Saturday, September 10, 2011

On Lions: A Review of Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews

Ilona Andrew's Kate Daniels series has grown on me like a fungus. You can find my reviews of the first three books HERE and HERE. So naturally I was looking forward to reading the forth installment, Magic Bleeds. Happily, it did not let me down. I'm going to try to keep the spoilers to a minimum in this review.

In this book Kate is knee deep in trouble once again, as an unknown power is attempting to unleash a plague of disease on Atlanta. The Pack appear to be prime targets for the Steel Mary (as the villain is labeled). Kate has strong loyalties to The Pack--many members are close friends. More importantly Kate carries a torch for the Alpha, Curran.

Once again Andrews delivers a captivating and well written urban fantasy story. The villain is original and genuinely scary. There is a ton of action and violence. Plus we learn just a little more about the rules of magic, particularly Kate's personal powers. Ilona Andrew's shines when it comes to clever world building. As usual Kate is a bold, kickass heroine with a good heart, who grows with each book.

Now, as to the relationship between Kate and Curran--I was aware that this was the book when it was all supposed to be addressed. And I was really excited to see that happen. I don't want to get too specific and spoil anything, but...this book uses the Big Misunderstanding trope. person doesn't show up for a date, the other assumes it's because they don't care, and instead of actually talking about it (which would have fixed things in like 10 seconds) they decide to ignore one another and brood in silence. Now, this no talking, brooding thing does fit Kate and Curran's personalities. But I still felt like it was a pretty cheap plot device. Other than that though, I love these two as a couple and I was excited to see hints at their future together. And according to this book, lions can mate up to 30 times a day, so I think they'll be pretty happy.

*Side Note: Princess Bride references in this book earned the authors major brownie points.

I can't say enough good things about this series so far. I highly recommend it to any urban fantasy fan. 4.5 stars.


  1. I *love* this series. With sparkly hearts. (I don't do sparkly hearts, as a rule.)

    I'm generally a hater of the Big Misunderstanding, but like you mentioned, in this case it fit the characters...and the fact that it was eventually resolved (dramatically) made it acceptable for me, where it likely wouldn't have been in another story.

    Have fun with the rest of the series! :)

  2. Ilona Andrews writing has become an addiction for me. I'm doing a buddy read of On the Edge at the moment, supposed to be restricting myself to an hour a day, instead I find myself saying I'll just listen to 10 minutes more...

    Glad to see KD's keeps on going strong.

    Tania @ Wandering Hues


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