Magic Shifts (Kate Daniels #8) by Ilona Andrews

Magic ShiftsSynopsis:

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…

My thoughts:

I couldn’t wait to get my fingers on this book. I was really curious to see how it all would play out for Kate and Curran now that they no longer part of the pack. No longer being Beast Lord and Consort.  Especially Curran, since he was the beast lord for almost all his life or at least a pretty good chunk of it. Either way, he was always part of a pack. Now being on his own, with Kate has to be interesting to say the least.

I loved this book and it was by far much better than the last few books, at least that was my opinion. We get more of the ‘old’ Kate, pre pack and pack drama Kate and I really loved that. She seemed more confident again and more sure of herself and not having to answer the pack that doesn’t really support her anyways. She seemed more at ease even with all the stuff happening. Well most if the time.

Curran, on the other hand had a harder time to adjust to a “normal” living and it was quite comical at times. I think it will take him a while to get used to living without the pack.

Though they are not part of the pack anymore and not allowed in the keep, doesn’t mean we don’t get to see the pack and know what is going on. We still get to see a lot and a few major pack members are still pretty important in this book. I was glad that we didn’t just lose most of them and hardly hear anything about them.

Of course we still have Derrick and Julie. I still think that they are made for each other and hope to see more of them and maybe sometime a spin-off with him and Julie would be wicked awesome after Kate and Curran get their well-deserved retirement.

In this book we learn about a few more supernatural groups we have not heard much about in previous books, it was both thrilling and freighting.

Giants, Ghouls and Djinns, Oh My   !!!  There is way too much about all of them to sum it up in a nice little review without spoiling it but I have to say the ghouls were by far the creepiest things in the Kate Daniels world so far for me.  I think some of these groups we will see more of in future books.

While I loved this book it was playing way too much with my emotions, there were a few times I might have cried like a baby.

We also learn a lot more about Roland and what is about to come maybe. I just can’t decide to trust him or not but I go with not.

Overall, it was an awesome book and one of my favorites in the series. In true Kate fashion we get humor and action but also heartbreaking and cruel moments as well as some loving and caring relationships. Add some gore and mystery and it made a great book.

I rate this book 5 ★

Some of my favorite quotes:

“Consort,” I said. “You honor us.”

“Fuck you,” Dali said. “Fuck your shit. I quit.”


“Your horse is a donkey, your poodle is a giant wolf breed, and your boyfriend is whatever the hell he is. You have problems.”


“Besides, if I’d decided to pull Carver’s spine out of his body, I would’ve done it already.” “Can you actually do that?” Curran frowned. “I don’t know. I mean theoretically if you broke the spine above the pelvis, you could, but then there are ribs . . . I’ll have to try it sometime.”


“Who’s the guy?”

“He’s my . . .” Fiancé, honey-bunny? “He’s mine.”

Lago nodded knowingly. “The thing with the Beast Lord didn’t turn out, huh? That’s okay, I heard that guy is a dick. You don’t need that shit.”


“DOES EVERYBODY THINK I am an asshole?” Curran asked. “Only people who know you or have met you.”


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2 thoughts on “Magic Shifts (Kate Daniels #8) by Ilona Andrews

  1. LOL love that gif. Great review, I hope Derek and Julie get together too I think. it depends on if they develop someone better. “Does veeryone think I’m and Asshole ?………” Snort***

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