Kate rides again!

Magic Shifts  -  Ilona Andrews
”Your father will kill you, . . . . Perhaps not today, but certainly soon. If he doesn’t kill you in the near future, then whatever power tries to overrun the city next will. When this happens, everyone who ever supported you will become a victim of a purge. You are a leper. Everyone you touch is tainted.”

“Being your ally is a death warrant. I gain nothing by supporting you. I run the risk of angering you by refusing service, but you left the Pack, so you are no longer in a position to wield it against me, and you won’t take any actions to punish me directly, because you are shackled by your own morals.”

It’s a bumpy ride for Kate. It seems she and Curran never get the peace and quiet they long for. I know Kate still hasn’t reached her happily ever after, ride into the sunset moment yet in this series. The question each time I begin reading the newest release is: How will Ilona Andrews maintain the energy in the Kate Daniels series? The answer is simple. The same way they always do, by crafting personal high-stakes and meaningful character growth as the story arc progresses. And from the hints in Magic Shifts it looks like it’ll be a doozy of a ending for Kate and Curran!

Just about everything fit in this book. At the end of “Magic Breaks” I tried to picture Curran new direction. How would team Andrews make it work? Curran as Kate’s sidekick wasn’t working for me. What they did with his character now makes total sense and is in total keeping with his character. I really look forward to how Curran will shake things up and make them better. He is a born leader no longer burdened by the BS Pack politics he loathed.

As Kate and Curran endeavor to rescue Eduardo, a werebuffalo, we learn more about Kate’s power and see a vision of what may come at the end of the series. The interactions with Roland are revealing. The mystery in this novel is fresh. (I loved Islamic and Arabian mythology!) There’s humor, action, and a heart-wrenching moment that reminded me so much of a scene in J.R. Ward’s Lover Mine. It was all so, so good. I did have a couple of issues. First, the info-dumping was distracting. For example, restating as Raphael’s good looks seemed unnecessary. There are other examples of info-dumping in this novel, but I didn’t mark them. My second and last problem was the lack of sacrifice at the end. It was too pat, almost as if a sadness quota was met in the last book. I’m thinking this might be my problem. There’s only two books remaining and I want them, but not the hardback prices; although, I may break and pay for the last book rather than wait for a library loan.

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