May 22, 2015

Review: Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews

Title: Magic Strikes (Kate Daniels #3)
Author: Ilona Andrews
Publisher: Ace
Release date: March 31st 2009
Reading level: Ages 18 and up

Rating: 5/5

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You can read my review of Magic Bites here & Magic Burns - here
When magic strikes and Atlanta goes to pieces, it’s a job for Kate Daniels…

Drafted into working for the Order of Merciful Aid, mercenary Kate Daniels has more paranormal problems than she knows what to do with these days. 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… 

The Kate Daniels series gets better with each book and Magic Strikes is the best of the series so far. This is an excellent urban fantasy saga for adults.

In Magic Strikes, Kate´s friend and sidekick Derek - a young werewolf - gets into trouble and she feels responsible for it when he ends up beaten almost to death and when she learns that the perpetrators are participants of the Midnight Games, a secret tournament, without rules, where fights are to the death. So for Derek and other reasons she decides that the only way to help him and the other shapeshifter, is by participating in the tournament along with her friends, which is against her father´s training, but for her friends she´s ready for anything.

Kate is a tremendous hero, loyal, honorable and willing to do anything to keep alive her small group of friends and Curran. Kate was trained from very young to survive, to see for herself and to not make waves, to try to go unnoticed, which she has done most of her life, but now for her friends, she will fight with all she has to protect them.

In this installment we get to know a little more about Kate, her origins and for what she has been training all her life. Also there is finally more development in what refers to the "romance" between Kate and Curran, as they continue to antagonize each other, but there are some progress in their relationship and some sexual tension.

Magic Strikes was really a great read, funny, action-packed, with many revelations and sexual tension between the main characters.

I also read Midnight Games and Hot Tub short stories that take place during Magic Strikes and are told from Curran´s POV. And Kate's Origin and Naked Dinner events occurring between Magic Strikes and Magic Bleed (Book 3 and 4), all from Curran POV Collection.

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