Magic Strikes (Kate Daniels 3) Paperback – Nov 1 2010
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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!Read more ›
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.
I found the first few chapters of book one (Magic Bites) difficult to get into but once in I never wanted to leave! Magic Strikes is book three and has taken us one large step closer to Kate's confrontation with her father. These characters are very believable and human with strengths and weaknesses that show amazing insight into the greatness and folies of humanity.
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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. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Bootsy Bass
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.Published 20 months ago by CAT