"Plagued by a war between magic and technology, Atlanta has never been so deadly. Good thing Kate Daniels is on the job.
Kate Daniels may have quit the Order of Merciful Aid, but she’s still knee-deep in paranormal problems. Or she would be if she could get someone to hire her. Starting her own business has been more challenging than she thought it would be—now that the Order is disparaging her good name, and many potential clients are afraid of getting on the bad side of the Beast Lord, who just happens to be Kate’s mate.
So when Atlanta’s premier Master of the Dead calls to ask for help with a vampire on the loose, Kate leaps at the chance of some paying work. Turns out this is not an isolated incident, and Kate needs to get to the bottom of it—fast, or the city and everyone dear to her might pay the ultimate price . ." (From Back Cover)
I've mentioned before that I'm a HUGE fan of Ilona Andrews and the Kate Daniels Series is one of my favorites. I think it's second only to Sookie Stackhouse.
This is book five in the series and it's still going strong. In book four Kate and Curran FINALLY resolved things and Kate agreed to become The Beast Lord's mate. Fortunately Kate and Curran are still driving each other nuts and their fights are still some of the best conversations you'll read. I laughed out loud at some of the things they said to each other. Kate and Curran come across as very real. They love each other but they still clash over what to do.
I've really enjoyed the way Kate has grown and changed over the last five books. She hasn't slowly grown to trust her friends so much as made leaps in trust forward, then fallen backwards, slowing inching forward again. In the first book, Kate as narrator would barely tell the reader anything about herself and we've had to slowly discover her secrets over the course of the series. With Curran, she doesn't spill all her secrets to him right away. She will randomly tell him something significant when she builds up the courage to do it and feels she can trust him, then feels extra vulnerable after. This felt really and true to the character.
Along side with dealing with her relationship with Curran, Kate has to deal with the threat of a 'doomsday' device and the risks it poses to those she cares about (while also dealing with the fact that she has people she cares about!) The plot doesn't link to Roland directly, and that was a nice break since Magic Bleeds was about Kate's family relationships.
We learn some really interesting things about Kate's mother, who has never really been discussed and more about Voron, his relationship with Kate's Mother, Roland and even his relationship with Kate.There is also a significant development in Kate's relationship with Julie and to a less extent a change in her relationship with Andrea and some members of the Pack.
Writing this review, I realized that the story really can be summed up with the word relationships.
Along with a great plot that kept going at a rapid pace from start to finish, there was a great twist at the ending. Kate gets flowers and a note that sets up some future excitement. Kate can't avoid Roland much longer and with everything we've learned so far I don't think things will happen the way Kate thinks it will. I think there are even more exciting twists coming up.
Overall, there was no drag in this book. I thought it was great and now I have to settle in for the long wait for book six!
Fast-paced action the best UF heroine out there!
Curran quotes The Princess Bride and says "As you wish" to Kate. That's just awesome!