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Magic Slays (Kate Daniels #5)

4.43  ·  Rating details ·  52,677 Ratings  ·  2,465 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 Orde
Mass Market Paperback, 308 pages
Published June 2011 by Berkley Publishing Group (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…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
*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 Grand IAA™ KD Buddy Rerererereread Extravaganza (GIAAKDBRE™), aka the yellow brick road to Magic Triumphs

Presenting Episode 5, or How Kate Daniels Learned that Morgue Steps Can Have Very Entertaining Uses Indeed.

» And the moral of this particular rererereread is:

Mutant attack poodles who chew on plastic guns + 15-year-old sex fiend/pure chick magnet + Roman the hidalgo pirate lookalike (aka Roman the Riveting Russian Rake, aka R) + duck-bunny kitties (or is it bunny-kitty ducks? Or k
Dec 17, 2015 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
Apr 02, 2013 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
Jan 26, 2011 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
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
It is not as bad as Ilona thinks, all and all it is not terrible.
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more
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
Jul 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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
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
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 just me
Katie Michaels
May 20, 2011 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
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 sha
Oct 09, 2014 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
Mar 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
Sophia Triad
Nov 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It is time for Kate to put on her grown-up pants 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
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
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 m
Dec 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy-pr
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.

♔ Jaela ♊ 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
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
Layla ✷ Praise the sun ✷
Mar 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
It's no secret anymore that I'm madly in love with Kate and that I'd totally marry her.

Magic Slays is another favorite book of mine in her series because it is action packed, fast paced and has

I did some thinking.” “That is a very dangerous pastime,” Ghastek said. He’d made a joke. Surely the apocalypse wasn’t far behind.

A lovely character cast
I nodded to the boy wonder and the sex fiend.

Derek, Ascanio, Jim, Saiman, Aunt B. ... They are all part of the party again.

Fun politics
Kate, it’
Angela James
Jan 29, 2011 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
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
These books just keep getting better!! Kate has opened her own business, Cutting Edge Investigations. Of course her first customer would be part of a cult built on ridding the world of magic. Even though without magic most of the population would die.
Kate is battling a group of terrorists with sleeper agents everywhere. Meanwhile her kid is in trouble.
This book made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me shudder and it made me feel the warm fuzzies for the romance between Kate and Curren. If t
Julio Genao

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.

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
Jun 14, 2015 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
May 07, 2011 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
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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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