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Magic Shifts

(Kate Daniels #8)

4.46  ·  Rating details ·  29,061 ratings  ·  2,172 reviews
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 in
Hardcover, 342 pages
Published August 4th 2015 by Ace
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Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more
4.5 stars

My love for Ilona Andrews is not something I attempt to keep hidden. I can in fact be rather obnoxious about it. #sorrynotsorry

Their books are typically so far ahead of their peers, so much better in all the major areas--character development, world-building, interesting and original plot lines--AND they're hilarious to boot.

I feel like this warrants a certain level of fangirling.

That being said, I was disappointed by one of their books for the first time wh
✘✘ 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: the Grand Mahon Chewing Out (GMCO™). There's nothing quite like it, if you ask me.

And the other moral of this particular rererererereread is: there's not nearly enough Desandra in this instalment. Not to mention Roman the Riveting Russian Rake (aka R). This is slightly very outrageous and stuff.

🐈 The Adventures Of A Brave Little Kitty Buddy Rerererereread (TAOABLKBR™) with the IA Addicts 🐈

And the moral of this particular rererererereread is: the Grand Mahon Chewing Out (GMCO™). There's nothing quite like it, if you ask me.

And the other moral of this particular rererererereread is: there's not nearly enough Desandra in this instalment. Not to mention Roman the Riveting Russian Rake (aka R⁴). This is slightly very outrageous and stuff.

👋 Until next time and stuff.

[May 2018]

The Grand IAA™ KD Buddy Rerererereread Extravaganza (GIAAKDBRE™), aka the yellow brick road to Magic Triumphs

Presenting Episode 8, or How Kate Daniels Learned That Managing An Exotic Zoo In Post-Shift Atlanta Is Not As Easy As It Seems.

» And the moral of this particular rererereread is: are you pregnant? Hormonal? Tired? Famished? Why not have some freshly slaughtered, magical bull meat, tenderized by His Fussiness Himself? Some relatively unbalanced people Desandra says it's pretty good and tastes like grass-fed Angus. Best recommendation ever, if you ask me.

P.S. I want to have dinner with Daddy Dearest at Applebee's. And I want him to call me Nefarious Shrimpy Blossom and stuff.
P.P.S. World-class scumbags who graduated to First-Grade Asshole Status (FGAS™) in this instalment: (view spoiler). Congratulations, go you and stuff!
P.P.S.²: When giant lizards stare at you and start chanting "Meat! Meat! Meat!" you might perhaps want to run the fish away from the scene and stuff. Maybe.

KD is the Cure to All of Life's Problems Buddy Read (KDitCtAoLPBR™) with my dear wife Ange, and the poor souls who have fallen into our deathly KD Surprise Reread Trap (KSRT™) ❣

Last reread: August, 2016.

Previous rating: 14 stars
New rating: I will not be rating this series anymore. If I do, Goodreads might implode. You're welcome.

Forgive me, Ilona Andrews Gods, for I have only read this book three times.

I know, I know, this is definitely NOT proper behaviour for the IA fangirl enthusiast I am supposed to be (don't know where that silly rumor came from, btw), but in my defense, this book was published only a year ago, so I haven't yet had the time to read it 258 times.

Okay, okay, I'm sorry! What do I have to do to atone for this shameful sin, sister? Excuse me? What did you just say? I have to read Magic Steals twice more? Oh. It's that bad, is it? Okay. Sure. No problem. I'll get right to it (view spoiler)

» And the moral of this rereread is: no matter how desperate the situation is, if His Fussiness grabs your shapely ass lovely derriere, all will be right in the world again.

[Last update: Sept. 18, 2015] ← I promise promise promise this will be the last one. Cross my heart, hope to die and all that crap (view spoiler)

Be glad and rejoice, for this is as close to a review for this book as you'll ever get from me. Ha.

Previous rating: 12
♦ New rating: 14

First reread [hears someone coughing in the background] Oh please don't tell me you're going to start interrupting my reviews again! [coughing becomes more insistent] Sigh. What is it this time? You have something to say? A stellar comment to make maybe? [Barely audible, fearful, shy voice asks: "But didn't you just read this a month ago?" Owner of said voice then proceeds to duck and hide] BLOODY HELL, I cannot believe this. YES, you dimwit, I DID read this for the first time only month ago, no need to remind me, I'm not suffering from Alzheimer's just yet. You know why? [Barely audible, fearful, shy voice asks: "Why what?"] Please kill me somebody. Why I've already read it twice in a month, you twit! [Barely audible, fearful, shy voice says: "Oh."] Yes, "oh." (I am presently shaking my head in total desperation, just so you know). Because it's never too early for a KD reread, that's WHY. Judge all you want, I don't care what you think.

