So Much Build Up… Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews

Posted September 12, 2014 by Jennifer in Book Review | | 12 Comments

So Much Build Up… Magic Breaks by Ilona AndrewsMagic Breaks by Ilona Andrews
Series: Kate Daniels #7
Narrator: Renée Raudman
Published by Recorded Books on 07-29-14
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Format: Audiobook
Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
Source: Purchased
Audio | Goodreads

No matter how much the paranormal politics of Atlanta change, one thing always remains the same: if there’s trouble, Kate Daniels will be in the middle of it…

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…

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 3.5 stars? Yeah.

I went into MAGIC BREAKS thinking it was going to be an adrenaline filled, bloody fast pace ride. But…I’ve never listened to a book in the Kate Daniels series where I wanted to speed it up because I thought a scene or two was really slow.

The part where Kate was misplaced for a time. I thought it went on too long. I was bored.

All that build up View Spoiler »

But other than that really slow moment in time and what I talked about in the above spoiler the book was great. But because of those to issues I had to give it a 3.5 rating instead of a 4.

My favorite parts of the book was when View Spoiler »

Since MAGIC BREAKS reads as the last in the series, which it’s not (there is a warning about this in the beginning) it’s only the end of this story arc. I can’t wait to see what the new story arc will be about. Especially since Kate and Curran’s life has change so much at the end. It will be interesting to see what MAGIC SHIFTS brings us.

But until then I have other Ilona Andrews books (The Edge series, BURN FOR ME, SWEEP IN PEACE) to keep me busy until then.


About Renée Raudman

Renée Raudman is a multi-award-winning audiobook narrator. A multiple Audie Award nominee, she has earned a number of AudioFile Earphones Awards, including for The Last Secret by Mary McGarry Morris and Wesley the Owl by Stacey O’Brien, as well as a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award for Joe Schreiber’s Chasing the Dead. She has also performed on film, TV, radio, and stage, including the recurring roles of Jordon on ABC’s One Life To Live, Phyllis on NBC’s Passions, and guest-starring roles on prime-time TV. She has been heard in cartoons (The Simpsons, Billy & Mandy), videogames, and on the E! channel. Her narration of Homer’s Odyssey by Gwen Cooper was selected by Library Journal as one of the best audiobooks of 2009, and her reading of Marthe Jocelyn’s Would You was selected by the ALA as one of the best young adult audiobooks of 2009.

About Ilona Andrews

“Ilona Andrews” is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. Ilona is a native-born Russian and Gordon is a former communications sergeant in the U.S. Army. Contrary to popular belief, Gordon was never an intelligence officer with a license to kill, and Ilona was never the mysterious Russian spy who seduced him. They met in college, in English Composition 101, where Ilona got a better grade. (Gordon is still sore about that.)

Gordon and Ilona currently reside in Texas with their two children and many dogs and cats.

They have co-authored two NYT and USAT bestselling series, the urban fantasy of Kate Daniels and romantic urban fantasy of The Edge and working on the next volumes for both.

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12 responses to “So Much Build Up… Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews

  1. I really enjoyed this one but I kind of felt like there was too much action. Like when the heck does Kate sleep? lol It all kind of blurred together at times too. Oh yeah – another fight and it doesn’t really lead to much with Roland as you said. But I loved the end SO damn much that it totally clouded any downside for me.

  2. I actually thought this was one of the best installments 🙂 I really liked the scene that you thought was slow-to me it was really intense, not knowing what was actually going on and what was going to happen next. But I read the book and I went through that part pretty quickly (I read the whole book in under two hours).

  3. I REALLY liked how things went down with Roland. A lot. But I can understand what you mean. But this series isn’t over… and Roland is not going away.

    I did feel that there were a couple of periods in the book that went on too long. For me… I felt once they were inside the prison trying to escape was long. I LOVED learning more about Ghastek, but it could have been done in less space.

    Loved this one – not my favorite of the series, but still pretty darn good!

  4. Yes, the scene where Kate and Ghastek were trapped was drawn out, but to me it really helped to set the mood. They spent, what almost a week, doing nothing but hanging by their belts dangling in water with absolutely nothing to do and nowhere to go. The way it was written, I felt like I was there, with them. Plus the big build up between Kate and Roland, a bit anti-climactic, sure. But a lot of that could be construed as her misconceptions about him… Or at least that’s what Roland wants her to believe. We all knew she wasn’t ready to go head to head with him, now she has more of an opportunity to learn about him while she continues to grow in her powers. I know I am super excited about the next book.

    • Misconceptions is probably right. Kate realized she wasn’t going to kill (or try to) him just because some old guy told her to.

  5. Ugh. 3.5 stars?! I get what you’re saying about Kate vs Roland. I think Andrews wanted to surprise us and do something different then we were expecting or they didn’t plan the whole Roland vs Kate thing for this book. I would’ve thought it weird death match boom! boom! I killed you in this book anyway b/c it’s not the last book. I think they knew it wasn’t before the wrote this book anyways.

    And if Roland was offed in this book I would’ve felt it was too rushed b/c we got nothing of Roland in any of the previous books. There’s still three more books and I rather she expand on the Hugh and Roland characters more before we do this showdown between him. I mean I want to know more about Kate’s family and the only one who can really give that to Kate is Roland. And I”m glad Ilona ANdrews are expanding on that.

    And jeez. I too need to read those other Ilona ANdrews books. I”m more excited about that Burn for me book more than anything. Hurry up, October!

  6. I have to say that I am rather shocked that you gave this one only 3.5 stars; I didn’t think there was any shortage of action, and the confrontation between Roland & Kate was perfect IMO. I was SUPER happy about the Aunt Bea thing too. YEAH!!

    • I was waffling between 3 stars and 4 stars so I went with the 3.5. I still liked the book, I was just a little underwhelmed by it. Each series has a book like that and for me this was that book for this series.