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Monday, March 28, 2011
Review: Magic Bleeds
Title: Magic Bleeds
Author: Ilona Andrews
Page Count: 384 pages
Genre: urban fantasy
Copy for review was purchased by me
50 words or less: Kate and Curran take the first steps toward a real relationship. Too bad someone is out to destroy the whole world, no exceptions.
For me, finishing Magic Bleeds was a personally accomplishment. I have a really bad habit of starting a series, really really enjoying it, but failing to follow through and get current before the next book comes out. Magic Bleeds lived up to my expectations set by the first three books, kept me riveted until the last page (sigh) and now that I've read the first four books in the series I can pre-order the fifth book (Magic Slays, due out May 31st) with no sense of guilt whatsoever.
All of the elements I've come to expect from this series were here in full force. Kate kicks the requisite amount of ass, the bad guy is horrifying gross, there's a great mythology element included, and the sexual tension between Kate and Curran reaches an all time high. Saiman is a douche as usual, Kate's friends are there to back her up, and the whole situation boils over very quickly as someone is targeting the Pack and the results are quick, bloody, and brutal.
One of my favorite things about this series is that the environment remains central to the book and the stories never lose their post-apocalyptic feel. Kate is a serious force to be reckoned with as a fighter but nobody seems to want to use her skills, knowledge and abilities to their fullest potential. That's why the ending of the book is so satisfying and opens up so many possibilities.
Things between Kate and Curran finally reach critical mass as well, and in fear of spoiling things for folks out there who aren't to this point in the series yet, that's all I'll say about that. Keep reading, you won't be disappointed!
This book also provides a lot of insight into the history of Kate's family and gives an idea as to the epic throwdown that's looming between her and her father. As other conflicts seem to get resolved, I'm definitely interested to see what happens in this arena.
Oh, Raphael and Andrea. Sigh. Forgive and forget, you know?
If you haven't read this series yet, don't start here! For heaven's sake, start at the beginning and sop up all the deliciousness this story has to offer.
Overall Grade: A