Title: Magic Strikes
Author: Ilona Andrews
Series: Kate Daniels, #3
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Ace (Imprint of Penguin)
Date Published: March 31st, 2009
Drafted into working for the Order of Merciful Aid, mercenary Kate Daniels has more paranormal problems 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.
Magic Strikes Review:
Kate and the gang end up caught in a new battle with a group called the Reapers that has it out for the Pack. The only way to prevent the Reapers from getting ahold of a power way too great and dangerous to the Pack and to Curran, is to enter The Midnight Games — a gladiator-esk fight to the death match against none other than the Reapers.
This one was a fun one! I really enjoyed it. Not only did I love the plot for this one, but to me this was the least confusing written book of the three. What I mean is that the first two are written in a way that can sometimes be a bit hard to follow. Things like the vampires in this world, why both cars and horses are used, etc that I found weird to picture and also difficult to understand, are explained and cleared up in this book. That was one thing that was bugging me about this series so far. We were given information as if we should already understand what it is and how it works. But finally it’s explained properly, which makes the whole book way more enjoyable.
I also, like I said above, just really enjoyed the story for this one. It was kind of fun to see everyone come together for this match in a big Arena. There was also a bit more Kate/Curran interaction, but I can’t wait for more. What I also love about these books is the humor. While I wouldn’t classify them as comedies or anything, I found myself laughing out loud several times. My absolute favorite moment in the book was Curran, Kate, and Dali’s first match in the arena. I was laughing so hard afterwards.
The only thing about this book was the beginning was kind of slow. It picked up a lot once they entered the Games, and it wasn’t TOO bad, but that was the only thing I didn’t like.
But anyways, overall this was probably my favorite book of the first three and I’m beginning to see why they’re so popular. The characters, the story, the world, everything is done really well and is really fun to jump into. I can’t wait for the next one and I hope that there’s even more Kate/Curran interaction in it!
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