Read-along & Giveaway: Audio: Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews @ilona_andrews ‏@GordonSm3 @reneeraudman ‏#BrillianceAudio @AceRocBooks #Read-along #Giveaway

Posted July 30, 2018 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review, Giveaway, Read-along / 11 Comments

 

Before we begin, just a reminder this post and its comments will include spoilers for the previous books in Ilona Andrew’s Kate Daniels series.  This read-along is for those who have read the books previously and also for those who are new to the series, so please no spoilers for books beyond the one featured in the discussion this week.

Book 8: Magic Shifts

Review copy was received from Publisher, Purchased. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

 
Read-along & Giveaway: Audio: Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews  @ilona_andrews ‏@GordonSm3 @reneeraudman ‏#BrillianceAudio @AceRocBooks  #Read-along #GiveawayMagic Shifts by Ilona Andrews
Narrator: Renée Raudman
Series: Kate Daniels #8
Published by Brilliance Audio on August 4, 2015
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Length: 14 hours, 10 minutes
Source: Publisher, Purchased
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When the magic is up, rogue mages cast their spells and monsters appear, while guns refuse to fire and cars fail to start. But then technology returns, and the magic recedes as unpredictably as it arose, leaving all kinds of paranormal problems in its wake.

Kate Daniels is a down-on-her-luck mercenary who makes her living cleaning up these magical problems. But when Kate’s guardian is murdered, her quest for justice draws her into a power struggle between two strong factions within Atlanta’s magic circles.

The Masters of the Dead, necromancers who can control vampires, and the Pack, a paramilitary clan of shapechangers, blame each other for a series of bizarre killings—and the death of Kate’s guardian may be part of the same mystery. Pressured by both sides to find the killer, Kate realizes she’s way out of her league—but she wouldn’t have it any other way…

“No. Not my circus, not my undead monkeys.”

Once again, I slipped right into the world. I was anxious to see how Kate and Curran were adjusting to their recent changes. You would think that life might be a little quieter. Pfft. Nope. This is Kate and life is never dull. I wondered how Gordon and Ilona were going to keep the same intensity and keep Kate and Curran’s relationship fresh without a bunch of drama like the tiffs we have previously endured. I should not have worried. This writing team is brilliant. All the changes in Magic Shifts were for the good and I am over the moon excited. They breathed new life into this series allowing for endless story scenarios. Oh yes, there are threats and darkness in our future.

“Try to look casual.” I pulled the top book out and put it on the desk.
“Why?”
“Because what I’m doing is illegal without a warrant, and we have about twenty witnesses observing our every move.”
Curran crossed his arms, making his biceps bulge, leaned against the desk, and fixed our audience with his stare. Everyone spontaneously decided to look anywhere else but at us. Right. Casual, my foot.
“See,” he said. “No witnesses.”

As always, there are several different threads to keep us listening and abandoning reality. A case involving a missing person has us battling a new threat. The Andrews tackle Arabian mythology and reanimated metamorphosis. I am talking freaky folks and oh lord they gave me the shivers. The creatures are dark; the battles are gritty and ironically as beautiful as they are dark. No detail is wasted creating a three-D image of the scenes in my mind. Oh and Daddy makes an appearance because Kate’s life is not stressful enough. Poor Kate takes a beating and gets herself into some serious trouble pushing her to accept she cannot always be in the thick of things. I love that she is continually growing and evolving.

“DOES EVERYBODY THINK I am an asshole?” Curran asked.

“Only people who know you or have met you.”

Despite the changes, we see many of the characters we have come to love as they step into new roles. While in many ways, Magic Shifts could be viewed as a bridge book it still delivered the quality and richness we have come to expect from this writing duo. Brilliant with humor, character growth, interesting developments and tantalizing teasers of things to come. I was completely mind-blown away. I laughed aloud, screamed and became fully engaged in listening.

“Do we have a flamethrower?” Curran asked.
“No.”
“We should get a flamethrower.”

