Saturday, July 10, 2010

Review - Magic Bleeds

Title: Magic Bleeds
Author: Ilona Andrews
Publishing Date: May 2010
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Rating: A
Sensuality: Warm
Book Disclosure: I purchased a new copy.

Magic Bleeds is the fourth book in Ilona Andrews' Kate Daniels series. Kate Daniels is a mercenary who works for the Order of Knights of Merciful Aid, an organization that polices the Magic in the city of Atlanta. Kate goes to investigate a murder that takes place in a border bar frequented by pack and necromancers. Kate encounters a dangerous enemy with the power to control disease. She must put her feelings for Curran the pack leader aside as she tries to hunt down this harbinger of death.

I will admit that it took me a little while to commit to this series. The romance between Kate and Curran was developing a little too slowly for my tastes. I will now gladly eat those words because Magic Bleeds delivered and delivered well even above my high expectations. Slow in this case really works. The build-up was well worth the wait and makes it all the more delicious. Kate and Curran have a lot of problems to overcome if they are to have a successful relationship. I loved that Curran really comes to light in this book. His motivations for why he does the things he does are revealed and the reader gets some back story on Curran.

The world that Andrews has created is complex and terrifying. These creatures that go bump in the night are very powerful. Amazingly enough Kate is able to fight against them and triumph. I found Magic Bleeds to be better balanced between the grimness of situation Kate is trying to fix and the sarcastic humor with how she handles it. Magic Bleeds was funny. I wasn't expecting that. It's always good when a heroine doesn't take herself too seriously and can see the humor in the situation. It lightens things up. This was definitely the best book in the series thus far and one for the keeper shelf.

Here is what others had to say:
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Impressions of a Reader
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Kris said...

I finally got to reading this series this week. i am waiting for Magic Bleeds to get here from the library and cannot wait to read it, glad you liked it. Very glad that we get to see more interaction between Kate and Curran (love him).

Hilcia said...

I loved this book, Jill. The Andrews team definitely raised the bar with this book. I loved everything about it. :)

Leslie said...

Another A grade. That's all I've seen for this book. I really need to get to it soon. Like now! Thanks for the review. :)

nath said...

This was such a great installment! I'm so glad you enjoyed it Jill :D I really like that everything is going forward - the story arc, but also the relationship. Seriously, talk about a kick-ass couple LOL.

Tricia said...

This was my favorite of the series. It was dark but there was also so many lol moments and I love the direction their taking with Kate and Curran's relationship.

Jill D. said...

Kris - you are going to love it. It totally lives up to expectation!

Hilcia - Oh yeah, I loved it too. I have plans to start the other series Andrews writes

Leslie - You have some good reading ahead of you. Savor it!

Nath - You hit it on the head - they are a kick-ass couple. I love how they have to work through their differences and understand each other. Such good stuff!

Tricia - Ditto! Definitely my favorite book of the series!