Book #3 of Kate Daniels Series
by Ilona Andrews
Published: April 2009
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 310 (paperback)
Rating: ★★★★★ ★ (6 stars)
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…
Yup, you read right. I gave this book The Sixth Star. I have read, as of now, four books that are worthy of The Sixth Star. To achieve six stars, instead of the usual five, a book has to be so exceptional that I have read it over and over again and still want to read it again. Magic Strikes is that kind of novel.
This book was an action-packed, thrill ride that oozed continuous tension. How Kate can live the life she does and remain calm is beyond me because I was sweating just reading about the “fun,” new ways she had put herself in danger. But you can’t fault her motives. She is loyal to her close friends. So when Derek, her friend from The Pack (shapeshifters), is nearly beaten to death, she has to right the wrong. This is why we love Kate, she is fearless.
But we also get to see a more vulnerable Kate this book. She starts to open up in the relationships she has built. Especially with Curran. I love where their relationship is going and how Andrews took her time in bringing them together. The playfulness is hilarious. But Kate’s mouth is what’s going to get her in trouble in the future. She makes some scandalous promises in Magic Strikes that will for sure make Andrews next installment in the series a book to remember.
Finally, after the many hints about Kate’s origins and parentage, all is revealed in this book. And with the new outlook on Roland, the ruler of The People (vampire navigators), I can’t see the series getting boring anytime soon.
I am also digging the potential relationship between Andrea and Raphael. I like that the supporting characters get their very own lives and storylines that we get to live through Kate.
We get a little steamy action in this book, but not enough to sound the alarms. It’s pretty mild.
As a whole, the plot was amazing, the writing was tight, and the descriptions were so realistic that I could literally taste and smell the sweat, blood, and tears. This was the book I had been waiting for. The real reason I became a writer. If I could ever be half the writer Ilona Andrews is, then I will consider myself lucky.