Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews

Magic Bleeds is the latest installment in the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews. It comes after Magic Bites, Magic Burns and Magic Strikes. This came out just this May and I’m so glad I got to read all of the four books together.

Here’s the summary from Goodreads:

Atlanta would be a nice place to live, if it weren’t for the magic. When the magic is up, rogue mages cast their spells and monsters appear, while guns refuse to fire and cars fail to start. But then technology returns, and the magic recedes as unpredictably as it rose.

Kate Daniels works for the Order of the Knights of Merciful Aid, officially as a liaison with the mercenary guild. Unofficially, she cleans up the paranormal problems no one else wants to handle — especially if they involve Atlanta’s shapeshifting community.

When she’s called in to investigate a fight at the Steel Horse, a bar midway between the territories of the shapeshifters and the necromancers, Kate quickly discovers there’s a new player in town. One who’s been around for thousands of years — and rode to war at the side of Kate’s father.

This foe may be too much even for Kate and Curran, the Lord of the Beasts, to handle. Because this time, Kate will be taking on family…

Kate’s adventures continue in this latest installment in the wonderful series created by husband and wife tandem Ilona Andrews. I already mentioned that Magic Strikes clinched the deal to make this series my favorite in the urban fantasy genre. Because of this, I had high expectations when I started to read Magic Bleeds. No worries though because it went beyond what I expected. It’s pretty hard to go into details about the book without giving away spoilers. I can just say that Kate was her usual snarky and kick*ss self. She had to make some pretty though choices in this one. With her background (and we learn so much more about her family history), she comes with a lot of baggage and she can’t make decisions based on just what she wants. I love where the authors decided to take the story, it really was time for Kate to make these big decisions. I’m also glad that there’s a LOT of Curran in this one. ♥

Instead of giving away the story, I’d rather talk about how wonderful this book was. I had to catch up on lost sleep because of Magic Strikes so I decided to bring Magic Bleeds along on our company outing to the beach. I then proceeded to read during every available moment: under the sun while everyone else was swimming and on a shaded balcony overlooking the beach after lunch while everyone else was taking a nap. I wanted to read as much of the book as fast as I can yet at the same time, I wanted to savor every scene. As with the rest of the Kate Daniels books, there were several scenes in this book that made me smile and chuckle quietly to myself. There were scenes that me sigh and think “Aww how sweet!” and there were scenes that made me fear for Kate and her friends’ safety. Magic Bleeds had everything – jampacked action, solid worldbuilding supported by the setting’s history, lots of humor and a love-hate relationship between two fantastic individuals. Isn’t this enough to convince you to read this series? 🙂

In the authors’ website, there are snippets from Kate 5 that can be found here. I can’t wait for this book to come out! I’m not sure when it’ll happen though since there still isn’t a title for it. There are also some snippets from Curran’s point of view here. These snippets are great because the books are told from Kate’s point of view so it’s interesting to see inside Curran’s head.

I still can’t stop thinking about this book. In the meantime, I wonder where I can grab a copy of On the Edge?

17 thoughts on “Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews

  1. Excellent review! The author warned that there will be some sex scenes in this installment–maybe she thought that if Curran finally does catch Kate we would lose interest…. Er, No!

    I think there is still a copy of On the Edge at Fully Booked – Greenbelt. But better call first.

    • I love how they developed Kate and Curran’s relationship. There was tension in the first two books that gradually became attraction and the start of an unbreakable connection between two individuals. Still can’t stop thinking about this series!

      Thanks for the tip. 🙂 I already had the book reserved in Fully Booked Trinoma and they said they’ll order a copy from another branch.

  2. Some times you can figure out when the next installment of a series will come out by typing in the series name and the installment number in the goodreads search box. I do it all the time with the series I read. Give it a shot and see what happens.

    • I tried that but there’s no information for the next book yet. It’s okay though, I’m following the authors’ blog so if there are any announcements, I’ll be able to see them. 🙂

  3. Oh man. Great review, Chachic. And I love that picture. Makes me want to go grab my flip flops and do a little re-reading right now!

    Everything came together beautifully in this one and I love how Kate & Curran handle each other. Right up to the awesome ending.

    • The picture is a little blurry because I forgot to bring my camera so I just took a picture using my phone. I wanted to have proof that I brought my copy with me!

      I know, I love how the pieces fell into place in this one. Such a beautiful book. Kate and Curran are both awesome and they deserve each other. Yes, the ending is great. 🙂 Have you seen the snippets by the way? I love the scenes from Curran’s POV.

  4. I felt the same way. Wanting to tear through it so I could find out what was going to happen next and wanting to slow, slow down to savor every single scene. Such fantastic writing and I too am now anxiously waiting for Kate 5. *sigh*

    • I’ve already read a couple of books after this one and I still can’t stop thinking about it! That goes to show how awesome this book is. *sigh* I guess we just have to wait patiently for Kate 5. We should be used to waiting for books that we want, right? But I could never get used to it.

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