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MAGIC TRIUMPHS

 

Magic Triumphs by Ilona Andrews
Book 10 of the Kate Daniels series
Read by Renee Raudman
Genre: urban fantasy
Format: ebook & audiobookAudiobook

 

 

About Magic Triumphs:

Mercenary Kate Daniels must risk all to protect everything she holds dear in this epic, can’t-miss entry in the thrilling #1 New York Times bestselling urban fantasy series.

Kate has come a long way from her origins as a loner taking care of paranormal problems in post-Shift Atlanta. She’s made friends and enemies. She’s found love and started a family with Curran Lennart, the former Beast Lord. But her magic is too strong for the power players of the world to let her be.

Kate and her father, Roland, currently have an uneasy truce, but when he starts testing her defenses again, she knows that sooner or later, a confrontation is inevitable. The Witch Oracle has begun seeing visions of blood, fire, and human bones. And when a mysterious box is delivered to Kate’s doorstep, a threat of war from the ancient enemy who nearly destroyed her family, she knows their time is up.

Kate Daniels sees no other choice but to combine forces with the unlikeliest of allies. She knows betrayal is inevitable. She knows she may not survive the coming battle. But she has to try.

For her child.

For Atlanta.

For the world.

Source: Info in the About Magic Triumphs was taken from GoodReads at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17333180-magic-triumphs on 29/08/2018.

 

My Thoughts:

I was dreading going into this book, knowing that this is the last book in the series. I thought that beloved characters would die! Well, there was death… but the ending, though finished the story arc in the series, still left room for more stories to come and I am hopeful! Because this is really a beloved series! I want to read more of it. I am also hoping to read more of Conlan in future books in off-shoot serieses. Who doesn’t want a cuddly little kitten version of Curran!! There is also an element of predictability in the story. Normality this is a downer for me. But in this book, I can totally ignore it for the wonderful reading time I get out of it!

As usual, Ilona Andrews did not disappoint! There are advantages and disadvantages to that. The advantage is, that we get a wonderful reading time! The disadvantage is that, now the post-wonderful-read depression sets in

 

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 5
Character development = 5
Story itself = 3.5
Writing Style = 5
Ending = 4
World building = 5
Cover art = 4
Pace = 5
Plot = 4
Narration = 5

 

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 cherries

 

Meet The Author

 

About Ilona Andrews:

Ilona Andrews is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. Ilona is a native-born Russian and Gordon is a former communications sergeant in the U.S. Army. Contrary to popular belief, Gordon was never an intelligence officer with a license to kill, and Ilona was never the mysterious Russian spy who seduced him. They met in college, in English Composition 101, where Ilona got a better grade. (Gordon is still sore about that.)

Gordon and Ilona currently reside in Oregon with their two children, three dogs and a cat. They have co-authored two series, the bestselling urban fantasy of Kate Daniels and romantic urban fantasy of The Edge.

www.ilona-andrews.com | twitter | facebook | goodreads

 

Meet The Narrator

 

About Renée Raudman:

Renée Raudman is a multi-award-winning audiobook narrator. She has earned a number of AudioFile Earphones Awards, including for The Last Secret by Mary McGarry Morris and Wesley the Owl by Stacey O’Brien, as well as a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award for Joe Schreiber’s Chasing the Dead. She has also performed on film, TV, radio, and stage, including the recurring roles of Jordon on ABC’s One Life To Live, Phyllis on NBC’s Passions, and guest-starring roles on prime-time TV. She has been heard in cartoons (The Simpsons, Billy & Mandy), videogames, and on the E! channel. Her narration of Homer’s Odyssey by Gwen Cooper was selected by Library Journal as one of the best audiobooks of 2009, and her reading of Marthe Jocelyn’s Would You was selected by the ALA as one of the best young adult audiobooks of 2009.

www.reneeraudman.com | twitter | facebook | goodreads

 

FTC Disclosure:
The ebook and audiobook copies of the book were purchased with private funds.
No money received for this review.

