Discussion Post | Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews

If you peruse book blogs long enough, one of the common wishes is that we could read a book all over again for the first time. That’s exactly how I feel re-reading the Kate Daniels series – that I am reading it for the first time. There are some things I remember: bare bones of the series and things about Kate and Curran’s romance. It seems I was invested in the romance to the exclusion of more important plot elements the first time around, and it is making for such an interesting journey this read. There is so much that I missed my first read, and I continue to be surprised with each book I pick up. There was a lot to talk about with this one, and you all know the drill! This discussion is split between my blog and Birdie Bookworm’s blog. If you want to read the first part of the discussion, it starts here on Birdie’s blog. Don’t forget to come back and read the conclusion!

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


Book Blurb:

As the mate of the Beast Lord, Curran, former mercenary Kate Daniels has more responsibilities than it seems possible to juggle. Not only is she still struggling to keep her investigative business afloat, she must now deal with the affairs of the pack, including preparing her people for attack from Roland, a cruel ancient being with god-like powers. Since Kate’s connection to Roland has come out into the open, no one is safe—especially those closest to Kate.

As Roland’s long shadow looms ever nearer, Kate is called to attend the Conclave, a gathering of the leaders from the various supernatural factions in Atlanta. When one of the Masters of the Dead is found murdered there, apparently at the hands of a shapeshifter, Kate is given only twenty-four hours to hunt down the killer. And this time, if she fails, she’ll find herself embroiled in a war which could destroy everything she holds dear…

| Spoilers Galore Book Discussion |

In previous books Robert and Thomas, Alpha’s of the wererats, are mentioned, but it isn’t until Magic Breaks we get to know them.  What did you think of these two Alphas?

Birdie Bookworm: I’m not sure how I felt about Thomas, because he was only in it for a little bit, but I actually really liked Robert. I liked his honesty, even if I didn’t always agree with him. He was upfront with Kate about how he felt about her choices, but when he talked to her about it he still felt respectful.

Angie Elle: I know they were a major part of this story for me, but they weren’t stand out characters. I think the purpose they served for me was solidifying why Kate and Curran ultimately left the pack. Not that this was the only reason or that it was needed, but that was the link I made.

Birdie Bookworm: Ohh, interesting. I didn’t figure that Robert and Thomas might have been part of Curran’s decision to leave. Especially since he seemed understand and even agree with Robert’s point about Kate being too emotional and not ruthless enough as an Alpha. I am sure that it was a factor for Curran though, just needing her to be accepted and even though Robert liked her, he wasn’t sure she was the right Alpha.

Desandra is now in Atlanta. How do you think the change of scenery has altered her character?

Angie Elle: I don’t feel like it was the change of scenery that changed Desandra as much as finally being out from her father’s thumb and having to protect her children. I think the spunk would have been there no matter where she was.

Birdie Bookworm: I think she always had the capacity of being spunky, but the freedom she found in Curran’s pack gave her the opportunity to shine. I actually really liked her in this book, far more than I liked her in the previous. I loved that she’s fighting for her children.

In Magic Breaks there was a pretty significant betrayal.  Did you see it coming?

Birdie Bookworm: I mean, I expected it when they were told to beware of the wolf. Jennifer was the obvious suspect, so I’m not sure how significant it was to me. However, what maybe was significant was how I felt like Jennifer really lost it after the loss of Daniel. She didn’t like Kate, but they’d had multiple conversations about the loss of her sister, and she seemed like a genuinely kind person otherwise. She was just negatively reacting to the grief. I never doubted her love for Daniel before, but suddenly they were talking about how she was a manipulator, both with Daniel and with this new douchebag guy. That did surprise me. It felt like a pretty significant character change.

Angie Elle: That’s interesting about Jennifer being a manipulator. I must have glossed over that part when I was reading, but that really does indicate that she shouldn’t be an alpha, and that she can’t even be a trusted member of the pack. Even without the betrayal to Kate and Curran.

I don’t know that I saw the betrayal coming, but I really wasn’t surprised. And I didn’t find it that significant, either. I think because of the relationship between Kate and Jennifer. If it had been Andrea, that would have been significant. I am just surprised it took this long for someone to commit this kind of betrayal. I think it’s becoming clear though, that none of the pack (save the Boudahs and Kate’s inner circle,) ever saw Kate as part of the pack. I find that betrayal to Curran quite significant.

Birdie Bookworm: I don’t see the pack reactions to Kate as significant anymore. I think it’s become pretty common, which is sad.

Kate was dealt a tough blow in this installment when she lost Slayer. How did you feel about that?

Birdie Bookworm: It kind of really hurt! Slayer felt like a character. She was a part of Kate, and when she said she felt like she lost a limb I understood what she meant. Though, I did like the reveal about her Grandmother and the tie between Slayer and Sarrat was interesting.

Angie Elle: I was devastated. I swear my heartbreak synchronized with Slayer’s break. Aside from Kate, Slayer was the biggest player in this series, and the last link she had to Voron. And how telling that turned out to be – Voron getting the last laugh because Kate would have to fight Roland with her grandmother’s remains. I love the story of Sarrat and how her new sword came to be, too. But my heart still hurt for Kate’s loss.

Birdie Bookworm: Well, it’s especially interesting that Voron had all these plans, like fighting Roland with a sword made of her Grandmother’s bones, and then when the opportunity presented itself Kate ended up not fighting him at all. I loved that moment, too. It was the moment she set aside the poison that Voron fed her.

Angie Elle: I think after the coven enlightened her, Kate stopped fighting for Voron and started fighting for Kate. And she’s smart enough to know she’s not strong enough yet to beat Roland. I think in Curran, too, she has found a new lease on life and has every reason to want to live. Her relationship with him, and the other ties she has now like Julie and her friends, have given her more of a reason to live. Kate wants to know, when she finally goes toe to toe with Roland in their final battle, that she will win.

Seven books in, and three weeks closer to the Kate Daniel’s finale, you guys. I am getting so excited for Magic Triumphs! Are you reading along with us, or doing your own re-read of the Kate Daniels series? We’d love to hear what you think so far.

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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!

2 thoughts on “Discussion Post | Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews

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  1. Like you gals, I wasn’t particularly surprised or devastated over the betrayal. I felt like the atmosphere around all the shifters was too obvious not to breed that sort of happening. Oh yes, I cried when the sword broke. 🙂


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