Book Review: Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews

August 27, 2015 5 Bullet Rating, Book Review 3 ★★★★★

Book Review: Magic Shifts by Ilona AndrewsMagic Shifts by Ilona Andrews
Series: Kate Daniels #8
Also in this series: Gunmetal Magic, Magic Breaks, Magic Binds
Published by Ace on August 4, 2015
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 342
Format: Hardcover
Source: Personally Purchased
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In the latest Kate Daniels novel from #1 New York Timesbestselling author Ilona Andrews, magic is coming and going in waves in post-Shift Atlanta—and each crest leaves danger in its wake…

After breaking from life with the Pack, mercenary Kate Daniels and her mate—former Beast Lord Curran Lennart—are adjusting to a very different pace. While they’re thrilled to escape all the infighting, Curran misses the constant challenges of leading the shapeshifters.

So when the Pack offers him its stake in the Mercenary Guild, Curran seizes the opportunity—too bad the Guild wants nothing to do with him and Kate. Luckily, as a veteran merc, Kate can take over any of the Guild’s unfinished jobs in order to bring in money and build their reputation. But what Kate and Curran don’t realize is that the odd jobs they’ve been working are all connected.

An ancient enemy has arisen, and Kate and Curran are the only ones who can stop it—before it takes their city apart piece by piece…

Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews is the 8th book in the Kate Daniels series. It is no secret this is a favorite series of mine, but if you are a follower of this blog you should know that I tend to expect the same kind of quality throughout the series that made me fall in love at day one. Magic Shifts not only lived up to my expectations, it surpassed them! The love, the laughter and the action. A recipe for pure AWESOME. **May contain some spoilers to previous titles, but I tried to keep it as spoiler-free as possible and not giveaway anymore than the blurb does. 

At the end of the last book, Magic Breaks, a lot of huge changes took place and I truly wondered if any author had the ability to change that much surrounding these characters and still make it believable. How would it be possible for Curran to leave the pack after that being such a huge part of his identity? I was blown away that Andrews not only made it work, but transitioned smoothly. Like butter. Kate and Curran are always in the middle of trouble and Magic Shifts only amped up the amazing world building. The descriptions for each creature and battle are flawless and beautiful.

The character growth that continues to build in this series is not only limited to the main characters, but all of the secondary characters as well. I felt this installment took it a step further, in part because Curran was no longer a political head many of the characters were more open and it allowed their growth to shine through. Honestly, I feel like anything I say to describe how wonderful this book is pales in comparison to its actual greatness.

All-in-all I am not sure any other current series exist that have this kind of quality character development, world building and emotion inducing elements in them. Andrews draws out bursts of laughter and tears from me like a puppet master all while orchestrating a complex backstory and complete book at once. I think they might be wizards.

If you have been waiting to pick up this series, don’t wait too long! This is Urban Fantasy at its absolute best!!

I rate Magic Shifts 5 out of 5 Bullets!

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I received A Beeline to Murder directly from the publisher for the purpose of providing an honest review. All opinions are my own and are not influenced in any way.

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3 Responses to “Book Review: Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews”

  1. Tanya @ Rantings of a Reading Addict

    This. Just this. Awesomeness. I think we can see Curran becoming a leader again. I’m not surprised at how the secondary characters are acting towards him. I don’t think they’ll ever fully be able to let go of his leadership. Roland’s storyline is killing me with curiosity!

    • Annie Slasher

      Yes and I love how something that was such a huge part of Kate’s life (pre Curran) looks like it is going to reemerge and become something they both love. AND ROLAND – my gawd. Andrews has built this conflict up in such an amazing way. I cannot wait for more!!!

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