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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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Kate just keeps getting better! March 4 2012
By Rory Girl TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This series just gets better and better with each book. Andrews does a wonderful job of building Magic Strikes to a thundering crescendo. I zipped right through the book and was on the edge of my seat by the end. We get more of Kate and Curran, and you can see the relationship between them evolving. There is a Curran POV vignette on the Ilona Andrews website that puts some events into context as well as adding depth to Magic Strikes. I would suggest reading it - I read it before but I think reading it after would also help. Saiman gets some fleshing out,I am not quite sure Andrews might be going with that but it made him appear to be a less despicable character for me. The story is self contained like the other books in the series but it also moves the series arc along by giving us more information on Kate's past and her potential future. I am hopping directly into the next in the series. Which is good but also bad because that brings me one more book closer to having to wait till 2013 to get my next Kate and Curran fix...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Awesome!!! April 4 2009
By Angel
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Kate Daniels has fast become one of my favorite heroes in the genre. Not only does she deal with a world that constantly shifts between the extremes of magic and technology, she is also hiding from her murdering biological father. Ilona and Gordon, a husband and wife writing team, give us a brand new original view of vampires, weres and numerous other mythologies. A very fun read!
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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