I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews
Series: Kate Daniels #8
Narrator: Renée Raudman
Published by Brilliance Audio on 08-04-15
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Length: 14 hrs and 10 mins
Audio | Goodreads
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…
If you’re not up to date on the Kate Daniels series there might be spoilers ahead for the series but none for Magic Shifts.
You can take Beast Lord out of the Pack but you can’t keep the Pack away from the Beast Lord or the Consort. I love how Kate and Curran can’t get away from the Pack even by moving to the suburbs. Pack members keep popping up when Kate least expects them and how she reacts is priceless.
For most of the series, Kate has been trying to learn the rules of being part of the Pack and living with them. Now that she and Curran are no longer living in the Keep, it’s Curran’s turn to learn what it means to live among humans. Not that Kate is any better at living among humans.
“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 and Kate are not only learning what it means to be nice neighbors in their new neighborhood but how to co-parent as well.
“I just took the kids to fight some ghouls,” Curran said.
Oh, so it was fine, then . . . Wait. “You did what?”
He kicked a lizard. It flew into the others like a cannonball. “I called Jim before we left the house to talk about ghouls, and he said they found some in the MARTA tunnels. So I grabbed the kids and did a little hunting.”
I would kill him. “Just so I get it right, Jim calls you and says, ‘Hey, we found a horde of ghouls in the MARTA tunnels,’ and your first thought was, ‘Great, I’ll take the kids’?”
“They had fun.” A careful note crept into his voice. Curran saw the shark fin in the water but wasn’t sure where the bite would be coming from.
“You even took the dog.”
Grendel chose that moment to try to shove past me. I shoved him back into the Guild and he began running back and forth behind us, growling.
“He had fun, too. Look at him. He’s still excited.”
Magic Shifts is classic Kate Daniels, it has everything that fans of the series has come to expect. Action, wicked humor and outstanding world building that keeps evolving. This time around we get ghouls and jinns. Which if I’m remember correctly are new supernaturals in Kate’s world and I really enjoyed the mythology around them and how that played into the plot of Magic Shifts. And I’m super excited to see what happens with the future of the Guild.
I’ve always listened to the Kate Daniels series. I love Renee Raudman’s performance. But I was tempted to read Magic Shifts when a print copy landed at my door. But once I knew I was getting an audio copy for review I slowed my reading down so that I could at least listen to half of the book. If didn’t ever have access to the audios again I could read the books and be happy but with Renee’s narration she makes the characters more three-dimensional for me and she deliveries Ilona Andrews’ snark to perfection that I LOL when I’m listening.
I was listening while a short road trip to the Memphis Zoo with my son and husband. My son kept asking why I was laughing. So I took a chance with the language and plugged my phone up to the car radio and let him listen for a bit. He was laughing with me too and he’s only 9 years old. He got the humor for the most part. I had to explain somethings to him. When he gets older I’ll let him listen to the first book in the series. I think that Ilona Andrews and Renee Raudman has a future fan.
“Only people who know you or have met you.”
“Fuck you,” Dali said. “Fuck your shit. I quit.”