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Ilona Andrews’ Magic Triumphs – KD Did It Edits

Book Review: Ilona Andrews’ Magic Triumphs

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Book Review: Ilona Andrews’ Magic Triumphs

Magic Triumphs

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apocalyptic, city fantasy in a hardcover version that was revealed by Ace Books on August 28, 2018 and has 336 pages.

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Different books by this writer which I’ve reviewed embrace On the Edge, Bayou Moon, Should Love Hellhounds, Darkish and Stormy Knights, Angels of Darkness, Hexed, Destiny’s Edge, Hex Attraction, An Apple for the Creature, “Magic Gifts”, Gunmetal Magic, Innkeeper Chronicles, Metal’s Edge, Magic Bites, Magic Burns, Magic Strikes, Magic Bleeds, Magic Slays, Magic Rises, Magic Bleeds, Burn For Me, Night time Shift, Magic Shifts, Magic Binds, White Scorching, Wildfire, Iron and Magic

Tenth (and I feel final) within the Kate Daniels apocalyptic city fantasy collection set in a future Atlanta, Georgia, and revolving round Kate, a fierce but compassionate mom, spouse, warrior, and “goddess”.

The story begins 13 months after Kate has given start, and utilizing first individual protagonist point-of-view, we’re aware about the entire thing.

I anticipate a future spin-off, if that epilogue is something to go by. It’s that fifth to the final paragraph that additionally has me questioning…and hoping that Andrews get a transfer on…!

My Take

I hate when an writer wraps up these random unfastened ends, even whether it is good to tidy up, because it often means their world is coming to an finish. Thankfully, Andrews additionally units up prospects, at the very least I hope I’m deciphering it the proper means! Though, what was with Sunshine Realty??

How Andrews “tidied up” Roland was most spectacular. And such an excellent instance for Conlan *she says primly*, particularly, lol, after all of the violence Conlan does “get” to see. Significantly, Andrews scared the pants off me with Kate’s willpower to finish Roland a method or one other, and who knew the dangerous man could possibly be such a useful plot gadget?

In the meantime, Aunt B’s plan labored. Ascanio has grow to be accountable. Who knew?

“‘How is Baby B doing?’

He grinned. ‘A wolf boy tried to steal her toy at the picnic last week. She chased him down, took the toy away, and beat him bloody with it.’

‘You must be so proud.’

‘Oh, I’m.”

Hmmm, shades of Ladies of the Otherworld

Kate and Curran as mother and father are hysterical. Clearly, they do have a couple of “extras” that the majority mother and father don’t have or encounter, however…oh, man… I do love that bit the place Kate is relieved that Conlan stops crying when he “gave up singing the sad song of his people and fell asleep”. In fact, regardless of all the concerns, Conlan does develop into fairly the precocious little man *extra laughter*

Per standard, Kate encounters those that don’t see her as any massive thang, and she or he exhibits them why they need to step rigorously, lololol. The Order. Yeah, they assume they’re all that, and Kate tells ’em that they’re not her drawback until they make themselves her drawback. They only don’t get it, however they willll…

Andrews’ god principle is fascinating and a helpful a part of the authors’ magic world. That the religion of those that consider in you means your ideas and actions are not your personal. And with extra religion, the nearer you get to godhood. Sadly for gods, they will’t exist when the magic is down, so Kate is true to be indignant…and frightened.

Loads of again histories present up together with Derek remembering his father earlier than he went loup, Erra’s worry of the yeddimur and the way she and Roland have been betrayed these hundreds of years in the past, Christopher’s level concerning the variations between himself and Hugh…man, Christopher explains what Roland did to Hugh, a plan that began when Hugh was a toddler. It explains a lot and is nearly sufficient to make me really feel sorry for Hugh. It’s that speech about forgiveness that Christopher provides that basically makes me sit up.

Poor Roman. He’s so mad at Kate, as he tells her to seek out one other method. That he’s all the time bargaining together with his god to scale back the variety of deaths, and she or he had higher do the identical.

The reality about these searching journeys Curran’s been happening. Hoo. Boy. And but Curran does make an excellent level to Kate about it having gone on for the previous two years, so she will’t actually complain that he’s solely now altering…even when he’s rising taller, his hair longer…

That change in Hugh makes the brand new state of affairs much more troublesome for Kate. All her reminiscences of the issues he’s completed. How can she forgive that?

“It was like having the sun ripped away,’ he said. ‘I’d reach for the connection out of habit, and there would be a raw wound there, filled with all [that] I did.’”

There’s greater than sufficient motion for anybody, and Andrews spices the drama up with an entire lotta humor. I’m gonna miss these guys.

The Story

Kate’s entire life is “one long chain of emergencies”, and now Roland is pulling in his armies and full villages are disappearing in probably the most hideous approach.

