Title: Magic Breaks
Author: Ilona Andrews
Genre: Urban Fantasy/ Romance/ Adventure
Publication date: 2014
No matter how much the paranormal politics of Atlanta change, one thing always remains the same: if there’s trouble, Kate Daniels will be in the middle of it…
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…
Oh, how I missed Kate. Why did you stop reading it if you missed her so much, you’d ask? That’s a good question to which I have no answer. But I am so happy I found the time to get back into the world of Ilona Andrews that I am having hard time writing this review.
Magic Breaks is what you’d expect (in a good way) – Kate being badass smart-pants, risking her life and making impossible choices; Curran being sexy and protective and very scary when he roars; the Pack being well, dicks for the most of the time (pardon my language). Oh, and this is new – we finally get to meet the big bad who is… nice? We’ll get to that in a moment.
Magic Breaks follows around Kate as she tries to prevent a war between the Pack and the People over the suspicious death of one of the People’s leaders in Atlanta. The whole thing smells fishy from the get-go and anyone with half a brain could deduce who is behind it when Hugh D’Ambray shows up quite unexpectedly to a peaceful monthly meeting between The Pack and The People.
From there things spiral out of control while Kate plays his game to get to the truth. As expected, just when you think she gets the upper hand things go from bad to hello no. But that is what we love about it, isn’t it?
I’ve recently discussed with a friend Mr. Badass, sir Hugh. It appears everybody likes the bad boy and he is as bad and as sexy (judging by descriptions) as it gets. I mean, I’ve fallen for the bad guys in other books, I confess, but somehow here I… don’t. I don’t ship him and Kate even the slightest, I don’t find him unbelievably sexy and I want to see him dead almost as much as Kate. Maybe it is because I love Curran too much, maybe it is because Hugh grew visibly desperate in the last book but he is tilting towards pathetic right about now. And the only thing I hate more than pathetic characters are stupid characters.
Kate’s father, on the other hand, is exactly what I wanted. It is always great when the characters are not black-and-white, especially the evil ones. You want to hate him because we have heard about all the bad things he has done but you have not seen a single him do a single bad thing – not directly at least or solidified by proof. So you start to question the truthfulness of those claims. Well, sort of. We still know he is kind of evil but we don’t know what he’ll do and how bad it would be. This is what makes it so fun.
I’m giving Magic Breaks well-deserved 5/5 rating. I kept me on my toes, it gave me just enough of Kate/Curran love to want more and it escalated things just enough so now if I don’t know how this story ends I’ll remain as a ghost and haunt the Earth until I find somebody to read the remaining books out loud for me.
What about you? Have you read the book? What rating would you give? What are your thoughts and takes on Magic Breaks?