 

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MAGIC BINDS

 

Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews
Book 9 of the Kate Daniels series
Genre: urban fantasy

 

 

About Magic Binds:

Mercenary Kate Daniels knows all too well that magic in post-Shift Atlanta is a dangerous business. But nothing she’s faced could have prepared her for this…

Kate and the former Beast Lord Curran Lennart are finally making their relationship official. But there are some steep obstacles standing in the way of their walk to the altar…

Kate’s father, Roland, has kidnapped the demigod Saiman and is slowly bleeding him dry in his never-ending bid for power. A Witch Oracle has predicted that if Kate marries the man she loves, Atlanta will burn and she will lose him forever. And the only person Kate can ask for help is long dead.

The odds are impossible. The future is grim. But Kate Daniels has never been one to play by the rules…

Source: Info in the About Magic Binds was taken from GoodReads at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17333174-magic-binds on 27/06/2016.

 

My Thoughts:

I like it when things nicely fall in together like pieces of a puzzle to reveal the picture. I was wondering what happened to Ana, Greg Feldman‘s ex-wife, who was first mentioned in Magic Bites. Then Kate mentioned in their dinner convention with Roland at Applebee’s [I. Andrews, Magic Shifts, (Ace, 2015), p. 290] that Ana, the clairvoyant ex-wife of Kate‘s dead guardian, no longer return her calls. Telling me that Ana is still there but just not in the picture anymore and explains why she wasn’t mentioned in so many books since Magic Bites.

However, I do not like it when the story lines contradict each other! In Magic Slays, Evdokia of the Witch Oracle told Kate that her mother, Kalina, came to attend Kalina‘s mother’s funeral. [I. Andrews, Magic Slays, (The Berkley Publishing Group, 2011), p. 120]. Then all of a sudden, Kalina‘s mother was alive again and living in Seattle in Magic Shifts. Roland tried to lure Kate out of Atlanta with the idea of visiting her grandmother (Kalina‘s mother) who was supposedly old and not long to live anymore in Seattle [I. Andrews, Magic Shifts, (Ace, 2015), p. 285]. Kate‘s other grandmother, Semiramis, is in Mishmar trapped between life and death limbo. So Kate has three grandmothers?!… *Sigh*

Speaking of unsolved issues, I am still wondering if Gene Monroe (wolf alpha who owned a silver-producing land in North Carolina) was really Roland‘s lackey or not. Or was there some other explanation? It was not very clear in Magic Breaks and I was hoping that we’d get a little clarification in this book… but no such luck…

This book… beautifully continued the complicated relationship between Kate and her father, Roland. Told in this authors’ trademark compelling story telling quality with a solid plot. What can I say? I am an old die hard fan… Can’t wait for the next book and read more about Kate and Roland‘s saga! Would the author end it with a bang??? What kind of HEA (happily ever after) would they get? Or is it an HEA?… Love, love, love, this series!!

 

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 5
Character development = 5
Story itself = 5
Ending = 5
World building = 5
Cover art = 5
Pace = 5
Plot = 5

 

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 cherries

 

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Thank you!

Thank you to the publisher for the review copy received.

 


 

FTC Disclosure:
This book was received for free from the publisher.
No money received for this review.

18/08/2016 Posted by | 5 cherries, ARC, book review, Cherry's reviews, Ilona Andrews, Kate Daniels series, review, urban fantasy | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Review: MAGIC SHIFTS

 

Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews
Narrated by Renee Raudman
Book 8 of the Kate Daniels series
Genre: urban fantasy

 

 

About Magic Shifts:

In the latest Kate Daniels novel from #1 New York Times bestselling 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…

Source: Info in the About Magic Shifts was taken from GoodReads at http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12119529-untitled on 31/10/2013.

 

My Thoughts:

Admittedly I am an old die-hard fan of Ilona Andrews, so please forgive my fan-girling here. Because there simply is nothing I could see that is negative about this book! Compelling story telling quality, substantial plot build-up, masterful character development and wonderful world building… What else can I say? …Having said that I wish that, Renee Raudman‘s voice is as pleasing to the ears as Therese Plummer‘s, but that is all forgivable given the goodness of this book! Couldn’t wait to get my hands on the next book!

