Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews

Cover of "Magic Bleeds (Kate Daniels, Boo...

Cover of Magic Bleeds (Kate Daniels, Book 4)

Magic Bleeds is refreshing for its grittiness. In a genre full of hunky werewolves and friendly vampires, Ilona Andrews has created a dark landscape full of ugly monsters and terrifying people.

Kate has a secret. She’s the missing daughter of Roland, the creator of vampires, and the most powerful man in the world. She’s hiding from him, biding her time until she’s powerful enough to kill him once and for all. But when a plague-spreading demi-god arrives in Atlanta, Kate might not have time for her power to reach it’s full potential. She’s entangled herself in a fight to the death, and is clinging to life with all the strength she can muster.

Kate must decide between being the independent, self-reliant woman she was brought up to be, or being the mate of the Beast Lord, Curran. She knows she’s being hunted. She knows she loves Curran. She doesn’t know if she can afford to risk his life, and the life of the shapeshifter Pack.

Curran is by far one of the best male protagonists in the urban fantasy genre. A ruthless leader with a terrible past, he’s developed a soft spot for Kate. He’ll go to any length to protect the prickly woman, whether she wants his help or not. Usually not.

Within the darkness that characterizes this series hides little tidbits of humor. Kate has a sharp wit, and her inner thoughts and snarks comments reflect this, like when she talks to her new pet, Grendel: “I’d just had a conversation with a  poodle and accused him of criticizing me. Curran had finally driven me out of my mind.”

And Andrews weaves  in beautiful descriptions that often counteract the typical grittiness of Post-Shift Atlanta: “Magic built around me slowly, like cotton candy winding on the spire of my body and flowing outward, around the flame circle.” These small things add beauty to an otherwise ugly world.

Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews is the fourth book in the dark and gritty Kate Daniels series. Follow tough girl Kate as she confronts the Beast Lord, a host of seven undead mages, and a long-lost relative.

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