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Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews

 magicbreakssmallMy Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

I’ve said it before, and I’ll no doubt say it again, the husband and wife writing team that goes by the name of Ilona Andrews simply can’t write a bad book. Only varying degrees of good. And this one has managed to vary its way up even higher than the last installment of the series. More action, more drama, more revenge (and so richly deserved), more sturm und drang between Kate, who is finally coming into some major, kick-butt powers, and His Furriness, Curran, the Beast Lord.

The title alone hinted there were about to be some important changes in the story line, and of course, the preceding book set us up for just that. I don’t do reviews that recap plots, so I won’t tell you what things are about to happen, but I will tell you that the dastardly Hugh D’Ambray shows himself once again, in full-on Evil Villain Mode, and the biggest, baddest of them all follows suit. Oh, my. The things that Roland can command are…well, just as awful as you might imagine. Kate and Curran have their work cut out for them, and the choices they make by the end of the book are surprising, but perfect for this time and place in their story.

Personally, I hope to see some of these changes be temporary, but whether they are or not, the story is fantastic, and the two of them, as always, so much fun. They really are doing just what they have to do, and taking names while they’re at it. (And don’t let anyone tell you that the book smacks of the end of the series. In my opinion, it blatantly set us up for the next installment, and left no doubt in my mind that their Happily Ever After hadn’t arrived yet.)

And one more thing. This book includes a Character List in the beginning, to describe each of the man characters in the books to date. I really loved having that reference. It also had a recap of the story line, cleverly told in a way that worked as part of the book. Both of these things were fun, and meant I didn’t have to skim through the last book to refresh my memory of where each character fit into the plot. Genius! I wish this type of thing were in the front of every long-running series out there, because my head is overcrowded, for sure.

In summation, when I read the first book, Magic Bites, I thought, okay, pretty good. Definitely has possibilities. Now, after reading Book 7, I thought, holy moly! It doesn’t get much better than this. My recommendation? If you are already a fan, but haven’t read this one yet, what are you waiting for? You should fix that now! And if you haven’t yet been introduced to the world of Kate Daniels, read that first book, enjoy it for what it is, and know that it gets better and better in each succeeding one.

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7 thoughts on “Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews

  1. I’m really looking forward to this book, I’ve loved the series from the very first book – I love the characters, the location, everything.

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    • Well then, I expect you will be madly in love with this book. It really has upped the game, which I thought the last one had done. But THIS. Well, it’s just terrific. Let me know what you think when you read it. (Which really should be SOON. 😀 )

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  2. I’ve got it on order from the library – cannot wait to read it…..

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    • Can’t wait to hear what you think about it. Especially the ending. (Do NOT peek!!) 😀

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      • I am a terribly peaker….always read the last page of a book, but for this one, I’ll make an exception!

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        • Well, this time, you definitely don’t want to do that. Actually, I can’t imagine doing that, anyway. If I knew how the book was going to turn out, I wouldn’t bother to read it, in most cases. It would spoil it for me. I don’t even read reviews until after I’ve read the book, to see if I agree with them. But that’s just me, of course. However, this one would have been totally ruined for me, had I known what was coming, so I hope you’ll be strong.

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  3. Okay I did read the last page before starting and went – what?? Who is this??? (It’s a long story, but I always do this, it’s a habit that goes back to my teens….and I can’t break it….because sometimes like this example you can’t work out who or what is happening…..and so the book then is a mystery, for which you’ve only had one clue given….)

    Loved the book though – it had everything I love in the way of the Kate Daniels saga and more. So much so I’ve gone and gotten out Gunmetal magic to help fill in the bits I think I missed….

    Can you suggest any more cracker urban fantasies to start reading?

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