Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews
Narrator: Renée Raudman
Series: Kate Daniels #4
Published by Tantor Media
Published on: May 25, 2010
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Length: 13hrs & 30mins
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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 arose.
Kate Daniels works for the Order of 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 on the border between the territories of the shapeshifters and the necromancers, Kate quickly discovers that there's a new player in town. One who's been around for thousands of years---and who rode to war at the side of Kate's father.
This foe may be too much even for Kate and Curran, the Beast Lord, to handle. Because this time Kate will be taking on family.
When Magic Strikes ended with concrete plans of a naked dinner date between Kate and Curran in the near future I knew that Magic Bleeds would not disappoint. Not that any of Ilona Andrews’ books ever have but this installment pushed me from enthused reader into full-out fangirl territory and surprisingly enough, it wasn’t even the sex that tipped me over the edge, although it did help.
I don’t know what it is about these books but it’s the little things that slay me. First there’s Grendel the attack poodle, being a dog person I could easily relate to Kate’s puking, smelly mongrel woes and I loved all of the hilarious hijinks’ her furry companion brought to the story. Then, of course, there’s Daniels and Curran’s mating ritual; between her welding his shag pad door shut to him gluing her butt to a chair, I couldn’t get over how childish these two big, bad fighters acted. It was absolutely priceless and reminded me of elementary school when boys pull girls’ hair to let them know that they like them. Ooh, and I mustn’t forget the crocodile shapeshifter. Now I’ve seen everything!
Kate and Curran are better than ever in this installment; it’s confession time for both of them. In order to be able to move forward in their relationship, they need to be honest with each other about their colourful pasts. For the first time in this series, their love interest takes precedence over the action which is the very moment that I’ve been anxiously anticipating since I first started these books. As satisfying as the build-up has been, I’m happy that they’ve finally reached their boiling point. Kate and Curran lay all of their cards out on the table and after some heated negotiations, they finally reach a compromise that they both can live with. Fans of this series will not be disappointed by the turn their relationship takes in this book and it’s in large part one of the main reasons why this installment is my favourite one to date.
I finished this book with more answers than questions which is a first in this series. We learn important information about Curran’s background, pack politics and yes, I finally know who Roland is (although I had my suspicions)! A few interesting tidbits about Kate’s family and abilities are also brought to light, namely that her blood really does have power in it but not in the way that you might expect. I thought that this was an interesting twist and will be curious to see how it plays out in future installments. Be prepared to lose your sh*t because Magic Bleeds will make a Kate Daniels fangirl out of anyone. Guaranteed.