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Urban Fantasy Review: Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews

Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews (Kate Daniels #8)


Synopsis from Goodreads
In the latest Kate Daniels novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews, magic is coming and going in waves in post-Shift Atlanta—and each crest leaves danger in its wake…

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, Curran misses the constant challenges of leading the shapeshifters.

So when the Pack offers him its stake in the Mercenary Guild, Curran seizes the opportunity—too bad the Guild wants nothing to do with him and Kate. Luckily, as a veteran merc, Kate can take over any of the Guild’s unfinished jobs in order to bring in money and build their reputation. But what Kate and Curran don’t realize is that the odd jobs they’ve been working are all connected.

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…

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 Beside the fact that this was a transitory book, it was a very short one, ladies and gents. Don't take me wrong, I loved it, but it couldn't compare in its intensity with the previous two books in the series.

 Long story short: Kate and Curran has 30 days left to completely separate themselves from The Pack, when a troubled shifter comes to them asking for help in locating her disappeared partner. They take on the job not realising what nasty can of worms it will open. There is a lot of African/Middle Eastern mythology involved, lovely descriptions of new weaponry and some near-death experiences. There are usual funnies like household banter during grisly battles or a family dinner with Kate's dad, which I particularly enjoyed, but overall this book just ties up some loose ends from Magic Breaks.

It's still a kickass urban fantasy just not as earth shuttering experience as I tend to expect from Andrewses penmanship. Recommended. Also Manon was a hoot!

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Кроме того факта, что книга эта была транзитная, она к тому же оказалась очень короткой, дамы и господа. Не поймите меня неправильно, я читала её с огромным удовольствием, но по интенсивности и драматизму её никак не сравнить с предыдущими двумя томами.

Если коротко по сюжету, то у Кейт и Кургана осталось 30 дней, чтобы разорвать все свои узы со Стаей когда к ним обращается отчаявшийся оборотень с просьбой отыскать её исчезнувшегося партнёра. Парочка берётся за дело, не подозревает к каким чудовищным неприятностям их это приведёт. В книге много африканской и средневосточной мифологии и прекрасных описаний оружия из этих регионов. Великолепные битвы, а также обычные для пары соприкосновения со смертью на фоне хозяйственных перепалок, к которым мы так привыкли у этой чудеснейшей пары. Я особо насладилась ужином с папочкой Кейт и драматичными завываниями Махона.

Хоть это и замечательное городское фэнтэзи, с офигительным финалом книги предыдущей сравнить её сложно и скорее всего несправедливо. Однако, читайте. Очень рекомендую!
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