Fortunately, Kate has come a great distance from her origins as a loner taking good care of paranormal issues in post-Shift Atlanta. She’s made associates. And enemies. She’s discovered love and began a household with Curran Lennart, the previous Beast Lord.

Fortunately, as a result of the Witch Oracle has begun seeing visions of blood, hearth, and human bones. The Order is out to take away Nick Feldman. There’s a query of civil conflict inside the Pack.

And Curran has a brand new pastime. He’s searching. With Erra.

And Neig the Timeless has an odd approach of proposing to the lady he needs as his future queen.

The Characters

Kate Daniels Lennart, the In-Shinar, the Blood Blade of Atlanta, the Sharratum na Shar, the queen who doesn’t rule and claimed Atlanta over two years in the past, provides start to Conlan Dilmun Lennart, the Prince of Shinar. Sarrat is her sword, shaped from her grandmother’s bones. Grendel is Kate’s big poodle. Julie is Kate’s “adopted” daughter. Yu Fong, a Suanni dragonshifter, had gone to high school with Julie. Dali informs us that Yu Fong is sacred.

Chopping Edge is Kate’s investigative enterprise and employs Derek Gaunt, a wolfshifter, and Ascanio, a bouda. Situated in the identical neighborhood are Invoice Horn‘s tinker store, Nicole‘s automotive restore place, and Mr Tucker who walks together with his “the world is ending” placard.

Curran Lennart, the previous Beast Grasp, is her husband, and he shapeshifts right into a MASSIVE lion.
Eahrratim “Erra“, the Metropolis Eater and the Rose of Tigris, a princess of Shinar, is Kate’s now-dead aunt. Voron, Roland’s earlier warlord, had been the closest individual Kate knew as a father.

The 500-Acre Wooden is…
…Kate and Curran’s neighborhood, which has expanded to carry numerous former Packmates, together with the married George (Mahon’s one-armed daughter is pregnant) and Eduardo Ortego, Derek (his older sister had been Maggie), and Barabas Gilliam and Christopher Steed who had been Roland’s Legatus till Roland turned him right into a theophage.

The Mercenaries Guild was…
…taken over by Curran who now serves because the Guild Grasp and takes on any job for cash. Barabas, a weremongoose and former Pack lawyer, is the top admin and a companion. Kate is the Steward. Adora is a former sahanu whom Kate broke free. Curran’s elite group consists of Ella, Douglas, Rodrigo, and Ramirez? Corinna, a werejackal, likes to burn scented candles within the locker room. Carlos is a brief mercenary.

The Pack is…
…some 1,800 shapeshifters robust nowadays and dominated by Jim Shrapshire, a jaguar shifter, who’s mated to Dali, a.okay.a., White Tiger, a vegetarian white Siberian sacred tiger whose magic is divine-based. Robert Lonesco is Jim’s chief of safety and one of many Alphas of Clan Rat alongside together with his husband, Thomas. Mahon (the Kodiak of Atlanta and the Pack Executioner…and grandpa) and Martha (grandma) are the alphas of Clan Heavy (they each flip into bears) and contemplate themselves Curran’s household. Desandra is the alpha of Clan Wolf. Dr Doolittle, a were-honey badger, is the Pack medmage and assists Kate and the child. The alphas of Clan Bouda are Andrea, Kate’s greatest good friend, and the beautiful Raphael Medrano. Their daughter, Beatrice Kate Medrano, a.okay.a., Child B, is flourishing. Ascanio turned Kate’s intern some years again in hopes of taming his, um, exuberance. Miranda. Lora.

Teddy Jo is Thanatos, the Greek angel of demise. Saiman, a.okay.a., the pervert, is the perfect arcane skilled in Atlanta. David Miller had been the magical equal of an fool savant who had dealt with many objects which all acquired some type of energy. Nimuel was a person of peace.

The Witch Oracle consists of…
…three ladies: the Crone (Maria who hates Kate), the Mom (Evdokia is Kate’s aunt and Roman and Vasiliy’s mom), and the Maiden (Sienna). The White Warlock can act as a prism for magic and can be important on the day of battle.

The volhvs
Roman is a black volhv, a priest of Chernobog, the god of All Evil and Darkness. Aspid is Chernobog’s black serpent-dragon who loves Roman. Grigorii is his father, the top black volhv. Vasiliy, his brother, worships Belobog, the white god.

Conclave is…
…composed of a consultant from each magical faction in Atlanta: Ryan Kelly, the Purple Guard, the Mage School, and the others already talked about. This time they’ll meet at Rebecka Rivers‘ place, Rivers Steakhouse.

