Magic Claims & Demons of Good and Evil

Posted June 13, 2023 by Carole in Reviews / 9 Comments

I received this book for free from the publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Magic Claims & Demons of Good and EvilMagic Claims by Ilona Andrews
Series: Kate Daniels: Wilmington Years #2
Published by NYLA on June 13, 2023
Genres: Fiction / Fantasy / Urban
Pages: 238
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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A new town, new friends, new challenges…. And a new heart-stopping adventure from #1 New York Times bestselling author, Ilona Andrews. Kate, Curran, and Conlan may have left Atlanta for Wilmington, but the usual magic mayhem has also hitched a ride!

Kate and Curran have just settled into their new home and their 'low profile,' when a local businessman approaches them with an offer they can’t refuse. A mysterious evil has spawned in the nearby forest and is holding a defenseless town hostage. The ‘due date’ is rapidly approaching.

It’s exactly the kind of fight the Lennarts can’t resist, not for the prize the town offers, but for the people who will surely die if they ignore it. If they succeed, they’ll be rescuing an entire community and can build a strong new base for their family and the Wilmington Pack. If they fail...well, fail is a four-letter word.

Nothing comes without a price. Now Kate must decide if she has what it takes to pay it.

This was even better than I had expected it to be and I went into this book expecting a lot. Kate and Curran make such a fabulous team and it is really no surprise that their quiet life wouldn’t last too long. Something is not only holding a small town near them hostage but it is also demanding that the town sacrifice some of its residents every year. Both Kate and Curran can’t just stand by and do nothing so they fight for the town’s safety in the way that only they can.

I just loved getting the chance to see Kate and Curran back in action and I love the fact that their young son is a force in his own right. Kate is capable of just about anything and her magic in this book feels fresh and exciting. I adore Curran so the fact that sections of the book are told from his point of view was a wonderful bonus. There were a few surprises worked into the story that kept me guessing and I am really excited about the fact that this book left the door open for more to come.

I would highly recommend this book to others. This is the second book in the Kate Daniels: Wilmington Years which takes place after the original Kate Daniels series. I would recommend reading these books in order if at all possible since later books may contain spoilers for those earlier in the series. This book had all of the action and excitement that I hoped for and there were even a few more tender moments between Kate and Curran. I cannot wait to read more from this fantastic writing pair!

I received a digital review copy of this book from NYLA.

I received this book for free from the publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Magic Claims & Demons of Good and EvilDemons of Good and Evil by Kim Harrison
Narrator: Marguerite Gavin
Series: The Hollows #17
Published by Berkley Publishing Group, Penguin Random House Audio on June 13, 2023
Genres: Fiction / Fantasy / Urban
Length: 17 hours 26 minutes
Pages: 463
Format: ARC, Audiobook
Source: Publisher
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Rachel Morgan will learn that the price of loyalty is blood in the next Hollows novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison.

Rachel Morgan, witch-born demon, suspected that protecting the paranormal citizens of Cincinnati as the demon subrosa would be trouble. But it’s rapidly becoming way more trouble than even she could have imagined.

While Rachel and her friends may have vanquished the trickster demon Hodin, his mysterious associate known only as “The Mage” is eager to finish what Hodin started, beginning with taking down Rachel’s power structure piece by piece.

With her world falling apart, Rachel desperately needs help. But with all of her supporters under attack, her only hope is to make a deal with the unlikeliest of allies. . . .

This was fantastic! I loved getting the chance to spend a little bit of time with Rachel, Trent, Jenks, and the rest of the gang. Trouble always seems to find Rachel and there is someone determined to get their hands on the focus and “The Mage” is causing trouble at every turn. This installment was just as exciting as I had hoped it would be which kept me glued to the pages.

This is the seventeenth book in The Hollows series which really should be read in order since each book builds on the preceding events. It seemed like Rachel was in the middle of trouble every time she turned around in this book. The werewolf community is at odds and certain individuals will stop at nothing to get their hands on the focus. Rachel is framed for the murder of an important coven member. And the vampires are threatening to send in a new master vamp. I was confident that Rachel would be able to work things out in the end but it didn’t look good for a while. There was plenty of action and enough mystery to keep things really exciting in this installment.

I listened to the audiobook and thought that Marguerite Gavin did a great job of bringing this story to life. She has become the voice of these characters over the course of the series and I love how consistent she is with the various voices. I find her voice incredibly pleasant to listen to and had no problems listening to this book for hours at a time. I do believe that her narration only heightened my enjoyment of this book.

I would definitely recommend this series to others. This is a group of characters of very likable characters that have grown on me over the course of the series. The ending of the book has left me very eager to see what might happen next!

I received a review copy of this book from Berkley Publishing Group and Penguin Random House Audio.

9 responses to “Magic Claims & Demons of Good and Evil

  1. Oh nice!! I’m eager to read Kim’s latest! I didn’t have time for the ARC this time around when it was offered so I’m now waiting on m preorder to arrive! Glad to see it was yet another exciting installment! I can’t wait! Great review!

  2. How is The Hollows series on book #17! I think I stopped after 6 or 7 but I did love the so. I need to restart the series because it’s been so long. Maybe that’s a project I can undertake next year. I do miss reading Urban Fantasy. I also need to read the last two Kate and Curran books. I actually just finished Ruby Magic, from the Hidden Legacy series, last night. I love this author pair.

  3. Magic Claims just landed on my Kindle as I preordered it, but I might wait until the audio bundle with Magic Tides comes out July 4th. Loved Magic Tides and I’m so thrilled they’re back to writing more Kate!

  4. These are both favorite series with awesome characters and worlds. I rated these the same as you did. Oddly, I read them both, not audio. Although I plan to buy the IA book on audio when it is released next month.

  5. These are both authors I’m really hoping to read soon and they both look great! I’m so glad to see you enjoyed them.