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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Book Review: Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews

Title: Magic Slays (Kate Daniels #5)
Published: May 31, 2011 by Ace
Format: Paperback, 320 pages
Genre: Urban Fantasy

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.

Warning Picture Spoilers (sort of) 

What I Liked: As usual, loved the snarky and witty dialogue. The action/fighting scenes were great. I'm glad that Kate has acquired (though somewhat forcefully) her own little motley crew to drag around and do her bidding. It was nice learning more about the people of Kate's past even though it was depressing at times. Most of all, I enjoyed the introduction to a slew of new characters! I'm sure they will continue to turn Kate's world upside down.

Sorry Kate Daniels fans, I didn't color Curran gray nor did I give Mahon armor
As usual, click to enlarge. It looks more impressive that way. :)

What I Disliked: Don't know why, but I felt like the beginning was a little slow. Kate also seemed slightly more angsty than usual, which is understandable given her circumstances; however, it still didn't sit well for me sometimes. Also, I wish the fight scene with the bridge troll was written into the story instead of just mentioned in passing. 

 I'm vertically challenged in reality, but not that vertically challenged! :)

Rating: 4.8/5
So now you know what I've been slaving away at since last Saturday night until very early Wednesday! I had the hardest time drawing a lion on the computer! The fact that the lion was roaring made it more difficult since it elongates the face and I wasn't sure what should be showing inside the mouth. Then there was the mane of hair that was originally a giant round puff like an afro or black cotton candy. I'm still not quite satisfied with it, but I got tired of tweaking him. The lion aside, drawing the calydonian boars were great fun! Pumbaa never looked so fierce! :)


Tiger Holland said...

I love Magic Slays! Yeah, it starts out a little slower than the others but, man, it's satisfying. :-)

Following back!

Kristy said...

*Tiger Holland: I agree, it was a solid book in the series. But it's missing that extra something that made Magic Bleeds pure awesome!