No matter how much the paranormal politics of Atlanta change, one thing always remains the same: If there' s trouble, Kate Daniels will be in the middle of it. As the mate of the Beast Lord, Curran, former mercenary Kate Daniels has more responsibilities than it seems possible to juggle. Not only is she still struggling to keep her investigative business afloat, she must now deal with the affairs of the pack, including preparing her people for attack from Roland, a cruel ancient being with god-like powers. Since Kate's connection to Roland has come out into the open, no one is safe - especially those closest to Kate. As Roland' s long shadow looms ever nearer, Kate is called to attend the Conclave, a gathering of the leaders from the various supernatural factions in Atlanta. When one of the Masters of the Dead is found murdered there, apparently at the hands of a shapeshifter, Kate is given only 24 hours to hunt down the killer. And this time, if she fails, she' ll find herself embroiled in a war that could destroy everything she holds dea.
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*** Review may contain spoilers for previous installments in the series. ***
Whenever I finish a truly amazing book I’m often tempted to write a one sentence review because words fail me, and the only thing that potential readers really need to know is READ THIS. And, never has that urge been as strong as in the case of MAGIC BREAKS. This novel wraps up one of the greatest Urban Fantasy story arcs that has ever been penned, and that’s not even the best part, because even though KATE DANIELS’ lifelong journey has reached its culmination, the best is still to come. In this installment, characters die, power shifts, and a new path is forged—epic is the only term that comes to mind, and even then, it still falls short.
It was a good thing that MAGIC BREAKS came with a disclaimer because otherwise I think this novel would have caused mass panic among readers (me included). I loved the character recap; it really helped to set the stage for this story, and ensured that everyone was on the same page regardless of whether you re-read all of the installments prior to this one, or haven’t visited Andrews’ universe since last July when MAGIC RISES hit shelves. Hugh d’Ambray demonstrates why he earned the title of Roland’s Warlord when he sets his ingenious scheme in motion to cause an all-out war between the Pack and the People. Kate’s got some pretty big shoes to fill with Curran away on business, and although I did find myself missing the Beast Lord, the wait was worth it when he finally made his spectacular entrance.
Pretty much all of this series’ characters came out to play which was awesome, and fitting seeing how everything comes to a head in this book. Kate and Curran’s interactions were perfect, and I loved learning more about Ghastek. And, even though the action was at the forefront of this story, there’s still a good dose of romance, and—believe it or not—cuteness thanks to Cuddles, the mammoth donkey, and an adorable bunnycat. A long time character dies, however I think that I was actually more upset over what happened to Slayer, but again it was all part of the Andrews’ master plan. The authors did a fabulous job of tying up loose ends while still continuing to add new mythology and world-building to the mix. Roland was positively magnificent, and I was thrilled that his and Kate’s first meeting exceeded my sky high expectations after a grueling six installment long build-up.
I’ve been hooked on Renée Raudman’s narration of this series since the very beginning, but never have I hung on her every word quite like I did while listening to this audiobook. Towards the end, I think that I actually forgot to breathe a time or two. The conclusion was jaw droppingly wonderful, and her suspenseful delivery made time stand still. I loved everything about her performance, from Curran’s raspy baritone, to Kate’s sarcastic wit, and Julie’s bonus short story at the end was the cherry on top.
Never has a series been more about the journey than the actual destination, and the evolution that Ilona & Gordon’s characters have undergone is staggering. Urban Fantasy doesn’t get any better than MAGIC BREAKS—READ THIS.
I have been happily married for 17 years, I have 3 children (12, 14, & 16), and 2 dogs. I am currently working on a 2nd degree. Life is chaotic and stressful, but I wouldn't change it. I am blessed and enjoying my life.
This is a great addition to the collection. I was scared for a moment about half way through the book because I thought that this was the end. But take a deep breath, stay calm, hope is alive! lol We have more additions coming up :). Or at least it’s not the end. There is no need to go into details (mainly because everyone else has already done that) this is just a wonderful story and I look forward to each and every addition. I love Kate and I love Curran. I spend all year wishing for the months to past, waiting for the new book to come out, listen to it in one to two settings and then (sigh!) starting the wait back over again. It is a fantastic world that I love visiting.
Thank you llona Andrews for sharing your world with us.
Renee Raudman thank you for making that world come alive.
The combination of IA's writing and RR's narrating is a magical experience!
