Thursday, March 22, 2012

Book Review: Magic Strikes

Magic Strikes

By:  Ilona Andrews

Publisher:  Ace Fantasy

Publish Date:  April 2009

Format:  Paperback, 310pgs; pocketbook size

Genre:  Urban Fantasy

Series:  3rd novel in Kate Daniels series; Book 1 ~ Magic Bites, Book 2 ~ Magic Burns

Recommendation:  If you are reading this series and enjoying it, then you NEED to keep going!  Keeps getting better and better!

Book Synopsis:
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...

First Sentence:
Some days my job was harder than others.

My Thoughts and Summary:
Two months after the flair and big battle with a god, magic is starting to flicker back to normal and people are flooding the Order with calls of help, Kate's days are full of several awful things now.  Kate has not stopped but for a few short hours of sleep.  After midnight on her way home, Kate gets a call from her telepathic secretary... a dead Shapeshifter, and being Kate's area of expertise she is off to investigate.  Jim is there handling the situation and sends her home declining the Orders help.  Kate gets a call from Saiman, he has Derek in his apartment and caged.  Kate bargains for her close friends release without mention, by agreeing to go to the highly illegal midnight games (the tickets Derek was after) with Saiman.  Kate finds herself getting involved with attacks, that seem to be associated with the forbidden game participants.

This one carries through with Curran and Kate's banter.  I love when Kate gets caught mocking him. LOL!  I had to laugh.  It's a classic scenario, but I just love it with these two.  And we start to see moments where they can talk, like normal people, even work together!  It's shocking, but wonderful to see these two come around to each other.  Oh, and so much more. lol.  Kate knows she wants Curran, but refuses to give in to a man who likes a challenge and a game... or so Kate thinks.

Oh Derek!! He is my favorite, sorry I know Curran should be but well... I was so sad for him here!  The poor kid!  But, I still love him, no matter what. ;)  My heart broke for Kate with only a few people she considers friends and Derek being top of the list.  She would kill for him.  I have to say Saiman caught my eye here too! I was curious about him before, well we get to see his true birth form and I want to see more of Saiman!

I love how we stumble through with Kate, learning the Shapeshifter ways.  In this book we learn of courting of the were-people, with a few different species.  It's always neat to see this world more and more each book.  We then learn tidbits of Kate's past as well (thanks be!) we get to learn a little about Roland.  In the end we get a look into that world.  I've been waiting for this, and so glad to see it coming to the surface, even just a tad.  I think this will surface more in the next few books.

We have a fight arena here in this book, part of the dark side.  This throws a neat twist into what we learn, and how we learn it.

It seems each book gets better and better as you get to know the characters and world.  I'm so happy that some of the Roland hints have been touched on here.  I have been waiting for that story to pick up, and now I'm excited to get to the next book in hopes of more.  I'm on to the next book, next month.  Can't wait!


I read this book for my own enjoyment.

20 comments:

Mirjam said...

I love the banter between Curran and Kate too! Reading your review makes me want to re-read the entire series! :)

jenn said...

Great post, Melissa! Glad to hear you're enjoying the series. You're right, they do get better and better.

Melliane said...

AAah you read it! Soon you'll be at my point, you'll see it's so terrible to wait lol. You're right Derek is quite an amazing character. He is so different from others. You'll see his evolution witht he other books (me? teasing? lol). Awesome review Melissa, I'm in love with this series so I'm so glad you enjoyed it as well.

Felicity Grace Terry said...

One of the authors that several bloggers have recommended I read, I must admit this does sound like a good read.

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

Not only am I missing Curran, but Derek? Okay, I so need to get started on this series! I know this is a UF I will enjoy! Darn it... you are making it harder to resist!

Blodeuedd said...

I know right, Saiman is cool, I so want more of him too :D

And book 4 is even better!

Mel said...

Yay! I knew you would love this series - it just sneaks up on you and suddenly you want to spend all your time with Kate, Curren, Derek, Andrea and the others! :)

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

I really do enjoy that Kate stands on her own two feet with Curran and doesn't back down. lol. Really a fun read. :) Thank you!

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

Jenn! Hey! Thank you! And looking forward to moving on with the series. :) Can't wait. lol

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

Melliane - LOL! Yes, I'm going to be bitting finger nails here soon. lol. Thank you! And a teaser!?! Ooooo, you are so evil. lol. I see Derek being the next alpha, one day. ;D Thank you!

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

I will say Petty Witter, the first book seems a little slow, but the series picks up with each read. If you get to give it a try I hope you enjoy it. :)

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

Melissa (Books&Things) - Yes, and Derek is mine. I would lay claim on the Beast Lord, but I think many are alreading doing that. So I'll keep Derek. lol! But you so need to read this series. I do think you would love it.

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

Blodeuedd - Oh Saiman was a wonderful surprise in this book! I really was shocked by his birth form. And LOVED IT! He might have more in him than her realizes too. ;) Thank you!

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

Mel, you are rotten! LOL! Thank you for getting me started into this series. :) It really is wonderful, and I love all the characters! Each brings so much to each story.

Michelle Flick said...

Wow - it sounds like you loved it! I'll put it on my tbr.

Jennifer @ Bad Bird Reads said...

Is the fight in the arena not the best ever! I love this book. Watching Kate and Curran banter back and forth is the best parts of these books. And yes, each book just keeps getting better and better. Best series EVER!.

kara-karina@Nocturnal Book Reviews said...

This series absolutely get better with each book, you are right! That's one of the many reasons I love Ilona & Gordon so much :) Keep reading!

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

Hi Michelle @Oh! For the Love of Books! :) Yes, this series is really picking up and grabbing me. :) Hope you get to try it out some day. :)

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

Jennifer L Bielman - Oh I loved the Fight Arena! And the tidbit of history we learn of Kate there. I knew at the beginning when she went to watch that she would so end up in the ring. lol. I really look forward to continuing with this series! Thank you!

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

Kara-karina @ Nocturnal Book Reviews - :D So glad to hear it! I really do look forward to following through with this series. :) Thank you!!