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Magic Strikes (Kate Daniels, Bk 3)
Magic Strikes - Kate Daniels, Bk 3
Author: Ilona Andrews
When magic strikes and Atlanta goes to pieces, it's a job for Kate Daniels... — Drafted to work for the Order of the Knights of Merciful Aid, mercenary Kate Daniels has more paranormal problems these days than she knows what to do with. And in Atlanta, where magic comes and goes like the tide, that's saying a lot. — But wh...  more »
PBS Market Price: $8.09 or $4.19+1 credit
ISBN-13: 9780441017027
ISBN-10: 0441017029
Publication Date: 4/2009
Pages: 310
Rating:
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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4.5 stars, based on 291 ratings
Publisher: Ace
Book Type: Paperback
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Judy-Ree avatar reviewed Magic Strikes (Kate Daniels, Bk 3) on + 29 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 8
This is the third installment of the Kate Daniels series. It is possible that it could be read as a stand alone, but let's face it, who would want to? Ms. Andrews has created a unique world filled with fascinating characters and exciting dialogue. A must read for anyone who likes magic, shifter or urban fantasy novels.

Kate started the series as a loner, unwilling and maybe unable to depend on anyone but herself. As the books have progressed, she has opened up and is slowly letting people into her life. The overall storyline about her father takes a nice leap in this book.
And the chemistry between Kate and Curran continues to ignite the pages as Kate fights her feelings for the Lord of the Beasts. We are given a larger glimpse into Kate's history and how she came to be the way she is. She is one kick-ass female protagonist.

I was thrilled to get the book and devoured it in one sitting. I even found myself going back to specific points in the book to reread them already. The ending left me wanting more and eagerly awaiting the next book.
jai avatar reviewed Magic Strikes (Kate Daniels, Bk 3) on + 310 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
OK I think my favorite parts have to do with the interaction between Kate and Curran. By the time you get to Magic Strikes, Curran has made it clear he's courting her, but Kate is unwilling to be involved with him. She's got a big secret about her identity and she's still convinced that Curran is just after her for the challenge. The dance between the two is amusing, and I'm not sure who is going to "win" the game because they've both made some bold and brassy declarations. Anyway, this is one of those relationships that span several books where you know they're supposed to get together and the question is when. I'm just having fun watching it, whatever they do.

Another thing I really enjoy about this series is the world building. There's always really well done writing in terms of description - I can read a paragraph or two in this book and my mind's eye easily conjures up the scene and everything going on in it. And there is always something interesting going on, I'm not bored or checking to see how many pages are left, I'm just reading. The series is refreshing in the use of some well-known supernatural creatures and turning them slightly on their head.

Kate's an interesting character - intelligent and definitely falls under the "kick-ass heroine" title - she's got a magical sword, knows power words, and has a special heritage and an upbringing that made her a deadly fighter. Plus she has a smart-ass mouth to go with it. If you have something against this sort of character, you may not like this series, but if you read books 1 and 2 and liked them, I think you'll like this one too. I think there's a little bit of growth to her as the series goes along. In book 1 she's isolated but by book 3 she's surrounded herself with more people she cares about despite feeling like this makes her vulnerable.
reviewed Magic Strikes (Kate Daniels, Bk 3) on + 4 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
I was happy to find this book was out & read it in one night, I am going to reread it. lol I loved the snappy comebacks & oneliners from Kate. I love the action & the chemistry, too. There were parts that had me laughing outloud. Great story line & can't wait for another installment.
reviewed Magic Strikes (Kate Daniels, Bk 3) on + 9 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
There isn't much not to love about this book: the interaction between Kate and the Beast Lord, how she helped Julie with her school mates (classic!!), the humor has me giggling and the action is great. Easily the best of the 3 books and I'm eagerly awaiting the next in the series.
ophelia99 avatar reviewed Magic Strikes (Kate Daniels, Bk 3) on + 2527 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
This is the third book in the Kate Daniels series and what a wonderful book it was. Very creative, very fast-paced, all the wonderful fight scenes, and hilarious attitude that Kate is known for. I actually listened to this on audio book and the audio book is wonderful. If you have a change to listen to the audio book it's worth it; the lady who reads it does Kate's voice and personality absolutely perfectly.

Something strange is going on. Shapeshifters are being killed and Kate is brought in to find out why. Then Simone catches Derek trying to steal tickets to some forbidden and illegal event called the Midnight Games. Kate has to cut a deal with Simone to get Derek out of there, as such she ends up at the Midnight games, as Simone's date, and watches a team called the Reapers. The Reapers are supposedly human, but end up being much more. Kate needs to figure out if the Midnight Games and the murders are linked.

This was a great book and super hard to put down. Kate has a wonderful dry sense of humor, as does Curran. All the characters in this book are well done, amusing, and likable. The fight scenes are plentiful and extremely well done. The plot is complicated and takes many unexpected twists and turns. Many very creative things happen; you meet some new races and get to venture deep into Unicorn Alley.

The best part is that you learn a lot more about Kate's history with Roland. It seems that the story is winding closer and closer to a confrontation between Kate and Roland. You learn a lot more about Simone's past too. Oh and did I mention the wonderful fight scenes, and the awesome magical weapons?

Overall another wonderful book in this series. I don't have any complaints; except that I want to read the next on sooo bad. For those of you dying for more Kate; Andrews did write a short story involving Kate, Andrea, and Raphael in the "Must Love Hellhounds" anthology called "Magic Mourns". It's a pretty good read. What a great series; I hope Andrews can keep this up for many more books to come!
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ra7 avatar reviewed Magic Strikes (Kate Daniels, Bk 3) on + 782 more book reviews
Thus far, this series is getting better and better. This is the best book so far. I am enjoying the storyline. We find out Kate's parentage, which was hinted at in previous books. This series so far has had a perfect blend of badassness, humor, action, gore, you name it. The buildup between Kate and Curran is well done and has me most definitely wanting more!
reviewed Magic Strikes (Kate Daniels, Bk 3) on + 1181 more book reviews
This is an interesting series. I truly enjoyed the first book and felt so so about the second even thought I gave it a four star rating (should have been a bit over three stars) but I liked this one immensely (four and half stars). Why do some series wax and wane?

Kate Daniels, employed by the Order of Knights of Merciful Aid, finds herself watching the illicit Midnight Games where teams compete to live. The crowds love it but Kate feels sick. How can anyone enjoy watching others die? Most important why did she allow Saiman to talk her into attending?

When her once-protector, Derek, is severely injured and almost dies Kate vows to avenge him against the Reapers, a team that participates in the games and almost destroy Derek. Putting together a team of her own, she enters the games with the order's quiet approval. What happens next is bloody, deadly, terrifying and terribly frightening. It's a good read and mighty exciting. The authors did a fine job putting together a thrilling and a bit romantic read. If you like fantasy and don't mind violence and blood this one might be right for you.
annapi avatar reviewed Magic Strikes (Kate Daniels, Bk 3) on + 334 more book reviews
When Kate's shapechanger friend Derek is almost killed, she vows revenge. In order to succeed and find a cure for Derek, she must help the Beast Lord's second in command, her former partner Jim, go against his master's law and participate in the illegal tournament of the Midnight Games where warriors fight to the death, even though it will mean his death if he ever finds out. This is the first book of the series that I thoroughly enjoyed from cover to cover. Andrews has hit her stride - the action was plentiful and fast-paced, the characters have settled into their skins, the romance between Kate and Curran is developing nicely, the author has spiced it up with lots of wit, and we finally get to know the secret of Kate's past. I'm actually looking forward to the next book.


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