2.7.2017 | Tuesday

Magic Strikes

category: Book Reviews

Magic Strikestitle: Magic Strikes
author: Ilona Andrews
series: Kate Daniels #3
published: 31 March 2009
publisher: Ace
genre(s): fantasy, postapocalypse
pages: 310
source: bought
format: paperback
buy/shelve it: Amazon | B&N | BookBub | Goodreads

rating: five-stars | series rating: five-stars

the blurb

When magic strikes and Atlanta goes to pieces, it’s a job for Kate Daniels…

Drafted to work for the Order of Knights of Merciful Aid, mercenary Kate Daniels has more paranormal problems these days than she knows what to do with. And in Atlanta, where magic comes and goes like the tide, that’s saying a lot.

But when Kate’s werewolf friend Derek is discovered nearly dead, she must confront her greatest challenge yet. As her investigation leads her to the Midnight Games—an invitation-only, no-holds-barred, ultimate preternatural fighting tournament—she and Curran, the Lord of the Beasts, uncover a dark plot that may forever alter the face of Atlanta’s shapeshifting community…

my review

This series just gets better and better!  Magic Strikes is the third book in the Kate Daniels series and I loved it just as much as the others.

In this one, Kate has been drafted to work in the Order as a sort of liaison between the Pack and the Order.  She is on shaky ground with them, even though her mentor was a Knight of the Order and held in high esteem.  But Kate quit before earning her Knighthood and is a bit of an authority-hating rebel.

These books are action-packed and thoroughly engrossing.  But for me, the characters are what really bring me in.  We learn more about Kate, her past, and why she is the way she is.  The story of Kate is fascinating and tragic at the same time.  Curran plays a big role in this novel and I love his character, too.  It would have been too easy to make him the alpha male, all brawn, and no brains type.  He is an alpha male, but he is so much more than that.  He is smart and just and surprisingly amusing.  Derek, one of my favorite shifters in the story, is significant in this novel.  I loved his story almost as I did Kate’s.

The mythology is fantastic in these books.  The way it is woven into the mythology of the world is creative and seamless and adds a really rich layer to the entire series. This has quickly become one of my favorite series and it is one I highly recommend!

About Ilona Andrews

Ilona Andrews is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team.

Ilona is a native-born Russian and Gordon is a former communications sergeant in the U.S. Army. Contrary to popular belief, Gordon was never an intelligence officer with a license to kill, and Ilona was never the mysterious Russian spy who seduced him. They met in college, in English Composition 101, where Ilona got a better grade. (Gordon is still sore about that.)

Gordon and Ilona currently reside in Oregon with their two children, three dogs and a cat. They have co-authored two series, the bestselling urban fantasy of Kate Daniels and romantic urban fantasy of The Edge.

Rating Report
Overall: five-stars

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