Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Magic Breaks
Author: Ilona Andrews
Series: Kate Daniels #7
Genre: M/F Urban Fantasy
Length: 381 Pages
Release Date: July 29, 2014
Available at: Ace, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indiebound and Kobo
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Blurb: 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…
*Please be aware this review may contain major spoilers. Read at your own risk.*
When Curran goes out of town, it leaves Kate Daniels to attend the Conclave, a meeting that brings the Pack and the People together in a neutral setting to work out their issues. Unfortunately, the meeting brings an unexpected guest – Hugh d’Ambray, Roland’s right hand man – who conveniently brings everyone’s attention to a murder committed by one of the shapeshifters of one of the Masters of the Dead. Given a deadline, Kate must find the killer or risk starting a war before Roland even shows up. But with her investigation comes unexpected surprises and takes her on a journey that might just lead her to the very thing she’s been avoiding all these years – Roland.
I’m going to freely admit right now, when it comes to the Kate Daniels series, I’m very biased. I LOVE this series. Kate is a strong, kickass heroine while Curran is a hunky, growly, hot hero. Together they’re scorching and sweet. They have a soul-deep bond that means they’ll tear apart Earth just to rescue the other. I really, really love that about them especially when you take into consideration how much they hated each other in the beginning of the series. Now, they’re at a place that is intense with so much love, lust and loyalty that NOTHING can break them apart. As characters, they’re even fiercer than they were. Kate has grown so much over the series that it’s amazing she’s still so strong. Often times, I’ve found that the longer the series, the more the heroine starts to diminish in her character qualities. Not so with this one as Kate is still a brute force that has no issues with fighting. The only difference now is that she’s loyal to the Pack and will do everything she can to save them. Curran is the same except now his sole focus is Kate. He NEEDS Kate and he won’t let her go. I seriously love their bond and how it can span miles and miles, days and days and when they finally get back together, it’s lovely.
The authors made it a point to let readers know that this book isn’t the end of the series (there’s three more slated to be released). In some areas, it does feel like the end of a series but in others, it feels like things are just beginning. The story takes the reader on a journey of Kate trying to find the killer while also battling Hugh d’Ambray and his obsession with dominating Kate. In the process, she gets herself into more than she can chew, so to speak, and ends up in a very unlikely place, trying to keep herself and Ghastek alive. At the end of all this, Kate finally comes face to face with her father and learns just how alike they really are. It’s an action-packed story that has a lot of gruesome moments, sad moments and down right upsetting moments! We get answers to some questions like who the traitor is but we also have some unanswered questions at the end like what happens with Hugh or the killer or whether the North Carolina pack was really in on everything or what will happen next. All this, no doubt, will be answered in the next book.
However, there were two and a half personal issues I had with this one. One, I really wished there had been more of Curran in this book. After the way the last book was, with them barely together as well, I fully expected this one to make up for that. Unfortunately, more than half the story he’s not there. Two, I was a bit disappointed in the way that the traitor was handled. Not in the aspect of HOW but in the way it was delivered. So many people have been freaking out about the traitor (well, mainly Jim) and Kate isn’t even there to see the punishment dealt on this person, which saddened me. Now for the half of an issue, which I’m on the fence about. For six books Kate has feared fighting her father. Killing him has been the bane of her existence for decades. I fully expected a knock down, drag out fight between them, in which the ending is with Roland killed (naturally LOL). In some respects we get that fighting, there’s a lot of action in this one, as usual, but I sort of felt like the resolution with Roland was… anti-climactic. I felt like there was something missing in it all and that may be because Roland isn’t addressed until almost the end. At the same time, I loved the way it ended because it was the opposite of what I expected. So, it ended great (with some shocking revelations!) but not as dramatic as I was hoping.
Overall, I won’t deny that I still love the Kate Daniels series. There’s something about this duo’s writing that grabs hold of me and really gets me into the story. I loved Kate and all her badassness and I loved getting to see more secondary characters like Robert, Thomas and Desandra. There’s a ton of suspense that kept me on the edge of my seat but at the same time, I couldn’t help but feel a little dissatisfied in some areas and, personally, hope that the next books do not have so much Hugh in them (I think his character and obsession of Kate is more than a little over used now). There are three books left in this series, and even though I’m questioning where things can go from here, I’m still eagerly awaiting the next release!
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*