Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews @ilona_andrews ‏@GordonSm3 @reneeraudman ‏@AceRocBooks @BerkleyPub #Read-along

Posted March 12, 2018 by KC in Book Review, Giveaway, Read-along / 3 Comments


Before we begin, just a reminder this post and its comments may include spoilers for previous books in Ilona Andrew’s Kate Daniels series.  This read-along is for those who have read the books previously and also for those who are new to the series, so please no spoilers for books beyond the one featured in the discussion this month.

Book 3: Magic Strikes

Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews  @ilona_andrews ‏@GordonSm3 @reneeraudman ‏@AceRocBooks @BerkleyPub #Read-alongMagic Strikes by Ilona Andrews
Narrator: Renée Raudman
Series: Kate Daniels #3
Published by Ace on August 6, 2009
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Length: 10 hours, 49 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Library
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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 Lord of the Beasts, uncover a dark plot that may forever alter the face of Atlanta’s shapeshifting community…

Wow.  Can one be overwhelmed by the awesomeness of a book on a re-read?  Absolutely.  Magic Strikes is the third book in the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews.  Hats off *flourish and bow* to the creators of one the best urban fantasy series.  Ever.  But let’s break down the awesome.

Action and Mystery – As we’ve come to expect from this series,there is a mystery to be solved, and it is not one that is easy to discern;it keeps you guessing.  Add some excellent MMA-type, cage fighting and this ramps up the heart pounding action.

Characters – I love them all, of course.  Kate’s developing relationships are center stage in Magic Strikes and run the full spectrum of human interaction; Peer/Friend (Derek, Andrea, Jim), Parental (Julie, Doolittle), Romantic (Curran). As she gets to know these people, and lets them into her world, the reader is along for the ride and one becomes as invested in them as much as Kate has.  I especially enjoyed watching Kate try to figure out the elusive courtship rituals of a werelion.  It is great to see the playful side of Curran (well, playful IS relative…)

World building and mythology – I think it goes without saying that the post-shift world is clever and well explained.  However, for the third time, Andrews has drawn upon mythological elements from yet another culture to create a supernatural threat that is completely ruthless and frighteningly believable.  I appreciate that the authors don’t simply make up monsters and blame it all on the Fae.

As this is a re-read review, I’m guessing  you already know and love the Kate Daniels series.  I don’t have to convince you to give Magic Strikes a try.  I enjoyed meeting the characters again, watching how they come into Kate’s life and mess up all the walls she’s built for herself.


Listen to a clip here:

Who said:

“Also, when he opened the door to leave, Curran told him very casually that if Jim wanted to pick fights with his future mate, he was welcome to do so, but he should keep in mind that Curran wouldn’t come and rescue him when you beat his ass. You should’ve seen Jim’s face.”


Schedule and wrap up:   

We are doing one book every four weeks, posting on Mondays. We should have a review for most of the books with the team here at Books of My Heart plus some of our blogging friends.


Apr 9:   Magic Bleeds

May 7:   Magic Slays

Jun 4:    Magic Rises

Jul 2:     Magic Breaks

Jul 30:   Magic Shifts

Aug 27:   Magic Binds

Aug 28:  Magic Triumphs (release day!)

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Jan 15:  Magic Bites

Feb 12:  Magic Burns


The winner of last book’s giveaway is:       Jillian T.


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About Renée Raudman

Renée Raudman is a multi-award-winning audiobook narrator. A multiple Audie Award nominee, she has earned a number of AudioFile Earphones Awards, including for The Last Secret by Mary McGarry Morris and Wesley the Owl by Stacey O’Brien, as well as a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award for Joe Schreiber’s Chasing the Dead. She has also performed on film, TV, radio, and stage, including the recurring roles of Jordon on ABC’s One Life To Live, Phyllis on NBC’s Passions, and guest-starring roles on prime-time TV. She has been heard in cartoons (The Simpsons, Billy & Mandy), videogames, and on the E! channel. Her narration of Homer’s Odyssey by Gwen Cooper was selected by Library Journal as one of the best audiobooks of 2009, and her reading of Marthe Jocelyn’s Would You was selected by the ALA as one of the best young adult audiobooks of 2009.

About Ilona Andrews

“Ilona Andrews” is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. Ilona is a native-born Russian and Gordon is a former communications sergeant in the U.S. Army. Contrary to popular belief, Gordon was never an intelligence officer with a license to kill, and Ilona was never the mysterious Russian spy who seduced him. They met in college, in English Composition 101, where Ilona got a better grade. (Gordon is still sore about that.)

Gordon and Ilona currently reside in Texas with their two children and many dogs and cats.

They have co-authored several bestselling series, including the #1 NYT bestselling urban fantasy of Kate Daniels, rustic fantasy of the Edge, paranormal romance of Hidden Legacy, and Innkeeper Chronicles, which they post as a free weekly serial.

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Posted March 12, 2018 by KC in Book Review, Giveaway, Read-along / 3 Comments

3 responses to “Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews

  1. Maria Kneipple

    I like how Curran has started to show his feelings for Kate more, plus the friendship with Andrea getting stronger.