What I’ve Been Reading – October 2017

So, October tried to outdo September for passing quickly. It was all rereads this month. And almost exclusively rereads of a single author, or rather a pair of co-writers. I basically devoted the month to the Kate Daniels series.

I did pick up several new books towards the end of the month, notably Nnedi Okorafor’s Lagoon, which was my pick for book club in November. I just didn’t manage to finish it before the month wore out. I also picked up a Blind Date book from Book Culture up by Columbia yesterday.  That’s my treat for the train ride next week when all of my words for NaNo WriMo are in. So you’ll get to hear about those in December.

Rereads

Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews (actually Gorden and Ilona Andrews): Magic Bites (read the post), Magic Burns, Magic Strikes, Magic Bleeds, Magic Slays, Magic Rises, Magic Breaks, Magic Shifts, Magic Binds. And the novellas: Magic Steals, Curran, Magic TestsMagic Mourns, Magic Stars, and Gunmetal Magic.

Mini Review – Kate Daniels Series 

More than ten books into this series and I am still in awe of Ilona and Gorodon Andrew’s ability to come up with absolutely crazy good ideas. I am a huge fan of the Kate Daniels series for their consistently tight writing and ability to create a world at once gritty and realistic and completely magical. This could be said about all of their series actually.

Twenty plus years after a magical apocalypse has crashed down upon the world, humans struggle to survive as waves of magic and technology wash over the land at unpredictable intervals. Strange new creatures roam the land during magic, and most place’s mythologies have turned out to be frightenly grounded in reality. Still people manage to survive and adapt to the changing landscape and a society which now includes necromancers, shapeshifters, wizards, and the truely weird.

Kate, protagonist and surprisingly nuanced badass, manages to be a sarcastic heroine I don’t want to stab (not that that would go well for me). Her romantic partner leans towards the alphahole trope, but also gains nuance as the series progresses. The supporting cast are never just paint-by-numbers tropes and really make the series shine, especially when they get their own moments in the spotlight.

Overall, if you enjoy fantasy at all, you should give this series a try. Ignore the covers, this is really a lot closer to the Dresden Files than any bodice-ripper.

 

 

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