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Magic Strikes (Kate Daniels) Mass Market Paperback – March 31, 2009
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“Splendid…an edgy, dark fantasy.”—Patricia Briggs
“Kate is a great kick-ass heroine, a tough girl with a heart, and her adventures…are definitely worth checking out.”—Locus
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Gordon and Ilona currently reside in Texas with their two children and many dogs and cats.
They have co-authored several NYT and USAT bestselling series. They are currently working on urban fantasy of Kate Daniels, the paranormal romance of Hidden Legacy, and thjeir independently published series, Innkeeper Chronicles.
You can read more about their work on their website: http://www.ilona-andrews.com
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Magic Strikes doesn't pick right up where Magic Burns left off. Time has passed for Kate and Andrews didn't feel compelled to fill in every little detail that happened off-screen. But, events have again conspired to lure Kate into situations where her loyalty to friends and fears of her past come into conflict. That tension is part of what makes these books worth reading.
An underground gladiatorial games of sorts provides the backdrop for the story as new villains emerge and looming threats from previous novels begin to actually take shape. The reader is not required to have perfect recall of the previous books, but minimal familiarity will help.
What Andrews does best is to create tension. Whether it's between Kate and her value system or Kate and Curran, the local lycanthrope leader, it's intense. But there's enough humorous dialogue to relieve the tension and actually make you chuckle a bit. I particularly like that Kate remains vulnerable. Whether it's her feelings, or actual physical attacks, she knows that there are some fights she can't win and there are some fights that she is willing to lose. That sense of possible death is what separates Ilona Andrews from most of the other urban fantasists.
That, and the fact that she doesn't put Kate to bed with every gorgeous creature who enters the story. Another wonderful installment.
Kate is a very appealing, snarky character who lives in an intriguing world where magic rises and falls in tides which have greatly disrupted (but not destroyed -- people cope) our civilization. Were-hyenas and vampires may roam Atlanta, but people still eat grits and cornbread. For reasons that are finally becoming more clear in this book, Kate has long been a loner, a mercenary who solves magical problems, but in the first book she started to come out of her shell, and that has continued over the next two books and into this one as she gains friends and allies.
In my opinion, the love interest is well handled as well. It's been obvious from book one what's going to happen, but Andrews is in no hurry, and has been content to keep Curran as (a very effective) supporting character rather than letting him drive out all the other supporting characters. This lets Kate have satisfying emotional connections apart from her supposed love interest (her final scene with Bran in the previous book for instance) and differentiates the series from "Supernatural Romance".
The ending of this book pretty much tears the veil off Kate's self-imposed low profile and sets things up for a major confrontation in the coming books.
What I like about book three is that we're seeing more of Kate and her relationships. Yes, there is action and intrigue but more importantly, there's a sense of Kate becoming more open to being entangled with the people around her. She fights for her place in others' lives here. People are important and she's as much a guardian of the people she's taken into her life as she is the nameless faces that she protects.
I prefer character-driven stories and Ilona Andrews delivers this type of story with a generous helping of cohesive plotline. Add into the mix, a conflicted world of magic and tech and you've got the recipe for a fantastical world that Kate Daniels lives in.
I'm not going to give out spoilers. I dislike reading reviews where the person spews out every last detail of the story but suffice it to say; Kate decides who is important to her in her life... and really, goes into action without much thought to her own safety. I enjoyed the tension in this story and the tightness of the writing was a delight to read. I could envision what was happening from the descriptions on the page and there are scenes that I could swear I could smell and taste the surroundings.
Brilliant writing and a fantastic step towards the main character's development.
Good book. I've gotten multiple copies just so I can give them to people I think would enjoy it. Pick it up. Spend an evening with Kate Daniels and submerge yourself into Ilona Andrews' Atlanta.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My full review can be found on my blog, Reader Rayna, as well as my Goodreads.
This third book in the series was really good. Read more
I love the characters. they are really fun books to read. The plot line is consistent from 1 book in the series to the next. Magic Bleeds is my favorite in this series.Published 1 day ago by Jenny C.
I love the action and suspense with the moments of humor thrown in. I look forward to the next book.Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
All Ilona Andrews books are addictive. I couldn't put them down until they were donePublished 4 days ago by NY
Absolutely wonderful. One of my favorite Kate Daniels book. Loved it!Published 6 days ago by Judith Salleh
The series really had gotten way better with this book. The characters have developed and their relationships have become way more interesting. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Kimberley
I'm really enjoying this series and it seems this book is going to launch us into the good stuff in following books. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Amy R
Boy does it. Lions Andrews has a true gift for story telling, and this, the third book in the series really makes you want the next one. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Dale Smith
I can't stop reading this damn series. It's taking over my life. Finally a kickass heroine and an awesome urban fantasy universe!Published 25 days ago by Anna Callaghan