Reviewed by: Krista
Rating (out of 5): 4.5 stars
Note: While this review will be spoiler free, it does reference events from previous books in the series. If you haven’t started yet, check out VBC’s review of book 1, Magic Bites.
When I finally got Magic Breaks in my grubby little hands I was filled with both glee and anxiety. It wasn’t that I had a shred of doubt that latest outing from Ilona Andrews wouldn’t live up to my expectations. It was the hard truth that I knew that as soon as I finished the last page I would have to wait at least another year for the next Kate Daniels book. And as much as I enjoy novellas and such, nothing quite takes the edge off the wait for the next book. Alas, such is the fate of a self-diagnosed book addict.
As long as we have known Kate Daniels, she has been hiding from the epic leader of The People, The Builder of Towers and all around global scourge: Roland. Otherwise known as her father. And although the series has been extended past the original seven-book story arc, the Andrews’ writing duo had promised that they would stay true to their originally intended epic confrontation between Kate and her father. That being said, Magic Breaks definitely delivers on everything built over the series.
Almost from the beginning of the book, Curran leaves on a diplomatic mission and Kate is left in charge of The Pack. Conveniently this just happens to be the moment that Hugh d’ Ambry chooses to bring the world crashing down around her. Actually Curran and Kate are separated for a large part of the book. During this time we can only guess and theorize what Curran has to deal with. Hopefully there will be some Curran POVs in our future to fill in the details. With Curran unreachable, Kate ends up having to deal with the difficult Pack politics and an impending war with The People.
It might make me odd, but I love Hugh. Yes, he is a sadistic evil psychopath, but I can’t help but be glued to the page anytime he made an appearance. He is like a dark twisted male version of Kate. He also makes me laugh.
In the end, Magic Breaks is and isn’t the book I expected. The book delivered on many of the arcs, which have been building since Magic Bites. But it was the showdown between Kate and her father that didn’t completely pay off. It may be the fact that since the series has been extended that the confrontation wasn’t as epic or final as I thought it should have been. Not that I didn’t completely love the book, as I must have read the book at least six times now. It just wasn’t as satisfying as Magic Rises.
Magic Breaks definitely puts into play a lot of changes for the series, and I am excited to see where Andrews takes it. This series remains one of my strongest and consistent recommendations.
Sexual content: Life affirming, shattering reunion sex