Review copy was received from NetGalley, Purchased. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Magic Tides by Ilona Andrews
Series: Wilmington Years #1, Kate Daniels #10.5
Published by NYLA on January 10, 2023
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Source: NetGalley, Purchased
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Kate, Curran and their son, Conlan have left Atlanta, vowing to keep a low profile, and are settling into a new city and new house…but some things never change! Magical mayhem is about to erupt when Kate undertakes the rescue of a kidnapped youth, while Curran guards the homefront.
It should be a simple retrieval, but with monsters on land and sea, Kate’s got her work cut out for her. Still, she's never let her blade dull or her purpose falter. And that low profile? It’s about to wash away with the raging tides!
Ilona Andrews is an auto buy author for me, my absolute favorite. When I was offered Magic Tides for review I was thrilled. The book is a half book, longer than a novella. It comes after the Kate Daniels series, but is about Kate, Curran and Conlan and their life in Wilmington NC. They are trying to lay low and just provide a normal childhood for Conlan.
As always, I found the world-building, the character development and the humor to be amazing. There is no feeling as awesome as sitting down to read an Ilona Andrews book. I was excited to see how things had been going since they moved to Wilmington. They are building their own compound.
When Kate finds out a boy has gone missing, she tells the boy’s father she will get him back. The father says the kidnappers are really bad guys and maybe it isn’t safe for her to go talk to them.
“Paul’s nephew has been kidnapped by a local gang. About 50 people. I’m going to get him back.”
Curran grinned at me. “Will you be home in time for dinner?”
The father and uncle continue to express their concerns to Curran while Kate changes clothes. At this point, I am laughing my head off. They have no idea. Everyone Kate meets from the gang, to the local order people, to the local head of The People have absolutely NO CLUE. And it’s delicious.
I love how Kate knows all the rules, the details, the mythology of the many creatures who might fight her. To keep herself incognito, she gives the impression she used to be an Iron Dog. She calls to get Hugh to cover her and that exchange is also priceless.
I would not read this as a stand-alone. I would read it in order after the Kate Daniels series. I say this not only because there are many characters and development to understand, and facets of this world, but because it is my favorite series ever and it is worth reading. I am so happy to have more in this world with these beloved characters.
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The Kate Daniels series is on my list of series I need to start. Your reviews always make the books sound so enticing. Glad this one was another winner for you!
Everything Ilona Andrews is my favorite. Must read. Must buy. ASAP. I hope you get to these amazing stories.
Ilona Andrews is my first choice and everything else can wait.I hope you get to read soon.
I hoard my limited book money, but I may have to pop the money for this one. My library system still doesn’t have it listed.
Magic Tides won’t be out until Jan 17. I only have 1 library that shows titles before release dates. That’s out of 8 I have. BUT if you request (recommend ) it then when they get it you will be higher on the wait list. I’m buying it because I buy everything Ilona Andrews.
Yeah, this one is definitely a gift. I love that they went back to the Kate Daniels’ world.
It’s so good. I was so happy to read it.
I’ve heard this author is really good. I ‘ll have to try one of her books soon!
It’s my favorite author (a couple). I hope you love them too.
I probably need to grab this and read it so I’m not behind on yet another series! But I’m afraid I’m not going to remember enough of the Kate Daniels world and I so don’t have time for a reread. I knew you enjoyed it and read it in one sitting, and reading your review I’m definitely thinking about it!
yeah it’s been 4 years. Unbelievable! Since I read Kate Daniels in the Read-along. But I did read Blood Heir which is the same world just last year. That’s the Julie series and it falls later in the timeline than this book.
I had a really good time with this one as well
This author is the best!
This book was such a happy surprise. It’s Kate but matured. The humor is spot on as always. I hope they write more.
I hope so too! I love it so much. The BDH is bound to ask for more.
Ilona Andrews is an auto buy for me too! Just finished Sweep of the Heart yesterday and I can’t wait to read this one!
Exactly. I pre-order, auto buy and sometimes in multiple formats.
Yes! This series is also a no-brainer choice for me. I’ve read the other books twice now and I’m tempted to go for a third round. Looking forward to this one for sure.
Enjoy! It’s amazing!
I just loved this! It was such a full and entertaining story that gave me all of those happy feelings that I remember from the series.
It was the best and they are my favorite of favorites.
It’s such a great series the characters have depth and the world building is so good . I loved Conlan being a POV was delightful to see his perspective
yes! And the humor was amazing. It really just had it all.