Ilona Andrews 7th novel in the Kate Daniel’s series, Magic Breaks, is fast paced, funny, action packed and heart wrenching. It’s basically book crack.
The trouble I have writing this review is that if you know about the series, you’ve probably read them all and don’t need to be persuaded to read the next installment. These characters are your friends and you can’t wait to visit them again. If you haven’t read the series, I can’t talk about ANYTHING that happens in this book because everything has been building to this moment.
If you haven’t started the series, I’m sad for you. I’m sad that you won’t giggle when I mention attack poodles, or want to smack something at the mention of Saiman. The long and the short of it is, if you like paranormal, shape shifters, vampires, fast paced action, mysteries, snarky humor, then go get started! Stop reading this, and go buy the first book. When you finish them all in the next four days, then we can talk.
If you are determined to be spoiled and miss out on all the fun of a series building up it’s characters and revealing mysteries as it goes, read on.
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…
The humor, as always, just cracks me up. I love the snarkiness of it all, and I did not think they could top attack-poodle, but Cuddles the 8 foot tall donkey did. It felt like a lot of this book is setting up for big stuff in the next one, which is exciting.
I am enjoying the weird bromance with Derek and Ascanio. I’d love for a spin off with them and Julie and their crime solving shenanigans (no love triangles, please).
Now that Roland has shown up, it feels like shit is really going to get interesting. I can’t wait to see where they go with him, since he’s been so built up over the series and has so many shades of grey.
I’m also thrilled that Curran and Kate ditched leadership of the Pack. It made for really interesting interactions, but it felt like it was getting stale and restrictive. There are so many possibilities open now.
Overall, I am satisfied with this book, but I do feel like it had a few flaws. The first half didn’t really feel like it had traction. It was one action scene to another. It didn’t feel like the plot really unfolded until Kate was kidnapped and they escaped Mishmar. I knew going in Roland was going to be a big player in this, but you don’t actually get to him until the final third of the book, and considering how interesting he is, I think it’s a shame. I’m also sick of Hugh D’Ambry and his assholery, and the fact that he keeps coming back. DIE already!
The ending with the fresh baked cookies in the new house just killed me. There needs to be fan art of Roland with his sign “Evil and Conflicted about it” making cookies.
Just to demonstrate how much like crack this book series is: upon finishing this one, I went and started re-reading from book one, because the withdrawal was just too painful to contemplate. You’ve been warned.