Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews
Narrator: Renee Raudman
Series: Kate Daniels #3
Also in this series: Magic Shifts, Magic Shifts, Magic Binds, Magic Bites, Magic Strikes, Iron and Magic, Magic Triumphs, Magic Bites, Magic Bleeds , Magic Burns, Magic Slays , Gunmetal Magic , Magic Rises
Publication Date: March 31, 2009
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Genres: Urban Fantasy
Length: 10 hours and 50 minutes
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Reading Challenges: Casee's 2019 GoodReads Challenge, Holly's 2019 GoodReads Challenge
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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…
Casee: Lets get this party started. Where does Magic Strikes fall for you in terms of rating out of the all the books in the series?
Holly: It’s hard for me to talk about this one without spoilers, but some major things happen that influence decisions Kate and Curran make for the rest of the series. In terms of the entire series, this is one of my favorites. The emotional punch, along with the exciting action, really had me hooked.
Casee: I really liked this one, too. I listened to it on audio and was glad to be traveling at the time. I really felt like we got to know the characters better.
Holly: I like Renee Raudman as a narrator. She did all of this series (and most of IA’s other books as well).
What did you think of Derek in this book? My heart really broke for him. He’s one of my favorite characters and seeing him like that? Oh man. It killed. I totally got why Kate, Jim and the others did what they did because of him.
Casee: I love Derek and loved him even more in this book. He is truly a hero and it was really showcased in this book. That said, he is still young. Kate and Jim still feel protective of him and that need to protect him really drove a lot of this book. Oh Lord, but when Kate found him? I can’t even tell you the emotions that were going through me at the time.
Holly: What do you think of Dali, the vegetarian tiger?
Casee: Dali comes across as so meek and weak, but she is anything but. I think she’s going to be a force later in the series.
Holly: Dali is a force. I love her. Are you going to read her novella?
Casee: Yes, I’ll definitely read her novella. She’s fascinating. Especially as the series goes on. Although I have only read four (??) of the books.
What did you think of Saiman in this book? We really get to know him a lot better.
Holly: Saiman is interesting. I don’t want to say too much because I’m not sure how much of what I’m feeling about him is because of later books.
Casee: I’m not sure how I feel about Saiman now. He’s mostly treats Kate in such a degrading way even as he admires her. It’s a very odd combination. And uncomfortable.
Holly: What did you think of Kate and Curran in this book? The romance really heated up, and I loved the way things are progressing for them.
Casee: I think this was the turning point for Kate when it came to her feelings for Curran. Obviously Curran had been dropping hints for while when it came to his feelings for Kate, but she was pretty slow on the uptake. I love how they’re both such strong characters, but they don’t clash. Am I making sense?
Holly: I agree this is a turning point for Kate. She realizes some things about herself and Curran, and I like how their relationship progresses from here.
Casee: What did you think of Jim in this book? How he defied pack law?
Holly: I have kind of a love/hate relationship with Jim. I understand why he does the things he does (Pack is everything, blah blah), but I don’t like how he constantly throws Kate under the bus.
Casee: I agree about Jim & this is only the third book. Considering the fact that Jim & Kate were partners, the way he disregards what may or may not happen to her is pretty messed up.
I would rate this one a 4 out of 5. At the time I finished this book, it rated as my favorite of the series.
Holly: I’d rate it 4 out of 5.
Casee: 4 out of 5
Holly: 4 out of 5