 

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 5
Character development = 5
Story itself = 5
Ending = 5
World building = 5
Cover art = 5
Pace = 5
Plot = 5
Narration = 4.5

 

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 cherries

 

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27/09/2015 Posted by | 5 cherries, audiobook, book review, Cherry's review, Ilona Andrews, Kate Daniels, review | , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Review: MAGIC GIFTS

Magic Gifts by Ilona Andrews
Book 5.4 of the Kate Daniels series

Genre: urban fantasy
Format: ebook

Synopsis:

A dinner date after a hard day at work sounds heavenly. Of course, when that date is between the Beast Lord and Kate Daniels, things don’t go as planned. Before you know it, undead are running amok, heads are being chopped off, lawyers are deployed and used with extereme prejudice, and drunk vikings are calling people out.

Source: Info in the Synopsis was taken from the author’s website at http://www.ilona-andrews.com/magic-gifts/ on 25/12/2011.

Thank you to Ilona Andrews for the Christmas gift of this wonderful Kate Daniels novella!!

My Thoughts:

In this story we meet a new character, Ivar… Could this be a new ally? Looks like its shaping up to be another fascinating personality… The image I have here is not really accurate, but close.

The story telling quality is 5 out of 5, as per usual! And I love the humour and banter between the characters! I think the humour between the pages is one of the most endearing feature in all the books of this husband and wife author. It sure makes any work by these authors very easy to read. The same with the world building. But then again I always found the world of Kate Daniels fabulous! I am a rabid fan after all!! So I understand the world and the nuances of it’s culture, but I am not sure that a non-follower of this series can, just by reading this book. So to anyone new to this series or if you have not yet started reading this series, I don’t recommend that you start with this book. It probably is not a good idea for you to read this book. I would suggest that a reader go into this series or start with Magic Bites, book 1. Keep in mind that this is a short story. Not much room for world building. However I am not objective enough to tell you for certain that the world building in this book alone is enough or not to be taken as a stand alone book.

Like I said this book is a short story, that means I got done reading this book in no time at all. That it actually felt like it was just a few minutes of reading pleasure! Pace? Quick. And the problem with that is, I wanted more and I have to wait for spring for the next one!!

Short quick read for Kate Daniels series fans.

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 5
Character development = 5
Story itself = 4
Ending = 4
World building = 5
Cover art = 4.5
Pace = 5

Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 cherries

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FTC Disclosure:
This short novella ebook was downloaded for free from the author’s website at http://www.ilona-andrews.com/magic-gifts/ on 25/12/2011. No compensation received for this review.

27/12/2011 Posted by | book review, Cherry's reviews, ebook, Ilona Andrews, Kate Daniels series, review, urban fantasy | , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Review: MAGIC MOURNS

MAGIC MOURNS in the Must Love Hellhounds anthology by Ilona Andrews, Nalini Singh, Charlaine Harris and Meljean Brook
Book 3.5 of the Kate Daniels series

Genre: urban fantasy

About Must Love Hellhounds:

From New York Times bestselling authors Charlaine Harris and Nalini Singh and national bestselling authors Ilona Andrews and Meljean Brook, tales of man’s worst friend…

In these hound-eat-hound worlds, anything goes… and everything bites. Follow paranormal bodyguards Clovache and Batanya into Lucifer’s realm, where they encounter his fearsome four-legged pets, in Charlaine Harris’s The Britlingens Go to Hell. Seek out a traitor in the midst of a guild of non- lethal vampire trackers, one that intends to eradicate the entire species of bloodsuckers, in Nalini Singh’s Angels’ Judgment. Find out why the giant three-headed dog that guards the gates of Hades has left the underworld for the real world-and whose scent he’s following-in Ilona Andrews’s Magic Mourns. Embark on a perilous search for the kidnapped niece of a powerful vampire alongside her blind- and damn sexy-companion and a hellhound in Meljean Brook’s Blind Spot. These four novellas by today’s hottest paranormal authors will have hellhound lovers everywhere howling.

Source: Info in the About Must Love Hellhounds was taken from GoodReads at http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6286042-must-love-hellhounds on 05/06/2011.

