland v. Kate Daniels meeting/almost show down. Whew!
Everything that happened in Magic Breaks came at the perfect time, in my opinion, because there was only so much I could take of the building up of Roland’s premiere before I either became bored or started to feel cheated. With this transition of the Kate Daniels series the fire that this series has ignited in me for the urban fantasy genre, or the fantasy genre as a whole, has gained new life! I really don’t know what to expect with the remainding books in this series now that circumstances for Curran and Kate aren’t the same as we’re used to seeing them from the previous stories.