Discussion Post | Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews

While this re-read is making me love the Kate Daniels series even more, it’s also making me realize how little I retain as a reader. There was a part in this book (the last 10 percent or so,) that left such an impression on me the first time around that I was sure it was the bulk of the middle of a book. The emotion in this book was (for me,) at an all time high, and I am so surprised that Magic Bleeds was able to surpass Magic Strikes in that respect for me. The way this series is unfolding and the way we’re being led to Kate’s fate is just amazing! Birdie Bookworm and I had plenty to say about this one! As always, this post is split between our two blogs. Part one is here on my blog, and the conclusion can be found here on Birdie Bookworm Book Blog!

Please keep in mind that as this is a discussion post, it will include spoilers for the series.

*Our discussion dates for this series have changed. Please scroll to the end of this post for new dates.


Book Blurb:

Down in Atlanta, tempers – and temperatures – are about to flare…

As a mercenary who cleans up after magic gone wrong, Kate Daniels has seen her share of occupational hazards. Normally, waves of paranormal energy ebb and flow across Atlanta like a tide. But once every seven years, a flare comes, a time when magic runs rampant. Now Kate’s going to have to deal with problems on a much bigger scale: a divine one.

When Kate sets out to retrieve a set of stolen maps for the Pack, Atlanta’s paramilitary clan of shapeshifters, she quickly realizes much more at stake. During a flare, gods and goddesses can manifest – and battle for power. The stolen maps are only the opening gambit in an epic tug-of-war between two gods hoping for rebirth. And if Kate can’t stop the cataclysmic showdown, the city may not survive…

| Spoilers Galore Book Discussion |

Angie Elle: I’m just going to start with my favorite part of the book, and yeah. It’s Kate and Curran and all. The. Sex! Yep. I loved it. Curran’s jealous rage…man. Just the thought of The Beast Lord stalking Kate through the city of Atlanta is so sexy and the best foreplay I could think of. The whole mating story, even with Raphael and Andrea was hilarious. And I don’t know why, but Curran telling Kate that it was his privilege to feed her – once again all sexy and sweet.

Birdie Bookworm: That scene, with Curran chasing Kate and Saiman through the city is one of the biggest standouts for me in the entire series! I love it so much! I love that Kate knew that he would break the rules in the restaurant. It was so sexy and hot. I also loved when he overheard Andrea telling Kate about how he broke his weight bench.

Angie Elle: Yes. It was hilarious watching Kate try to navigate that conversation with Curran right there!

Birdie Bookworm: Especially knowing that with his shifter hearing, he could hear every word. The mating frenzy thing is so awesome. (Raphael and Andrea too, for sure.  They made me want to reread Gunmetal Magic!)

Angie Elle: I am so in awe of how Ilona Andrews fleshes out every single character that gets page time. From Bram a few books ago to Aunt Erra in this one. That these people aren’t just adversaries, they have actual histories. And the authors take the time to give the reader their pasts and what brought them to this very moment. It’s always done so flawlessly.

Birdie Bookworm: I agree, completely. Like Hugh. They give everyone a back story. I do have to admit that I was less invested in this installment, compared to the previous. In my original review I said it was the best one yet, but I think I had to have been so focused on all the goodness between Kate and Curran because during my reread I realized how I was (I hate to say it) bored with the battle between Kate and Erra. I actually dropped this installment down a star after this reread.

Angie Elle: That’s funny because, of course, I do think it is the best one yet. It really set the dynamic for Kate’s family relations going forward, and I loved it. I was intrigued by the whole concept of the blood armor. It was time for Kate to quit the order, because it was so stifling for her. I was glad to see her branch out on her own, and that it was Curran who gave that to her. I felt like this was a big turning point in the series.

Birdie Bookworm: I think we say that in every book, haha. Yes, I agree with all that. The only thing that made it not as good as the last book was the books ‘big bad’. The battle and the build up to Erra didn’t thrill me like other books. I get how it’s all coming together, leading the story to her battle with Roland. I just was meh about this one. Everything about Kate and the Pack, Kate and Curran, what happened with Kate and Andrea, and Kate and the Order… I loved all of that.

Angie Elle: Yes, it was entertaining.

OK – Curran being unconscious left such an impression on me that I swear it felt like half a book. This is one of my favorite parts of the entire series. There really is no going back for Kate and Curran now; they are Kate and Curran forever. The way she fought for alpha status was so damn awesome, and the way Curran’s pack betrayed him made me so sad for him. I was so mad at them at end of this book.

Birdie Bookworm: It left such an impression on me that I remembered it as almost a whole book! I thought it would be in the next one, because remembering when I read it the first time I thought it was so long! It was such a heartbreaking part of the story, I’m not surprised we were both so caught up in it the first time.

Don’t forget to visit Birdie Bookworm’s Book Blog to read the second half of our discussion!

| Kate Daniels Series |

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| Discussion Schedule |

Quick note – for those of you aren’t aware, the release date for Magic Triumphs was recently pushed out to August 28th. I don’t know about you, but I breathed a sigh of relief at this announcement. Birdie Bookworm and I made the decision to re-read this series very last minute, so we committed to reading a Kate Daniels book every two weeks on top of our regular review schedules. This has allowed us to spread our discussion posts out to every three weeks, giving us a bit of time before the final books is released. This is good news for those of you who want to jump on the Kate Daniels bandwagon and be all caught up for Magic Triumphs. If you’re thinking about giving this series a go, I highly recommend it. The world building and pacing of the Kate Daniels series can’t be beat!

12 thoughts on “Discussion Post | Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews

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  1. Oh my goodness! You’re making me want to re-read this series! I’d forgotten how much I love this installment. It really was a turning point in the series and there was sooo much to love with all things Kate & Curran. *sigh* Hmm. I’ll have to see about setting aside time for a re-read… Great discussion, ladies!

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  2. Its interesting that you bring up how hazy some things that you never thought you’d forget have become. I’ve been enjoying your discussion and realizing that much of what you say has drifted from my mind or drifted to such a far corner that I’m vague on it.

    Loving your discussions!

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  3. I have so much love for this series! I do love that scene when Curran is chasing Kate through the city. I need to finish my re-read of the series before the next book comes out.

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  4. I love spoilery book discussions, and even though I haven’t read this series I decided to read this anyway lol! I’ve heard this series is awesome, so I may give it a go at some point. Sounds like the characters and backstories are complex and really well developed!

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    1. I love spoilery book discussions, too! Especially for series. It often bumps them up on my to be read list. I hope you do get a chance to read this one. It’s a wonderful series, and the world building is amazing!


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