Review:
This review is only going to talk about Magic Mourns by Ilona Andrews out of the four stories in this anthology. For the hound part which is the theme of this book, Ceberus made a nice appearance in the story. This being a short story, it is also a very quick read. It actually felt like a 2-minute read! Despite the space constraints of a short story, Magic Mourns managed to be well structured with an introduction, a central dilemma and a satisfying ending. Something that I found a lot of short stories fail to achieve. Having said that, I am a long-time Kate Daniels fan, therefore, I might have taken for granted all the cultural nuances of the story which might confuse those reading into the world of Kate Daniels for the first time. In other words, I am biased. I therefore suggest that you do not read this short story if you haven’t read the first three books in the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews yet. Besides, you’ll be cheating yourself out of a wonderful reading experience if you skip straight to this short story!

The openning salvo sees Andrea rescuing Raphael from Ceberus which is comically drawn in this picture by chibi. And it’s action after action until the end. Awesome!!

My favouritest part about this short story is when it explained the “apples” to me. I wondered about those “apples” when it got mentioned in another Kate Daniels installment, not sure which book it was now. And I really liked it that, that mystery was explained in this short story! Magic Mourns also gave insight into the nature of one of the characters which I also really liked! Another kudos to the Kate Daniels series! However, it also spewed a whole slew of questions!

Empirical Evaluation:
Character Development = 5
World Building = 5
Plot = 4
Story = 4
Pace = 5
Ending = 4.5
Story Telling Quality = 5

Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 cherries

25/09/2011 Posted by | book review, Cherry's reviews, Ilona Andrews, Kate Daniels series, review, urban fantasy | , , , , , | 10 Comments

Review: MAGIC SLAYS

Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews
Book 5 of the Kate Daniels series

Genre: adult urban fantasy

Publication Date: 31 May 2011

About Magic Slays:

Plagued by a war between magic and technology, Atlanta has never been so deadly. Good thing Kate Daniels is on the job.

Kate Daniels may have quit the Order of Merciful Aid, but she’s still knee-deep in paranormal problems. Or she would be if she could get someone to hire her. Starting her own business has been more challenging than she thought it would be—now that the Order is disparaging her good name, and many potential clients are afraid of getting on the bad side of the Beast Lord, who just happens to be Kate’s mate.

So when Atlanta’s premier Master of the Dead calls to ask for help with a vampire on the loose, Kate leaps at the chance of some paying work. Turns out this is not an isolated incident, and Kate needs to get to the bottom of it—fast, or the city and everyone dear to her might pay the ultimate price . . .

Source: Info in the About Magic Slays was taken from the author’s website at http://www.ilona-andrews.com/books/magic-slays/ on 24/05/2011.

Verdict: Another masterpiece!

Review:
The story telling quality is masterful! Again! But when I first started reading it, it seems that the story itself has gone just slightly stale to me. This is the fifth book in the Kate Daniels series and it seems like it’s starting to feel like “same old, same old“. However it became more engrossing again about three quarters into the book and there were a few revelations which points out to new exciting things happening in the coming books. Makes me eagerly look forward to the next book! Which begs the question, when is the next book coming out? And, how many books are slated for this series? As a reader, I am eagerly awaiting for the next Kate Daniels. Even though it started off feeling like it’s more of the same old tune, the pace was still fast seeing that I inhaled this book overnight which I attibute to this authors’ masterful story telling quality. This being book 5 in the series, I suggest that you read the previous books first as it will give a reader a better understanding of characters and events. However, for those who could not wait, I believe that this book can be read on it’s own and a reader would still understand it as there is enough background info in the book to keep a reader in the loop, but I do not recommend that. If you skip the previous books and go straight to this one, you would be selling yourself short and miss out of hours and hours of wonderful reading pleasure since the previous books of this series are all brilliant reads! And if you don’t read them in order, the subsequent books in the series have the inevitable spoilers of the previous books. My suggestion is to read this series according to it’s reading order. Visit the author’s website for more info at www.ilona-andrews.com.
CymLowell
Overall, I immensely enjoyed this book and would give it a score of 4.5 out of 5.

Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 cherries

Thank you to Penguin for the review copy of Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews received.

