Magic Shifts Review

Well, no one can deny that Magic Shifts is going to be a biggie, but Doug Meeks did up a review that confirms it. The last book was a total game-changer in more ways than one, but Ilona Andrews always somehow manages to top themselves.

magic shiftsWhat Doug said…

Where to start, I have written a review on most if not all of the books in this series and I find myself running out of superlatives. The plots are multilayered, interesting and unpredictable. The characters (all of them not just the main couple) are fully developed, no cardboard cutouts and you actually grow to care about all of them. The thing though that makes this such a huge success is that Kate and Curran are deeply in love at all times, add in the best “graveyard” humor ever and you have a mix that can’t lose.

This time you have to wonder, after last book (shame on you if you have not read that epic) what could even give them any problems? It seems there are a ton of things in this world that Ilona Andrews has crafted that can do that and one of them has come to town (no I won’t tell you, it is part of the plot to find out).

In addition to occasionally saving the world (or at least Atlanta), they seem to now need some kind of a job to go with their new lifestyle in suburbia and so they are getting involved with the Merc Guild which is something that makes me happy since I can see all kinds of fun things coming from that arrangement, providing everybody survives long enough to make something happen. The fact that they have some minor problems with the self-appointed neighborhood HOA in the midst of everything else is just another level of humor here, in spite of end-of-the-world plots I laughed more at this book than many romantic comedies I have read over the last year.

As usual there are a multitude of plots, they all seem to be able to tie themselves back together by the end of the book and we are left with a tidbit or two towards a future book (not always the next one) and in addition to everything else Kate and Curran are trying to look like a family unit, kinda hard but, hey, they are giving it a really great effort (nobody in the HOA was harmed in the reading of this book).

The ongoing [fill in the blank for what you call her relationship with her Dad] is still confusing to me, Kate leaves us no doubt as to where her feelings lie but they keep throwing just enough information into the mix that you have to remember some of the things from previous books to not start to like him a bit. He is still put forth as the big bad thing in some epic battle to be fought in the (I hope) distant future. There may be just the smallest bit of light at the end of that tunnel after this book but it was a teaser at the end of the book.

This book as many of the others revolves around complex relationships and loyalties between friends and loved ones, which is part of why this is such a great series, it is never as simple as “beat up the bad guys”, people’s emotions are involved and used to deepen plots, things that people would never risk are done for the sake of loved ones, and the list of such things is near endless but it takes this series from the swamp of interesting but average urban fantasy and raises it to the level of exceptionalism that you only get from one of the best series being written in this genre or any other.

I was going to do a trek to the nearest big city, pick up a copy, and get a hotel room for the night and just read. I even had a room booked in the best hotel in the city, but I had to change it to the week after because of work. Boo. I guess an extra week won’t kill me. Right?

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8 thoughts on “Magic Shifts Review

    • kaleigha says:

      They haven’t disappointed yet, ever, and how many can you say that about? For me, Ilona and Nalini, with Patricia Briggs moving up the list, too.

  1. cheryl says:

    great review.
    For all the annoying restrictive things that happen with ebooks ….. the greatest plus is I don’t have to find the nearest large bookstore(not even near) or order hardback online and wait for it be mailed on release day or download that sucker on my kindle and start reading in seconds.
    Some books just require immediate gratification of reading it now, now, now.
    Yup… come on Aug.

    • kaleigha says:

      Even though I will never be an e-book gal, they do have a place. For books that I absolutely must have at this minute (even though they are always on order and on their way to me), I have broken down and bought the e-book, too. And if it is a real biggie, I have stayed up until 4 am to download it, since with the time change that is when it is available. Such a nerd.

  2. Loverofromance says:

    oh I am really loving this series. I just finished Magic Slays…but I just love this world building and Kate and Curran together!! Its quite entertaining seeing them work through a relationship.

  3. Erin S. Burns says:

    All these people who already have their reviews up? Yeah, those people ought to be very glad I don’t know where they live. It would be very embarrassing for both of us to have a sobbing middle aged woman in their driveways.

    The wait for next week is killing me.

    • dougmeeks says:

      LOL, I can tell you the same thing I always tell people. All you have to do is write about 800+ reviews and post them on Goodreads and Amazon and authors will give you books 🙂 See it’s simple LOL. I still remember when I had a book budget that I sorta kept hid from my wife it was so bad 🙂 I had to get to reviewing to save money

      • Erin S. Burns says:

        Doug, I am actually doing fairly alright in the ARC arena, just not quite to this level yet.

        I didn’t get into blogging for ARCs, I got into it because time spent blogging was not time spent purchasing new books and devouring said books to purchase more books, but I’ll admit, the budgetary implications of the blogging/ARC dynamic certainly don’t suck 😉

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