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Magic Slays (Kate Daniels #5)

4.45 of 5 stars 4.45  ·  rating details  ·  35,319 ratings  ·  1,821 reviews
Plagued by a war between magic and technology, Atlanta has never been so deadly. Good thing Kate Daniels is on the job.

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 Ord
ebook, 1st Edition, 320 pages
Published May 1st 2011 by Ace
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Kat Kennedy
*Before I begin my review, I must take a moment to honour the devastating goddess who made it possible for me to read this book. There are not enough words in the English language to fully capture the incadescents of this magnificent human being. She is beyond reproach, loved by all, exulted in her graciousness. I adore her with the nuclear reactions of a thousand suns. She is worth more to me than all of the precious jewels!*

/Suck up

"The series gets good at book three."

Neil Patrick Harris pretending to shoot himself

If I had a penny for ever
I would like all authors of urban fantasy and paranormal romance out there to stop for a second their feverish scribbling and take a look at this series. THE proof that YES, series don't necessarily need to go down the drain after 4th installment, that YES, series can STILL be interesting after the two romantic interests in the story "do the deed" and that YES, plots do not need to become unbelievably twisted, punctuated by improbable events and where mythology gets slaughtered just to get out o ...more
Welcome to the Reader’s Court of Literary Grievances

The courtroom was alive with the buzz of conversation. Today’s case had drawn so many spectators that it was standing room only. Behind the judge’s bench, high on the wall, hung an unimposing, standard-issue clock. As its hands ticked down the minutes, the excitement in the room rose and the buzz of the crowd slowly turned into a low level roar.

Fifteen minutes before start-time it was so loud that people had to raise their voices when speaki
It is not as bad as Ilona thinks, all and all it is not terrible.
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)

Previous rating: 5
New rating: 8
What? Were you seriously expecting anything less? Don't you know me at all people?! How many times do I have to tell you?! I want to be Kate Daniels when I grow up.

Why do I want to be Kate Daniels when I grow up, you ask? Because being Kate Daniels means:

You kick ass.

You get to sleep in the Beast Lord's four feet high bed (playground slide optional, His Furriness mandatory).

You get to sleep in the Beast Lord's four feet high bed (playground slide optional, Hi
Jessica ❁ Elsecaller ❁ at Rabid Reads
4.5 stars

At the end of Kate #4, Curran sets Kate up in her own business. CALM DOWN. He doesn't just give it to her, it's a business arrangement. One that will ultimately benefit both Kate AND the Pack.

But having her own business does Kate not one bit of good, b/c that bigoted jackhole Ted, her ex-bossman from the order, tried to blame the epic disaster that his "plan" to take out Erra devolved into on Kate. Anyone with a lick of sense knows that's not true, but come on . . . how much sense does
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
4.5 stars.
Ladies and Gentlemen, I believe we have a winner! Ilona and Andrew have done it again.

I have a plan to save urban fantasy. I’m not a megalomaniac or anything, I just think that UF needs saving and I care enough to try. Therefore, I’ve developed a cunning plan: I’m going to buy four more copies of this book. The first I’ll send to Jeanine Frost because she was the first of my favorite UF authors to disappoint me this year. (view spoiler) I’ll send t
Jen (Red Hot Books)
Coming off the high of the spectacular ending of Magic Slays, I've been staring at the computer for 10 minutes, trying to figure out why it took me a little while to really get into this book. And I think I've finally come up with the answer.

As the story begins, Kate is running the new agency that Curran set up for her since she has left the Order. But despite her competence and reputation, she doesn't have any clients. But just as her best friend Andrea returns from a two month absence, Kate is
Robin (Bridge Four)
Yes I am reading this again....3rd time is a charm. I even found some lovely people to read it with me at Ilona Andrews Addicts (IAA)

I always find something in these books that I missed or forgot in-between reads that makes them great and new again. Always a fun time reading the banter, the story and just the feel of IA's worlds are fantastic.

Read #2 review Sept 2014

4.5 stars.

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I love re-reading this series. I’m having so much fun the second time through. My real review is below this is just me
Anzu The Great Destroyer
Ugh Ilona Andrews, you need a new cover artist. Your books are too good for these corny covers.

I want to start my review with a message for Ilona Andrews. Mrs. Andrews, are you with me? Yes? Ok.

I LOOOOVEEE YOU SO MUCH! SOOOOOOOO MUCH!!! You are my most favorite person ever!!!! Ever!!! I want to put you in a plush cage (I care about your comfort, I would never hurt you!) next to my bed so that I can look at you day and night and make you write amazing stories just for me. Forever! And I won’t sha
Buddy read with Armina, Eilonwy, Asya, and Monty Cupcake.

