Kate Daniels keeps the peace in Atlanta for the Order, humans caught between the vampire controlling People led by her biological father and best kept secret, Roland, and the shape-shifter Pack, led by her mate-to-be Curran, the Lord of the Beasts. But her look-alike aunt Erra, Babylon’s god of chaos and terror, has come to town controlling seven naked warriors: Deluge (flood water), Tremor (earth quake), Gale (hurricane wind), Torch (fire inferno), Venom (disease poison), Beast (animal monster), and Darkness (overpowering dread).
If there is one thing that I’ve come to expect from the Kate Daniels series it is that each book takes everything up just a notch. Magic Bleeds was most definitely no exception. From the Prologue to the Epilogue I think it is safe to say that this book was the most emotional packed one in the series so far.
It’s been a while since I’ve read Magic Strikes, but it didn’t take me long to get back into the world that Ilona Andrews created for their characters. This is one of those series that gives me that ‘coming home’ feeling. You know that feeling. It’s familiar and you feel surrounded by people you know. Corny, yes, but there are a select few series that give me that feeling and Kate Daniels just happens to be one of them.
Magic Bleeds takes up in the Prologue just a little while after Magic Strikes leaves off. Readers knew that Kate and Curran were finally going to stop being so stubborn and give into their feelings for each other. In a perfect world maybe, but in Kate and Curran’s world, nothing could ever be that easy. *sigh* That Prologue just about killed me, but it was necessary. I can’t say much more without giving anything away, just don’t throw the book across the room when you finish the Prologue. Be patient, it gets better, honest.
Beyond Curran and Kate, a lot happens in Magic Bleeds. This book was packed with pretty much everything. Action, humor, suspense, betrayal, romance, politics and heartbreak all were front and center. Some of it was expected but some of it took me totally by surprise. For instance, the tears were totally unexpected. As intense as this book was in the emotion department, the signature wit and humor were still there. From Kate’s ‘pet’ names for Curran to a practical joke war there were plenty of literal ‘laugh-out-loud’ moments. I think that is one of my favorite parts of this series. I’ve come to expect it and this author duo always delivers.
Magic Slays is next in the Kate Daniels series and I’d love to read it before the end of the year. We shall see 😉 If you haven’t picked up this series yet, you are really missing out. The characters are smart, well developed and make you want to get to know them. The world building and mythology are fantastic and the story lines are unique and compelling. Definitely one of my favorite UF series.