Review: Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews

Review: Magic Shifts by Ilona AndrewsMagic Shifts by Ilona Andrews
Series: Kate Daniels #8
Published by Penguin Books on August 4th 2015
ISBN: 9780698136779
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 352
Format: Hardcover
Source: Publisher

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…

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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:

Fans of Ilona Andrews’ Kate Daniels series have been wondering what’s next for Kate and her Beast Lord mate, Curran, after they broke from the Pack (and other stuff-that-happened-in-Magic Breaks). Where will they go? What will they do? Well, here’s Magic Shifts with some answers!

The Plot: Life continues post-Pack, and as much as Kate and Curran would like to (and actually, have to) maintain their distance, a missing Pack member + weird creatures showing up + mercs on hiatus = lots of clean-up to do, some of it under the radar so they don’t get on the wrong side of the new Pack leader.

The Characters: I really like how Kate and Curran’s relationship has progressed, especially in Magic Shifts because he’s no longer Beast Lord – he has the opportunity to be himself, without the trappings of the position. Kate’s still snarky, of course. And Curran still just shakes his head, and does what he does. Between the two of them, I wouldn’t be surprised if the whole of Atlanta got adopted so they could be taken care of…

The Story: Magic Shifts is well-paced and well-told, with ample character development, no slow spots, and plenty of action. I really like the direction it’s heading in, and can’t wait to get more. GIVE ME MORE! 🙂

drey’s rating: Excellent!

Have you read Magic Shifts? 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.