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Magic Shifts

(Kate Daniels #8)

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  37,765 ratings  ·  2,417 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 t
Hardcover, 342 pages
Published August 4th 2015 by Ace
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Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁
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 when Kate #7 came out last yea
✘✘ 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 R⁴). This is slightly very outrageous and stuff.

👋 Until next time and stuff.

[May 2018]

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 and bad guys department. They kept my attention 100% of the way. This

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 characters are all so sassy, I giggled more t
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
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 firs
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 blackmailed his fut
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, t
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 flesh and blo
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 trying
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 n
Em Lost In Books
They say a picture is worth thousand words, and that's how I felt throguhout this book...

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 recommend you ev
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
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 bein
4.25/5 ⭐

I honestly don't even know what can I say anymore.
This series is so good and so action-packed that there's no point in articulating anything, it's all there anyway.
I just keep falling in love more and more with those characters.
Oh and, also, I finally met Roland. What a pain...
Nov 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reread, uf
4th read, audiobook this time around.
Original, spoiler-free, review below.

4.5 blazing stars
rounded up coz I'm getting biased.

Magic Shifts is 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 catching up with old friends.

As usual, I got caught in a whirlwind of intertwine
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?” Curran tore a lizard
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
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 together.

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 about s

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 char
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
7th read - November 2020
8th read - January 2021

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 b
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
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-4
Wow, the world-building! I probably sound like a broken record typing this on every single review, but this series literally gets hotter and hotter with every book. I don't know what I'm going to do after I get to the end of the next one and have to wait with everyone else for book ten to come out!

This one featured Kate and Curran (SO glad to see them in the action together this time after spending a lot of time apart in book seven) trying to figure out the mystery around the disappearance of a
Carole (Carole's Random Life)
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 cha
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
Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
Re-read 20.07.19
Wow, I'm really surprised. At myself. While I remember this book wasn't the best in the series, I hadn't expected myself to skim most of it when re-reading it. Seriously. I skimmed a lot and I found the story quite boring. Like a book that is needed, yet I don't want to read it, but I must since it contains a lot of information of what's to come. Overall, I got bored and couldn't wait until I was finished. This one is the least likable book in the series.
New Rating: 2.5/3 st
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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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