Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews

Magic Strikes is the third installment in the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews. I started reading this series at the start of the week and I’ve been reading the books one right after the other. Click here to see my reviews of Magic Bites and Magic Burns.

Here’s the summary from Goodreads:

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 β€” an invitation only, no holds barred, ultimate preternatural fighting tournament β€” she and Curran, the Lord of the Beasts, uncover a dark plot that may forever alter the face of Atlanta’s shapeshifting community…

It’s official. The Kate Daniels series is now my favorite urban fantasy series. Magic Strikes sealed the deal. I LOVED this book! Want proof? I was out the whole day yesterday so I didn’t get to read. I got home late at night and I only wanted to read a couple of chapters before sleeping. I ended up finishing the whole book, I just couldn’t put it down. I’m functioning on two hours of sleep right now and I can’t say I regret reading last night (or early this morning if you want to be technical about it). I still can’t stop thinking about the book. This is such a great book! There were a lot of scenes that I had to re-read over and over again because they had me laughing out loud. I also love the character development, how Kate changed from being an isolated person to having a few people close to her heart. It’s amazing how much Kate is willing to sacrifice for these people. She has her reasons for trying to keep everyone at arm’s length but when she starts to care, she’s fully committed. She’s such an awesome character.

Just like the first two books, the worldbuilding in this one is brilliant. I love how the story can delve into different mythologies with Magic Strikes concentrating on Hindu folklore. There’s also a touch of Roman influence embodied in the Midnight Games, where gladiators form teams and fight to the death. It’s a bloodthirsty practice and the characters’ fighting skills are put to the test.

On one hand, I’m happy that I found out about this series when four books have already been released because I get to read the books one right after the other. On the other hand, I feel like I want to let the story of Magic Strikes settle first before I dive into Magic Bleeds. But since I already have a copy of Magic Bleeds, I’m going to read it as soon as I can. All of the reviews that I’ve seen are positive so I have high hopes for that one. I hope it’s just as good, if not better than, Magic Strikes. Do you guys know when the next book will come out? πŸ™‚

I know I always try to have spoiler-free reviews so minor spoiler warning here. If you haven’t read any of the books, please don’t read this paragraph. Kate and Curran! β™₯ The scenes between the two of them in this book… AHHHH. They are simply wonderful. I love both of them. I really want things to work out for them and I’m scared that something bad will happen and it’ll be a long journey before they can ever be together. You know the feeling when you’re invested in certain characters, you feel like you know them as real people? That’s how I feel about these two. I will be devastated if either one of them gets hurt.


Edited to add: I saw in the official Ilona Andrews website that there will be seven books in the series. Seven books! I don’t know if it’s a good thing that we still have three more books to look forward to or if it’ll be a long wait for those books.

20 thoughts on “Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews

  1. Kate and Curran! The last scene was so kakilig. Will she or won’t she?

    Sale at Fully Booked Rockwell today until Friday. Maybe we’ll bump into each other. I will be there at around 8pm.

  2. artseblis, I really love Kate and Curran. I have high hopes for both of them in Magic Bleeds. I’m trying to decide if I should go ahead and read it already or savor my favorite scenes in Magic Strikes. This is what I get when I feel strongly about the characters.

    I’ve heard about the sale, not sure if I’ll drop by though. For once, I don’t have anything in mind. πŸ™‚ The sale is until Sunday yata?

    • Oh, right! July 1-4. Hayz, I actually use bookstores to destress. Even if I don’t intend to buy anything. Sarap magbrowse, lol.

  3. Yay! Isn’t this book just about perfect? So many favorite scenes and lines… Hot tubs and naked dinners. Mmm. This was the first Kate book I couldn’t put down.

  4. Holly, perfect indeed! I couldn’t put it down as well. It was well worth losing sleep so I could finish reading this. Hot tubs and naked dinners, LOL. Apple pies and running around saving each other. πŸ™‚

    Kai Charles, I hope you get to read these books soon. They’re awesome.

  5. Chachic! You and Emily are swiftly making my day with your reading (and loving) of this series.

    Like Holly said, this book is something apart. I was GLUED to the page. My heart was in my throat the whole time and I laughed so much and cared so much. A reading experience of the highest order.

  6. Thank you so much for this post Chachic! You have definitely put this series at the top of my To Be Read list. I have just entered the paranormal romance genre with Michele Hauf’s “Kiss Me Deadly” and I am thrilled to have a new series to dive into.

  7. Angie, I have to thank you for pushing me to read this series. Yay for book pushers. I started reading Magic Bleeds today and I’m so excited to finish it. I understand what you mean about laughing and caring so much about these characters. They’re like real people for me!

    firepages, I’m so glad that I get to influence other people to read this series. πŸ™‚ It took some time for me to give it a try and I only gave in because of fellow book bloggers who talked so much about these books.

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