Author: Ilona Andrews
Series: Kate Daniels #4
Published by: Ace
Publication Date: May 25, 2010
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.
Hot damn! Magic Bleeds is so freaking good! Since I started this series kind of late in the game, I have several books to read before I’m caught up. Usually that would feel daunting, but I’m happy that I have so many to read. I’ve tried to limit myself to only one book per month. That way, I still get my Kate Daniels fix, while still staying on track to be ready for the release of the eighth book. To tell you the truth, I feel a little bit of dread every time I finish an installment because I know once I’m caught up I’ll have to start waiting much, much longer to read the next book. I’m not looking forward to that.
Anyway, I was warned that this series just gets better and better. I wholeheartedly agree. I go into each book thinking I can’t love Kate any more than I already do, but then I’m proven wrong.
There are badass characters, and then there is Kate Daniels. She is freaking fierce! Fierce with a heart of gold. She’s not just a fierce fighter; she’s fiercely protective over those she loves. View Spoiler »Holy shit, when she kicked in the door to that council meeting and challenged them, refusing to leave Curran … oh man. « Hide Spoiler.
The fight scenes were probably my favorite of the series so far, especially when it came to Erra. These two women are scary as hell, but damn, were they ever entertaining. View Spoiler »I love how Kate and Erra were alike in a lot of ways, but so different. The whole family connection was freaking great! « Hide Spoiler I love how much shit they talked to each other. Then again, Kate always has something smartass to say.
The romance in books with shifters are usually something I only tolerate, because the whole alpha-mate thing tends to annoy me. I hate when the guy is all overbearing and always telling the woman to stay put. Barf. Yes, Curran is a stubborn, protective, jealous guy who needs to have control, but it totally works for me in this case. Why? Because Kate is 100% alpha too, and Curran knows it. All the risks she takes drives him crazy and he tries to keep her safe, but he also backs her up and respects who she is and what she does. Plus, she has no problem standing up to him. I just love a good power struggle laden with sexual tension. And their banter is beyond entertaining.
Of course, the secondary characters continue to be just as fantastic as ever. Even the dog! I am so invested in all of them. I’m glad I read Magic Mourns before reading this book so I knew what happened between Andrea and Raphael. By the way, the werehyenas are definitely my favorite. That really shouldn’t come as a surprise – haha.
The progression of the overall story arc is getting really good. It’s exciting, but scary to know what Kate will be going up against in the future. Very intense.
So hooray for another fabulous installment of the Kate Daniels series!
Click covers for my reviews of the first three books in the series.