Sunday, 30 March 2014

Kate Daniels Series #3: Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews

Published: March 31st 2009 by Ace
Goodreads Summary:When magic strikes and Atlanta goes to pieces, it’s a job for Kate Daniels…

Drafted into working for the Order of Merciful Aid, mercenary Kate Daniels has more paranormal problems than she knows what to do with these days. 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 Lord of the Beasts, uncover a dark plot that may forever alter the face of Atlanta's shapeshifting community…


In Magic Strikes, the third installement of the Kate Daniels series, Kate the loud-mouthed protagonist find herself in a complicated situation after helping her boy wonder, Derek. Before explaining anything more, I would just like to say that Magic Strikes is in my opinion the best book in the series so far. It delivers everything I love: action, romance and mystery. The duo wife and husband Ilona Andrews really did an amazing job.

While relaxing at her home after a long day filled with bloody fight, Kate receives a call from the half mad and ridiculously wealthy Saiman, who also happen to be the last person she wish to talk to. Amidst his usual flirtatious jest, he informs her that Derek broke into his house and tried to steal something from him. And Kate always the helpful friend goes at his home to bail the young werewolf out. Our poor heroine never has a time to rest.

She’s informed that her friend tried to steal an invitation for the Midnight Game, a prestigious and deadly underground fight tournament. Problem is Curran, the All mighty Beast Lord formally forbidden any shapeshifter to enter the Midnight Game. The only way Saiman won’t turn Derek in would be if Kate accepts to accompany him as his date to one of the duel. 

Yes, on top of being super rich,and a encyclopedia about anything magical, Saiman also happen to own a part of the Midnight Game. There’s a team he wants Kate to assess because he find them suspect. Derek also has a request. He wants Kate to give a note to one of the contestant, a beautiful black haired girl. Don’t worry Derek’s fan girl, he has a damn good reason to do that! He's working undercover for Jim. But that doesn’t mean he won’t suffer from his decision.

This little note will have a lot of impact in the book. Well, pretty much everything that happen in the book stem from it. Derek will be beaten up so badly, he will be in a comatose state with a high chance of turning Loup if he wakes up. The strange thing is that his body's healing ability seems to have gone away. In order to prevent Curran from killing him and to find out what is going on with Kate, Jim and their other allies will participate in the Midnight Games. I won’t spoil it too much, but all I can say is that there will be some amazing fight. An enigmatic character will make its entrance. And we will learn a tiny bit more about Roland, his power and his minion.

Romance lover will also have their lot. Andrea, Kate beatskin bestfriend and colleague is being courted by Raphael, the son of the hyena (or bouda as they like to call themselves) Alpha. God, shapeshifters have very, very strange mating habits *shake head in disbelief*. Kate and Curran relation also develop a lot more, they aren’t quite there yet, but there’re some amazing things in store for the next book. Like a promise of cooking a dinner for a certain lion with only underwear on. Yes, you heard correctly!

In the previous books, I was somewhat bothered by how much of a baddass Kate was. I mean Kate is an impressive swordswoman, she’s got a lot of raw strength and she’s very skilled in numerous spell. She’s also tough and witty. It was too much to handle for me. But Magic Strikes totally changed my opinion. This book dig into Kate’s past. Knowing where she comes from, now I realize it would have been strange if Kate wasn’t the way she was. The girl wasn’t trained to be simply strong; she was trained to be a mastermind killer.

The strength of Ilona Andrews is that they’re able to create original but relatable secondary characters. There was a new character Dali, a legally blind vegetarian (go figure) white tiger. She’s smart, but she cracked me up so much almost anytime she opened her mouth. Jim was also a nice surprise for me. I used to not be very fond of him,  I found his “pack business” talk a bit irritating. But now, he’s one of my favourite character. His dedication to the point of obsession his job is just hilarious.

If I should mark Magic Strikes (which I'm going to do), I would give it a A+ without hesitation.

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