Magic Bleeds it’s the fourth book in Kate Daniels’ series by Ilona Andrews, I rambled before about how special Kate is , it gets better and better as you get to know and love all characters.
This is what I love about series, when they are good I can feel my interest increasing to the point of turning into something that is no longer rational, a mild obsession, all I can think of is how badly I want to read my book.
I love when this happens, I love when books mess with my routine to the point that all I want to do is reading, reading, reading.
This review contains spoilers, This review contains swooning, This book is pure awesomeness.
On Ilona Andrews’ website there is a really cool feature “the world of Atlanta” where you can check all main players:
Kate Daniel: engaging kick-ass heroine, a combination of dry humor, determination and combat skills … I like the way she doesn’t take crap from anybody. She doesn’t cause problems, she CAUSES CATASTROPHES . Kate used to be a merc but she now works for The Order, highly empowered with magic, she cleans up magical messes
Curran Lennart: a shapeshifter (part lion and part human), 31 years old, 5′11, Beast Lord, observant and shrewd, skilled fighter, confident but not obnoxious, jealous, possessive, insightful, caring, power comes with responsibility and Curran doesn’t take his role lightly
Saiman: I adore Saiman, talented, excellent at his job, a pervert with great sense of humor, a gentlemen when he wants to be, interested in money and pleasure, hid duplicity would appear at its best on screen
The plot from GoodReads:
Kate Daniels works for the Order of the Knights of Merciful Aid, officially as a liaison with the mercenary guild. Unofficially, she cleans up the paranormal problems no one else wants to handle—especially if they involve Atlanta’s shapeshifting community.
When she’s called in to investigate a fight at the Steel Horse, a bar midway between the territories of the shapeshifters and the necromancers, Kate quickly discovers there’s a new player in town. One who’s been around for thousands of years—and rode to war at the side of Kate’s father. This foe may be too much even for Kate and Curran, the Lord of the Beasts, to handle. Because this time, Kate will be taking on family…
The opening is great, Kate is cooking dinner for Curran but he doesn’t show up, she calls The Pack and she is advised to leave a message plus the receptionist informs her that in the future she should go through proper channel.
Kate cooked a huge meal and Curran stood her up. Kate is sad, angry, mad, scorned but when duty calls she will run and work her ass off.
Payback Time later. Kate is not your average oh-I-am-so-heartbroken whiner, she is hard working and I love her even more for her strong ethic.
Magic Bleeds displays gross content, there are some disgusting scenes (especially at the beginning), there is an engaging thrilling storyline but I kind of started grinning at this point in the story:
“Here you go” He leaned his head to me, his neck so close to my lips, I felt the heat coming off his skin. His breath was warm against my ear. His voice was a ragged snarl “I miss you”
This wasn’t happening
“I worry about you” He dipped his head and looked into my eyes “I worry something stupid will happen and I won’t be there and you‟ll be gone. I worry we won‟t ever get a chance and it’ s driving me out of my skull”
No, no, no, no . . .
Mad gold eyes stared into mine “Do you miss me, Kate?”
I closed my eyes, trying to shut him out. I could lie and then we’d be back to square one. Nothing would be resolved. I’d still be alone, hating him and wanting him.
He grabbed my shoulders and shook me once. “Do you miss me?”
I took the plunge. “Yes”
I melted at “Did you miss me?”, I waited three books hoping to see Kate and Curran together and IT WAS WELL WORTH IT.
Relationships come at a price, is there a future for those two together?
Not only they have different personalities (Kate can’t stand authority, Curran is a controlling freak) , they are also defined by their different natures (Curran is half animal), different roles in society, different lifestyles. Kate is an agent of the order, she values her neutrality, Curran is the Beast Lord which means that his mate will have to accept responsibilities among the Pack.
The result is poignant, heart warming, compelling.
Magic Bleeds is clearly a transitional book , it helps us to understand Kate’s heritage and how scared she really is that something bad will happen to people she loves because of her identity. We also find out more details about Curran’s Story.
This is by far my favorite urban fantasy series, I can’t wait for the next book.
Read those reviews and you’ll want to read this:
wonderful snippets from Curran’s point of view on Ilona Andrews’ website.
My grade: 5/5