Reader Reaction…Magic Breaks

magicbreaksI am pretty sure by now that everyone who is going to has already devoured the latest Kate and Curran book from Ilona Andrews, Magic Breaks. It is the first of the series to hit the shelves in hardcover, and from what the authors have said over on their site it has done really, really well in sales. That has to be a big relief for them, since from what I understand changing format like that can sometimes be stressful. But, on to the good stuff.

What did you think of Magic Breaks? To say that this one is a game changer is a bit of an understatement, and a lot of it I didn’t see coming (which I totally love). I thought it was one hell of a book, and I think I enjoyed it even more because I had just finished a re-read of the entire series heading into it so past events were really fresh in my mind. Sound off in the comments section below, spoilers welcome. Oh, and if you are waiting for the paperback version to match up to the rest of your collection, it now has a due date of February 24th.

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20 thoughts on “Reader Reaction…Magic Breaks

  1. Loved the book. Loved the authors. Their blog has some good clarifying spoiler tidbits on a recent post related to the book tour.

  2. Best book of the year! Loved it! And I was so happy to hear the sales are doing well for them. Well deserved.

  3. I loved it too. I liked the Legend-of-Zelda feel of the wandering around the castle and I thought all the plot points were well set-up and earned.

  4. This is my favorite adult series. Hands down. And I think Magic Breaks might be the best one so far. I was literally jumping up and down towards the end. Kate! Arghhh I can’t stand how much I loved it!

  5. I have to wait until the paperback comes out — so I am waiting for the book from the library. And the library has been really slow on getting new books out on the shelf. I am on the original list and still have not gotten to read it due to a very slow processing system.

    • That stinks, I got it from the library as well and actually got to pick it on the day it came out. I was so excited. Wish all libraries could be as quick!

      • Like I always say, the only way my local library will have a copy is if I donate it. And one of the people who works there is bitchy if I drop anything off, so I don’t even do that any more.

  6. I also really enjoyed it, so much going on. I am excited to see how it will all come out. To anyone who know more then me, do you know how many books are left? I know Kaleigha posted something, but I have forgotten. I also feel like perhaps not all the remaining books will feature Kate as the lead (maybe I am making that up?). Anyone have anything to dish?

    I am super curious how Curran can live in Atlanta and not be the leader. Surely, Roland knew that and he didn’t order them to leave Atlanta. Should be interesting. I wish Roland had killed Hugh for torturing Kate (I don’t want Roland to be really evil, obviously I am in denial).

    • I think, if I have not lost my mind, that there are 10 books about Kate and Curran in total, and then a possible continuation of the series but focused on others. I read something recently on the author’s blog that they don’t want to drag the series on past where it should be, but that it is also a money maker so from a business stand-point it would be nice to see it go on in some form. I do know there are plans for something involving Roman, either a series of novellas or maybe an online serial like Clean Sweep.

    • I was really surprised by the Roland character. I was prepared to hate him but after reading the book I’m intrigued.

      • It is strange…I liked Hugh, and was prepared to loathe Roland. I ended up thinking Hugh was an asshat, and liked Roland.

  7. I think I liked Hugh in the first book he appeared, then it was kinda up in the air what he would try to do and he has a certain kind of charm. Then it was all down-hill. I always figured Roland would not be a straight-up evil dude. The books made it clear Kate couldn’t yet kill him, so I knew there would have to be some kind of middle ground (couldn’t guess how the books would handle it, that was neat).

    I can’t really see where the story arc is going at all, I am very curious where Ilona Andrews takes it from here.

    One thing I did wonder, where Kate and Curran living away from the keep, what happens to Christopher?

    • I actually forgot about Christopher, but that is a good point. I was too busy worrying about Derek, for some reason.

      • Yeah, I thought about Derek, too. It is such a wide world with so many central characters that the books can’t possibly answer every question. I do get that, but it is frustrating ;)

    • Seems to me that they are moving into a decent sized house with a nice sized outdoor space. My guess is some others will move in or on the grounds. Also I was thinking that they kind of set up this “retirement ” storyline when they brought up the previous leaders of the wolves who apparently had stepped down but still gave advice from time to time. I imagine it’s going to be hard to completely separate. However now that Kate has all these other ties to deal with (witches, vamps, Roland) this is a great method for allowing the story to grow. Also I’m wondering how Jim’s girlfriend is going to react to being the head lady in charge. It’s crazy to me how many potential storylines there are now. Like what’s going on at Julie’s school. Could that potentially be a young adult series?

      • I forgot for a moment that the “important” ones are all still working at Cutting Edge, too…Derek, Andrea, and Ascanio. I didn’t want to see their storytime cut back, but it should be good. And you just know that Jim’s new role is going to be…interesting. It makes me want the Night Shift anthology even more.

  8. Another great book! I so didn’t see the turn at the end coming, though on closer examination I am not sure that Roland didn’t do Kate and Curran one big favor, by giving him a graceful way to retire from a position that Curran has become less and less willing to fulfill. Now hopefully they will have more time for each other and he also can put her first, instead of always having to think of the good of the pack.
    The only think I don’t like is that even though Dali has been in a steady relationship with Jim ever since Magic Dreams she hardly ever get mentioned (or not mentioned at all in this book), though I would like to see how their relationship develops. I’m also wondering if Ghastek has been set up to get his own story…

    • I like how the “turn” at the end will change things for Jim, and so for Dali, too. I actually re-read the Jim and Dali novella Magic Dreams the other night, and it was great. I like them as a couple, but it is a shame their book was phased out of the line-up.

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