Magic Shifts was as fresh and exciting as the first book in the Kate Daniels series and I cannot wait to continue listening. Renée Raudman has become synonymous with the name Ilona Andrews and I hope this partnership never ends. She brings the characters to life and makes listening to this audiobook an adventure.

Listen to a clip: HERE

Magic Shifts for the win. Read it, Own it, Love it.

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Who said:

“Your horse is a donkey, your poodle is a giant wolf breed, and your boyfriend is whatever the hell he is. You have problems.”

Schedule and wrap up:   

We are doing one book every four weeks, posting on Mondays. We should have a review for most of the books with the team here at Books of My Heart plus some of our blogging friends.

 

Aug 27:     Magic Binds

Aug 28:     Magic Triumphs (release day!)


Miss a post?

Jan 15:  Magic Bites

Feb 12:  Magic Burns

Mar 12:  Magic Strikes

Apr  9:  Magic Bleeds

May  7:  Magic Slays

Jun  4:  Magic Rises

Jul  2:   Magic Breaks

 


The winner of last book’s giveaway is:      Mary C.

 

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About Ilona Andrews

“Ilona Andrews” is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. Ilona is a native-born Russian and Gordon is a former communications sergeant in the U.S. Army. Contrary to popular belief, Gordon was never an intelligence officer with a license to kill, and Ilona was never the mysterious Russian spy who seduced him. They met in college, in English Composition 101, where Ilona got a better grade. (Gordon is still sore about that.)

Gordon and Ilona currently reside in Texas with their two children and many dogs and cats.

They have co-authored two NYT and USAT bestselling series, the urban fantasy of Kate Daniels and romantic urban fantasy of The Edge and working on the next volumes for both.

About Kimberly at Caffeinated Reviewer

I am an avid reader and coffee drinker. I love watching Dr. Who, Sherlock Holmes, Supernatural, and The Magicians. I love watching storms, especially curled up by a fire with a nice cup of coffee. I adore my hubby and have been married for twenty-eight years. We have three children, now all adults and two grandbabies happily referred to as the “royals” here at Caffeinated. We have lived in NJ, FL, VA and now reside in NE.

One of my favorite past times is chatting with my friends online about books. I started blogging to share my love of books with others and joined Barnes and Nobles book club forums and Goodreads. I love all genres. Some of my favorites are urban fantasy, romantic suspense, paranormal mysteries and post-apocalyptic/dystopian. Did I mention I am a series addict..in all genres!!!

For years I read only historical fiction and mainstream authors like Stephen King, Koontz, and Nora Roberts. I was bedridden for a spell when my husband began bringing me books from the library. I was working my way through Amanda Quick’s historical romances when he brought home her book, Second Sight. The first book in the Arcane Society series. I looked at it and went paranormal woo-woo?!? What? But guess what..I loved it (yep, now I have read them all) and from there I decided to step out of my comfort zone and began reading new authors and new genres…It’s a love affair that is still going on.

While I will always be a cover whore, I no longer limit myself to one genre. I read books from young adult to hot and steamy romances. Followers know I love a good horror or Zombie book.

In 2015 I launched, Caffeinated Services, and now work assisting authors. It is the perfect career combining my skills and passion for the written word.

I look forward to sharing books with you! Feel free to contact me, the coffee is always on.

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Posted July 30, 2018 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review, Giveaway, Read-along / 11 Comments


11 responses to “Read-along & Giveaway: Audio: Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews

    • yes I often do the reread on audio but this time I am rereading. I just started my re-read of Magic Binds last night. I love how some of the earlier books I had forgotten details and even these newer ones I am picking up more by reading them all closer together. So good.

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    • Yes, at this point you would need to read 2 a week to catch up. It’s been fun. We started in January. I’ve been giving away all the novellas and Gunmetal Magic, a copy of Innkeeper Volume 1, etc. You could maybe start where you are and read 1 or 2 a week? I’m glad we’ve found each other now.