Poor Kate Daniels opened a private investigation outfit quite a while ago, but the clients did not exactly form a huge line at her doors. In fact she did not have a single one yet. When her friend/enemy Ghastek asked her to deal with a vampire on the loose she jumped at the chance. Before she knew it, the little problem escalates into something much bigger. She now has to deal with pissed off police, her adopted niece Julie who disappeared
The fifth book in the Kate Daniels Series, MAGIC SLAYS is just as AMAZING as all the rest. Ilona Andrews is one of my all-time favorite authors and I am so amazed at how with each book in the Kate Daniels series I grow closer and closer to these characters that I have so much emotion welled up in me. Yes. I cried like a big baby. That is how great and close you come to love these characters. You think of them as real and you adore each and everyone of them.

MAGIC SLAYSis the book! Yes, the book w
Angela James
Ilona Andrews just tells a good story, there's all there is to it. If you love this series, I don't think you'll have any reason to be disappointed in this book. Lots of Kate and Curran goodness here!

Also, I just had to call out this snippet of a scene between Doolittle and Kate, and what Doolittle says because I agree with it. It kind of epitomizes how I feel about Nicholas Sparks books, or series where the author kills off a main character. It's an easy emotional reaction the author doesn't h
Suzanne the Mighty (Under the Covers Book blog)
June 2015 Reread: Is it possible to mate and have offspring with a series? AKA I love this series and want its babies...

This is the fifth installemnt of the Kate Daniels series and I LOVED IT! I completely completely consumed it this book, no page was left unturned, no word undevoured! In the last book it was left with Kate and Curran finally getting their freak on and becoming mates, and Kate starting up her own PI business with a little assistance from the Pack. In Magic Slays it has been a co
Jo ★The Book Sloth★
I really really thought of giving this book a lower rating. You may ask why, is this book bad? Not at all, it's actually pretty awesome. Is it not well written? Nope, it's just as perfect as the others. So what is my problem? One thing, only one thing kind of destroyed this book for me, the whole "Julie" part.

Let me elaborate. In my mind I have created an image for Kate, she is stubborn, loyal, courageous, smart, gutsy,..., and most important of all she doesn't let anyone decide for her, she doe
I feel I should warn you: Ilona is actually a power word that means read. After 5 books, 3 novellas and 1000 squeals in 6 days, you would think the novelty would wear off. NOPE. There is still such a freshness to the story and so many more storylines to be explored. Derek? More please. Jim and Dali? More please. Kate and Curran? I WILL SAY PLEASE BEFORE AND THANK YOU AFTER.

Basically, I can't get enough and it's a great feeling. Book slump? What is that?

The stakes are raised even more in this boo

Oh Curran! You take my breath away!

Magic Slays is another solid installment in the Kate Daniels series. You know you’ve read a great book when all you want to do is share all those great lines with just about anyone who will listen to you. This book has some great dialogue. The banter between the main characters Kate and Curran was funny. I loved the terms of endearment they had for each other – “My knight in furry armor” was one of my favorites.

Kate and Curran are adjusting to life as a mated A
Lady Heather
I loved this book! I thought that once Curran and Kate mated that they would become boring and mundane...but OH NO....there is none of that in this book!
I LOVE Kate's personality! Her wit, the way she thinks, She is perhaps one of my favorite female leads...EVER! She has my favorite characteristic in an Alpha Character - Broken but Strong, and Loyal.
Kate has been trained to be strong, cold, to kill and trust absolutely NO ONE... that she second guesses herself and has a hard time letting her gu

I tried to resist. mama always says: all that matters is that I do my best.

this is me doing my best not to keep reading these so-so mashups of horribly clunky prose and terrific action set-pieces.

i started the next book before i even finished this one.


I enjoyed this book very, very much but book #3 in the series still stands as my most favorite. So I'm giving this 4 very solid stars. Full review to come sometime in the next two weeks.
Tadiana ✩ Night Owl☽
As I continue my unrepentant process of reading the Kate Daniels series in whatever order they happen to become available to me--and yes, book 4 (which I still haven't read) has been pretty much spoiled to pieces for me by now--we find Kate starting up her own private investigation business and trying to come to terms with her relationship with Curran and her new role as the First Lady Mate Consort to the Beast Master.