Serenbe was…
…a rich “urban village” in Fulton County the place Watkins is sheriff. Now it’s a farming group. Alex Katsaros and his fiancée, Lisa Winley, by no means confirmed, and their our bodies can’t be returned. Karen Iverson is a first-generation jackal, and her mother and father lived right here. Shock Collins had been a mercenary.

Coy Parker is an area daredevil.

Ruby was…
…a small settlement in Milton County the place Beau Clayton, a pal of Kate’s, is sheriff. His deputies embrace Kenny who rides Meredith. It’s the place Kate duels with the champion.

Kings Row was…
…a part of Decatur, now it’s a settlement, or it was till Rowena ended up in a column of fireside.

Biohazard is…
…also referred to as the Middle for Magical Containment and Illness Prevention. Luther is just too humorous in how he treats Kate. Fortuitously, he additionally packs plenty of magic energy, thinks for himself, and isn’t afraid to take dangers. Allen is a co-worker who would by no means depart Kate alone if he knew.

Particular Agent Garcia is with GBI. Grand Magus Phillip should work with Luther and Ghastek. Lieutenant Basic Myers confirmed up and easily requested what Kate wanted.

The Order of Merciful Assist is…
…firmly outdoors the regulation nowadays. Nikolas “Nick” Feldman is the present Knight-protector and head of the Atlanta division, and he hates Kate due to her father and that her mom broke up his mother and father’ marriage (the older Greg Feldman, a knight-diviner, had been Kate’s guardian and Nick’s father). That stated, the knights are very loyal to him. Maxine is the Order’s psychic secretary. Norwood is a Knight-abettor, Knight-diviner Youthful, and Knight-striker Cabrera are from Wolf Lure, Virginia, the place the Order’s nationwide headquarters are situated.

The Individuals are…
…Masters of the Lifeless who manipulate the senseless vampires who populate their stables underneath the On line casino. Ghastek is a Grasp of the Lifeless, their chief in Atlanta (he rebelled from Roland), and Kate’s Legatus. Noah is a brand new man. Rowena is Ghastek’s second-in-command and got here from the identical village as Kate’s mom. Javier is a journeyman who is aware of greater than Noah, lol. Eve is a burst med-mage, a quick healer. Wickert is a journeyman assigned to seek out the patterns. Kim and Sean are extra journeymen.

The Druids
Grand Druid Drest, Jennifer “Jenn” Ruidera, Brendan has to put on his listening to help, and Alpin who likes to sacrifice the chickens are all higher-ups amongst the Druids.

Hugh d’Ambray had been…
…Roland’s warlord till he disillusioned him. Now he’s dwelling in a fort in the midst of Kentucky, and Elara is Hugh’s spouse, a witch. He nonetheless fields his Iron Canine.

The Sharrum is…
…Kate’s father, Roland, a.okay.a., Im or Nimrod, a millennia-old father and immortal wizard with a megalomaniacal complicated who doesn’t perceive no. He’s additionally the person who created the primary vampires. Shalmaneser is Kate’s grandfather. Landon Nez is Roland’s right-hand necromancer and head of his Golden Legion; Avag Barsamian is Nez’s second-in-command. Morgan had been the Legatus earlier than Christopher.

Members of the Order of Sahanu are Roland’s assassins whose highest aim is to kill considered one of Roland’s blood. Razer is fey, Carolina, Arsenic, Gust, and extra.

Sunshine Realty is…
…a ache within the tush. One in every of their brokers is consistently calling the Lennarts to promote their home. Their brokers embrace Amy and Elizabeth.

Neimheadh, a.okay.a., Nemed…
…simply name him Neig, the Timeless, and he’s legend…and a dragonshifter. The origin of his yeddimur will make you gag. His brother tried to take Roland and Erra, they usually ended him. However Neig claims to be but extra. Moccus is the Celtic Boar, guardian of hunters and warriors, that manifests because the Caledonian Monster. When magic left the world the final time, Neig created a lair in a pocket actuality to attend till there was sufficient magic on this world once more.

The elder powers embrace gods, djinn, dragons, and so on. They will solely manifest on earth when the magic is up. The Shar is the necessity to maintain and shield the land, a necessity bred into Kate’s household to make them higher rulers. Hmmm, I feel this “need” wants extra work…

The Cowl and Title

The background behind our decided (and bloodied) Kate, her black wavy hair caught within the breeze, sporting a black leather-based jacket and pants with a close-fitting black tank prime, holding Sarrat in a rear guard stance, is of a faded-out Curran in his lion type. Under, the background modifications to the Atlanta skyline, a golden glow to the left of Kate. The writer’s identify is in an embossed white throughout her abdomen whereas the title is in an embossed pink under it. Between the 2 and under the title are information blurbs in white. The collection info is to the left of “Magic” in darkish brown.

The title is somewhat complicated, since so most of the characters have magic. We all know which one’s Magic Triumphs in the long run, however…?