Magic Bleeds (Kate Daniels #4) by Ilona Andrews
Atlanta would be a nice place to live, if it weren’t for the magic. When the magic is up, rogue mages cast their spells and monsters appear, while guns refuse to fire and cars fail to start. But then technology returns, and the magic recedes as unpredictably as it rose.
Kate Daniels works for the Order of the Knights of Merciful Aid, officially as a liaison with the mercenary guild. Unofficially, she cleans up the paranormal problems no one else wants to handle—especially if they involve Atlanta’s shapeshifting community.
When she’s called in to investigate a fight at the Steel Horse, a bar midway between the territories of the shapeshifters and the necromancers, Kate quickly discovers there’s a new player in town. One who’s been around for thousands of years—and rode to war at the side of Kate’s father.
This foe may be too much even for Kate and Curran, the Lord of the Beasts, to handle. Because this time, Kate will be taking on family…
Kate Daniels has had to battle many evils while her past has slowly been revealed in the first three installments in this series, and this time the Big Bad is family. Despite the fact that she'd been trained to keep everyone at a distance, to not form attachments that will weaken her resolve or become a target to her enemies, she has created a family for herself. And now they are in danger.
While there is plenty of blood and gore in the Kate Daniels series, this book finally gets around to a bit of the romance that was hinted at in the earlier books and it was also a major step in the over-arching story's progression. While I've enjoyed all of the books in this series, these story advancements were very satisfying.
A good read for action and urban fantasy fans and those not afraid of a little blood and guts. (*****)