Title: Magic Shifts
Author: Ilona Andrews
Genre: Urban Fantasy/ Romance/ Adventure
Publication date: 2015
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…
I’m done with book eight of the series and by now I love the series to death. Literally. It has been a long, long time since I loved books series with such passion and I missed it. And it is not just that I am so familiar and attached to the characters that I want to know what happens – each and every book is somehow different, it uncovers a new mystery and introduces two more. <3
In Magic Shifts we follow Kate around as she, Curran and Julie try to acclimate to their new life outside of the Pack and the Keep. They have a new house, jobs and enough money (Curran is loaded because why not? 😀 ) to live comfortably. Oh, and they are vigilantes in a way, minus the masks and the costumes. But they do kill all kinds of creatures and other nasties to protect Atlanta as Kate feels like it’s her duty to protect the city after she claimed it.
It took me awhile to realize that, maybe because I was too into the story to pay that much attention, but all of the Kate Daniels books are mysteries even though their main genre is not (because of the paranormal stuff). When each book begins it starts with some weird occurrence then another and another. At first glance there is nothing in common between them then some other things happen and a tiny, barely visible connection forms. And the whole thing grows an grows like a spider-web until the puzzle is complete and you are hitting your forehead and saying ‘Damn!’. Think about it, it is true. Each and every book is an elaborate mystery that slowly unravels as the plot moves forward. An elaborate mystery with kick-ass action scenes, one-of-a-kind humor and of course characters like Kate and Curran.
Back to the plot a bit – in Magic Shifts we get to meet a bit more Roland who looks like your typical overbearing daddy who thinks he knows best. But in each scene despite the nice, easy tone you feel this pressure like you’re waiting for a bomb to explore as you watch the timer count the seconds to zero. The tension is delicious and I can’t wait for a real, no-more-bullshit confrontation between those two.
Another thing that surprised me was that at the end of the previous book I was devastated when they had to leave the Pack, especially knowing what it meant for Curran. But watching him and Kate in this book made me realize how much they needed that, even agree with Roland that, as he said, he gives her what she needs not what she wants. And I can’t wait to find out what Curran’s plan for the Guild is 😀
Oh, another reason you’ll want to read this book, if you have not done it already, are the giants. That was a lot of fun and honestly, even though I knew Kate will beat them(well, the first at a least) somehow it didn’t feel fake, it didn’t feel like ‘she is the main character, she can’t die’ type of scenes – note the irony here for those who had read the book.
Anyway, I’ll give Magic Shifts a firm 5/5 – love the book, love the plot and love Kate.
What about you? Have you read the book? What rating would you give? What are your thoughts and takes on Magic Shifts?