Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews (Kate Daniels #5)

Plagued by a war between magic and technology, Atlanta has never been so deadly. Good thing Kate Daniels is on the job.

Kate Daniels may have quit the Order of Merciful Aid, but she’s still knee-deep in paranormal problems. Or she would be if she could get someone to hire her. Starting her own business has been more challenging than she thought it would be – now that the Order is disparaging her good name, and many potential clients are afraid of getting on the bad side of the Beast Lord, who just happens to be Kate’s mate.

So when Atlanta’s premier Master of the Dead calls to ask for help with a vampire on the loose, Kate leaps at the chance of some paying work. Turns out this is not an isolated incident, and Kate needs to get to the bottom of it – fast, or the city and everyone dear to her might pay the ultimate price.

SPOILERS FOR BOOKS 1-4 AND THIS BOOK

I’ve been enjoying this series for a while now, particularly as it’s grown and improved so much from the first book. The characters are a ton of fun, the world-building is phenomenal, and there is so much snark that actually works that I can’t even deal. Naturally, all of this is present in the fifth book. I did notice the recaps of the descriptions of the world more than I did previously in other books, which was a little annoying, but considering it’s a long time between books that I forget details, it’s not a huge problem.

The best thing about this book is Kate and Curran (I’ve pretty much gotten over Curran practically being a douche because Kate’s practically a sociopath – they balance each other out). Their relationship continues to be eventful with major communication issues, which is good, because there should never be a time when reading their interactions is boring. These two are a classic case of “opposites attract” (though they’re alike in more ways than they’d care to admit). But yeah, whenever they’re in each other’s vicinity and one of them opens their mouths, I’m pretty much guaranteed a ton of awesome snark. “Sugar woogums” definitely has to be the worst pet name I have ever heard of in my life, and by “worst” I mean “best.”

I am unsure how the next couple of books will continue the storyline. Obviously Kate and Roland will eventually confront each other, but that still looks very far in the future. There are now the Lighthouse keepers to contend with, so there’ll probably be some more problems with them. Essentially, now that the plot arc of “will Kate and Curran get together” has finished and with the plot arc of “Kate and Roland duke it out” still far off in the distance, I’m not sure where the series is going to go. However, I’m confident the authors have it figured out, and I’m excited to read an entire book from Andrea’s viewpoint, so I’m not too worried. I did enjoy reading this book on its own, but in the context of the overall series, it didn’t do much besides advance some time along and maybe set things up for later.

I also liked how the stakes in the individual books continue to rise and the potential consequences are getting worse and worse. This book’s particular threat is the most… well, threatening of all of the ones so far. Xenophobia and racial purity are like that. And what happened to Julie was pure torture.

Yeah. That’s all I got. I will write better next time.

Disclosure – library

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