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I Belong

Review: Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews

Magic Bleeds (#4) by Ilona AndrewsTitle: Magic Bleeds

Author: Ilona Andrews

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Series: Kate Daniels (Book 4)

Publication Date: May 25, 2010

Format: Paperback, 367 Pages

ISBN-10: 0441018521 (Penguin/Ace)

ISBN-13: 978-0441018529 (Penguin/Ace)

Reviewed by: Sheila


Kate Daniels cleans up the paranormal problems no one else wants to deal with-especially if they involve Atlanta’s shapeshifting community.

And now there’s a new player in town-a foe that may be too much for even Kate and Curran, the Lord of the Beasts, to handle. Because this time, Kate will be taking on family.

Quick & Dirty: Kate decides her future with Curran while trying to protect Atlanta from her crazy strong Aunt Erra.

Opening SentenceI rode through the streets of Atlanta, rocking with the hoofbeats of my favorite mule, Marigold, who didn’t care for the birdcage attached to her saddle and really didn’t care for the globs of lizard spit dripping from my jeans.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Magic Bleeds is a pivotal book in the Kate Daniels series.  This is where Kate commits to her future with or without the Beast Lord, Curran.  It also happens to be where all of Kate’s paranoia about her family comes to pass with the introduction and confrontation of Erra, known to the ancient Babylonians as the Plaquebringer and big sister to Roland, Kate’s biological father.

Kate’s fears are deep seeded and well founded.  A woman in her position would have a difficult time having a relationship knowing that her father will eventually use them against her in the worst possible way.  Though she has loosened up over the no-friends policy, she is still troubled over the boyfriend stuff.  It is obvious that she loves Curran, but is that enough?  They both have issues with trust and lots of personal baggage.  Neither one is willing to compromise or even admit they were wrong.  Curran is her first love and Kate is the first person he has considered for a mate.  The two of them having been dancing around the issue for far too many books and I am satisfied with the resolution.  They are the type of couple a reader smiles when they finally figure it all out.  Though their relationship has been a major theme in this series, I am confident that the whole story is far from over.

I find Curran’s baggage, aka the Pack, very entertaining.  Kate has made friends with a few of them and has been given Friend of the Pack status, but she is still not one of them.  The dynamics and structure of the Pack are rigid and absolute, for good reason.  To live within the Pack you must follow the Code, a strict set of rules.  If you are not following the Code, you are most likely loup, out of control and have a hankering for human meat, and too dangerous to let live.  With Kate now intimately involved with the Pack, I am willing to bet the chaos that ensues will rub all their fur the wrong way.  Luckily, her status would be at the top of the food chain as Curran’s mate.  Just thinking about Kate in charge when she hates all authority makes me giggle.

Kate’s biological father has been on the periphery in this series to date; Erra is the first person we meet that gives us a more firsthand look at how immortal bad guys think and act.  There is insight to gain from learning about Erra and her motivations.  Her outlook on life is unique with good reason; she sees others as temporary because to her lifespan, they are.  She also has a healthy dose of arrogance that Kate exploits to her advantage.  But whether or not Kate comes out on top after their fight, one thing is for certain; she is about to lose her anonymity.

Readers also get more background information into Kate’s biological family, not only on vampires as a whole but Roland in particular.  As the series progresses, we get closer and closer to the final showdown between Kate and her father.  I look forward to seeing who will be supporting Kate’s side and whether or not there will be interference from the People; for or against.

Kate books are usually filled to the brim with sass, sarcasm, and good natured ribbing.  This book is a little more serious but still manages to stay true to the overall humor the series is so well known for.  Now that Curran got what he wants, I look forward to seeing more “were-lion humor” in the future.

Notable Scene:

“Take an escort,” Jim said.

“Are you offering to babysit me, Ms. Poppins?”

“Nope.  I’ll give you a vehicle and you can take Jennifer’s wolves with you.”

Brilliant.  If I was attacked, I’d have some homicidal werewolves to protect.

Jennifer looked at Jim.  “Why, thank you for volunteering my people, cat.  Any other orders for me?”

Jim gave her his hard stare.  Jennifer’s upper lip rose, showing a glimpse of her teeth.

I stepped back.  “Please feel free to settle your differences.”

Jennifer paused her glaring for a second.  “The cat is right.  Take my wolves.”

“I don’t know your wolves.”  I looked at Jim.  “Why can’t you go if you’re so concerned?”

He sighed.  “Because certain people aren’t altogether rational at the moment.  If I came with you, I’d have to answer uncomfortable questions.  I ask questions, I don’t answer them.”

“What kind of questions?”

“Why were you in a vehicle with Kate, alone?  What were you wearing?  What was she wearing?  How long were you there?  Did you do something or did you talk?  What was the nature of your discussion?  Could this trip have been avoided?”

I rubbed my face.  “So basically you’re scared that His Lordship might get his panties in a bunch?”

The Kate Daniels Series:

1. Magic Bites

2. Magic Burns

3. Magic Strikes

4. Magic Bleeds

5. Magic Slays

5.5 Gunmetal Magic

FTC Advisory: Penguin/Ace graciously provided me with a copy of Magic Bleeds.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.  The only payments I receive are hugs and kisses from my little boys.

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