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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