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Magic Slays

(Kate Daniels #5)

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  66,580 ratings  ·  2,995 reviews
Kate Daniels has quit the Order of Merciful Aid, but starting her own business isn't easy when the Order starts disparaging her good name. And being the mate of the Beast Lord doesn't bring in the customers, either. So when Atlanta's premier Master of the Dead asks for help with a vampire, Kate jumps at the chance. Unfortunately, this is one case where Kate should have loo ...more
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published May 31st 2011 by Penguin Group (USA) (first published April 25th 2011)
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Alayna Payton Hi, Yes! Kate tells the story of the Man on the Mountain and the Wolf. Arez and (according to the Sumerians) Enkidu are the names of the Wolf. The wol…moreHi, Yes! Kate tells the story of the Man on the Mountain and the Wolf. Arez and (according to the Sumerians) Enkidu are the names of the Wolf. The wolf later became the first preceptor of the Order of Iron Dogs for Roland and the first Blood Bound to him.(less)
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Kat Kennedy
Jan 08, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*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
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
🐈 The Adventures Of A Brave Little Kitty Buddy Rerererereread (TAOABLKBR™) with the IA Addicts 🐈

And the moral of this particular rererererereread is: I want a multi-purpose pet for Christmas. And if Edvokia's duck-bunny-cat can't be cloned, I'll settle for a barnacle-shrimp-kraken. Or for a mutant hippo-frog.

Err...Then again maybe not. A barnacle-shrimp-kraken it is, then! Pretty sure they look much sexier than mutant hippo-frogs, anyway. Also, it is a truth universally acknowledged that k
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 spea
Dec 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“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 perfe
4.25/5 ⭐

Wow, these books are getting better and better!

In this one, we got to see Russian paganism and legends brought to the spotlight. The accuracy of everything presented is fabulous and every bit of information is nicely explained.
Also, there are a few surprising mini-plot twists that I haven't exactly foreseen but they were only mildly surprising.

I truly love the characters, it's like I fall in love with them with every book. They are smart, badass, funny and snarky and they are simply lov
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
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
My massive 2018 overdose of Kate Daniels continues with Magic Slays, the fifth book in the series. Kate is starting up her own private investigation business, which isn’t initially going so great (in fact, they have no clients at all), and she’s 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 by a particularly difficult, and dangerous, case
May 25, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It is not as bad as Ilona thinks, all and all it is not terrible.
Sophia Triad
It is time for Kate to put her grown-up pants on and act like an adult. It is essential for her to deal with a number of things that need an adult attitude. So:

1. For the first time, she has a business to run with employees and bills to pay. For a variety of reasons she keeps adding employees to her business and all these people have needs, i.e. better weapons, food, food and more food, extra chairs etc.
She has to be cautious about her budget and her earnings, but I am not sure she is very succe
Okay, this is easy. Since I'm a fanboy, it's super easy to write reviews because I can usually just do a gonzo.

Suffice to say, it's really fun to be getting into the characters. There might have been a little hiccup with Curran in this one... like there ain't hiccups in all of them... but it's nice to see the interplay.

I can't believe that Derek is actually growing on me, at long last. But Julie? Awwwww.... pooooooor kid! This is definitely going to bite everyone in the butt. I know it.

Urban fan
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁
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
Em Lost In Books
Jan 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017, 3-star, 2010-19

Again an enjoyable addition to the series. IA certainly knows how to spin a tale. It has its moments of fun and surprises but I think unlike the last this book seriously needed a great villain. IA just threw everything in the mix in this book i.e. vampire and shapeshifters going mad, a secret society who has it's minions in almost every big organisation in Atlanta giving this group all the inside scoop.

Despite my grumblings about the story, I loved Kate and Curran in this book. The things
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
Robin (Bridge Four)
Sep 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE, did I mention EVERYONE should read this series.
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 ju
Jen Davis
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
Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
I now count myself among the Kate Daniels super fandom. Magic Slays was another great installment on what is shaping up to be an awesome series. Since I’ve gushed about it enough in other reviews, I’ll stick to specifics for this title. I especially loved how authentic the relationship was between the main character and her bff. They argued like real people, and it’s the kind of back-and-forth bickering that’s fun to read about. In fact, all the relationships are great, and I especially love how ...more
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 sh
Oct 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Rachel Reads Ravenously
4.25 stars!

