Review: Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews

Review: Magic Breaks by Ilona AndrewsMagic Breaks by Ilona Andrews
Series: Kate Daniels #7
Published by Penguin Books on July 29th 2014
ISBN: 9780425277492
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 357
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher

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, but she must now deal with the affairs of the Pack, including preparing her people for attack from Roland, a cruel, ancient being with godlike powers.

As Roland’s long shadow looms ever nearer, Kate is called to attend a gathering of leaders from Atlanta’s supernatural factions. When one of the Masters of the Dead is found murdered by a shapeshifter, Kate is given less than twenty-four hours to hunt down the killer. And this time, if she fails, she’ll find herself embroiled in a war that could destroy everything she holds dear…

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Disclosure: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


drey’s thoughts:

Political wrangling features heavily in Magic Breaks, specifically amongst the vampires (ahem, Masters of the Dead) and the wolves, with the former dredging Kate’s background and bringing with it a huge threat to the Pack, and the latter giving the Pack headaches at home. Needless to say, there’s a lot of action and fighting and barely-surviving, and even death. Because nothing’s easy when the biggest Big Bad comes to play…

I really enjoyed Magic Breaks, this is one you’ll want to finish in one sitting (you’ve been warned). The plot will have you holding your breath, wondering what’s going to happen next. The story flows from Pack matters to were matters to Kate matters seamlessly, and I liked how Kate conducted herself. She’s pretty logical & practical, and I’m not saying she doesn’t care – she does, sometimes maybe too much, which gives her enemies something to use against her. Then again, such is the life of a (any!) heroine worth her salt.

Magic Breaks isn’t a story you can pick up without having read the predecessors; there’s so much stuff that’s covered in the prior six books that I recommend starting with Magic Bites. Without the backstory, you won’t get the whole picture of the events in Magic Breaks, and that’d be a pity. Pick up this series if you haven’t already, and you enjoy urban fantasy with strong characters, sassy flirting, and awesome storytelling.

drey’s rating: Excellent!

Have you read Magic Breaks? What did you think?

About Ilona Andrews

Ilona Andrews is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. author2smIlona 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 Texas with their two children, and many dogs and cats. They have co-authored two series, the bestselling urban fantasy of Kate Daniels and romantic urban fantasy of The Edge.