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8. Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews...

January 19, 2010
FTC Disclosure: My copy of Magic Strikes hopped by for a visit from the local library, and went back in one piece. I am an IndieBound and Amazon affiliate, and any purchases made by clicking on the cover or the links provided may result in monetary compensation.

magic strikesAbout the book:
When magic strikes and Atlanta goes to pieces, it's a job for Kate Daniels...

Drafted to work for the Order of Knights of Merciful Aid, mercenary Kate Daniels has more paranormal problems these days 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. As her investigation leads her to the Midnight Games--an invitation-only, no-holds-barred, ultimate preternatural fighting tournament--she and Curran, the Beast Lord, uncover a dark plot that may forever alter the face of Atlanta's shapeshifting community...
drey's thoughts:
I'm a big fan of Kate and Curran. And how they interact. And how they skirt around the "them" thing... =)  Magic Strikes has plenty of Kate and Curran. Not what Kate intended, she's been doing her best to not run into him. But when Derek needs help, she has to (a) find out who hurt him, and (b) keep the Beast Lord from finding out. So in this installment, she's back to working with her prior-to-the-Order partner Jim, and lech-admirer Saiman, while keeping secrets that will come back to bite her in the tush.

The Midnight Games is a winner-keeps-their-life competition that Saiman wants Kate to check out. Seems one of the teams may not be playing fair, but nobody can figure out how or why. And how does it happen to be that one of the members of that team is who got Derek in trouble anyway? So Kate gets to kill two birds with one stone. Only she finds that she may need a bigger stone that she has in her sling to take down this giant, and that stone will expose her for who and what she really is...

I really enjoyed the references to the Hindu gods, and to Hindu mythology. It's been a while since I read the stories (a long long while!), and Ilona Andrews does a nice job of incorporating the myths and legends into this paranormal outing. I cannot wait for installment #4, especially to see what Kate does with her losing bet. Oh, and if you're a Kate-Curran fan, the scene in the hot tub will make you groan... I will not tell you why. *wink*

drey's rating: 3.5/5 Very Good

Title: Magic Strikes (Kate Daniels #3)
Author: Ilona Andrews
ISBN-13: 9780441017027
Paperback: 310 pages
Publisher: Ace, 2009
Purchase at IndieBound, Amazon

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wheels209 said...

Hi Drey,
I am glad you enjoyed the book. I may have to give that series another shot because I did like the play between Curran and Kate in the first book.
Take care my friend. Have a great week.

Jess. said...

Sounds like this could be my kind of series! I'm going to have to look into picking it up.

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