I have a 40 minute commute each way and with out Audible, I'd go crazy! My fav genre is fantasy and I love a great series!
I was so happy to see the latest edition to the Kate Daniels world has arrived! This is my all-time favorite series! If you've been following Kate and the pack, you will have to get this book, you know you will - and you will not be disappointed! If you're stumbling upon this book looking for a great series, you've found it.. just go back to book one and set aside a week of straight listening! I usually listen to each new book twice, once to eagerly hear whats happening next and the second time around to absorb all the details and put the pieces together. And the narrator? Oh, she is sooo good! LOVE LOVE LOVE this book - it stacks up with the rest!
This was good, but more like 4.5 then 5. :) My only quibble is that I tend to like Kate and Curran's scenes so much that I'm disappointing when it's not the two of them and while there is quite a bit of the two of them there is some quite a bit with just Kate....sigh. I like her but...well, you know.
Renee Ruadman did a wonderful job narrating as always.
One thing I will say, I really liked the ending....
Wow, this series is definitely my favorite Urban Fantasy series. Well developed characters, a rich world of fantasy that has been cultivated over the series, and a strong female lead. This installment did not have as much interaction between the characters as in previous books which gave it a different feel than the other books, less of a warm, homey-environment feel, but the direction the story went, makes it all worth while.
If you are new to the series, to really appreciate the storyline, you should probably go back to the beginning and enjoy the books leading up to this one. The narrator, Renee Raudman, is one of the BEST!
I was a 'readaholic' for most of my life. I started crochet and other hobbies. That took away from my reading time. I discovered audio books at the library. That set me off. now, that I am older my eyes make it too difficult to read. So I now am a very diligent audio book listener!
The Best Yet!
I don't know which to pick! There is so much going on.
Renee Raudman does an excellent job as usual with Kate Daniels, and supporting characters. She is a good narrator. Renee Raudman reads stories too you not at you. It is easy to sit back and just enjoy!
This is a book that can't be made well into a movie. It could make a mini series. There are a lot of subplots going on. Each plot has Kate as its center and could easily make 3 novellas.
I had to restart this audio book several times. The story starts off kinda bland. Then WOW it becomes so intense you're sitting on the edge of your couch, chair or where ever. I wanted to make sure that I wasn't missing anything.
This is one of the best series I have ever had the pleasure of losing myself in. Ilona and Gordon have me in the palm of their hands. Kate and Curran are a dynamic couple. I found myself laughing and on pins and needles. I have the ebook and audio series. I have replayed it and reread it during the month of July and August. The shapeshifters and vampires in this series have so many characteristics that you may find in other author’s series but have been developed to a new intricate level. I have so many favorite “scenes”. I love the witty banter. I can’t wait to finish work or whatever I am doing so I can get back to the books. So glad there are more to come. Talk about Daddy/Mommy issues ha!
When Kate and Curran go to the swan palace.
No but I have fallen in love with her ability to distinguish all the characters in the series. Awesome!
Epic tale of magic, shapeshifters, love and betrayal! Nocturnal terror between magic and tech that will make you pray it never comes to pass!
Wow- awesome, awe-inspiring, intimidating, mind blowing, stupefying story line. more more more!
Yes so much so that I listened to it twice back to back. I wanted to make sure I didn't miss anything.
The most memorable part of the book to me was when Curran and Kate decide to mutually retire from the pack. They had paid there dues and some.
This book was absolutely the best one in the series. I'm looking forward to more ..........
The narrator's performance was perfect !!! My emotions were all over the place. I laughed, cried, and pined over Curran and Kate love for each other.
I really enjoy this story line. Every character is this story is a strong character. This book is a continuation of Kate Daniels struggle. She finally meets her father and she determines that her life should be hers and she should live it the way she wants and not how others want her to live. I think there is a moral in there somewhere.
Outstanding. Exhilarating. FUN!!!!!!!
I really don't want to give anything away so this is what I will say. This is the book when Kate is revealed about who she is. I have been waiting for the big reveal and it was so WORTH the wait.
I love Renee Raudman. She always makes me feel what the character is feeling. Her voices for Curren and the other characters come off PERFECT.
I did listen to this in one sitting and I have that buzzing in my wats because my headphones have been attached to my head for 16 1/2 hours.
Ilona Andrews has once again delivered us a perfect story.
Renee Raudman is a perfect Kate Daniels. :-)
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