Review: Magic Slays (Kate Daniels #5) by Ilona Andrews

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Review: Magic Slays (Kate Daniels #5) by Ilona AndrewsMagic Slays (Kate Daniels, #5) by Ilona Andrews
Series: Kate Daniels, #5
Published by Berkley Publishing Group on May 31, 2011
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 308

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. Plus, 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. But it turns out that this is not an isolated incident. Kate needs to get to the bottom of it—and fast, or the city and everyone dear to her might pay the ultimate price…


Ilona Andrews continue to impress with the fifth installment of the Kate Daniels series! Magic Slays not only upped the ante in terms of the action and the mystery but it also added a whole lot of emotional stakes.

“I love you too, Kate. If you ever became hurt, I would not leave you.
I’ll be there. Wherever you want‘there’ to be.” 

I know you guys are tire of me saying this but this was another fantastic installment of the Kate Daniels series. There’s always a danger of a series getting stale right after the main couple of hooks up. Kate and Curran are a couple now. They’re together, and Ilona Andrews could’ve rested in their laurels but that didn’t happen. They’ve taken this series and added more meat into it.

In this book, another layer of Kate’s character is exposed, right along Curran’s. Kate once again proved why she’s the best heroine there is. Despite her skill and her magic, her greatest strength is still her humanity. But it’s also where she’s most vulnerable.

All her life Kate was taught that love and friendship are a detriment to her survival and that she doesn’t need them. Loneliness is pretty much her MO. It kept her alive but Kate is Kate. Somehow she’s managed to create a makeshift family of misfits. And this is why this series has captured me so thoroughly. If you strip away the magic and the killing, this series at its core is about friendship, loyalty, family and being a decent person.

“The only people who can have normal are the ones unaffected by all the fucked-up shit that happens around them.”

It’s also about love. It’s not just romantic love but familial love. We see it in Kate’s willingness to do everything for Julie, her ward, and Andrea, her best friend.

Speaking of love, Kate and Curran are working at being a couple together. And like I mentioned above, unlike other series where the romance becomes stale and blah once the hero and heroine got together, Ilona Andrews managed to keep the relationship between Kate and Curran fresh. They still have issues and they’re pushing and establishing boundaries with each other.

“Yes I can,” Curran snarled. “Listen: this is me telling you what you will not do.”
I raised the cookbook and tapped him on the nose. Bad cat.”

There are things revealed in this book that are going to have repercussions in the future. I hurt for Kate. Some of the things she discovered in this book definitely hurt her. I honestly don’t know where this is going but I have a feeling that some things aren’t what they’re supposed to be.

Aside from the revelations, Kate made some decisions that will definitely come into play later and it’s not going to be good. I personally am scared for Kate and Curran.

This series just seems to keep getting better and better. The stakes are even higher and I’m getting more and more invested in these characters that I don’t really want to see any of them die. But I’m afraid some of them will die before the series is over.

“Go home, kiss your wives, hug your children and put your affairs in order, because tomorrow I will burn your neighborhood to the ground. We will kill you, your families, your neighbors, your pets, and anyone who will stand in our path. An attack on my family will not go unpunished.”


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.

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