“Shapeshifter parenting motto—if your kid slits somebody's throat, always have a backup plan to make the body disappear.”

Book 5 in the Kate Daniels series and I'm still loving it! This was the book I never made it to the first time I was reading the series, so I'm glad I got to it and finished it! In this installment, Kate must find a missing scientist who has created a new device that has the potential to do massive harm. It becomes a race against time to save thousands of live
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am continually amazed by how this series just gets better and better with every book. Illona Andrews is a fantastic writing team. In this Kate DAniels adventure, something is causing various players in the magical world to act weird all of a sudden, and no one can figure out why. Of course, Kate is hired to source out the problem and the complications that ensue are some of the most exciting so far.

I love the relationships in these books, and those were featured here. Curran and Kate are abso
Mar 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another thumping good read, but that is not what impressed me most because I expect no less from this series. No, what impressed me was the development of the world building as the series progresses: how the long term effects of the magic and tech shifts continue to break the remains of the old world apart. In this volume, all the magical elements- witches, shapeshifter, mages, vampires have to team up to beat a common enemy. We see how Kate will sacrifice everything for Julie and how Curran wou ...more
Adina (taking a break from literary fiction)
Last review of a Kate Daniels book for this year.

By the time I reached the middle of this book I already began to get a bit bored of Kate Daniels as it was the 5th book in a row that I read from this series. I still enjoyed it but I started to feel the need for a break.

What is this book about? Kidnapping, witches, Russian volhvs, power play between Curran and Kate, fights, love.

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 SLAYS is the book! Yes, the book
May 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  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
Jul 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Deborah Obida

"Emotional scars never heal completely. You’ll never recover.”

I once mentioned that UF reviews is the hardest for me, so far things haven't changed. I have no idea why I find it hard to review them, this is the best I could come up with at the moment, I know it definitely won't do justice to this book.

“Put your badass faces on and follow me.”

The one thing that this book lack is romance, it didn't get enough page space as I wanted, given the fact that the ship has finally sailed. Apart fr
Karlyflower *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)*
3.5 Stars

(Am I ever going to get tired of posting Kraft Dinner images in these reviews you may be asking???….. probably, but not quite yet.)

In Kate’s Atlanta, much to my fang-gritting annoyance, vampires are vessels of pure bloodlust without any sentience of their own, they require ‘handlers’ to move about with any agenda other than ripping their fangs through everything that finds itself in their path. Imagine the horror if one of those mindless monsters were to break free of their handler’s
*Re-reading...yeah, it is still that good..5+ stars

Addicting series with an amazing cast of characters and badass heroine.

There is never a dull moment in these books. It's packed with action and witty banter.
I'm having so much fun reading these books, and I'm so grateful for reading them now when all but the last book is out(that will be out this year 2019).

Kate Daniels is amazing. And her world is inviting. And I can't and won't stop reading it. It's out of my hands.

Well-paced and well-writt
February 2018 Reread.
August 2016 re-read: JFC. This book - had me on the edge of tears for nearly 60% of it (possibly more). I love this series. I love the humor and how the stakes are high - and not everyone always makes it, so you learn to cherish the moments as they happen. But damn. It rips my heart out sometimes.

And that ending. The note. The flowers! O_o

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 h
1st read - July 2013 - 4 stars
2nd read - June 2015
3rd read - July 2016 - upgraded to 5 stars
4th read - February 2018
5th read - July 2018
6th read - July 2019
7th read - October 2020
8th read - January 2021

Original Review

I have been absolutely devouring this series over the last couple of weeks, every single book has had me hooked from the first page and Magic Slays was no exception to that. I love everything about these books - the characters, the action, the world building, everything! - it just a
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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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