She may have left the Order of the Knights of Merciful Aid; she may (finally) be officially mated to the Beast Lord—but she still has her attack poodle, Grendel, and 'shoot first, ask questions later' Andrea in her corner...and in Kate Daniel's magic-blasted Atlanta, the mayhem always remains the same.
Work has been slow at Kate's new business, but things get messy quickly when a rogue vampire shows up on Kate's doorstep and Ghastek, Atlanta's premier Master of the Dead, presents a little problem: his handlers have mysteriously been losing control, and this is not an isolated incident. Almost immediately another tricky case lands in her lap, courtesy of a furtive visit from an elite member of the Red Guard, who needs her help finding a kidnapped scientist and the mysterious device he's been working on. Oh, and something is eating magic wards.
As Kate dives into action, she discovers that she may be at the beginning of The End; and that Atlanta is sure to be destroyed if she can't connect the right dots, and stop a powerful—and vengeful—group determined to wipe out the entire magic community.
Holy cliffhanger! And what an amazing story Magic Slays was! I love learning more about Kate. Curran is so great I want to purr when he arrives on the page!
My Magic Slays review:
In Magic Slays, Kate has started her own PI agency, and the first case she and Andrea got was a very strange one, only to be followed by one that was possibly even stranger. The danger was lurking everywhere, and the magic played havoc on Kate’s senses as she had to figure out how wards could completely disappear, both on her crime scene and closer to town. There are many things making these jobs difficult, but as usual, Kate has her eye on the prize – more publicity for her new agency, and possibly a way to pay back her loan from the pack sooner rather than later.
Curran’s way of trying to make sure Kate is safe at all times is both sweet and slightly counter-productive, but who can blame him? Kate always does what needs to be done, from going on a job where strange things happens, to meeting with witch oracles in abandoned parks, and chatting with leaders of the people without a second thought… But she usually does get the job done, and she has the fighting skills to pull it off; most of the time at least.
In Magic Slays, it seems that there are so many enemies after Kate and her friends at the same time it’s impossible to try to keep up! When One of her worst fears comes to life, her true self, and her loyalty comes even more to the forefront than usual, and the ending practically killed me! You need to have Magic Rises on hand when you read this one, just so that you can start it and find out what happens next!
Some of my favorite Magic Slays quotes:
The door swung open and a redheaded woman carrying a manila envelope stepped into my office. Tall, lean and longlimbed, she moved like a fencer, light but sure-footed. You had a feeling that if lightning struck her, she’d lean out of the way and stab it through before it hit the ground.
Now having an address in Sibley Forest meant you had money, you liked privacy, and you didn’t mind weird shit on your lawn. Sometimes literally.
She was hitchhiking. Great. Awesome. At least she always carried a knife with her. When I relayed this to Curran, he shrugged and said, “If she kills anybody, we’ll make it go away.”
Sorting out who was who and what belonged to whom was like untangling a Gordian knot. If I shook my head and bits and pieces of the Pack’s Law fell out of my hair, I wouldn’t be surprised.