Thursday, November 10, 2016

Audiobook Review - Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews @ilona_andrews #katedaniels

Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews
Narrated by Renee Raudman
Series: Kate Daniels #5
Tantor Audio
Publication Date:  June 8, 2011
Date Read: October 23, 2016 (2nd read)
Length:  13 hours 17 minutes
Source: Audible Purchase
Plagued by a war between magic and technology, Atlanta has never been so deadly. Good thing Kate Daniels is on the job.

Kate Daniels may have quit the Order of Merciful Aid, but she's still knee-deep in paranormal problems. Or she would be if she could get someone to hire her. Starting her own business has been more challenging than she thought it would be now that the Order is disparaging her good name, and many potential clients are afraid of getting on the bad side of the Beast Lord, who just happens to be Kate's mate.

So when Atlanta's premier Master of the Dead calls to ask for help with a vampire on the loose, Kate leaps at the chance of some paying work. Turns out this is not an isolated incident, and Kate needs to get to the bottom of it fast, or the city and everyone dear to her might pay the ultimate price.

My Review

Anyone who has followed my reviews knows that I am in love with this series. is just the best.  I loved this book when I read it over 4 years ago and I loved it during this re-read.  I probably liked it even more the second time around because I know how some things are going to work out and it is really interesting to see some of the ground work being laid.  I thoroughly enjoyed every moment I spent listening to this book.

This book starts with a lot of excitement.   Kate gets a call that there is a loose vampire heading her way.  She acts quickly and is able to capture the vampire but then everything falls apart fast.  With Andrea's help, Kate works her way through the situation.  Andrea accepts Kate's offer to join her business and they get their first client.  The case turns out to be a very serious one that could put everyone with magic in danger.

All of the characters that I have grown to love over the course of the series make an appearance in this book.  Kate and Curran are now officially a couple and I have to say that I like them both a bit more together.  They still speak their mind with each other but there are plenty of more tender moments that melted my heart.  I was glad to see Andrea play an important role in this story.  Julie has some serious life changing events happen in this installment.  Derek was awesome as always and Ascanio proved how awesome he can really be.

I enjoyed the narration.  After a rough start with the audio for this series, I have come to really appreciate Rene Raudman's performance of these books.  She handles a wide variety of character voices with ease.  The emotions that she is able to convey during the story really take the book to a whole new level.  The pacing was perfectly done.  This was an audiobook that I didn't want to put down and was able to listen to for hours at a time.

I would highly recommend this series to others.  This is the fifth book in the series and I really do feel that this is a series that needs to be read in order.  I loved this book even though it wasn't quite my favorite in the series it was really close.  I can't wait to continue with my re-read!

The Series

Book #8.5 - Magic Stars
Book #9 - Magic Binds 
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. Ha, yes, I remember this one. Her life is never easy and no case is ever simple.

  2. This is one of my all time favorite PNR / UF series, Carole! I love Kate so much, and Curran isn't bad, either *winks*
    Great review!
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews


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