Review - Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews

Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews
Series: Kate Daniels #8
Penguin Group - Ace
Publication Date:  August 4, 2015
Date Read: August 6, 2015

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, Kate and Curran know that separating from the Pack completely is a process that will take time.

But when they learn that their friend Eduardo has gone missing, Kate and Curran shift their focus to investigate his disappearance. Eduardo was a fellow member of the Mercenary Guild, so Kate knows the best place to start looking is his most recent jobs. As Kate and Curran dig further into the merc’s business, they discover that the Guild has gone to hell and that Eduardo’s assignments are connected in the most sinister way…

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 loved this book!  It amazes me how this series is able to continue to get better and better with each new installment.   I don't pre-order a lot of books but this is a book that I ordered several months ago and have been eagerly awaiting the day it would magically appear on my kindle.  I was more than a little excited to jump back into the Kate Daniels world and I am happy to report that this book lived up to my expectations. 

This book is a changing point for Kate and Curran.  They have left the Pack and have moved into a suburban neighborhood.  Even though they have left the Pack, the politics of the Pack still seem to find a spot in their lives.  The Pack and all of its members have been such important parts of the series that I am glad to see that they still play an active role in this book.  The difference is really seen in Kate and Curran.  They no longer have to act in a certain way just because of their Pack position although Curran did seem to be holding back a bit.

Of course, Kate and Curran find themselves in the middle of major problem when George comes to them asking for help in finding Eduardo.  George's father, Mahon, is not actively looking for Eduardo since he does approve of their relationship.  Due to Pack politics, since the clan leader isn't actively looking the new Beast Lord, Jim, would have trouble stepping in .  Kate and Curran are no longer bound by Pack politics so they agree to help.  Atlanta seems to also have some kind of presence that may put everyone in danger.  Hordes of Ghouls, mutant creatures with regenerative powers, plus a few giants have put the whole city on alert.  Kate and Curran need to secure the city and find Eduardo in order to keep everyone safe.  

I am in awe of how many things this writing pair does consistently right.  They have created such a unique and intriguing world that never ceases to be exciting.  The characters are by far some of the best, if not the best, that I have come across on the written page.  I not only adore both Kate and Curran but the other characters in the story are equally amazing.  There is a lot of action in this book and I found the pacing of the story to be excellent.  There was never a single dull moment for me.  The dialog in this story was fantastic and I love how they are able to inject a perfect amount of humor into the overall story.

This is a series that really needs to be read in order.  I think that readers who try to start with this book will really miss a lot and will most likely feel a bit lost.  I highly recommend this entire series and honestly think that most readers will be able to find something to appreciate in this world.  I will continue to read and re-read anything that I can get my hands on from this writing pair.  Bravo, Ilona Andrews!

Book #1 - Magic Bites
Book #2 - Magic Burns
Book #3 - Magic Strickes
Book #4 - Magic Bleeds
Book #5 - Magic Slays
Book #6 - Magic Rises
Book #7 - Magic Breaks 
Book #8 - Magic Shifts
Click the links above to read my other review of this series!
About the Author

Ilona Andrews” is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. Ilona is a native-born Russian and Gordon is a former communications sergeant in the U.S. Army. Contrary to popular belief, Gordon was never an intelligence officer with a license to kill, and Ilona was never the mysterious Russian spy who seduced him. They met in college, in English Composition 101, where Ilona got a better grade. (Gordon is still sore about that.)

Gordon and Ilona currently reside in Texas with their two children and many dogs and cats.

They have co-authored two NYT and USAT bestselling series, the urban fantasy of Kate Daniels and romantic urban fantasy of The Edge and working on the next volumes for both.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter


  1. Oh yes the Kate Daniels series is amazing. I don't know either how Ilona Andrews are always able to deliver books of such quality. I love how the Kate and Curran's Relationship is portrayed in Magic Shifts. I think they're the best couple in Urban Fantasy. Great review!

    1. Thanks, Sarah! I adore this series. I love everything about Kate and Curran. They have to be my favorite couple as well. This writing pair seems to always deliver a wonderful story.


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