It was a combination of things - the additional background about Kate and her family, the Kate and Curren conflict and resolution, and the narration.
One of the most memorable moments for me was when Kate begged Curren to change back to human. The narrator did a wonderful job of crossing back and forth between the various stages of Kate's emotions - coaxing, pleading, begging, sobbing in despair, and finally lashing out angrily. Such emotion - I would have given the narrator 6 stars if I could!
Um, didn't we just discuss the scene where Kate begged Curren to change back from Beast to human?
Blood, order, or heart - all choices have consequences.
Love the series and the narrator.
What one man can do, another can do. - David Mamet
i burned through these books and now i'm depressed that there aren't more RIGHT NOW.
Hurry up, damn it.
I like happy endings and realism that is realistic rather than gritty.
Great series--consistent in that each book treads the familiar ground that we enjoyed in the first book, but always new in that Andrews takes us deeper into that familiar ground every time. The overall story of the series is progressing nicely, with each book both adding to that story and standing strong on its own.
Each book in this series has been an improvement on the last. The characters plateau into solid entities and the world blooms into it's own. I love ancient mythological fiction and the Andrews use it well enough to be highly enjoyable. I also hate cliffhangers and the Andrews avoid this pitfall by artfully ending the fourth novel by having some means of character closure. It did not get five stars because I wanted more action than creepy romance. Still, it was very good and I am looking forward to Magic Slays in April.
I am so in love with this book and the series as a whole. I didn't think that it would be possible to love this book any more than I did the first time that I read it but it seems that I was wrong. I liked it even more this time. I know where the series is headed so looking back at earlier books and remembering the events that laid the groundwork for later books is just so entertaining.
I love Kate. She is a strong, kick-ass character that cares deeply about others and tries to do what is right. She doesn't always put herself first and is willing to sacrifice in order to help others. She takes on a lot of responsibility even for things that many would walk away from without any guilt. In this book, we get to see her admit to herself that she wants things for herself. When those things are at risk, she will fight as hard as she can to keep them.
As much as I love Kate, I might like Curran even a little more. My husband knows when I am reading one of these books because I have been known to look at him and ask him why he can't change into a lion. I don't think that he is impressed by these kinds of questions. So the fact that Curran is a lion AND the beast lord is just plain cool but there is so much more that I love about Curran. He knows what he wants and is willing to be patient in order to get it. He is fierce needed but he always brings a sense of quiet strength anytime he is part of a scene. And he loves Kate.
The story is exciting in this book. It was really pretty cool to go back and read this book again after reading the newest book in the series, Magic Binds. I really wanted to go back and see a certain character the first time they were featured in the series. This book is really a turning point in the series. There are a lot of things that change in this book. Really most of the big things in Kate's life change in this book. Kate and Curran finally become a couple. She makes an important decision regarding her work. Even her living situation changes.
I loved the narration. It is so odd to me that I didn't like the narrator for this series when I listened to the first two books because now I think she is perfect for the series. I think that Renee Raudman's narration added to the enjoyment of this book for me during this re-read. She handles a lot of characters really well and uses a wide range of voices during the story. The emotions of the characters really shine through in the narration. I actually listened to this audiobook for hours at a time and loved every moment of it.
I would highly recommend this series to anyone and everyone. This is a series that really needs to be read in order since each book builds on the previous books. This is a series that I will re-read many times because it is really just that good. The writing team of Ilona Andrews have created such an amazing cast of characters in a unique world and I can't wait to continue with my re-read.
Kate and Curran fighting....arguing....the best! Their "courtship" is hilarious and spot on! She balances a murderous new family member with a hefty dose of Curran. This book will cause alot of eye-rolling laughter that is sure to please!
The story is well written, as can be expected from Ilona Andrews. Renee Raudman bring the characters to life with her exquisite oratory skills.
I wouldn't say the audio version is better than the written but I would say it gives a totally new perspective and I love it!!
Kate because she is true to herself. What you get is what you see!!
Renee brought a very unique flavor to the story and it fit.
Oh I knew listening in one session was never an option.
If you like Urban Fantasy, The Kate Daniels series is an absolute MUST!!