***Spoilers if you are not up to date with the series***
I always look forward to the sound of the UPS truck stopping in front of my house. Who doesn’t right? I have to fight the urge to run out and help the nice man in brown shorts gather up and sort my packages. He doesn’t seem to think he needs help. Whatever. Part of the excitement is never really knowing what’s in those large cardboard-ish envelopes. There’s always something good and worth squeeing over but now and then, something super squee worthy arrives. I was absolutely thrilled to see a shiny new copy of Magic Slays smiling up at me from the piles of packing envelopes. Yes, my copy smiles at me. I’m positive.
Kate and Curran are now officially mated, and Kate is struggling to get her new business running after her former employer has bad mouthed her and stained her reputation. The action picks up quickly when Ghastek calls on Kate to track down a vampire on the loose. In the confusion of the vampire take down mission Kate ends up in a stand-off and we see the return of her friend Andrea who has undergone some major life changes. She is now a working with Kate as her partner. Their first case tracking down a kidnapped scientist turns into much more than they bargained for. The entire magic community is at risk of being destroyed unless Kate can get to the bottom of the mystery.
I’m so pleased to have Andrea (and Grendal the attack poodle) back and working side by side with Kate as she’s one of my favorite secondary characters in this series. I always appreciate it when an author can write a good, convincing best friend for a lead character that can command attention and entertain without showboating and overshadowing the protagonist. The banter between Kate and Andrea is funny and flows so naturally. I always look forward to scenes with Andrea and Kate and this book left me hoping that we’ll see Andrea integrated into the series even more in the future.
While I’ve always loved the romantic story arc in this series it really is the outstanding world building and heart stopping action that draws me in and keeps me eagerly anticipating the next release. Magic Slays certainly does not disappoint in that department but I’ll get to that in a minute. Ilona Andrews really brought the romance this time. Now that Kate and Curran are mated I thought I’d miss the tension and unknown in their relationship but they still have so much to work out. Although they are mated all is not smooth sailing for them. Kate still stands up to “His Furriness” and although it’s clear Curran would not have it any other way he’s still asserting his “alpha-ness” every chance he gets. It was really nice to see Kate finally settling into her relationship with Curran. In Magic Slays Curran leaves no room for doubt about his feelings for Kate and the lengths he’s willing to go for her. *swoon*
We get to know a little more about Kate’s background and her history. While we’ve known bits and pieces about Kate’s past, we get a good look back into just how crazy and messed up it all is. Kate faces even more betrayal and my heart really went out to her this time. The tension continues to build toward the final showdown with her father.
Julie, Kate’s adopted daughter hasn’t always been my favorite character with her rebellious nature and teenage angst. But, Kate has always believed in her and I can sympathize since she has not had it easy in life. Julie gets some good page time this time and she seems to be really coming into her own. We see a little less teen-age angst and more potential bad ass with a nice little fight scene and I’m really looking forward to whatever is coming next for her. As do many teens, she gives her mom plenty to worry about.
As I said, the action and the world in which this series is built did not disappoint in any way. From beginning to end Ilona Andrews kept me riveted with a tight story, and an amazingly vivid setting. The final action scene was so intense and once it was over I was actually exhausted! Everything comes together perfectly in the end for a well rounded story and the final line in the book left me eagerly anticipating the next book. I think I might have even heard music in the background….dun, dun dunnnn.
Magic Slays is my favorite book in the series so far with its brilliant world building, heart stopping action and romance that made me swoon.
“This is the hand I slapped Aunt B with.”
“Maybe you should have it gold plated.”
“Here, you can touch it, since your my best friend.”