I was disappointed as it seemed that this was the weakest book in the series so far. It was hard to get through and the action was minimal. I usually listen to the books in this series multiple times, but will not listen to this book again.
I am currently an urban fantasy devotee. From Just fantasy to romance.
Kate Daniels continues to be a complex and sympathetic character. Despite the massive power she has, and the resources available to her, she does not abuse it. She overcomes, as books should have a main character do, and despite constant doubts, does not wallow in self pity. She may be a bit
Many Times I felt Renee put more inflection into the voice than the situation warranted. It added drama to situations that did not have, nor need it. In the end that is just a personal opinion, but that is what a review is for.
This was an enjoyable read but an over all disappointment when compared to this author???s other works. The interactions between Kate and the other main characters such as Julie, Andrea, and Curran were interesting and amusing. The romance was present but not overdone, new, distinctive characters were introduced, and the setting possessed its usual flare. The book fell short, however, in its plot. The subplot concerning what Kate learned about her background was not only unexpected, but unwelcome and out of place. The main plot of the story was more predictable and stereotypical than readers of Ilona Andrews have come to expect. While the plot was uninspired, Kate???s personal interactions, the setting, and Raudman's always-stellar performance made this a good book and one I plan to reread.
I was eagerly anticipating this next entry in the series as I enjoyed the previous four books. As an aside, I think books 3 and 4 are probably the best in the series. Books 1 and 2 were good stories, but the prose was a little weak and needed some polish, and the effort they put toward that end is readily apparent in 3 and 4.
I'm not sure what the heck happened to them for book 5.
Don't get me wrong, it's a decent enough story. I mean, I've heard/read worse. It was nice to revisit Kate, Curran, Derrick, etc. But were the poorly written "erotica" scenes really necessary? Anyone who's read any of the previous books would have noticed how much these scenes stuck out like a sore thumb. I mean, absolutely jarring. I'm no prude and I do own some well-written erotica as part of my collection of books. It's just that it really had no place in this book. It was enough to make me cringe, honestly. Far from adding to the story, it just took away from it instead.
To me, one of the strengths of these books is that the writers didn't need to resort to that in previous volumes. There was enough sexual tension there to make a reader smile without having to be beat over the head with it.
I hope for book 6 (if there is one) that they don't do this again. They were in the process of building a really wonderful series and then they threw rocks through their own windows.
Did not disappoint. I wished the relationship between Curran and Kate became a little more complex, but it was still excellent.
I'm a Wife, Mom and I own my own store. I love books but have precious little time to read. Audible reads them for me!
The entire Kate Daniels series is fantastic. It's got everything you need and more! The magic world setting isn't too far-fetched and the husband/wife team Illona Andews does a fabulous job of explaining everything. One of my favorite series!
Some over the top action scenes, but everyone seem to do that these day.
It is a good mindless story, but the narration is off at times. ( whiny voice ..)
I love this series & this last book was as good as I was expecting. But listening to this was so frustrating. I was tempted to quit it several times to just read it instead so I could enjoy it fully. Very disappointing.
Granted, this is only the fifth book in the Kate Daniels series, but I'm more than favorably impressed with the way the authors continue to build Kate's world and relationships. Book 5 has Kate edging nearer to a place where many of these urban fantasy books lose my interest . . . a character that becomes superhuman (a condition Kate may be approaching due to her heritage) is often either doomed or ultimately less interesting. But to date Kate has added adopted family, a single main love interest (very refreshing!) and continues to develop meaningful friendships with others. There are a few moments of "dead air" in book five, but overall moved the story along well.
A comment about the narrator -- she's bearable when she's just reading; when she gets faux-emotional or tries to do odd accents it's cringe-inducing. Another narrator would have made the audio series shoot to the five-star mark for me.
The shock at the readers voices and performance. And wondering how she made it past the hiring process.
Wouldn't know, was unable to stand listening to it.
Could only bear to listen to 5 minutes of the book, the performance was THAT BAD. A shame I love Ilona Andrews books... Please hire a different reader.