Book: Magic Breaks
Series: Kate Daniels #7
Author: Ilona Andrews
As the mate of the Beast Lord, Curran, former mercenary Kate Daniels has more responsibilities than it seems possible to juggle. Not only is she still struggling to keep her investigative business afloat, she must now deal with the affairs of the pack, including preparing her people for attack from Roland, a cruel ancient being with god-like powers. Since Kate’s connection to Roland has come out into the open, no one is safe—especially those closest to Kate.
As Roland’s long shadow looms ever nearer, Kate is called to attend the Conclave, a gathering of the leaders from the various supernatural factions in Atlanta. When one of the Masters of the Dead is found murdered there, apparently at the hands of a shapeshifter, Kate is given only twenty-four hours to hunt down the killer. And this time, if she fails, she’ll find herself embroiled in a war which could destroy everything she holds dear…-Goodreads
Review: This book was fun, snarky and full of action. My favorite urban fantasy heroine Kate Daniels started this book seeming weaker than usual (compared with the previous books, she was still kick ass, just not as awe inspiring as she usually is) but the book finished strong. Andrew's began the book with a short story written from Kate's attorney's point of view and it was a good way to summarize the previous books in a few pages. I'm pretty sure that we (the reader) are supposed to hate Hugh, but so help me, he is one of my favorite characters. I'm glad he played a big role in this installment. He's such a great adversary for Kate-same training with crazy control over his powers and an elitist attitude. And I love his dialogue. Kate finally meets Roland at the end of the book and I'll admit I was expecting some big showdown but it was rather low key. Most surprising was that I found myself actually liking Roland and I love how the book ended. We also find out Ghastek's back story which I loved.
There were a few things that stopped me from giving this a 5 star review-too much time spent joking about a donkey. I'll avoid spoilers but those who read the book will know what I'm talking about. Kate is also captured at one point and extremely weak but somehow manages to do all sorts of crazy magic (that's she never mastered before) and fight with her awesome warrior skills. I know she is capable of these things, it just didn't seem like it would be physically possible for her. There was also a (kind of) graphic love scene with Kate and Curran that felt out of place with the rest of the book. She also didn't shower or clean herself off in any way beforehand so there was a definite gross factor going on.
Overall, a super fun read. I can't wait for the next one!