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Magic Tides, Ilona Andrews 02 March 2023

2023 modern fantasy novella, continuation of the Kate Daniels series. Kate, her husband Lennart and their son Conlan just want to live in peace for a bit. Of course that isn't going to happen.

After all, what do you do when your son brings home a friend whose little brother has been kidnapped? It's not as though you stopped being awesomely powered just because you moved to a new town.

While a lot of this is clearly to indulge readers who've been missing their dose of Kate, I'm impressed to see that the Andrews collective continues to hold things together as far as power and escalation go: Kate and Lennart are a whole lot more powerful than the local talent, sure, but they can still run up against things that need to be fought cleverly rather than by just going in with main force. And of course there are diplomatic considerations too. Guess that light cover identity isn't going to last very long.

“Red Horn kills people,” Thomas said behind my back. “Your wife…”

“Will enjoy the exercise,” my husband said. “You know what they say. Happy wife, happy life.”

It is just a novella, of course; there isn't room for a whole lot of plot complication or secondary considerations. But it's a welcome return of interesting main characters, and there's even some overall progress (this comes after Iron & Magic but it's not immediately clear by how much).

You could start the series here, I suppose, but why would you want to?

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Series: Kate Daniels Wilmington Years | Next in series: Magic Claims

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