Title: Magic Shifts
Author: Ilona Andrews
Series: Kate Daniels #8
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Dystopia, Paranormal fantasy, Shapeshifters
Publisher: Ace fantasy
5th sentence, 74th page: My fingers came out bloody.
After breaking from life with the Pack, mercenary Kate Daniels and her mate—former Beast Lord Curran Lennart—are adjusting to a very different pace. While they’re thrilled to escape all the infighting, Curran misses the constant challenges of leading the shapeshifters.
So when the Pack offers him its stake in the Mercenary Guild, Curran seizes the opportunity—too bad the Guild wants nothing to do with him and Kate. Luckily, as a veteran merc, Kate can take over any of the Guild’s unfinished jobs in order to bring in money and build their reputation. But what Kate and Curran don’t realize is that the odd jobs they’ve been working are all connected.
An ancient enemy has arisen, and Kate and Curran are the only ones who can stop it—before it takes their city apart piece by piece…
Curran and Kate start a new life and a new era is ushered in with the beginning of Magic Shifts. Their new life embraces their love and small family – which you quickly realise is much bigger than just the three of them. Having a family away from The Pack was an incredibly new dynamic and one that just feels so right within their lives.
Most children would love for their father’s to be a part of their lives, which helps to make Kate’s reluctance to have hers a part of her life all the more entertaining. His involvement in her life is tenuous and incredibly risky – it is difficult to tell which way he will turn and how this is going to affect Kate’s life. I can’t wait to see what happens next in the series – Kate and Roland’s relationship balances on a knife edge and it is impossible to see which way it will slide.
The message that absolute power can, and often does, corrupt absolutely is poignant throughout this book. Roland has been a reminder of this throughout the series, but there are others. Mahon’s pigheaded ideals cause a huge rift within the tale, and his inability to see beyond his own ideals and grasps of reality had potential disastrous consequences. Contrastingly, when most of the characters are vying for power and control, Kate and Curran find their peace and happiness in the lack of power. Although they are still incredibly formidable in their own rights, the lack of power over others and that responsibility is refreshing and leads to pure happiness in their lives.