By Ilona Andrews
This is the fifth book in the Kate Daniel series and if you haven’t read the first four books, starting here would be a mistake. Not because you’d be lost, Andrews provides enough details for the first-timer and for readers who may have let a bit too much time lapse between books, but because you’d miss all the fun.
Kate, now the Beast Lord Curran’s wife for lack of a better term, she’s living with the Pack and acting as Alpha to Curran. While she’s still not entirely comfortable with her new position and unsure how to handle her emotions now that she’s allowed herself to admit she loves Curran, she clings dearly to her new business, the only thing she has some control over. Setup with funds from the Pack, Kate is ready to work for herself rather than the Guild but finding business is proving harder than she imagined. In an Atlanta full of magical beings, shapeshifters, vampires, witches, and mages, no one is asking for her help. When her first client walks through the door, the gates of hell open below her feet.
One thing I love about these books — sheer brain candy. That’s a good thing so don’t be turned off. The books are short, entertaining, and Andrews has created an Atlanta full of wonderful characters, most of which are the staples of urban fantasy, but they all feel new. I devour these books and wait patiently for the next installment so I can schedule time on the couch to sit and become absorbed in Kate’s world. She’s brash, doesn’t think things through, acts crazy at times, and takes constant risks even when the people in her life ask her not too.
I waited for four books to see Kate and Curran get together and no I’m not saying that to ruin anything for you if you haven’t read these books yet. You see it coming in book one and when it happens, it works. I know some of you might be saying, “Romance in urban fantasy?” Don’t worry, it’s not out of control and fits with the story without becoming the story.
If you haven’t read these books yet, try them. They’re so fun and if you don’t love urban fantasy, you will when you finish these books. If you want to start at the beginning, the books in order are: Magic Bites, Magic Burns, Magic Strikes, Magic Bleeds, and Magic Slays.