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.