Are we clear? May I go on now? [Barely audible, fearful, shy voice utters no sound] I'll take that as a yes. Very good. Moving on. So where was I?

First reread, second crappy non review. Because KD is, as usual, too awesome for words. And because you should be reading this book instead of being here, reading this crap. Nevertheless, me being the ever kind and thoughtful soul that I am [I know you're snickering back there, no need to pretend otherwise], I shall give you My Magic Shifts In A Magic Nutshell:

Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know that this is as lame as it gets. Please just pretend it is hilariously hilarious. Thank you.

I want to move into KD's neighbourhood and have breakfast at her place every morning, just so that I can wave my spatula at the Beast Lord ← no, this is not me talking dirty, you dirty-minded people. I'll have you know we're talking actual spatulas here *eyeroll* Oh, and by the way, some you clueless Barnacles might not realize it, but there is a deadly trap in this spatula-waving sentence. Ha.

② I have a very fond interest in nearly-domesticated kitty cats that scare the shit out of Mr Mailman.

Mammoth donkeys and deadly, mutant attack poodles are greatly underrated.

Tactical tomahawks? Walking, breathing m-scanner? Sense and snark? Julie is going to be a mini-Kate one day, much to her many detractors' absolute despair.

Blood magic rocks.

Ghouls and ifrits and ticks and spiders and scorpions and dragons and giants and manticores and djinns and Persian unicorns! Oh my!

Saiman is –momentarily I hope- an egotistical bastard. Well technically he always was an egotistical bastard, but in a egotistically, bastardly, endearingly enjoyable way. He's just a plain asshole now *cries*

Hot tubs forever

Reanimative metamorphosis. Nuff said.

Not enough plums + not enough pork swords = more Desandra needed.

Sorry Dali, you still suck, I still can't get over Magic Steals.

⑫ Gotta love family dinners with daddy.

Doolittle is definitely, absolutely, undeniably forgiven *gasps, faints, the works*

Where the hell is Roman, the Riveting Russian Rake???!!!

Ilona Andrews, you almost –almost, I haven't completely lost it yet and still have no heart– made me cry. The achievement of the century.

We want Hugh! We want Hugh!

→ I'm too funny, I know ← updated August 2016: I want Hugh? Why? Was I insane when I wrote this? More insane than I am now, I mean? Because, Hugh? Seriously? Most unvillainous villain ever. Oh, I think I know what the problem is. The Chronicles of the Black Company happened after I read this book. And believe me, my Little Barnacles, villains don't get much villainous than the ones in this glorious series.

Kate Daniels. The only one that ever was. The only one that ever will be. As a guy named Roland once said: Your magic is beautiful my daughter. Damn right it is.

And to conclude with the words of one of today's most prominent philosophers: ♫ Bow down to a Goddess

That is all. Bye now. You shouldn't still be here. You should be reading this book series right now. Because your life won't be complete until you do. No it won't.

Book 1: Magic Bites ★★★★★
Book 2: Magic Burns ★★★★★
Book 3: Magic Strikes ★★★★★
Book 4: Magic Bleeds ★★★★★
Book 5: Magic Slays ★★★★★
Book 6: Magic Rises ★★★★★
Book 7: Magic Breaks ★★★★★
Book 8: Magic Shifts ★★★★★
Book 9: Magic Binds ★★★★★
Book 10: Magic Triumphs ★★★★

►► All Hail the Queen buddy read with the eye candy IA Addicts starting August 4, 2015.

Pre crappy review update #2:
I can't be around much these days but the most disturbing fact has just come to my attention: some of my dear friends seem to have suffered from a momentary lapse of reason. What seems to be the problem, you ask? Well these self-professed Kate Daniels fans stooped so low as to give this instalment less than 5 stars.

Don't faint just yet, it's about to get worse. Because some of these supposed Kate Daniels fans actually rated this book 3 stars or less.

WTH is going on here? Are you people out of your minds? I stay away from GR for 5 minutes and all hell breaks loose?! You better get your act together dear friends. The countdown has begun. I'll be back in September. And I'll be coming for you. Things are about to get really ugly.

Pre crappy review update #1:

Actual rating: 12. Surprise, surprise.

►► Dear Ilona & Gordon: I love you to death.

►► I might or might not write a review for this book in the near future. KD is too awesome for words, so why bother?

PS: When is the first reread planned?

Pre-review nonsense:

It's here. Breathe Sarah, breathe.

Updated May 1, 2015: Magic Shifts excerpt!!!!!!!!!

Updated April 6, 2015: Kate & Curran vs Hidden Legacy debate!

