Title: Magic Bleeds
Author: Ilona Andrews
Genre: Urban Fantasy/ Romance/ Adventure
Publication date: 2010
Kate Daniels works for the Order of Knights of Merciful Aid, officially, as a liaison with the mercenary guild. Unofficially, she cleans up the paranormal problems no one else wants to handle—especially if they involve Atlanta’s shapeshifting community.
When she’s called in to investigate a fight at the Steel Horse, a bar on the border between the territories of the shapeshifters and the necromancers, Kate quickly discovers there’s a new player in town. One who’s been around for thousands of years—and rode to war at the side of Kate’s father.
This foe may be too much even for Kate and Curran, the Beast Lord, to handle. Because this time Kate will be taking on family…
Magic Bleeds, the fourth book of the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews, is pretty much as close as you can get to pure joy 😀 I gave it a few days before I started this review because I wanted to sound a bit more impartial but then I thought “Wait a minute, if anybody is reading this they want to know MY opinion not to read facts and summaries.” So here it is: This. Book. Is. Awesome! Deal with it!
The story starts with Kate who, as you remember, owes Curran a naked, home-cooked dinner. I know you all waited for that moment with your heart beating fast, wondering if Ilona Andrews we’ll decide to make it comical scene or a sexy one. You get neither because Curran never shows up. I was devastated to be honest, almost as much as Kate, and this is probably the first time when I have empathized this much with a character 😀 Hurt and humiliated, Kate goes on with her life, hunting things and punching people as usual. When she is called to a bar where somebody is killed, instead the normal paranormal monster or stupid idiot she finds a man pinned to a pole with a crowbar through his mouth, a magically-powered sickness seeping through his pores. And that is just the beginning.
Similar murder happens in the Guild, featuring its leader, same death, same attacker. Following the trail of bodies and the strange killer Kate is finally forced to face Curran. Their exchanges, pretty much all of them in this book, are so hilarious that I won’t be bored even if I re-read it right this second. While trying to figure out where they go from this standstill Kate manages to uncover the identity of the mysterious killer – her own flesh and blood. And no, not Roland.
The plot is super exciting and tangled with all kinds of new magical aspects, new background info and characters that it kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. Very often I find books quite predictable, and especially when it comes to the main characters. It is more than obvious they won’t die or they won’t be hurt, but in general I can tell how the story will play out.
With Magic Bleeds I expected pretty much everything. I expected Kate and Curran to get together. I also expected for them to grow apart when they were so close. I expected Kate to die (well, not really but at least to get her ass kicked more than usual) I expected somebody important to die, I even expected Roland to show up. The constant surprises just kept me on edge and I finished the book again in the early hours of the morning.
My favorite moment by far was when Saimon forced Kate to go with him on an event as part of the payment for helping the investigation. It turns out he takes her to a place where the Pack leaders and The People meet every week to discuss relations. Saimon’s plan is to be seen with Kate by the Beast Lord and show him that he can take everything from him, even what he wants but cannot have. Naturally, Curran’s beast side surfaces and he is ready to level buildings and kill him at will. The whole moment is so intense, so full of promise and danger that I was breathing heavily as I waited to see what will happen. And let’s say I wasn’t disappointed at all. You’ll have to read and see for yourself since I am sure you won’t forgive me if I spoil this for you.
There were indeed some hilarious moments, infused with Andrews’ remarkable humor. The world now makes sense to me 😀 and the people too. Every new character is unique and every next book reveals more and more about Kate, which makes me even more interested. I can tell I will be devastated when the series end but it’s too late to stop now 😐
I would give Magic Bleeds one of the most solid 5/5 😀 Call me a silly girl, tell me I like too much lovey-dovey stuff but Kate and Curran’s romance or I don’t know what it is exactly, is one of the best I’ve ever read. And if you don’t want me to punch in the face you better keep it to yourself if you don’t like it 😀
What about you? What rating would you give? What are your thoughts and takes on Magic Bleeds?