Magic Shifts (Kate Daniels #8) by Ilona Andrews

5 Stars
Reviewed by Naomi

Official Synopsis:

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…

(Mild-spoilers. I’ll assume you’ve read the rest of the series)

Kate Daniels is my favorite series. I’ve made no secret of this. I wait impatiently all year long for the release of the new book and then I consume it within days when I get it in my hands. Then, I repeat the cycle.

Usually, by book 8 of a series, I get fatigue. I begin to wonder when it will end. How much more I’ll be forced to endure. I’ll ask myself if it’s worth it to continue reading when the series hasn’t been good for years. NOT SO KATE DANIELS!

In fact, if the writing team that is Ilona Andrews writes these books forever, they will always have a reader in me. Magic Shifts is as action packed, funny, emotional and entertaining as any other book in the series. More importantly, with the events of Magic Breaks and Curran’s choice to leave the Pack behind, Magic Shifts felt like a whole new world!

Kate owns of the city of Atlanta. It wasn’t her fault! She didn’t mean to. She had no choice. It was either she claimed it or let her father, the all -powerful and godlike, Roland, claim the city. Not much of a choice. The problem with claiming a city is that when a group of Ghouls enter the city with nefarious intentions, it’s up to Kate to take them down. It doesn’t matter that she’s already worked all day, or that she’s tired. Owning, a city is a 24- hour job. And, so, with a fight against a dozen Ghouls, begins the latest journey in the life of Kate Daniels.

I really didn’t know what to expect with this book. The first book where Curran, my favorite guy in literature, is no longer the Beast Lord. Who is Curran if he’s not the Beast Lord? The answer is easy. He is Curran. 

There is no easy or laid back for the former-Beast Lord and his honey bun. They are constantly in battle, constantly under attack and always have someone to save. People will always be drawn to Curran and he will always ooze power. He will always be in charge. I was relieved and excited to read this new chapter of his life. Though, lets face it, the way I want my heroes to be Princes or Dukes, I am a little devastated that he’s not the Beast Lord and it seems that it’s going to stick. This is just a personal thing. The minute the Pack turned against Kate in Magic Bleeds (book 4), they lost Curran. That’s been clear for several installments now, it’s just strange to realize that it’s over. He’s free and has set his eyes on the next group he will alpha stare into submission.

Magic Shifts brings a new sort of magic into Atlanta. Creatures that when killed, they evolve into yet another creature and humans that transform into empty Giants who leave Godzilla level destruction in their wake. As always, I loved investigating the newest bad to come to town and trying to figure out the who, the why’d and the wheres. 

Ilona Andrews is amazing at unique magic. Ghouls aren’t simply undead creatures who eat human body parts. They add their own special flare and do a crazy amount of research into ancient mythology in order to give us something unique. I think what works best for them is that they give us the Eastern spin on magic and not the western been used again and again, magic. It works well and it makes someone like me who is obsessed with mythology and fantasy, feel like I’m experiencing something new!

I love these books. If you read Urban Fantasy and you are not reading these books, you really are doing yourself a disservice by not reading these books!

Recommended for everyone! Especially, fantasy fans. 

For more info: Goodreads page and author website.

What she says: I’m fine
What she means: What time period does A Series of Unfortunate Events actually take place? There is mention of horse-drawn carriages, but also of motor cycles and automobiles, but the way the three Baudelaires dress is indicative of the nineteen hundred-something’s. Characters are dressed in both early twentieth century clothing as well as up to date clothing. There is mention of computers, fax, and phones but some things seem rather dated. What time in history is it??

Dan:You should really have Rupert Grint sitting here cause he spent his money on what we all said we will spend our money on when we were 5 .
Rupert has got a ice cream van and…

Interviewer:Oh my god

Dan:no no no that’s the tip of the ice berg .Like ice cream van,llamas,pigs,peacocks.
I’m not making this up,this is true,but he’s done it properly you know,I just…I don’t know I don’t have room for any llamas.

It is a curious thing, but as one travels the world getting older and older, it appears that happiness is easier to get used to than despair. The second time you have a root beer float, for instance, your happiness at sipping the delicious concoction may not be quite as enormous as when you first had a root beer float, and the twelfth time your happiness may be still less enormous, until root beer floats begin to offer you very little happiness at all, because you have become used to the taste of vanilla ice cream and root beer mixed together. However, the second time you find a thumbtack in your root beer float, your despair is much greater than the first time, when you dismissed the thumbtack as a freak accident rather than part of the scheme of a soda jerk, a phrase which here means “ice cream shop employee who is trying to injure your tongue,” and by the twelfth time you find a thumbtack, your despair is even greater still, until you can hardly utter the phrase “root beer float” without bursting into tears. It is almost as if happiness is an acquired taste, like coconut cordial or ceviche, to which you can eventually become accustomed, but despair is something surprising each time you encounter it.
—  Lemony Snicket