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MAGIC TIDES by Ilona Andrews – double review!

Ilona Andrews invites you back to the #1 New York Times bestselling Kate Daniels series in this exciting new long novella featuring Kate, Curran and Conlan, some familiar faces, some new friends, and all the special brand of chaos they create!

Kate, Curran and their son, Conlan have left Atlanta, vowing to keep a low profile, and are settling into a new city and new house…but some things never change! Magical mayhem is about to erupt when Kate undertakes the rescue of a kidnapped youth, while Curran guards the homefront.

It should be a simple retrieval, but with monsters on land and sea, Kate’s got her work cut out for her. Still, she’s never let her blade dull or her purpose falter. And that low profile? It’s about to wash away with the raging tides!

Title : Magic Tides
Author : Ilona Andrews
Series : Kate Daniels – Wilmington Years (book one)
Format : eBook (overdrive)
Page Count : 163
Genre : urban fantasy / paranormal romance
Publisher : NYLA
Release Date : January 17, 2023

Reviewer : Micky / Hollis
Rating : ★ ★ ★ ★ / ★ ★ ★ ★

Micky’s 4 star review

Bliss being back with Kate and Co
Family life under the radar
Kate saves the day

The library hold arrived and I DEVOURED this up like a feast. How I have missed Kate Daniels and Curran (and Conlan). This was like being with old friends, with magic, gore, beasts and slime thrown in and I couldn’t be happier about it.

This series starts on the foundation of the previous series with a note of feminism woven throughout. That is, Kate goes off to save the world and Curran says ‘okay honey’. He’s a supporter, he worries about her, sure but there’s no masochistic psueo-protective bull shit we see so much in these kinds of PNR/UF shifter series. There’s no big feminist flag flying but Kate, Curran and others are all signed up to their own equality act and I love it. I realise I’ve gone off topic here, but oh well.

The story was strong, I liked Kate’s poor attempt of lying low and her mission to save some kids. She’s epic in battle and strategy as ever and the whole thing kept me hooked. I’d like to see some Julie if poss, even though she has her own series and I look forward to seeing the ex-consort and her beast lord make a hash of the HEA.

I would just have liked it to be longer. Please can we have a full book next? Pretty please!

Hollis’ 4 star review

Elle oh elle at Kate and Curran a) thinking they could ever lay low and b) that we were anywhere near finished with them. Though maybe that second point is more to the author duo than the characters but still! It applies.

In fact, the whole way through I was more or less on Keelan’s team. He knows the real deal, he knows what was up. IYKYK.

This was a fun “little” (snort, the acknowledgements at the end) reunion with Kate, Curran, and Conlan, and it was a delight from start to finish. Gone are the days that Kate has any doubt in her abilities and when the need arises she kisses her honey and off she goes and Curran doesn’t blink an eye. But nor is he off the hook for magical mayhem funtimes, thankfully. There is equal opportunity for asskicking for one and all in this family. And yes, that includes the eight year old.

Also, that one particular cameo. Even if it was just a phone call. I’m dying for more from that series. And Julie’s series. Every series. IA can’t stop, we won’t let them stop, I just need more more more.

I don’t really think this review has to be any longer than this because if you’re a fan, you’ve probably already read it. And if you’ve yet to start (why, why haven’t you started), it’ll either mean nothing to you or be spoilers. But suffice it to say there is clearly so much more still to be explored and discovered about this world, including the complicated mythology and worldbuilding and all the politics that go along with it. I sense something a’brewing. Which is great news because of the aforementioned lack of stopping I want from these two. But with book two already announced for June.. thankfully they seem to know what’s up.

The only downside to this book is the fact that I now want to reread the entire series. Again. Damnit.


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