In the latest Kate Daniels novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews, magic is coming and going in waves in post-Shift Atlanta - and each crest leaves danger in its wake....
After breaking from life with the Pack, mercenary Kate Daniels and her mate - former Beast Lord Curran Lennart - are adjusting to a very different pace. While they're thrilled to escape all the infighting, Curran misses the constant challenges of leading the shapeshifters.
So when the Pack offers him its stake in the Mercenary Guild, Curran seizes the opportunity - too bad the Guild wants nothing to do with him and Kate. Luckily, as a veteran merc, Kate can take over any of the Guild's unfinished jobs in order to bring in money and build their reputation. But what Kate and Curran don't realize is that the odd jobs they've been working are all connected.
An ancient enemy has arisen, and Kate and Curran are the only ones who can stop it - before it takes their city apart piece by piece....
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I can think of only one other series which develops the overall story without once tripping over earlier plot lines, and this series is flawless. While waiting for this book I listened to all seven of the early ones from the beginning. And wow, do these authors nail it.
Not only does the story arc keep climbing over all eight books without a stutter, the characters grow and change from book one to book eight, and still remain remain consistent. Goodness, many authors can't keep their characters within their original personalities within one book, much less eight.
In the early books we learn that Curan formed the Atlanta pack of different shape shifters because as a youngster his family was torn apart by a band of loupes, shape shifters who have gone crazy. He wanted his future family protected. The Pack repaid his work by not fully accepting his human wife, (well they kept challenging her to duels to the death for leadership of the Pack while he was in a coma, so that's less than accepting). So leaving the Pack that he spent years forming and supporting was not a deal breaker to keep both it and Kate safe from a great Evil. Doesn't mean it wasn't hard. Curan may not have the title of Beast Lord, but it is more than a title it is what he is, and leaving left a hole. The man is Bored.
Thank goodness his wife's problems are quite interesting. Being a mercenary and skilled swords woman, she has mad job skills. Her former employers the Mercenary Guild are willing, if not happy, to hire them both. Even the Lion of Atlanta, and the daughter of Evil (she does not take after her father) have bills to pay. And moving to suburbia has pitfalls of its own.
As usual Renee Raudman goes from an intelligent strong female character, to a growly male Curan, to an even more growly Jim, so smoothly that the listener is not jarred once.
Needless to say I love this series and these characters who are strong enough to have equally strong friends.
I know why so many readers review these books by just saying "This is a great book". The stories have interwoven plot lines and there are no filler characters, Each character deserves a description and discussing the plots lead to major spoilers. But I enjoy the books and talking about them.
The one with claws transforms into about a half ton of were lion. He also has the mind of a lawyer and the instincts of a five term senator. Except unlike senators he doesn't send people to war, when war is required he puts his considerable self on the line for his people. When Curan is not tearing enemies to bloody little pieces, he has the patience to teach his foster daughter to differentiate between wants and needs, and to ask for what she needs like an appeals brief. Of course he tries to protect the one with the sword when she will let him, and not being stupid she does count on him when things go pear shaped.
Kate Daniels is the one with the sword, and she is the reason I started these reading these books. In the beginning, when she didn't agree with Curan, he called her a no name Merc, who just wanted attention. Kate just picked up her sword and and continued to to solve her problem. Several battles and some dead monsters later he apologized. Kate had no idea why. I adore this character. So does Curan. Also, he will never again take their foster daughter out monster hunting without leaving a note.
In the last book Kate survived meeting her biological father, a man of literal Biblical power. Unfortunately survival is not a permanent condition and Roland is quite capable of killing anyone in his path, including his children. He has done it before. Right now he just wants to have dinner with Kate...at Applebes.
I'm not sure if the earlier reviewer was being ironic. Curan and Kate did leave the Pack. But its sort of like leaving your family to move to another city. Several of the best members of the Pack do keep showing up. Thank goodness we readers would miss them if they just disappeared. Not to mention Curan and Kate can use the back-up.
The humor here is interwoven in the plot lines, the main characters are powerful, and still capable of making mistakes, and dealing with those mistakes. Every character in this book is there for a purpose. There are no fillers here. Kate's and Curan don't look strong just because everyone else is weak. For example Kate's best friend is as good with guns as she is with a sword. The Pack's lawyer is smarter than both Kate and Curan and he totally supports both of them.
OK. I give up. This is a great book. Renee Raudman does a consistently great job.
3.5/5; 4 stars; B+
Although this book wasn't my favorite in the series I still enjoyed it. The only thing is, there was a feel of a bit too much recycled or formulaic plotting. In a nutshell, a big bad monster of unknown origin is stomping around in Kate's territory, there is a lot of fighting, some near death experiences, and at the end of the day Team Kate/Curran prevails.
Obviously this formula works for me because this is one of my favorite PNR series but I don't want anymore like this.
What saves this book from being a 3 star rating for me is all the rich character interactions. There were a lot of funny moments that a person probably wouldn't appreciate so much if they didn't know the characters from previous books but they include Grendel, Christopher, Ascanio, Derek and even Roland.
