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Magic Slays (Kate Daniels #5)

4.44  ·  Rating Details  ·  41,423 Ratings  ·  2,018 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
Mass Market Paperback, 308 pages
Published June 2011 by Ace Penguin Berkley (first published April 25th 2011)
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Kat Kennedy
Oct 01, 2011 Kat Kennedy rated it really liked it
*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
Mar 17, 2016 Katerina rated it it was amazing
“Put your badass faces on and follow me.”

Studying Intellectual Property Law or following Kate Daniels' new adventures that include slavic gods,domestic terrorists and my favorite knight in furry armor.Let me think.

“Starting the day with a philosophical debate with a priest of the Embodiment of All Evil.It could only go downhill from here.”

Kate Daniels is now the Beast Lord's mate and she has her own business that investigates paranormal problems and life would be perfect,if only someon
Jun 03, 2011 Limonessa rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 17, 2016 Navessa rated it it was amazing
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
May 25, 2011 Gordon rated it it was ok
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 ❁ Far Dareis Mai ❁ 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)
May 22, 2011 Jen (Red Hot Books) rated it it was amazing
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
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
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
♔ Jᗩela ☘ Killer ⚔ QUEEN ♛
First read July 2014
Second read May 2016

This time this book was even better. There were so many things I had forgotten, I didn't remember all the vohlv/witches/Adam situations.

But as you know, I have real issues with the relationship between Kate and Curran. Many of my questions were answered. But before that, these were the hints that made me doubt all the feelings between them. When I say between, I mean on Curran's part, because I know Kate adores him.

“All those years, all those women, and
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
Oct 14, 2014 Evgeny rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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
Angela James
Mar 20, 2015 Angela James rated it it was amazing
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 (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
Aug 04, 2015 Phrynne rated it it was amazing
This is number five in the series and it still maintains its momentum and interest levels. Not many series do that. Kate gets more badass with each successive book and we continue to meet more and more new fantasy figures. This time round we find out more about Kate's unusual birth and upbringing and also about her special powers. Her relationship,with Curran is also developing and there is the usual banter between the two of them as neither is willing to be ruled by the other. I really enjoy th ...more
Apr 13, 2014 julio rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

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 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

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.
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
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
Nov 11, 2015 Vippi rated it really liked it
Shelves: wishlist
Review in two words: THAT. ENDING.

Now, please, let's explain how I am supposed to wait a second more before starting Magic Rises?!

After the previous book and that lovely family reunion I thought that Kate could not face anything worse (view spoiler). What a foolish thinking!
This time the threat hanging over Atlanta is freaking serious stuff...
Do you wanna a little taste of it?

Aug 10, 2011 new_user rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
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
September 2015 re-read: This book easily ties for my favorite of the series - but with so many excellent books in this series it's still hard to choose. I love it.

20 July 2014: $1.99 on Kindle

Review (sort of):
I plan to do a full review of this later - these are just my quick thoughts.

I loved it!! Ilona Andrews just continues to blow me away with their stories. It's such a deep, vivid, layered world with complex characters around every corner.

I liked the reality of Kate starting her own business.
May 29, 2011 Julie rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 06, 2013 Carol. rated it really liked it
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
Apr 01, 2012 Bry rated it it was amazing
(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
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Other Books in the Series

Kate Daniels (10 books)
  • Magic Bites (Kate Daniels, #1)
  • Magic Burns (Kate Daniels, #2)
  • Magic Strikes (Kate Daniels, #3)
  • Magic Bleeds (Kate Daniels, #4)
  • Magic Rises (Kate Daniels, #6)
  • Magic Breaks (Kate Daniels, #7)
  • Magic Shifts (Kate Daniels, #8)
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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.”
“Did he just rip out the engine?" I asked.
"Yes", Saiman said. "And now he is demolishing the Maserati with it."
Ten seconds later Curran hurled the twisted wreck of black and orange that used to be the Maserati into the wall.
The first melodic notes of an old song came from the computer. I glanced at Saiman.
He shrugged. "It begged for a soundtrack.”
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