Kate has some angst about both of those things, but it soon gets overshadowed
Jun 06, 2013 Carol. rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kate Daniels fans, UF fans
I'm a fan of the Kate Daniels series, and recently I was looking for a guaranteed re-read. It wasn't too long before Magic Slays caught my eye, especially as the next book in the series is coming out at the end of July (and probably because I shelve my books alphabetically). Now past the giddy first and second reads, it is time for a thorough review. Fans of the series won't be disappointed by its action-packed story, continued world-building, and trademark humor, but I miss the finesse of earli ...more
I waffled, but I can't give Magic Slays more than three stars in the end. Slays is competent work, but I read this to finish it. We didn't learn anything new about Kate or Curran, her enemies are vicious, creative, and quirky per their usual, and she wins by the skin of her teeth as her custom.

Kate & co. also struck me as oddly self-righteous or cruel in this installment. Andrews has never deluded us. Her villains run the gamut, but typically, they perpetrate graphic, criminal violence. They
To view my favorite quotes from the book, go to (scroll to bottom of review). There are lots of wonderful lines in this book!

Every time I pick up a book from Ilona Andrews’ Kate Daniels’ series, I am reminded of why this series is among my mostest favorite out there. I love everything about it. The world, the stories, the style, the characters…all of it. And Magic Slays, the fifth book in the series, is just as wonderful as the rest of the series.

Magic Sl
(Kate) "You can't tell me what to do."
(Curran) "Yes I can. Listen: this is me telling you what you will NOT do."
(Kate) I raised the cookbook and taped him on the nose. Bad cat.

When you have a series that has reached the 5th book it can be really hard to keep readers with you, keep the plots fresh, not predictable, and enjoyable. This was not a problem at all for the awesome writing team that is Ilona Andrews.

This installment in the Kate Daniels universe was full of tension, blood, emotion, tea
Mandi Schreiner
This series just keeps getting better. After each book I never think they will top it, and they always do. I love the conflict in this one. The supporting characters are outstanding. Kate is witty, sarcastic and just so honest about herself. I really think she is my favorite UF heroine. Love.

Curran is growly and her "knight in furry armor." Their relationship is intimate in this one..and so well done. I can't say enough about this book...just fabulous. One of the best written UF series out there
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The Flooze

Ahhh, Kate and Curran. They hold a very special space in my heart, the kind that made me run out and buy this on release day and avoid most of Goodreads for fear of spoilers. Now I’m both elated and sad - the former because this installment was exciting, the latter because I have to wait a whole year for more.

Through dry humor and fluid dialogue, brisk action scenes, and well-balanced moments of introspection, Ilona and Gordon make their characters come alive. I know this is said of many
Second read July 2015:

These are by far and away my most favorite books in the history of evvvvver!!! Loved the reread!!!

First read August 2014:

Initial thoughts:
Wow. Yet again, wow. How is this possible? How does every book get better than the last?! I don't understand it, but I don't care! I'm in love!! A full squee-filled, fangirling review to come!


Actual rating: AAAALLLLLL the stars!!!!! No spoilers, but serious gushing ahead.

Squee photo: squee squee.gif

Ahhhhhh.... Are you sick of these reviews yet? I really am
Liz* Fashionably Late
Buddy read with Flavia, the Oddest ^^


Just like my life.

Silly things that melt my reader heart:
Argentina: +82
Why is it that every time the story asks for an exotic, inhospitable, god forgotten land, we are the country of choice? xD

Let's face it: The reason why I'm reading this series
Curran/Kate love nest: +512

The tension is gone. Dinner is served. Our love birds have mated.

So what now? Now let's see if they can
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Other Books in the Series

Kate Daniels (1 - 10 of 12 books)
  • Magic Bites (Kate Daniels, #1)
  • Magic Burns (Kate Daniels, #2)
  • Magic Strikes (Kate Daniels, #3)
  • Magic Bleeds (Kate Daniels, #4)
  • Magic Tests (Kate Daniels, #5.3)
  • Magic Rises (Kate Daniels, #6)
  • Magic Breaks (Kate Daniels, #7)
  • Magic Shifts (Kate Daniels, #8)
  • Untitled (Kate Daniels, #9)
  • A Kate Daniels Magic Series Collection (Kate Daniels, #1-5)
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“Andrea raised her hand. “This is the hand that slapped Aunt B.”
“Maybe you should have it gold-plated.”
“Here, you can touch it, since you’re my best friend.”
“Yes I can,” Curran snarled. “Listen: this is me telling you what you will not do.”
I raised the cookbook and tapped him on the nose. Bad cat.”
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