Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews

December 15, 2011 5 flames 0

Magic Strikes
Kate Daniels #3
Author: Ilona Andrews
Source: Personal Purchase
Genre: Adult Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Ace;
(March 31, 2009)
ISBN-13: 978-0441017027


Drafted into working for the Order of Merciful Aid, mercenary Kate Daniels has more paranormal problems than she knows what to do with. 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.


This series has been such a great find to read.  Each one keeps getting better and better.  Seriously, it has been a hard choice on which one is my favorite so far, but I think this one surpassed the first two and became my new favorite of the series.

Derek was always one of my favorite secondary characters and when he is attacked in this book, I literally wanted to rip someone to pieces.  The horrific things the enemy does to Derek was just heart wrenching and I nearly collapsed just like Kate when she went to see him after the attack.  I wanted justice and I wanted it to be just as painful as what Derek had went through.  The way Jim explained his reasoning on disobeying the Beast Lord made me see Jim in a new light as well.  It showed his compassion and loyalty to his friends that I hadn’t really seen in the previous books.

This brings me to the dynamics that are evolving around Kate and Curran.  *swoon* Can this Beast Lord get any sexier?  I fell harder for this character this time around and I am sure other readers will agree that this book was the one that opened our eyes to the sexiness that is called Curran.  His compassion surfaced and showed that he does have a softer side and understands the reasoning in the way members of his Pack did what they did.  Instead of destroying them for what they had done, he surprised me and decided to fight right beside them.  He showed his loyalty back to the Pack and stood ground with them in a bloody battle that could have killed them all.

The sexual tension is stepped up a notch in this book as well.  The bet had to be the most stupid thing out of Kate’s mouth if she truly didn’t have chemistry with Curran, but I think it was one decision her subconscious really wants to happen.  That is one bet that I wouldn’t mind losing if I was betting with Curran myself! *sigh*

The scenes near the end were almost my undoing.  I was swooning with the words and actions from Curran.  I wanted a furry Beast Lord of my own.  I seriously cannot wait to start the next book and see what happens next.  This series has become a serious addiction to me and I can’t break the hold it has on me.


“His Majesty needs a can-I girl anyway. And I’m not it.”
“A can-I girl?” Andrea frowned.
I leaned back. “‘Can I fetch your food, Your Majesty? Can I tell you how strong and mighty you are, Your Majesty? Can I pick your fleas, Your Majesty? Can I kiss your ass, Your Majesty? Can I…”
It dawned on me that Raphael was sitting very still. Frozen, like a statue, his gaze fixed on the point above my head.
“He’s standing behind me, isn’t he?”
Andrea nodded slowly.
“Technically it should be ‘may I’,” Curran said, his voice deeper than I remembered. “Since you’re asking for permission.”
–page 42

“I flexed my wrist, popped a silver needle into my palm, and offered it to him.
‘What’s this?’
‘A needle.’
‘What should I do with it?’
He’d walked right into it. Too easy. ‘Please use it to pop your head. It’s obscuring my view of the room.’
– Kate & Saiman page 63


Outstanding book that will stay on my bookshelf for rereading!

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