Ilona Andrews, Magic Bleeds

Posted June 6, 2011 by Kathy Davie in

Magic Bleeds (Kate Daniels, #4)Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews
Series: Kate Daniels, 4
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fourth in the Kate Daniels urban fantasy series set in a future Atlanta, Georgia.

The Story
Okay, I take it back. It’s not lame. I reread this series again and I suspect I was just frustrated at the ending. It’s both too promising for the future, so tame for Kate and Curran, and absolutely maddening to have to wait for the next book in the series.

From the very first book in the series, Magic Bites, we’ve been slowly teased with the knowledge that Kate is different from everything on Earth. We eventually learned that Roland is her father. We know that Kate dare not leave any molecule of her blood behind for someone to sniff out as it would tell too much about her. In Magic Bleeds we learn a great deal more about her family when we meet her aunt. When Kate relates the story of the first vampire, the story of Roland and his children.

Aunt Erra and her brother Im, also known as Ishum, her true father. Erra was, is, the god of plagues, fire, fear, chaos. A psychotic being worshipping violence and mayhem. Feared by the inhabitants of the first Babylon and now, intent on destroying the Pack the same way she and Roland destroyed before. Using the seven warriors of old: Tremor, Beast, Venom, Darkness, Torch, Gale, and Deluge.

Kate and Curran’s courting intensifies, in the manner of Cat weres with Kate taking the leap, defying the precepts taught her by her stepfather, Voron. And, oh so funny. Saiman’s pride and his unique offer to Kate. Curran’s retaliation for Saiman’s interest. The blowup between Raphael and Andrea over her loyalty to the Knights.

It’s a fascinating ride and I can barely wait for Magic Slays.

The Cover
Well, it’s different. I keep expecting the background to reflect the magic breakdown of Atlanta but this, and probably more accurately, reflects the magic of love. Kate glares out at us holding her sword, Slayer, bristling with light as Curran in his animal shape gazes up although I can’t tell if it’s Kate or the sword which holds his attention.

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