Magic Shifts: Kate Daniels, Book 8

Magic ShiftsAuthor: Ilona Andrews
Book Name: Magic Shifts
Series: Kate Daniels
Order: #8
Genre: Fantasy
Rating:  Really Good


Blurb:  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, Kate and Curran know that separating from the Pack completely is a process that will take time.

But when they learn that their friend Eduardo has gone missing, Kate and Curran shift their focus to investigate his disappearance. Eduardo was a fellow member of the Mercenary Guild, so Kate knows the best place to start looking is his most recent jobs. As Kate and Curran dig further into the merc’s business, they discover that the Guild has gone to hell and that Eduardo’s assignments are connected in the most sinister way…

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:  Book 8 in the Kate Daniels series is right up there on the same level with the previous seven.  As a series, I have absolutely loved this world and all the characters that exist there.  It is so incredibly vivid that you absolutely get absorb into it while you are reading.

Where in most of the other books it seemed as if the characters never got a moment of peace, this book has a few more places where the pace is slower and a bit less chaotic.  I do have to say, though, that I didn’t feel like I really got anything new going on, at least with regards to the characters’ growth.

For Kate, she didn’t get any new understanding or hold on her powers.  There is a very fine line between having your character become ever increasingly, and conveniently, powerful (to a ridiculous point) and leaving them to stagnate.  The series as a whole has done a great job at keeping a happy balance, but I think this book landed Kate’s character slightly on the stagnate side.

Curran does seem to have found a purpose outside of being the Beast Lord, so we do have a bit of growth there, but that is about it.  While we got to see many of the secondary characters that are so much a part of this world, I don’t think we really spent enough time with any one of them to see any kind of real change.

Even with those things that I would have liked to have seen a little different, this was still an awesome book.  I was thrilled to see a hint at a solution to the Roland dilemma.  Makes me wonder if the next book is going to be the end or if that is going to get stretched even further.