→ Kate & Curran debating with Nevada & Rogan:

"Curran: You are not married. You are not even together. You just have this instalust thing going.

Kate: Yes, you are just “forced together” by “Circumstance” so you can make out in public. Your moral integrity seems to be situational. Also, last time I checked, exhibitionism isn’t exactly a quality people should imitate."


Updated April 5, 2015: Kate & Curran Twitter hahaha!
Updated March 7, 2015: Spoiler free snippet!

Jo ★The Book Sloth★
4 I Can't Believe It's Less Than 5 Stars

But not the right kind of shock. I'm shocked I can't bring myself to give this book a 5 star rating but it just felt like a step back for me, it was on the same level as the first two books, which were good of course but they hadn't reached the series' potential yet. The last two books, relationship issues and slight incosistencies in characters aside, were pretty epic in the revelations an

Update 28/04/2015

I loved this book to pieces.
It's my precious.


It has that old, Kate-merc vibe from first four books and I didn't even know how much I would enjoy Kate NOT being Beast Lady. It leaves her place to be focused on more important things.
LOTS of Curran being awesome and growly; lots of Kate and Curran being awesome together. Their unwavering relationship is one of the strongest points of this book.
Andrews' trademark humor - these charac28/04/2015
Oct 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Kate Daniels is my go to series when I am in a bit of a reading slump. It help this time as well because I love her character, with its humour and bad-assness. I am not going to spend too much time reviewing this one because If you already read the series you don't need me to tell you to start this one and if you've never read KD then why are you here and not reading the first in the series?

When I read the blurb I thought it will not be as exciting as the others but i was wrong. The action-mete
Robin (Bridge Four)
Even better on the re-read.

4.75 Let’s play who can be a better killer Stars

Reading with my fellow Kate Daniels is da Bomb fan club at Ilona Andrews Addicts (IAA)

If you have read my profile then you know that my 2 favorite authors are Brandon Sanderson (BS) and Ilona Andrews (IA). I fangirl over them any chance I get so I might not be impartial in my reviews of their books, and I probably add way too many status updates while reading them….I can’t help it.

love you

I didn’t fall into the camp of those who didn’t love the last two books, I stire-read.
Aug 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of urban fantasy, kick-ass plots, world-buildling

The Kate Daniels series was originally plotted to end at book seven, culminating with the classic father confrontation ("I am your father"). While Magic Breaks had a satisfying ending, there was material that felt like it was catering to new readers (in response to a hardcover edition) as well as providing Easter eggs for fans, such as 'guest appearances' by former characters, making it a less than stellar read. Apprehensive of the next, I delayed ordering.

Silly rabbit.

Magic Shifts hits its/>Magic
Sophia Triad
Roland has arrived in Atlanta

So, all the major characters are repositioning in this book.
The king is here and he has just adjusted all his subjects to his liking:

1. He made his daughter claim the city. Now there are invisible boarders around Atlanta and Kate feels responsible for every living soul inside these borders. Not that she did not feel responsible before…but now the pressure is really on.

...But pretending that the claiming hadn’t happened had done me no favors.

2. He/>...But
Here Kitty Kitty

I shall lure you into a trap my dear.

Oct 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing

I'm not sure I'm even capable of giving a Kate Daniels book less than 5 stars anymore, so take my opinion of this book with a grain of salt. Some of my friends were disappointed with this one because it was maybe a transition sort of book. You know, what with Kate & Curran having left the Pack in the last book. So, yeah, this book is sorta setting up how they're going to live, what they're going to do, etc.. Didn't matter. I could Kate Daniels' grocery list, and probably fangirl over it.
To me, this was goldit.
Jen Davis
Jul 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Nothing compares to the charm, wit, action, and emotion of the Kate Daniels series. Nothing. Simply put, if you aren't reading these books, you are missing the very best that Urban Fantasy has to offer. I think I say this every time I sit down to review a new installment, but it bears repeating.

The last story was epic and left us in a very different place. Kate and Curran have left the Pack. She has claimed Atlanta and her father has gone from a distant idea of Something Scary to a f
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
3.66 stars (better than 3.5 but not quite a 4). Final review, first published on Fantasy Literature:

In Magic Shifts, the eighth book in Ilona Andrews’ KATE DANIELS urban fantasy series, Kate and Curran struggle with both old, ongoing problems ― in the form of Pack politics and Kate’s father Roland ― and new ones. *obligatory spoiler alert here for earlier books in the series*

Kate and her werelion mate Curran, who has resigned as Beast Lord of Atlanta’s huge pack of shapeshifters, are now tryi

Review also found at: https://theparanormalpaladin.wordpres...

