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REVIEW: Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews

Magic Slays (Kate Daniels #5) by Ilona Andrews
Ace Books (May 2011) | Paperback, 308 pages
Urban Fantasy

This series has fast worked its way up on my favourite urban fantasy series list. I just love Kate and Curran! If I’m secretly a bit honest, I think it would have been quite easy for me to discard this series after Magic Bites, the first book. Because although I enjoyed it, it wasn’t the greatest start. But this is a series that just seems to get better and better with each instalment.

I thought that things couldn’t get any better after Magic Bleeds, I picked up Magic Slays with a certain about of trepidation, thinking the previous book was maybe the peak. But, oh, the writing team that is Ilona Andrews proved me seriously wrong. Magic Slays is the best so far!

If you’re a regular reader of my reviews, you will know that I’m a meanie with my ratings. My 4.5 stars are rare and my 5 stars are like gold dust. I’ve given Magic Slaysa 4.5, but it’s teetering on the edge of a 5! I loved the writing, the pacy storyline, the kick-arse fight scenes, the gut-wrenching, sad moments, and did I mention that I totally adored Kate and Curran?

There is something distinctly different about this series, in comparison to other urban fantasy favourites and I think that is because of the setting. The unusual world that crashes between periods of magic and technology is unique, as is Andrews’ vision of vampires, combined with the eerie and malevolent baddie Malcolm, slowly growing in the background. The threat that is Malcolm is building like a fierce storm cloud, I think we have several books to wait, but when it comes it will be ferocious.

Two big things have changed in Magic Slays. Kate now runs her own investigation business and her and Curran are now in a relationship. I was most worried about the latter. Worried that the sizzle and fun would have left between them, but the writing delivers enough twists to keep them on the toes and keeping the relationship fresh and exciting. I also thoroughly enjoyed how Kate has become integrated into the pack, the fact that she is a tough and independent as she has always been, and that she and Curran clash as much as they always have.

The storyline is non stop… the action, the intrigue, we also learn more about who and what Kate is. It brings in lots of characters from previous books together for a pulse racing, adrenalin-laced, climax. Honestly, I could almost feel the clock ticking moment like in an episode of 24.

Kate’s best friend Andrea has quite a big part to play in this novel and the Boudas. I’m finding Andrea’s love life so interesting, I’d happily read a novel about her all on her own. As I’m writing this review, I’ve just realised there is a book all about Andrea released earlier this year – Gunmetal Magic – guess what I shall be downloading onto my Kindle shortly?!

VERDICT:

The best in the series so far, and vying its place for one of my favourite books of the year. Magic Slays is a must for Kate Daniels lovers and the series should be on all urban fantasy fans reading lists. Action packed, awesome characters, humour and pathos in just the right quantities and a compelling plot. What more could you ask for?

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BOOKS IN SERIES ORDER

  1. Magic Bites
  2. Magic Burns
  3. Magic Strikes
  4. Magic Bleeds
  5. Magic Slays
  6. Magic Rises (2013)

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Laura

A self-confessed bookworm who's favourite genres are urban fantasy, horror and a good love story with a sexy supernatural beastie. Also has a bit of a handbag fetish… actually, let's not mention the handbags; they seem to be breeding!

4 Comments


Melanie November 22, 2012 at 11:56 am

I love this series. I was worried that it would lose its edge when Kate and Curran got together but it just keeps getting better and better. The Andrea focused book is great and can hardly wait for the next one. Loving IA’s new free series too.

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Laura November 23, 2012 at 7:53 am

That’s exactly what I was worried about, but it was so good, the best in the series so far I think! I must read the Andrea book soon if it’s as good as the Kate and Curran ones :-D

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Krazzyme November 25, 2012 at 3:57 pm

I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!

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Laura November 25, 2012 at 9:07 pm

Me too :-D
Kate and Curran are just fab aren’t they!

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