27/05/2011 Posted by | book review, Cherry's reviews, review | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Review: MAGIC SLAYS

Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews
Book 5 of the Kate Daniels series

Genre: adult urban fantasy

Publication Date: 31 May 2011

About Magic Slays:

Plagued by a war between magic and technology, Atlanta has never been so deadly. Good thing Kate Daniels is on the job.

Kate Daniels may have quit the Order of Merciful Aid, but she’s still knee-deep in paranormal problems. Or she would be if she could get someone to hire her. Starting her own business has been more challenging than she thought it would be—now that the Order is disparaging her good name, and many potential clients are afraid of getting on the bad side of the Beast Lord, who just happens to be Kate’s mate.

So when Atlanta’s premier Master of the Dead calls to ask for help with a vampire on the loose, Kate leaps at the chance of some paying work. Turns out this is not an isolated incident, and Kate needs to get to the bottom of it—fast, or the city and everyone dear to her might pay the ultimate price . . .

Source: Info in the About Magic Slays was taken from the author’s website at http://www.ilona-andrews.com/books/magic-slays/ on 24/05/2011.

Verdict: Another masterpiece!

Review:
The story telling quality is masterful! Again! But when I first started reading it, it seems that the story itself has gone just slightly stale to me. This is the fifth book in the Kate Daniels series and it seems like it’s starting to feel like “same old, same old“. However it became more engrossing again about three quarters into the book and there were a few revelations which points out to new exciting things happening in the coming books. Makes me eagerly look forward to the next book! Which begs the question, when is the next book coming out? And, how many books are slated for this series? As a reader, I am eagerly awaiting for the next Kate Daniels. Even though it started off feeling like it’s more of the same old tune, the pace was still fast seeing that I inhaled this book overnight which I attibute to this authors’ masterful story telling quality. This being book 5 in the series, I suggest that you read the previous books first as it will give a reader a better understanding of characters and events. However, for those who could not wait, I believe that this book can be read on it’s own and a reader would still understand it as there is enough background info in the book to keep a reader in the loop, but I do not recommend that. If you skip the previous books and go straight to this one, you would be selling yourself short and miss out of hours and hours of wonderful reading pleasure since the previous books of this series are all brilliant reads! And if you don’t read them in order, the subsequent books in the series have the inevitable spoilers of the previous books. My suggestion is to read this series according to it’s reading order. Visit the author’s website for more info at www.ilona-andrews.com.
CymLowell
Overall, I immensely enjoyed this book and would give it a score of 4.5 out of 5.

Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 cherries

Thank you to Penguin for the review copy of Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews received.

27/05/2011 Posted by | book review, Cherry's reviews, chicklit, Ilona Andrews, Kate Daniels series, Penguin, review, urban fantasy | , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

WW28: MAGIC BLEEDS

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WW28 book offering: Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews
Page 28, 1st Sentence:

Apparently he was a friendly kind of demonic beast.

Well? What do you make of that?

About Magic Bleeds:

Atlanta would be a nice place to live, if it weren’t for the magic. When the magic is up, rogue mages cast their spells and monsters appear, while guns refuse to fire and cars fail to start. But then technology returns, and the magic recedes as unpredictably as it rose.

Kate Daniels works for the Order of the Knights of Merciful Aid, officially as a liaison with the mercenary guild. Unofficially, she cleans up the paranormal problems no one else wants to handle—especially if they involve Atlanta’s shapeshifting community.

When she’s called in to investigate a fight at the Steel Horse, a bar midway between the territories of the shapeshifters and the necromancers, Kate quickly discovers there’s a new player in town. One who’s been around for thousands of years—and rode to war at the side of Kate’s father.

This foe may be too much even for Kate and Curran, the Lord of the Beasts, to handle. Because this time, Kate will be taking on family…

Source: Info in the About Magic Bleeds was taken from the author’s website at http://kate.ilona-andrews.com/novels/magic-bleeds/ on 29/05/2010.

We would like to thank Penguin for the review copy of Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews received.