Ok, unpopular opinion time. I know it's blasphemy and all, but this book was just okay to me. I found it a struggle to get through.

A couple months have passed since the last book. Kate and Curran are going through the final process of full separation from the Pack. They now live in a suburban neighborhood with Julie and we see a lot of domesticity in the beginning. I don't know why, but this is a trope in urban fantasy that really annoys me. However, it's not like I didn't know it was c
Aug 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
North American Gray Lion

The image above shows now extinct North American gray lion. According to Wikipedia, the guy was about 25% bigger than the modern African King of the Jungle. This was the largest species of cats ever.

People familiar with the series already know how the lion above relates to it. One of the main characters - Curran - happens to be a shapeshifter whose beast form is that guy. I hope I made a convincing case explaining why another main character - Kate Daniels - called Curran a one-man army at one p
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)

After the pivotal 7th installment, I spent about 0.236 seconds worrying about this book and wondering whether the series would successfully find a new direction. It didn’t take me long to remember who I was dealing with – Ilona and Gordon have never failed me before, and they keep proving themselves over and over again. No downturns for Kate, and certainly none for this fabulous husband-and-wife writing team.

Magic Shifts opens up a new chapter for Kate and Curran. It’s a different one, but no less scary
Can I still call myself a hard-core Kate Daniels fan if I give this book 3.5 stars? (Please say yes.)

Do you have any idea how much I love this series? Do you?! Wanna know how many times I've re-read these books over the last 7 years? A-FUCKING-LOT. (Yes, that's a real number.) I know entire sections of the first five books by heart. Much like the way my husband can say the lines of the entire Billy Madison movie along with the characters (which is irritating as hell btw, I don't reco
Em Lost In Books
They say a picture is worth thousand words, and that's how I felt throguhout this book...

Buddy read with Kate Cult aka Eilonwy , Evgeny , Asya (re-read), Monty Cupcake and Sarah (re-read) and Jaime (re-read)

Well, this book has one hell of a baddie! Very, very creative, but I expect nothing less from the Andrews. Kudos!

On the whole, the book does feel part-filler but it's a very entertaining and enjoyable part-filler. As always, action-packed, witty and heartbreaking at moments(oh, this particular moment)!

One of the things I enjoyed the most is Kate and Curran being together thr
She's baa-ack!! Yes! The baddest badass chick ever is back to kicking crazy magical ass and being her usual snarky self. Plus, we get the bonus of Kate and Curran no longer being in the Pack, because Pack politics were getting a little monotonous. AND, as an added bonus, Roland, Kate's psychopathic father-dearest makes a couple of epic and hilarious entrances. Why not have dinner at Applebee's with an ancient powerful god?

shwarma photo: Shwarma avengers-shawarma.gif
or maybe some shwarma?

So, in this book, Kate and Curran are living in the 'burbs and trying to play house. Of course, they get all that comes with this arrangement, such as the nosy neighbor who keeps coming up to them and complaining about minor crap that she thinks is the end of the world. On behalf of all of us who live in the suburbs: Welcome to our world.

welcome to hell photo: welcome to hell welcome-to-hell.gif
instead of Robot Satan, we have the Homeowner's Association...

Our magical baddies in this book are ghouls and djinns. I love how each book has some new take on mythological creatures. And, this one is really different and clever.

I don't want to quote too much or spoil the book since it is newly released, so I will just say that it is awesome and Kate Daniels is still my number one girl.

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Deborah Obida
Wow, this is amazing, another favourite for me, this series is fast becoming my favourite UF series, hopefully book nine and 10 won't change that. I have such high expectations for them.

This book is somewhat different from the previous, the villian is not after Kate for once, Curran is trying to adjust to life outside the park, I realized when reading this book that this is the first time he is living among none shifters.

“You’re an inconsiderate irresponsible ass.”
“Me?” Curra

Didn't like this one much, I was bored for the most part. It's definitely my least favourite installment so far, I thought it couldn't get much worse than book 6 but at least that one kept me somewhat engaged, this one I had to force myself to read in the hope I'd eventually come across something engrossing. That said, it wasn't all bad - I really liked some of the side characters (Dali, Julie, Roland, Ghastek) and there were a couple of interesting interactions between a few of the cha
May 2018 re-read. This book still gives me all the feels. I was still crying my eyes out at one point. I still can't quite predict where this is all going to end. And I'm more invested than ever.

October 2015 re-read: This holds up as well on a re-read as I expected. The mystery reminds me of earlier Kate Daniels' books. The humor is there, of course. The characters we know and love. And the steady progress on the overall storyline. I'm really interested in seeing how this all comes t
Nov 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: uf, favorites
Another one down, one more to go before finally reading Magic Triumphs! :P


4.5 blazing stars

rounded up coz I'm getting biased.

