Title: Magic Slays
Author: Ilona Andrews
Genre: Urban Fantasy/ Romance/ Adventure
Publication date: 2011
Kate Daniels may have quit the Order of Merciful Aid, but she’s still knee-deep in paranormal problems. Or she would be if she could get someone to hire her. Starting her own business has been more challenging than she thought it would be—now that the Order is disparaging her good name. Plus, many potential clients are afraid of getting on the bad side of the Beast Lord, who just happens to be Kate’s mate.
So when Atlanta’s premier Master of the Dead calls to ask for help with a vampire on the loose, Kate leaps at the chance of some paying work. But it turns out that this is not an isolated incident. Kate needs to get to the bottom of it—and fast, or the city and everyone dear to her might pay the ultimate price…
I hated it. I hated everything. Said no one ever when they read Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews 😀 No, seriously, there is literally nothing to hate here. In the other books I found things I hate or things I dislike, here it was action after action, humor after fight, sweet after scary. I didn’t get the chance, I was so into the story.
The plot follows Kate after she quits/gets fired from the Order and gets mated to the Beast Lord. She has her own business now and no clients. None. Nada. Luck finally smiles at her, kind of, when a vampire gets loose from its navigator and Ghastek calls her to ask for assistance. She helps, alright, and he gets hold of the vampire’s mind only to drop it a few minutes later. Something almost impossible for a navigator of Ghastek’s caliber.
More and more strange things begin to happen – people are sacrificed for their magic, spells fail, magic boundaries disintegrate without a trace. Kate’s investigation revolves around Adam Kamen, an inventor who might have built the next atomic bomb with the purpose of destroying anything that has a drop of magic. Humans included.
There are so many things happening in this book – secret society have infiltrated every institution, even magical; all of Atlanta’s magical societies are finally finding common ground; Julie is dying; Kate finds something about her past that threatens to shatter her completely; Curran is being himself – strong, primal, sexy and loving. I honestly couldn’t put the book down.
I’m not sure if I mentioned this before but with fantasy books it is really hard to keep the realism on the page when there are impossible things happening. With Ilona Andrews that’s not an issue, especially when it comes to relationships between the characters. Most of them act so naturally, so instinctively that just reading about them makes you tell if their feelings (love, hate, fear, jealousy, etc) are real or not. It’s a great talent in my opinion.
The other thing that really sold me was the increasing amount of background we get about Roland and his past, Kate’s past, and what she is capable of. The ritual she performed was WoW and I have the nagging feeling that the voice she ‘heard’ is none other but daddy dearest’s. I don’t know, it’s a hunch. I can’t imagine anyone else that could be but it scared the shit out of me and gave me an anxiety about what this means. Can he control her? Can she keep at bay the bloodlust? She was not herself then and I realized I was holding my breath as I read.
And the ending, the cliffhanger. Now that was uncalled for 😀 It’s a good thing that I started reading the series late and I don’t have to wait for the next book because heads would have rolled 😀 Not a pretty picture.
There are a lot of things I am looking forward to seeing more of – I want to see a meeting between Andrea and Rafael 😀 (this would be explosive); I want to see Kate learn to use her magic as a weapon; I kind of want to see more Curran & Kate moments. And I want to see Hugh come back and face her. I am so curious about him. I kind of think he is not entirely bad guy (I don’t know why) but we all know he is bound to Roland so he has little choice in the matter. So I am really looking forward to reading the next book and then the next and next until I am out of books, crying in the corner and cursing profoundly.
Anyway, I would give Magic Slays a 5/5 rating as it was indeed an action-packed, undeniably amazing book that stole my sleep and made me want to jump with joy and cry with sorrow because I have to go stop reading and go to work. Life, bleh.
What about you? What rating would you give? What are your thoughts and takes on Magic Slays?