Saturday, December 15, 2012

Audio Book Review: Magic Bleeds (Kate Daniels #4)

Media Type: Audio Book
Title: Magic Bleeds
   * Series: Kate Daniels #4
Author: Ilona Andrews
Narrator: Renee Raudman
Publisher: Tantor Media
Format: Digital MP3
Duration: 13 hours and 7 minutes
Source: Library Download
Genre: Urban Fantasy

HDB Rating: 5 Keys to My Heart

Recommended to: Fans of the series! Seriously, if you're not hooked now I just don't know what to tell you.

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Atlanta would be a nice place to live, if it weren't for the magic. When the magic is up, rogue mages cast their spells and monsters appear, while guns refuse to fire and cars fail to start. But then technology returns, and the magic recedes as unpredictably as it arose.

Kate Daniels works for the Order of Knights of Merciful Aid, officially as a liaison with the mercenary guild. Unofficially, she cleans up the paranormal problems no one else wants to handle---especially if they involve Atlanta's shapeshifting community.

When she's called in to investigate a fight at the Steel Horse, a bar on the border between the territories of the shapeshifters and the necromancers, Kate quickly discovers that there's a new player in town. One who's been around for thousands of years---and who rode to war at the side of Kate's father.

This foe may be too much even for Kate and Curran, the Beast Lord, to handle. Because this time Kate will be taking on family.

Narrator Review:
Renee Raudman's voice is perfection! Her portrayal of Kate Daniels makes her gruff, kick-ass persona hop out of the audio book and kick you in the face. She's got the sarcasm and dry wit down to a science! I was already excited about that, but even more impressed when I heard the wide range of voices that she has for each and every other character in the book. Hands down, great audio book!

Audio Book Rating: 5/5 - A Must Listen!!!


Book Review:
Magic Bleeds begins with Kate making (naked) dinner for Curran as the loser of their last bet. Let me point out how big of a deal this is for her to follow through with. Curran is late, however. Very late. Understandably pissed, Kate would love to go and have a word (or a sword) with him, but unfortunately she has to deal with the "Steel Mary"; a very powerful being who is wreaking havoc all over Atlanta. Cue a crazy, amazing story line that has officially become my favorite in the series so far.

I've said it before, and I'll say it again. I have a total crush on Kate Daniels. It doesn't matter how much of her I read, I have never felt more attached to a character. The bevy of emotions that Ilona Andrews has Kate go through in this book almost borders on exhausting. Poor Kate. However it's written so believably that I couldn't help but feel all those emotions as well. Anger, sorrow, terror, complete and utter happiness. Kate's character has grown so much and in Magic Bleeds we see a Kate who is actually working to keep her anger under control. I'm not saying it always works but, hell, she's trying! Little things like psycho killers just keep getting in her way.

This installment also developed the relationship between Curran and Kate and OH MY GOSH I can't even tell you how much in love I am with the two of them together! Those of you out there who tried the first book and thought that Curran was a bully and a jackass? Well, he is. At first. In this story though we get to see the side of him that has slowly been developing over the last few books. The Beast Lord can be sweet! He can be thoughtful. Oh and good lord can he be sexy. I'm fanning myself just thinking about it.

Book 4 and I'm still completely entranced by this series. Magic Bleeds far exceeded all the bars I had set for it, and I can't even tell you how excited I am to get my hands on a copy of the next one! Ilona Andrews has created a series that is witty, heartfelt, kick-ass and one that you'll want to stick with for the long haul. I can promise you, if you keep reading you'll be hooked. More please. I want more.


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