I loved the parenting discussions squeezed in between fights and upheavals (it really annoys Kate that Curran doesn't leave a note when he does fun things like taking the kids out to fight ghouls!). I enjoyed the sense of family and community woven throughout the book.
I have to confess, I am kind of tired of Kate's 'Daddy' issues....I hope that the authors find some kind of creative way to resolve them without blowing up Kate Daniels world.
On a positive note, I really enjoy Renee Raudman's narration. She is s good choice for this series.
Yes - Renee Raudman knows these characters almost as well as the wonderful writing team of Ilona and Gordon Andrews. Her depiction of each character pleases me and matches my mental "picture" of their voices.
Earlier books in the series - Magic Bleeds and Magic Slays. Kate and Curran are out of the Pack - by their own choice. Curran especially needs to remake his life now that he is no longer the Beast Lord. A missing were and a mercenary guild case brings the couple in contact with old friends and foes and helps Curran discover an exciting way to spend his days. I love this book because, in a way, it takes us back to an earlier time with big monsters to hunt, friends to care about, and two careers that need to be built.
She is very good at using her voice to show all the emotions of our beloved characters. I wouldn't change anything about her performance!
I did laugh out loud several times throughout the book. There are also some extremely touching moments between Kate and Julie that were perfectly written and read. I love the interaction between these two in this book. It may be my favorite book in the series!
I don't want this series to end...ever! This book is so well written and thought out that it actually surpassed my expectations. I highly recommend this book. It is beautifully done. Thank you!
What makes a good book....the plot, storyline, & characters. What makes a great book....everything in a good book plus that little extra like wit, charm, comedy, danger, friendship, honor, and love. What makes a fantastic book .... everything in a great book plus a mixture of words at just the right moment that moves the reader so much that they laugh or giggle out loud or silently cry tears as they hear a passage. This book is fantastic! My only regret is having to wait another year for the next book.
Love to read and I am really enjoying audible. Fantasy and sci fi are my faves but I also enjoy period novels and historical fiction.
Perfect combination of story and narration. The storyline is picked up shortly after the end of the previous book and the characters are just as smart and funny and engaging as they always are. This was one storyline that keeps you guessing until the end. Renee Raudman does her usual awesome job keeping voices consistent and well done. I forget the male voices are actually a female actor most of the time. She never goofs up once she sets the characters voice she uses it consistently among all the books. Can't wait for the next installment
Love a Damsel in Distress
While this was not my favorite in the series, this book did contain some of my favorite lines and moments! I am getting a little tired of all of the heavy action, mega fight scenes. I found myself forwarding through parts, which was a first. And while I love the injured Kate bringing Curran's ultra loving side out, I do not prefer every book having someone near death. I did, however, LOVE the sweet interaction between Curran and Julie...heart melting moment. My ultimate favorite in this book was the interaction between Kate and Roland. It was so clever, unexpected, and humorous. I do like hanging on the edge to figure out Roland. I am so hopeful he will turn out to be a positive character in Kate's life. My hope for the next one is that we have more time for the romance side of Kate and the former Beast Lord.
Devourer of all books fantasy
This was the eighth book in the Kate Daniels series and it was an awesome one. This series is one of my absolute (if not my absolute) favorite urban fantasy series. I love the world, the action, the characters, and the humor. Spoilers ahead for those who haven’t read previous books in this series.
I listened to this on audiobook and I absolutely love listening to these on audiobook. The narrator does an awesome job and sounds exactly like I imagine Kate would sound. She conveys emotion well and does an excellent job with different character voices.
Kate and Curran have broken from the Pack and are making a life for themselves. The Pack can’t afford to pay Curran what they owe him so they offer him shares in the Mercenary Guild...which is a complete mess right now. It’s not a great deal but Curran is determined to make it work. Meanwhile George comes to Kate and Curran for help; her boyfriend is missing and she wants help finding him. As Kate and Curran dig into the case, they find themselves fighting more and more bizarre creatures. It seems that maybe all these strange things are connected and an ancient evil is stalking the streets of Atlanta.
I adore these books. Kate, Curran, and Julie are awesome characters and I love reading about them. I love all the side characters too, they have a lot of depth and are incredibly interesting. These books have absolutely perfectly done action scenes and lot of humor as well; it makes this such a fun series to read.
In this book the storyline involving George’s SO’s disappearance is resolved and the plot involving Kate and her father makes some progress. There is a dinner scene between Kate and Roland that was highly entertaining.
Overall I absolutely love this series. It is a perfect blend of action, urban fantasy, awesome world-building, engaging characters, fantastic plot, and humor. This whole series has been incredibly entertaining to read and I highly recommend it to all urban fantasy fans out there. This is one of the best urban fantasy series out there right now.
The story has grown old. There is very little to keep the story interesting. While I enjoyed the first books,,I don't believe I will listen to any future bopks
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