Wednesday 1 December 2010

Review: Magic Strikes - Ilona Andrews

Kate Daniels, book 3

Genre: urban fantasy
Pages: 310
Published: November 2010 Gollancz

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…

Kate is going on with her life, trying not to think too much about the beast lord, when she finds Derek half dead. Her investigation leads her to the midnight games, and fighters that are not all what they seem do be.

My thoughts:
You all knew this day would come, I am officially converted and can say that this series kicks some serious ass.

I kept reading, giggling and laughing, this book is certainly the best so far and if this continues I my heart will be lost. Kate is a great character, strong, and she does not back down. I got the meet the pervert Saiman again, and he does amuse me. Then there is Curran, ok ok I admit he makes me drool, but my heart is not entirely lost, he is just too alpha for me. But for Kate he is perfect. Those two, the chemistry, and him trying to woo her his way. Makes it really hard for a girl to put this book down.

Then there is the action that keeps coming, the best part of UF. And this freaky world, loving it. This time bad guys are, I am not going to say, but I like where she took it, oh and what Saiman really is, very nice.

But honestly what keeps making me coming back is her origin. First who is her father, then what is he, then what is she, and when she will meet him. That conflict is what I like about this series.

Final thoughts and recommendation.
The best book so far, and at the end it made me ache to get book 4 and see where it all is heading. I am giving it a 3,75, it has been a step up all the way and I do think the next one will be even better.  It was good, and I need the next book.

And yes I do recommend this series to UF and PNR lovers, and to the rest too.

Reason for reading:
Read book 2

They all look so alike

Fav Quote:
"I had no idea you were a sausage expert," Curran said with a completely straight face.

Review copy from the publisher


  1. heehee, i like the way you said "makes it really hard for a girl to put this book down" :) Good reason!!

  2. I haven't gotten to this one yet, but it wounds fabulous.

  3. I've never even hear of this! It's so great when books make you feel more than one emotion though, eh? Great review! :)

  4. Isn't this book awesome sauce? Glad you liked it!!

  5. I can't wait to continue with the series. Yay!

  6. My favouritest scene is still book 1 where Kate said "here kitty kitty" to the big bad cat :D

  7. Just wait for the next book. You'll love that one too!

  8. Carrie
    Well it did, lol. It is so fun to see the books just keep getting better and better.

    I am sure you are gonna like it too

    Never, oh then you are missing out. The first one was ok, but everyone kept saying that they get so much better and they do

  9. Mandi
    It sure is :D I just want Curran and her to..better censure myself there. Sit down and have dinner, yes that is right

    You are so gonna like it

    Hihi, oh that one was priceless! made me love her

    Eee, I do hear it is great :D I could almost not stop myself from reading Curran's POV from that book

  10. Darn! I need to get this series. Oh yes I do! *sigh* I need more brain cells to absorb all the books I want to read. I need to know what this series is like first hand!!

  11. This series is on my "if I ever get sick of m/m" list. :)

  12. Melissa
    Lol, and I need more hours in a day, too read all i want. Oh how lovely that would be

    Perhaps if I lie and say there is some hot mm action ;)

  13. lol about your being converted. isn't it great when that happens with a series?

  14. Smokin
    Don't faint on me here ;)

    yes indeed :D It pulls me over little by little, makes me want more and more

  15. I'm so going to read this series!!!! I'm sold from your review!

  16. I'm glad you're enjoying these so much. You cracked me up on the drooling over the guy comment.

  17. I'm so glad this series grew on you. This one is for sure the best of the first three. Can't wait to hear your thoughts on book four! *squee*

  18. "You all knew this day would come, I am officially converted and can say that this series kicks some serious ass." hahahaha - I'm so glad you like it!!!

  19. I think I remember this one also being my favorite in the series. Though that cover is awful. The woman looks like she's about slice her own neck off.

  20. I haven't read this author yet, but you make me want to! Great review!

  21. I don't really read many UF books but as usual, I am willing to try something new! I truly love the sound of this book as it seems to incorporate multiple elements that are able to make it highly enjoyable. Now you're making me curious, as to why you're calling Saiman "pervert" *lol*

  22. I've got the first two books in this series, I'm glad to hear they just keep getting better! Thanks for great review :)

  23. You know I agree with you - the third book is really good, I only hope the fourth will be equally so.

  24. Staci
    Do it :) and then you will see what a cool world it is

    Lol, thank you :D I do like it when people find things amusing in my reviews.

    When things finally happen...? Oh I hope so :D

    I am sold, what more can I say, it just made me giggle so much

  25. Simcha
    Haha, she looks a bit crazy...ok a lot crazy

    Thanks, she is really good.

    Hehe, oh everyone calls him a pervert, I would just call him...oh I do not know what to call him, but he is amusing

    I only say, start reading

    If it is not as good I will be so sad :( But let's hope it's funny and nice

  26. i'm convinced. i'm trying this series out. in the 2011 plan. oh yeah.

  27. You have definately been converted... The UF bug has bitten you...

    I really like this author's voice... but another series I am way behind on...

    Happy reading hon..


  28. EH
    I really found my genre, and I enjoy it so much more than PNR. UF is just so, lol, kick-ass



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