GIVEAWAY! Magic Shifts (Kate Daniels #8) by Ilona Andrews

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…

Review

One of the things I love most about this series are the countless one liners littered throughout any given book. Whenever I’m done I always find myself going back to collect my favorites so that I can include them in my review.  This book is certainly no exception.   In fact, I think it was better than the last book in that department.  Here are my faves:

“This would make sense,” Curran said, “if I had no eyes to read it or no brain to understand it.  Did Raphael write this?”

“Curran, please don’t bite his head off.”
“Why?”
“Because it’s illegal. Technically you assaulted him first when you threw him across the lawn.”
“I didn’t throw him very far.” I rolled my eyes.
“I could’ve thrown him straight up and let him land on the pavement.”
“That would also be illegal.”

“Does everybody think I am an asshole?” Curran asked. “Only people who know you or have met you.”
He looked at me for a long second.
“You were a zealous advocate of the Pack’s causes,” I said. “The Pack’s interests are often at odds with human interests. I still love you. Derek still thinks you’re the stuff.”

“Your horse is a donkey, your poodle is a giant wolf breed, and your boyfriend is whatever the hell he is. You have problems.”

Curran and horses didn’t get along. He thought they were unpredictable and untrustworthy, and they thought he was a werelion.

Quite a few of those are courtesy of Curran and it didn’t really occur to me until I started going over them.  There is definitely no shortage of screen time with everybody’s favorite beast lord and he’s one of the strongest characters of the book (not just physically of course). He’s well-written, his relationship with Kate is well-written.  I don’t see any fan of this pair finishing this book unsatisfied with their dynamic.  One aspect I did enjoy was that they got to be out for themselves this time.  Normally it’s all about the pack.  And even in this book they don’t completely cut ties. You don’t go from being the alpha of alphas to nothing overnight.  They are feeling the effects of this transition and some things will never change.  But I did like at least getting a taste of what it’s like for them to do their own thing for a little while.

The action overall was good though I must admit I am becoming less interested in the monsters.  It’s starting to feel like more of the same there, but it’s still an entertaining ride.  For me, this time around I was hoping we’d see more development with the Roland situation, but overall there wasn’t very much.  At this point I think that will really move the plot further along as we reach the end.  I believe the series it supposed to wrap up in 10 books so we have 2 more to go. If it’s heavy on the Roland subject to finish things out, I will definitely be a happy camper.

Fans of the series can’t miss this one!

*Review Copy Provided by the Publisher

Giveaway

So I’ve got another one! Do you want a copy of my book? Well, you might be in luck!  One lucky winner of my blog will receive a copy of the novel! Just tell me your favorite thing about the Kate Daniels Series or if you’re new to it what you’re looking forward to.

How to Enter (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY): My giveaways are only open to followers of Your Urban Fantasy who are 18 years of age or older. In order to enter YOU MUST COMMENT ON THIS ANNOUNCEMENT POST AND INDICATE YOU HAVE DONE SO ON THE RAFFLECOPTER WIDGET! If you’re a new member, sign up on the right panel to follow my blog via email. (Make sure to check your email to confirm your subscription. You should receive a notification immediately, so check your spam folder if you don’t see it right away). Current followers can just say so in their post. The next four opportunities are for bonus entries. Overall, there are up to 5 chances to enter:

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The giveaway will run from 8/9/15 – 8/23/15. Good luck!
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This article has 35 Comments

  1. I really love this series. I have all of Ilona’s audiobooks but I’ll admit I haven’t had the time to listen to her last three Kate Daniels books. I’m overwhelmed with listening to auauthors/narrator’s audios that I haven’t set back and listened to one that I really want to hear.
    Anyway, I haven’t been around in such a long time Erika but I’ve seen some of the books you’ve given away but I haven’t had time to enter one of your giveaways in a long time, years I think, lol.
    Let me get to the question before I write a story here. I actually like most all of the characters that are in the pack but Curran is my favorite, Lord of the Beasts. When I hear him speak it’s like I’m demanded to listen to him. Great series and for those of you who’ve never read/listened to this series you really should, it’s a must. But please make sure you start with the first book and if you go to the library and you need a Kate Daniels fix but the second book isn’t there please wait for it. You could always check for some short stories, novellas and yes you might get lucky and find the ones that Ilona’s husband has written. Good luck to everyone and thank you Erika for the giveaway. I’m really anxious to see if you’re going to get Kim Harrison’s me book and have a giveaway. Hopefully I haven’t missed it because I definitely would LOVE to WIN that book.
    Angela

  2. So much to enjoy with this series
    Humor to lighten the heavy situations they find themselves in, loyalty of friends, and amusing things like the dog that adopted Kate.
    Can’t wait to see how this one plays out!

  3. I love seeing Kate grow as a character and look forward to seeing her and Curran grow together. So many female lead characters are “independent” but they end up needing a man and change once they have that man. I love that Kate has struggled with her relationship with Curran and has tried to change for the better. I love that Curran and Kate support each other but they are also three dimensional and make mistakes. This is one of my favorite series for sure.

  4. I love the dialogue with all the characters. They always make me laugh! Current follower.

  5. I have enjoyed this series from the beginning, I can’t really say I have a favorite part, I like it all. 🙂

  6. My favorite part of the Kate Daniels series is honestly the series as a whole. What I mean by that is the slow burn of the story, both romance and plot/arc wise. I love how the Ilona Andrew duo has set up a world where things have an actual impact on the characters and there is a time and place for everything to fall in, and sometimes that means it doesn’t fall in at all…lol. I hope I’m making sense in describing this 😀 The first book hooked me, and not just the mystery in the book but all the clues that were dropped in about Kate and her background, but without giving too much away. It was and is realistic in a fantastical way and I’ve always been so happy that I stumbled upon that book and found a new favorite series and author!

    (Oh, and I am a follower of the blog, and have been for quite sometime)

  7. Of course I also love Kate & Curran – together…but her donkey ride gets me every time! Over on GR we were discussing series that last this long and how interest usually wanes about the 7th book; I find KD even MORE interesting at this point and am enjoying the books more than ever. Good writing, engaging characters and a well-thought out world will always keep me hooked!

  8. I love Kate and Curran’s relationship. And im loving her new relationship with Nimrod I hope it develops more.

  9. My favorite urban fantasy series! I love the tension and drawn out anticipation of Kate & Curran’s relationship over the series. Gets better with each book!

  10. Currently reading Magic Breaks and I’m so excited to read more about Kate and Curran’s relationship as well as see how Kate’s magic develops. Thank you for the giveaway!

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