Author: Ilona Andrews
Series: Kate Daniels #8
Published by: Ace
Publication Date: August 4, 2015
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, Curran misses the constant challenges of leading the shapeshifters.
So when the Pack offers him its stake in the Mercenary Guild, Curran seizes the opportunity—too bad the Guild wants nothing to do with him and Kate. Luckily, as a veteran merc, Kate can take over any of the Guild’s unfinished jobs in order to bring in money and build their reputation. But what Kate and Curran don’t realize is that the odd jobs they’ve been working are all connected.
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…
I can always count on Kate for a good time! I mean, at this point I’m like a broken record because I’m continuously expressing my love for each book in the series. I haven’t read an Andrews book that I haven’t loved. Perhaps one day they’ll surprise me and write something crappy, but I highly doubt it.
Okay, so not going to lie, I was a little worried about whether this book would have the same feel as the previous ones. Kate and Curran broke away from the pack in the last book and it felt like the end of a chapter for the series. The pack is a huge reason I love this series, so what if they aren’t as involved anymore? Ha! I worried for nothing. Magic Shifts is more of a transition book in the series, sort of like we’re starting the second act of the play.
Thankfully it wasn’t a bunch of filler. The plot was fresh, yet retained that same great Kate Daniels feel while still moving everything forward. I love that there are new cases and threats that they take on, but the Andrews always masterfully weave it into the ‘bigger story’ somehow.
I swear, Kate and Curran are one of my most favorite couples! They’ve always been a great team, but I love how they’re working together as partners now, building a business. These two always make me laugh, but what puts them above so many other fictional couples is their mutual respect. Yes, Curran is protective and alpha, but so is Kate. They have trust in each other and know that they’re both going to do what needs to be done. Curran sums it up perfectly:
“How do you feel about her doing this?” That had to be Mahon. That low-pitched growl could only come from him.
“We let each other be who we are,” Curran said. “I don’t have to like all of the things she has to do. I love her.”
I really was relieved that so much of the pack was present. I love all the humor that comes with them, but also the immense loyalty and respect. And woo boy, Julie is going to be a force to be reckoned with in the future. It’s interesting the difference in the way Kate is teaching her, and the way Kate was raised.
Anyway, Magic Shift certainly did its job. It has humor, feels, excitement, great characters … on and on. I can’t wait for the next installment!