Title: Magic Strikes
Series: Book #3 in the Kate Daniels series
Author: Ilona Andrews
Publication Date: February 20, 2009
Genre: Adult – Urban Fantasy, Romance
Format: Gifted Paperback
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…
As this is the third book in the series, there will most likely be spoilers.
I think one thing that I really enjoy about this series is that there is a major encompassing plot to the whole series (defeating Roland, the Big Bad) and that each book has its own subplot that’s specific to that book.
For this book in particular, it was all about getting back at the guys who brutally injured and attacked Derek, Kate’s shapeshifter “sidekick.”
Now, I really like Derek and his personality, so I was all for this plot. I thought that it was definitely engaging and that there was a lot going on in the book to not be bored with.
There was more lore about creatures and magic, this time focusing more on Hinduism and some aspects of the gods and deities of that religion, and their own twist in the book’s world – which I really appreciated. Yes, at times it was kind of long winded and maybe a little excessive, but I found the tales fascinating. There was also plenty of action and enough detailed descriptions to really figure out just what was going on and who was attacking or being attacked.
I actually found the details to be a lot more thorough in this book than the previous two. Or maybe I’m just not really remembering the details; who knows? But I did highly enjoy that aspect of this book.
Once again Kate was pretty badass. She took on a lot and dealt with a lot of things more mentally than before. She came to the realization that Roland was behind a lot of what was going on, and I also liked that she went into backstory about how Roland is her father and that’s why she always has to burn rags and clothes and such with her blood on it. Her blood holds special properties and magic that make her wicked strong, and I kind of really like that aspect of her.
We got to see more side characters in this book including Jim, Raphael, Andrea, Doolittle, and a new girl, Dali, who’s a weretiger. I really appreciated being able to see more shapeshifters in action because I really loved the shapeshifters as a whole, let alone as individuals. I just think that the concept behind them is pretty cool to imagine. I think that the team aspect that was used in this book was really well suited for the plot and that it was well suited for the characters, as well. Even though Kate is used to doing things on her own, she relied a lot more on others, which was a good character development point.
The romance in this book did grow a bit more, too, which is always nice for someone who loves love. As someone who loves love, it was awesome. It made me smile and swoon a bit, and I really craved more, but of course it didn’t go as far as maybe I would have liked, but it was still really steamy. But just so we’re clear, the romance was only sprinkled in about three times throughout the whole book, so it’s not like it encompassed the whole thing, for those who want more action and less romance.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I think it was a strong, solid edition to this series and I highly recommend it if you’ve read the first two books.
I rate this book 4/5 stars.