Series-Review: Kate Daniels #6 – #10 by Ilona Andrews

I am usually not good at finishing series – but this one I could not leave alone. I had a rather longer break between the ninth and the tenth book because I wanted to read the spin-off book inbetween but was not all that excited about reading about Hugh d’Ambray. And then I did not want this series to end.

While I think that the first five books were overall stronger, I still enjoyed the second half of the series a whole lot. Ilona Andrews really are one of the high points of my reading year. (I did also read their Hidden Legacy series before finishing this one.) I don’t feel like I can write proper (or even mini-) reviews for this second half of the series as I mostly sped through the books. Also reviews would need to be spoilery and I don’t want to do that. So what I will do is tell you the ratings I gave the books and then gush about what I loved in the series as a whole.

Magic Rises (Book 6)

3 out of 5 stars

Magic Breaks (Book 7)

4 out of 5 stars

Magic Shifts (Book 8)

4 out of 5 stars

Magic Binds (Book 9)

4 out of 5 stars

Magic Triumphs (Book 10)

4 out of 5 stars

The fact that I read 10 books in half a year should be all I need to say. I adored my reading experience.

The world the Andrews’ have created here is absolutely wonderful: it is well thought through and immersive enough while giving lots of possible avenues to explore that I could get lost in the series, no problem. Set in a world that could have been ours, magic has been restored and thrown the world into chaos. Technology and magic exist next to each other, or rather they alternate much in the same way tide and ebb do. The world always makes sense and the rules that are established are always taken into account. I adore world-building this consistent.

Kate Daniels is a wonderful main character – she feels real and believable while being over-powered (I LOVE over-powered heroines in my fantasy books) without her power making her problems moot. Her narration is hilarious and honest and I felt with her every step of the way. I have rarely been as invested in a relationship as I have been in hers and Curran’s. The build-up made me lose sleep because I just needed to know what was going to happen – but once they are established as a couple, they are solid and most of all, they communicate with each other (most of the time).

I also love that Kate has a network of friends she can rely on and who will tell her when she over steps. I adore how her friendships with both women and men evolve and how necessary these friendships are for her development.

Like I said, the series really was one of the high-points of my reading year.

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