Review – Magic Shifts

Magic Shifts book cover


Magic Shifts


Kate Daniels #8


Ilona Andrews


Urban Fantasy


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…


5stars rating

For some reason, this series is always my backup plan, I never actively go out of my way to read it. And every single time I finish a book I’m totally baffled why the hell not…
This time though, the series is in my reading plan for the year 2021, so I AM FINISHING THIS SERIES! (well.. the books that are out at least).


We’re no longer in the Keep! But let me tell you that suburban lifestyle really isn’t for Kate and Curran lol.
Set in the urban fantasy world we know and love, more exactly, the city of post-Shift Atlanta, we followed Kate all over the place (because of course, she is not the type that sits around quietly when there is someone’s life to be saved). It was no issue though as all scenes and environments were really well described and detailed enough.

Character development:

I have to say right off the bat that I really like how Julie is getting a more ‘prominent’ part, actively helping out and such. She’s cool (even though still being a teenager), but then again, she had to grow up really fast in the last few instalments and with people like Kate, Curran and Derek around, it’s hard not to be awesome 🙂
Kate and Curran (as I’ve already mentioned) are out of the Keep and trying to fit in with the neighbours. It’s not easy, though it gives us readers a lot of entertaining scenes 😀 It’s good that they’ve new and interesting challenges going on at the Guild but of course, this wouldn’t be a true Kate Daniels book without some fierce and ancient enemy!
I did miss Derek in this instalment, I mean, I know he was there, but he only came to the front a few times. I hope to see more of him in the next instalment! That said, this series has so many interesting and colourful characters whom I want to see more of! 😀 They all feel so alive!

Pacing & Flow:

Such smooth writing, it’s always a pleasure to read books by this author.
You just know when you pick up the book that it’s going to be near non-stop action, still, very well balanced with all the conversations to keep the story moving forward.
Oh and when you get at that part (you’ll know when you do), remember to just keep on breathing 😉

The book itself:

The book itself was well written with no (noticeable) errors. There was no sex described (if that is important to you). The book is 342 pages long, spread over 23 chapters and told from Kate’s point of view.

Final Thoughts:

I just love this series and truly recommend it to everyone who loves shapeshifter urban fantasy. There is some romance in it, but really, more as an undertone. Love, love, love it! So the big question now is … when will I read the next instalment? Well, depends a bit on the Bookshelf Bingo game I’m in atm (hello SOS: Serious Overload of Series people!) but in any case… this year!