Thursday, June 9, 2011

Mini Me: Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews

Kate Daniels may have quit the Order of Merciful Aid, but she’s still knee-deep in paranormal problems. Or she would be if she could get someone to hire her. Starting her own business has been more challenging than she thought it would be—now that the Order is disparaging her good name, and many potential clients are afraid of getting on the bad side of the Beast Lord, who just happens to be Kate’s mate.

So when Atlanta’s premier Master of the Dead calls to ask for help with a vampire on the loose, Kate leaps at the chance of some paying work. Turns out this is not an isolated incident, and Kate needs to get to the bottom of it—fast, or the city and everyone dear to her might pay the ultimate price . . .

I decided to write a mini review Magic Slays mostly in the hopes that I'd be able to refrain myself from going on and on about how great it is. Because it is. Great. 

Writing team Ilona Andrews has done it again with this latest release, showing that the spark and wit that has made Kate so wonderful to read about in previous installments isn't going anywhere. In fact I'd say that things are perhaps even getting better on the character front. Kate, Curran, Andrea - most of the men and women we've been introduced to before become more well rounded in this book, primarily because Andrews brings their inner thoughts to the forefront in this novel. It's not just their job or what they do to protect others, it's their motivations and why they do it that are becoming more and more part of the plot. 

I think this series has nowhere to go but up, but newcomers should definitely pick up the other books in this series before reading Slays. There's just too much back story and character continuity now to let the casual reader pick up the subtle nuances of everything. Don't be sad though readers, because it's a fun ride the first - or the millionth - time!