This is just another amazing addition to Kate Daniels's world.

Kate Daniels has become one of those series of which I cannot get enough and when I visit again, it's like going into a familiar and cozy place. Meeting with the characters again is just like meeting up with old friends.

As usual,/>4.5
Oct 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
As I'm listening to these books I keep thinking that surely these should be getting repetitive by now. I mean, book 8? C'mon!
But then I tell myself to first, don't call me Shirley and second, it's the Ilona Andrews team. They must have every reference book ever written on mythologies in every creed. I sometimes picture bookshelves with a rolling ladder and Belle sliding past.
Anyway, this book finds Kate and company battling an Ifrit. She is still involved in a battle of wills with her father
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Jun 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads.

MAGIC SHIFTS is a transition book, there had to be one eventually, right? But, there’s one very important difference between this installment, and the vast majority of other Urban Fantasy bridge novels, it’s NOT FILLER. The story swerves from one plot thread to the next while Kate & Curran adjust to their new lifestyle with their usual sarcastic flair, and on trend, win another battle for team Atlanta. So, more of the same yet also scads of never-before-seen just
Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life.

I loved this book! It amazes me how this series is able to continue to get better and better with each new installment. I don't pre-order a lot of books but this is a book that I ordered several months ago and have been eagerly awaiting the day it would magically appear on my kindle. I was more than a little excited to jump back into the Kate Daniels world and I am happy to report that this book lived up to my expectations.

This book is a changing
Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*

To say I was excited about this book would have been an understatement. Like many other UF fans, I'm giddy over the Kate Daniels world with its group of violent but enjoyable characters, weird magic environment, and bigger than bad monsters. I've read every book in the series, with the third (Magic Strikes) remaining my firm favorite until the release last year (Magic Breaks) blew that apart and cemented the seventh in my heart as the absolute best of Kate Daniels. So of course I went into the e
Douglas Meeks
Jun 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Where to start, I have written a review on most if not all of the books in this series and I find myself running out of superlatives. The plots are multilayered, interesting and unpredictable. The characters (all of them not just the main couple) are fully developed, no cardboard cutouts and you actually grow to care about all of them. The thing though that makes this such a huge success is that Kate and Curran are deeply in love at all times, add in the best “graveyard” humor ever and you have
1st read - August 2015
2nd read - August 2015 (yes twice in a month LOL)
3rd read - August 2016
4th read - May 2018
5th read - July 2018
6th read - October 2019

Original Review:

I think I lost the ability to write a sensible review of anything written by Ilona and Gordon Andrews a long time ago and that goes double when it comes to their Kate Daniels series. I just absolutely adore this world and these characters and will never get enough of them. I have been eagerly waiting for Magic Shifts for a year now, I reread the entire series in the run/>Original/>6th/>5th/>4th/>3rd/>2nd
Duchess Nicole
If you haven't started this series by now, there's no fixing stupid. And there's only so much praising and exalting that I can do, so I'm just going to hit the highlights here.


Kate and Curran are no longer Beast Lord and Consort. Jim and Dali took over that role, and Kate and Curran have a charming little house in a regular ole neighborhood. Sort of. A fave scene, when Dali comes to visit Kate and Curran:

"Consort," I said. "You honor us."
"Fuck you," Dali said. "Fuck your shit. I quit."

Curran reinforces hiCurran:
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Ilona Andrews is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. Ilona is a native-born Russian and Gordon is a former communications sergeant in the U.S. Army. Contrary to popular belief, Gordon was never an intelligence officer with a license to kill, and Ilona was never the mysterious Russian spy who seduced him. They met in college, in English Composition 101, where Ilona got a better grade ...more

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  • Magic Bites (Kate Daniels, #1)
  • Magic Burns (Kate Daniels, #2)
  • Magic Strikes (Kate Daniels, #3)
  • Magic Bleeds (Kate Daniels, #4)
  • Magic Slays (Kate Daniels, #5)
  • Magic Rises (Kate Daniels, #6)
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  • Magic Binds (Kate Daniels, #9)
  • Magic Triumphs (Kate Daniels, #10)
“You see, the mailman saw your husband during one of his walks."
"He's my fiancé," I told her. "We are living in sin."
Heather blinked, momentarily knocked off her stride, but recovered. "Oh, that's nice."
"It's very nice. I highly recommend it.”
“Consort,” I said. “You honor us.”
“Fuck you,” Dali said. “Fuck your shit. I quit.”
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