Book #4 of the Kate Daniels Series
by Ilona Andrews
Published: June 2010
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 349 (paperback)
Rating: ★★★★★ ★ (6 stars)
Kate Daniels works for the Order of the Knights of Merciful Aid, officially as a liaison with the mercenary guild. Unofficially, she cleans up the paranormal problems no one else wants to handle—especially if they involve Atlanta’s shapeshifting community.
When she’s called in to investigate a fight at the Steel Horse, a bar midway between the territories of the shapeshifters and the necromancers, Kate quickly discovers there’s a new player in town. One who’s been around for thousands of years—and rode to war at the side of Kate’s father.
This foe may be too much even for Kate and Curran, the Lord of the Beasts, to handle. Because this time, Kate will be taking on family…
Yup, you read right. This is another of The Sixth Star books. Andrews creating two sixth star books is why the Kate Daniels Series is my all-time favorite series. Andrews knows what it takes to keep a reader interested, emotionally invested, and continuously guessing.
Why is this such a great novel? Let’s put it this way: I picked up Magic Bleeds and started going over the book to refresh my memory and figure out what I wanted to write about it. Two and a half hours later, I am just starting my post because the book lured me in once again, and I couldn’t help but reread some of it.
Magic Bleeds has everything a great piece of fiction should have. A great plot, romance, action, and mystery.
The introduction of Kate’s family makes for an awesome storyline. The more I learn of Kate’s origins, the more I respect Kate’s purpose in life and her means to achieving her goal.
Curran and Kate’s relationship takes one giant leap into complicated, frustrating, then hilarious. They are the most adorable (well, my version of adorable may be a little skewed for I have odd tastes) couple in Urban Fantasy. They can yell at each other, beat the crap out of one another, then kiss and make it all better. I love the odd dynamics and complications that accrue because a simple romance just wouldn’t be as much fun to read. The pranks between Curran and Kate are what make this book for me. I couldn’t stop laughing half the time from the peculiar ways these two decide to love (hate) eachother.
Grendel, the dog, is just pure entertainment. Anyone who can say they don’t love the addition of the attack poodle has issues. He’s cute (and in cute, I mean ugly), he’s resourceful (he will eat anything that’s dead, alive, or stagnant), and he barfs all the time (well, that one is pretty self-explanatory).
And I wanted to make sure and give props to Maxine, The Order’s secretary. She is all kinds of cool. She is the kind of person that would ask if you liked cream in your coffee as the world was crumbling around you and would respond to a threat with a bright smile and a knife in your gut. Well, that’s my opinion anyway. She intrigues me, makes me want to know what her story is.
Bad? Are you crazy? This book is perfection.
Yup, we finally got a sex scene. Nothing that will cause your eyes to bulge from the scandal of it all. It was simple but nice. It fit the characters we have come to love.
Beautiful writing. Character development just keeps getting better and better. The plot was super interesting and kept my attention. The action was phenomenal. And the romance is building. There are, and I counted them, thirteen sections in this book that I am obsessed with. I have read and talked about them over and over again. I can’t help but reread the perfection that Andrews has produced because I am in awe of her skill.