Joint Review with @soulswallo: Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews

Posted 14 May, 2012 by Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal / 15 Comments

Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews
(Kate Daniels, #4)

Genre: Urban Fantasy
Format: paperback
Read: 4/13/2012 — 4/14/2012
In Six Words: This series continues to get better.


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Book Order

1. Magic Bites
2. Magic Burns
3. Magic Strikes
4. Magic Bleeds
5. Magic Slays
6. Untitled (Feb. 2013)
7. Untitled (2013)

Why We Started (and Continue) Reading This Series

Kelly and I started this series together because neither one of us had read it, and yet it was recommended to us.  So we started the series.  Then we continued.  And there was much swooning and puddling and more swooning.  And then we started talking about magical lion babies and lion loins and we were GONE.  Head over heels for this series.  And Curran.  But also the series.  Magic Slays will happen soon!


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…
-from Goodreads

Thoughts on Book 4

Kelly: The beginning of this book was so hard to read. OMG! Kate and her broken heart. It hurt. She hurt. I wanted to hurt Curran. It was tough transitioning from the end of book 3 where things felt like they were looking up between Curran and Kate to this heartache. *cries a little inside* That said, I was instantly, irrevocably, undeniably hooked and I HAD TO KNOW what was going on because WOE! KATE DIDN’T DESERVE THIS!

Amanda: Yes.  And, like I texted you at the beginning of the book, there were two things I wanted to see happen.  1. An explanation of Curran’s douche baggery (I had really wanted to use douche canoe here but douche canoery didn’t have quite the same ring to it).  And 2. more sexy times.  Until I got both of those, I wouldn’t be happy.  And let’s just say that I got happy.  *holds up seven fingers*

Kelly: *laughs long and hard* Yes! YES! That!

Amanda: Oh!  And let’s not forget about all the pranks that happen.  The tension between Kate and Curran is irresistible.  And hilarious.  But if I had to sum up this book in a few words, I’d have to say: a lot of shit goes down.  Kate can’t really catch a break.  Her secrets are getting out.  Everyone wants a piece of her.

Kelly: Her secrets are flying around like monkeys with wings, if you ask me. That said, I loved how the bad guys in this book helped reveal more about Kate’s heritage. Her family tree is one gnarly mess, isn’t it?

Amanda: Yes.  And you thought YOUR family was bad.  I think I’d take a pig slaughter conversation over dinner than any time spent with Kate’s family.   Seriously though, I was utterly and completely captivated by this book.  This series has a way of pulling me under its spell and only releasing me once it is finally over.  Returning to earth is like coming up for air after holding your breath underwater for as long as possible.  It makes you want to pick up the next book in the series the minute you catch your breath after finishing the previous one.

Kelly: Uggh. In case you’re wondering, I know far more about pig slaughtering than any person who isn’t a butcher should know. *shudders* I am wicked glad we decided to start this series, btw. The books really have gotten stronger as the series goes on. The bad guys keep getting more terrifying and everything is pointing toward a showdown of epic proportions in later books.

Amanda: The Kate Daniels series is slowly inching into the category of my favorite series.  You’re right.  These books only get better.  And scarier.  So much happened in Magic Bleeds that I wasn’t sure how Kate was going to come out on top.  I love how Kate has evolved as a character; she is so different from the Kate we met in Magic Bites, determined not to form any attachments.  Kate has attachments in spades now.  I loved the addition of the attack poodle.  LOVE.

Kelly: Who wouldn’t love the attack poodle? That ferocious beast! But, yes. I agree with you that Kate has developed nicely as the series progresses. She has people she’s willing to fight for now. She has ties that she’s unwilling to sever.

Amanda: I just love everything about this series.  I love Kate.  I want her life.  Minus the fighting and getting hurt and everyone trying to kill me.  But I like Curran and I’d have magical lion babies with him.

Kelly: We had magical lion babies with Curran’s magical lion loins in the last review, didn’t we?

Amanda: I think so.  But you know what?  No one said having magical lion babies was a one time thing.

Kelly: Good point.  And Curran’s magical lion loins don’t shut down after the first time.

Amanda: *holds up seven fingers again*

Kelly: *laughs uproariously*


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15 Responses to “Joint Review with @soulswallo: Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews”

  1. “1. An explanation of Curran’s douche baggery (I had really wanted to use douche canoe here but douche canoery didn’t have quite the same ring to it). And 2. more sexy times. Until I got both of those, I wouldn’t be happy. And let’s just say that I got happy. *holds up seven fingers*”

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA I love it! Seven fingers. Hehe. I love this series so much, and I was most definitely expecting an epic explanation for the douche baggery and some much-anticipated smexin. Got both. Complete win. I still need to read the next book, and I can’t wait to get back to Curran. I’M COMING CURRAN!

  2. LOL–secrets flying around like monkeys with wings. Just had a weird Wizard of Oz visual with that one!

    That poor girl–to have things looking up then crash down so horribly. *sniffles*

  3. I own the first book in this series, though I haven’t read it yet. I actually loaned it to my roommate two weeks ago, and she came wondering into my room a few days later and was like…so…where’s the sequel? I didn’t have it and she was kind of sad. Lol. Guess that means I should read this soon?

  4. Sadly I might have to stop reading these reviews just so I don’t have anything spoiled for me since I have yet to read this series. I should write out my June TBR Pile and see if I have room for book one :)

    Thanks for another awesome review ladies!

  5. Firstly: I quite like douche canoery
    Thirdly: “magical lion babies and lion loins.” *DIES*