Magic Breaks (Kate Daniels #7) by Ilona Andrews

magic breaksFrom goodreads:  No matter how much the paranormal politics of Atlanta change, one thing always remains the same: if there’s trouble, Kate Daniels will be in the middle of it…

As the mate of the Beast Lord, Curran, former mercenary Kate Daniels has more responsibilities than it seems possible to juggle. Not only is she still struggling to keep her investigative business afloat, she must now deal with the affairs of the pack, including preparing her people for attack from Roland, a cruel ancient being with god-like powers. Since Kate’s connection to Roland has come out into the open, no one is safe—especially those closest to Kate.

As Roland’s long shadow looms ever nearer, Kate is called to attend the Conclave, a gathering of the leaders from the various supernatural factions in Atlanta. When one of the Masters of the Dead is found murdered there, apparently at the hands of a shapeshifter, Kate is given only twenty-four hours to hunt down the killer. And this time, if she fails, she’ll find herself embroiled in a war which could destroy everything she holds dear…


I love this book.  I hate this book.  But I really do love this book, I swear I do.


It seems like I’m talking out of both sides of my mouth because I am.  On one hand, I loved it and on the other hand, I wanted to find Ilona and just…


It took me a while to figure out what to write and decide on a rating I could live with because this book gave me heartburn.  I love this series but there were two major issues I had with the book and the minor ones, I could turn a blind-eye and be okay with everything.

First, Hugh. Hugh is the villain you love to hate buuuuuuuuuuuut I kinda felt like I was hating myself for loving him.

I regret nothing.

Anyway, he does things in this book that doesn’t make sense.  I’m not sure if I missed the secret writing on the wall but it felt as though Ilona Andrews trivialized everything that he’s done leading up to Magic Breaks and then his actions didn’t feel believable.


Second, Roland.  Papi felt very anticlimactic and I was expecting more doom and gloom.  I thought he was going to be bigger and badder.  Maybe I thought he was going to be ruthless because of everything that I came to know about him in the previous books.

Hugh and Roland left me disappointed because it felt simple.  Too easy.  I needed more and I didn’t get that but I’m thinking maybe there’s a reason for it and hopefully I will get that in Kate Daniels #8. *crosses fingers*

“I rode out of the stables on top of an eight-foot-tall donkey that looked like she had robbed a Holstein cow and was now wearing the stolen clothes.”

Despite those two major issues, I still really loved this book.  And I know you are wondering how that’s even possible but I did, that’s possibly why I waffled on my final rating for this book. *sigh* Because I loved it, I won’t even discuss the other minor issues that got on my nerves.


Well, I guess I could touch on the fact that Kate seemed to be a bit soft in this book but since I’m a lazy/pseudo reviewer, I won’t.  Just know that I wasn’t thrilled about that either. *shrugs*





    • Cristina says

      Even though I had some struggles with it…I still really enjoyed it. I think it was the lack of food that made my review sound more like a rant than anything else. :/ All in all, it’s a series worth reading! ;)

  1. says

    Okay so things I learned from your review:
    There is some anticlimaticness going on
    Kate becomes soft.

    I do not appreciate Kate becoming soft either. Gosh I still need to read book 6 but am too scared to because of all the ‘good’ things I’ve heard about it. It seems like the majority was pretty let down and since I am not even the biggest fan to start with… eek.

    But hey I am glad to hear you enjoyed this instalment in spite of everything! :)
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    • Cristina says

      I swear, I did like it! And maybe the word “soft” was a poor description. She’s still gutsy but…ARGH! I don’t know how to describe it. Anyway, I did think the story was engaging but not as good as the last few books. #6 was AWESOME!!! Can’t wait for you to catch-up! ;)

  2. says

    Yeah . . . me too . . . *sighs*

    You had a bigger issue with Roland than I did, but I guess I was kind of expecting what happened. Hugh . . . well, you know what I think about Hugh. And I don’t think I mentioned it (b/c I mentioned EVERYTHING else, LOL), but I definitely thought Kate had gotten kind of soft in this one too. If she said she missed Curran one more time . . .

    Anyway, sorry you were disappointed too. Fabulous review, Cristina! I’ll write my own one of these days ;)

    • Cristina says

      Thanks Jessica!!! ♥ I don’t know why the whole Roland thing bugged me so much but it did. I guess I wanted more ruthlessness or at least that’s what I was hoping for. And yes, the way Kate carried on about Curran irked me but I guess she did have the right to miss him…I would too! *snickers* :)

  3. says

    Kate #8??? I was SURE this was the last book. o.O Though I haven’t even started this series so whatever my thoughts. ;) Everyone was just so excited and hyped up so I really thought it was the last one. OMG, that cover is amazing!! And I loved your review Cristina; they’re always so enthusiastic! :D
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    • Cristina says

      Thank you Lola!!! ♥ I thought it was the last book too but I think three more left in the series.. This is one of her better covers because normally they aren’t that great but her stories are awesome even though I had some issues with #7. ;)

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