Review: Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews

magic breaksReviewed by Jen

Ilona Andrews rocks my world.  For real.  This book is absolutely a must-read for any Kate Daniels fan.  It features everything I love about the series.  It’s funny, in that wonderful, dry, sarcastic way that the Andrews team does so well.  It’s action-packed. It’s got heart –and history. The world-building is fantastic and consistent. The characters are rich and well developed. It’s got a romance I believe it.  Satisfying sex. And. It. Is. Epic.  The story is so big, the Andrews had to write a disclaimer that it’s not a series finale.

After that disclaimer, the book begins with a great character breakdown and “up until now” synopsis that did wonders for reminding me of all the series particulars I forgot.  And believe me, it was important to refresh my memory. This book brings together everything we have been building until now: with the pack, the People, the Order, the Witches, Hugh, and Roland.  That’s right, folks, it’s time to meet Kate’s dad and the entire story unfolds in spectacular fashion.

It starts with Curran having to leave town, basically ensuring Kate will have something terrible happen that she will have to deal with on her own.  In fact, Curran is gone for much of the book, which may cause fans a pouty lip or two, but I felt like his absence was vital to the story.  It allowed Kate to really make a necessary journey on her own and it proved two things: one, that she is more than capable of taking care of business, and two, that her relationship with Curran is more solid than ever after the events of the last book.  –Plus, when he finally did make his return, it was so perfect, I cheered out loud.

Our Big Trouble comes courtesy of Hugh, who orchestrates a divide between the Pack and the People in order to force Kate to bend to his will.  He believes that threatening the people she loves will make her sacrifice herself to him.

(Raise your hand if you think there is any chance of that happening.)

She has to race against the clock, putting herself and her team at risk to avert a war.  Not only is there a threat from the outside, but there’s also a threat from within. There is a mole in the pack who is unveiled in a terribly inopportune moment.  Friends nearly die.  In fact, more than one long time character DOES DIE.  The stakes are huge.  Hugh is no lightweight adversary, but he is nothing compared to Roland.

I don’t want to give away too much.  The journey is what is so great here.  (Though the surprising ending is nothing to sneeze at either.) We see how much Kate has truly grown over the course of these books. The decisions she makes here are so very different than we have seen from her in the past. I love that we have witnessed this evolution.  I love how this story has built on itself over time. I love Curran. And Jim. And Andrea. Almost everyone who has ever played a real part in the series, plays a part in this installment, Saiman and Dali excepted.  I love how connected Kate has become to so many around her, especially when you look at how alone she was at the beginning of it all.

I have no complaints.  It was truly awesome.  Go read it now.

Rating: A

*ARC Provided by Ace

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Magic Breaks
by Ilona Andrews
Release Date: July 29, 2014
Publisher: Ace

Comments

  1. Christine says:

    I LOVED IT! I hate that we have to wait a whole year for the next in the series, but I’m pretty sure that I will read it over and over again until it comes out. Great review!

  2. First, love love love me some Ilona Andrews. Second, I am impressed at how your review comes across. The actual review is fantastic, but I’m talking about your skill at writing it. I will definitely check out some of your others.

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