29/09/2010 Posted by | WW28 | , , , , | Leave a comment

Review: MAGIC BITES

Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews
Book 1 of the Kate Daniels series

Genre: urban fantasy

About Magic Bites:

Atlanta would be a nice place to live, if it weren’t for magic…

One moment magic dominates, and cars stall and guns fail. The next, technology takes over and the defensive spells no longer protect your house from monsters. Here skyscrapers topple under onslaught of magic; werebears and werehyenas prowl through the ruined streets; and the Masters of the Dead, necromancers driven by their thirst of knowledge and wealth, pilot blood-crazed vampires with their minds.

In this world lives Kate Daniels. Kate likes her sword a little too much and has a hard time controlling her mouth. The magic in her blood makes her a target, and she spent most of her life hiding in plain sight. But when

Kate’s guardian is murdered, she must choose to do nothing and remain safe or to pursue his preternatural killer. Hiding is easy, but the right choice is rarely easy…

Source: Info in the About Magic Bites was taken from the author’s website at http://kate.ilona-andrews.com/novels/magic-bites/ on 01/08/2010.

Review:
This is the first book of the Kate Daniels story which I recently realized that I haven’t reviewed yet! So this is a retrospective review hence I’ve read this book ages ago. By now there are 4 books in the series already and it just keeps getting better! Click here to see my review of the most recent release of this series, Magic Bleeds. This review applies to all the books in the series. If I am to give a rating to the series as a whole I would give it a 5 out of 5. Is it obvious that I am an Ilona Andrews die hard fan?! 😉

Masterpiece. The story telling quality is very compelling and I would give it a 5 out of 5. The author weaves a magical world of Atlanta and make it seem all too possible. I would give the world building a 5 out of 5. The story leaves you with characters which walks around a readers’ head long after you’ve read the book that you can’t wait for the next installment to get published! I would give the character building another 5 out of 5.

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 cherries

02/08/2010 Posted by | book review, Cherry's reviews, chicklit, Ilona Andrews, Kate Daniels series, magic, review, urban fantasy, vampire | , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Review: MAGIC BLEEDS

Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews
Book 4 of the Kate Daniels series

Genre: urban fantasy, chick lit

About Magic Bleeds:

Atlanta would be a nice place to live, if it weren’t for the magic. When the magic is up, rogue mages cast their spells and monsters appear, while guns refuse to fire and cars fail to start. But then technology returns, and the magic recedes as unpredictably as it rose.

Kate Daniels works for the Order of the Knights of Merciful Aid, officially as a liaison with the mercenary guild. Unofficially, she cleans up the paranormal problems no one else wants to handle—especially if they involve Atlanta’s shapeshifting community.

When she’s called in to investigate a fight at the Steel Horse, a bar midway between the territories of the shapeshifters and the necromancers, Kate quickly discovers there’s a new player in town. One who’s been around for thousands of years—and rode to war at the side of Kate’s father.

This foe may be too much even for Kate and Curran, the Lord of the Beasts, to handle. Because this time, Kate will be taking on family…

Source: Info in the About Magic Bleeds was taken from the author’s website at http://kate.ilona-andrews.com/novels/magic-bleeds/ on 07/06/2010.

Verdict: Another masterpiece.

Review: I am beginning to think that this husband and wife team author is another Jim Butcher! I don’t know how they do it, but, they seem to churn out masterpiece after masterpiece every time!! Story telling quality? Hell, the book grabs you by the scruff of your shirt and yanks you away to an alternate universe so seemlessly that a reader forgets the real world!! That, is what I call entertainment!! Suspension of disbelief? 5 out of 5. World building? 5 out of 5. Character development is 5 out of 5. Another masterpiece.

It didn’t escape my notice that Penguin has cheekily stamped this book with a “Great Read Guaranteed!” offer with money back assurance until August 1, 2010. Had I bought this copy, I won’t be one of them getting my money back 🙂

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 cherries

We would like to thank Penguin for the review copy of Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews received.

Other reviews on Magic Bleeds (Book 4):

Reviews on Magic Strikes (Book 3):

Reviews on Magic Burns (Book 2):

Reviews on Magic Bites (Book 1):

10/06/2010 Posted by | book review, Cherry's reviews, chicklit, Ilona Andrews, Kate Daniels series, magic, Penguin, review, shape shifter, urban fantasy | , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments