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Magic Strikes (Kate Daniels 3) [Paperback]

Ilona Andrews
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5.0 out of 5 stars Action chick June 6 2009
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Ilona Andrews is one of those rare urban fantasy authors who just keeps getting better and better with each book.

Seriously, the woman spins up lightning-fast action, magic and a strong, self-deprecating heroine who knows her way around the sword like few ever could. Her third Kate Daniels book "Magic Strikes" is a brilliant example of all three -- Andrews has gotten solid footing in her unstable, magic-soaked world, and spins an elaborate story with no easy answers or solutions.

Kate was already having a rotten night (involving an elderly banshee on a telephone pole) when Saiman called -- her werewolf buddy Derek tried to break into his apartment.

To save Derek's hide (and avoid charges), Kate agrees to accompany Saiman to the Midnight Games, a fighting-anime-style tournament where supernaturals of all kinds fight to the death. It turns out that both Saiman and Derek are interested in the Reapers, a gang of inexplicably powerful humans who are winning round after round. Unfortunately, Curran has forbidden any weres to get involved in the Games (due to a past disaster involving a werebear).

At the same time, there are a series of killings in Atlanta -- horribly murdered weres that somehow didn't change shape -- which Jim has kept secret. When Derek is found beaten and savaged almost to death, Kate involves herself deeper by following the Reapers into their jungle lair... only to discover their true horrible nature, and a magical stone that may be able to destroy all the weres. The only way to stop the Reapers: win the tournament!
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5.0 out of 5 stars BOOK 3 of the Kate Daniels series Aug. 12 2014
By Bootsy Bass TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This is Book 3 of the Kate Daniels Series. All I have to say is Battle Royale/Cage Match/Octagon. Put them all together with seven...uhhhh...person teams. Add magic/raw strength/preternatural shooting skills.....and you have a fantastic Book 3.

Well written...great character advancement.........incredible storyline. This all adds up to 5 out of 5!

As I am writing this I am already into book 4. Curran... WTF....whats going on? Thats all I will say.
Buy the series and read them in order for the full explanatory experience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read June 12 2014
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I love all the books in this series. Kate Daniels is my favourite type of leading character, she can kick butt yet still be funny and vulnerable.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Imaginative But Confusing at Times Feb. 3 2014
By Debra Purdy Kong TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
Peace officer Kate Daniels leads a pretty interesting life. Employed by the Order of Knights of Merciful Aid, it’s her job to clean up magic gone wrong and to get rid of monsters. It’s no easy task. Menacing creatures are plentiful and those in control are extremely powerful.

Kate finds herself helping the Pack (a group of shape shifters) after one of their own has been murdered. Although the Pack doesn’t want her involved, she’s inevitably drawn into their business when a dangerous group of mythological creatures called the Rakshasa want to annihilate every member of the Pack. To do this they must win a very large and powerful topaz through a gladiatorial tournament. When one of Kate’s friend is nearly killed by a Rakshasa, she makes it her mission to help annihilate this bunch. But Kate has another worry. She suspects that the person ordering the Rakshasa to acquire the topaz is her biological father, who happens to be one of the nastiest and most powerful creatures alive. He doesn’t know she’s around, but if he finds out, he’ll want her dead.

Magic Strikes is an imaginative story filled with strange and menacing creatures set around the year 2040, I think, although this isn’t made clear. In this world, magical flares come and go, which makes impossible things a reality. Demons and gods walk the streets. Alliances are made and then broken. There are plenty of rules and a fair bit going on in a simple plot, yet I was confused too much of the time. As this is the third book in the series, author Ilona Andrews seems to have assumed that readers will have read the previous books. And I’m assuming that Kate’s world is explained a little more clearly there. Why the magic comes and goes is never made clear. I didn’t understand many of the terms and references, which kept me from fully enjoying the story.
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