Audio Review | Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews

Posted September 7, 2015 by Jennifer in Book Review | | 7 Comments

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.

Audio Review | Magic Shifts by Ilona AndrewsMagic Shifts by Ilona Andrews
Series: Kate Daniels #8
Narrator: Renée Raudman
Published by Brilliance Audio on 08-04-15
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Format: Audiobook
Length: 14 hrs and 10 mins
Source: Publisher
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four-half-stars
two-flames

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…

icon AUDIOBOOK icon rocked my world icon squee

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.

“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 and Kate are not only learning what it means to be nice neighbors in their new neighborhood but how to co-parent as well.

“Where were you? What happened?” I carved a chunk out of another lizard’s face.
“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 don’t miss the Pack. I do miss making it work,” Curran said.

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.

 

Favorite Quotes:

“Does everybody think I am an asshole?” Curran asked.
“Only people who know you or have met you.”

“Consort,” I said. “You honor us.”
“Fuck you,” Dali said. “Fuck your shit. I quit.”

 

 

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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After 17 years I've finally finished my BA in English (no I do not want to be a teacher). Before majoring in English I would not have touched anything labeled "classic", but I have enjoyed a few along the way in my college career.

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