Series: Kate Daniels #7
Published by Ace on July 29, 2014
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Sexual Content: Sex scenes.
Reviewed by: Julia
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…
Urban Fantasy is full of high stakes, of world breaking power or near apocalypses. It's common for heroines and heroes to find some heretofore unknown power at the eleventh hour, some massive, nuclear ability that negates risk. The Kate Daniels series, by contrast, brings the epic down to the human level, without ever pulling danger's teeth. The stakes stay huge, the world is never quite a safe place, but in the meantime there's dinner and date night and all the badass abilities that Kate and Curran have had from day one.
I don't say this to imply that Kate's power level hasn't grown, or that there wasn't a massive, near apocalyptic confrontation, but what resonates and what sets this book apart is all the human moments. With each book the supporting characters become more interesting, the world becomes more detailed, and each conflict, large or small, has both human consequences and fascinating mythological underpinnings. The battles are fun, but what makes Kate and Curran fascinating is each other, their banter and skills and problem solving. Because so much of what makes these books fantastic is this character dynamic, there's no one confrontation that will feel like "enough", no one mystery solved that will satisfy interest in the Kate Daniels series.
There's just being in this world until the last page turns, and then rocking back and forth waiting until the next book comes out. MAGIC BREAKS is the culmination of so many portents and risks, but rather than resolving a conflict and closing things up, it just remakes a piece of Kate's world to be even more fascinating. As if I needed to be more in love with this series.Series Titles: