Review: Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrew

Posted June 6th, 2017 in book review / 22 comments

Review: Magic Shifts by Ilona AndrewMagic Shifts by Ilona Andrews
Series: Kate Daniels #8
Publisher: Ace on August 4, 2015
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Adult
Pages: 342
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Purchase: Amazon
Add to: Goodreads
Rating: four-half-stars

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…

At A Glance

‘Merica, fuck yeah!

The Good

I seriously get so excited when I read an Andrew’s book. It’s like a kid in a candy store. I think you all know by now my obsession with Ilona and Gordon Andrews, the writing duo. Well, they’ve created another masterpiece. But I have to be honest, I think these two can do no wrong in my eyes. It’s like they completely understand the delicate balance of plot, characters, and action. I think the Kate Daniels series could go on for 20 more books and I would never tire of it. Each book has felt fresh and original, like it could stand on it’s own. Magic Shifts was no different.

So, Curran and Kate have successfully separated from The Pack and they are living on their own, running their own business. It’s a struggle and big adjustment for both of them. The Pack is still very much a part of their lives, but the freedom they now have is obviously exhilarating. Even though you can tell Curran misses some of the Beast Lord perks, he is actually happy. It’s makes my heart sing because he never seemed like a particularly happy person. Kate is a champ, she pivots to any curve she is thrown. They trust each other so much it makes it easier to navigate this new path.

Ghouls, eh? Okay, Ilona and Gordon, I get it. You an write about anything and you rock it like a star. Ghouls are not the most interesting supernaturals in the Kateverse, but this writing duo found a way. They throw in some good surprises and some scary bad guys too. Seriously, it’s like Kate always ends up fighting monsters that seem impossible to kill.

I love how even though Curran and Kate are gone from The Pack, The Pack seems to follow them. It’s almost like they are creating their own little pack. It’s adorable. But you know what, Jim can kiss my ass. He knows what he did, and it was not cool.

Magic Shifts is definitely setting up future books. Kate’s claiming of Atlanta is coming back to bite her in the butt. The ending gives us hope that Kate will find a way to defeat Roland, her psycho father. Roland truly scares me. It’s so funny how it’s the calm, quiet ones that you have to watch out for. I’m excited for the next book because it seems like Kate the Curran will be taking a big step into their future. That’s all I am going to say.

The Bad

Absolutely nothing! Okay, I will admit the mythology can get a bit heavy and a little too complex at times.

The Snuggly

Wow, I was shocked with how hot the Kate and Curran love scene was. I know Ilona gets embarrassed writing sex scenes but she is getting good at it.

Final Thoughts

Read this series. Now. That is all.


“Will you stop eating it,” I growled.
“No,” Andrea said. She was sitting on the ground and chewing on some unidentifiable chunk of bull flesh.
“It’s a piece of meat from something a djinn summoned.”
“You don’t know that.”
“Who else would send a bull made of fire to my house after I helped kill a djinn-possessed giant? Stop eating. It might have been a person,” I told her.
“I don’t care.”
“Andrea! You don’t know what this will do to the baby!”
“It will make it nice and strong.”  

“You see, the mailman saw your husband during one of his walks.”
“He’s my fiancé,” I told her. “We are living in sin.”
Heather blinked, momentarily knocked off her stride, but recovered. “Oh, that’s nice.”
“It’s very nice. I highly recommend it.”  

“Curran, please don’t bite his head off.”
“Because it’s illegal. Technically you assaulted him first when you threw him across the lawn.”
“I didn’t throw him very far.”
I rolled my eyes.
“I could’ve thrown him straight up and let him land on the pavement.”
“That would also be illegal.”
“You keep bringing this ‘illegal’ thing up as if it means something to me.”  

“Besides, if I’d decided to pull Carver’s spine out of his body, I would’ve done it already.”
“Can you actually do that?”
Curran frowned. “I don’t know. I mean theoretically if you broke the spine above the pelvis, you could, but then there are ribs . . . I’ll have to try it sometime.”  


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22 Responses to “Review: Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrew”

  1. kindlemom1

    I really do love this series, so glad you are as well! I haven’t read this one yet, I need to get my butt in gear and do it already!

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      I know, it took me forever to read this one. Don’t know why.

  2. Lekeisha

    Hell yes to everything you said! I freaking love this series. Brace yourself for the next book, that’s all I’m saying. LOL! And that tub scene was so hot, girl. Whew!

  3. Bookworm Brandee

    You are ahead of me in this series but I know exactly what you mean about getting excited over reading a book from this couple. I have some serious love for Kate and Curran since I found them early on in my foray into UF. And you have me smiling over the smexy scene! Great review, Jennifer!

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      I could rad a whole book of Kate and Curran having a normal conversation, that’s how great they are.

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      Seriously, Andrea is freaking hilarious sometimes. Her and her mysterious meat creeps me out!

  4. Lover Of Romance

    oh this couple are just a hoot together and they make such a solid team. I love how Illona Andrews have built up this series and the romance. It just adds more depth to it. And the humor is awesome.

  5. Lily B

    I miss this series so much. I own the next book in the series that I need to read and since I have been slumping recently I turned to reading books I know will pull me out of my funk so… I’ll prob be reading this soon XD

  6. Olivia Roach

    I’m just so happy you’ve been able to find an author who does it right for you every single time. It sounds like a lot of mythology, but that because the book is so brilliant it never becomes something you can’t handle!

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