HOLY CRAP! Ilona & Gordon Andrews do it again. Magic Bleeds is the 4th installment of the awesome Kate Daniels series. When we last left Kate, her relationship with Curran was about to take a turn. Kate promised Curran a naked dinner date, and we started our journey from there. Due to a misunderstanding, the first portion of the book leads fans on an emotional rollercoaster as Kate goes through the difficulties of sorting out her feelings.
Kate quickly gets assigned a crazy case full of rapid spreading diseases, crowds of hysteria, and influential people all around town ending up dead. Kate must work quickly to discover the villain, fight for a relationship with Curran, and take on a new foe who will bring her that much closer to her destiny: taking out the big bad Roland.
Since starting my countdown more than a month ago for this book, I honestly did a little dance at the bookstore when I got a call it came in. I rushed home, and read it cover to cover in one sitting. It definitely does NOT disappoint. This book has everything Urban Fantasy fans love: plenty of fighting, crazy villains, and a love story to die for.
Kate’s new adversary in this book is, in my opinion, the best villain to date. This mysterious person comes on the scene trailing death and destruction. Once Kate unravels the history behind the new foe, the story becomes so much more intense and a little heart breaking. The connection between these two took me completely by surprise, and that is something that does not happen to me often. The fights between these two are well matched, well played, and described in a way that lets the reader into a front row seat at the ring.
The dialog and interchange between Kate and her cast of supporting characters will never cease to amaze me. Andrews’ writing is a great combination of wit, jokes, and seriousness. The one liners had me laughing out loud, and the depth of emotion had me sometimes crying. Although I would have liked to see more of the “boy wonder” also known as Derek, I thoroughly enjoyed Kate taking on a pet (something she swore never to do), who frequently provided comedic relief throughout. Andrea, Raphael, Jim, and Dali are all back for more, but seem to take more of a back seat role.
I enjoyed the fact that this book really focused on two main aspects: the relationship between Kate & Curran (and can we say HOT HOT HOT!) and the fight between Kate and the villain. The budding romance for Kate & Curran really takes center stage, and I love that Andrews’ makes the two of them so real. They get into arguments, they get pissed at each other, they pick fights, and at the end of the day, the make a decision to try and make it work and they stick to it. It’s real, it’s gritty, and it’s fabulous written.
This book DOES NOT disappoint.
All in all, I give Magic Bleeds 5 out of 5 Beast Lords. (less)
I absolutely positively love and adore Nalini Singh. Her Psy-Changeling series is one of those that hooked me within the first few lines, and I obsess...moreI absolutely positively love and adore Nalini Singh. Her Psy-Changeling series is one of those that hooked me within the first few lines, and I obsessive over every book, every word, every character…. Love them!
In Bonds of Justice, we reconnect with Max Shannon, the cop friend of Tally’s who is working on a huge series murder case that has been haunting him for years. When authorities decide to call in a Justice Psy, Sophia shows up at the jail to take the memories of where the other bodies are hidden from his mind. With her broken appearance she immediately attracts unwanted attention from the psycho, and they get nowhere.
Meanwhile counsel member and Sascha’s mother Nakita is loosing her close advisors to various deaths. She enlists Sophia and Max’s assistance to investigate who could possibly be after her, and why. Sophia and Max work closely together to try and figure out what exactly is going on with the Psy, and why Nakita has suddenly become a target.
Singh is IMO, one of the best authors out there who can weave so many different people and story lines into one coherent mystery. I love how many different plots and subplots are going on through out her stories. She does it in such a way that the reader is constantly left guessing: who is the good guy, the bad guy, who is causing all these problems, who will break Silence… the questions never end.
After the last Psy-Changeling book, Blaze of Memory, I was desperate to get back to the Changeling’s. However, Max’s character was a refreshing mix of alpha tendencies, with the sensitivities of a human. I loved that he knew he wanted to protect Sophia, and went to great lengths to do so, but that he also had the patience to deal with her difficulties with touching people. He was the perfect wounded, broody, sensitive, sexy hero. And Sophia, in all her insecurities, broken past, and stressful abilities, reminded me so much of Sascha. She was kind hearted, lovable, somewhat naive, but unlike Sascha, she had no qualms about dolling out justice of her own.
The supporting cast of characters had me constantly on my toes. I love getting a little more insight into the council level Psy’s: Nakita, Anthony, and Kaleb. It seems like a kind of alliance might form between these three, and I would even speculate about the chances of them breaking Silence are pretty high. I can’t wait for even more of Kaleb’s back story, he is such an interesting and mysterious character.
While I wished for a little more time with the Changelings, I thoroughly enjoyed getting a closer insider look into the Psy Council. However, the book does have a little sneak peak into the next series book, Play of Passion, featuring Indigo and her hero. (I just want everyone to know I called it! *happy dance*)
All in all, I give Bonds of Justice 5 out of 5 mysterious psychopaths!(less)