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Magic Strikes: A Kate Daniels Novel: 3 by [Andrews, Ilona]
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4.9 out of 5 stars 70 customer reviews

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"A new take on the urban fantasy genre, the world Kate inhabits is a blend of gritty magic and dangerous mystery."

"Fans of Carrie Vaughn and Patricia Briggs will appreciate this fast-paced, action-packed urban fantasy full of magic, vampires, [and] werebeasties."--"Monsters and Critics"

"Splendid...an edgy, dark fantasy."--Patricia Briggs

"Kate is a great kick-ass heroine, a tough girl with a heart, and her adventures...are definitely worth checking out."--Locus

Fans of Carrie Vaughn and Patricia Briggs will appreciate this fast-paced, action-packed urban fantasy full of magic, vampires, [and] werebeasties. "Monsters and Critics"

Splendid an edgy, dark fantasy. Patricia Briggs

Kate is a great kick-ass heroine, a tough girl with a heart, and her adventures are definitely worth checking out. Locus"

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"the best book [of the series] so far" Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1078 KB
  • Print Length: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (11 Nov. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004BDOJQI
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 70 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #46,061 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The third book in the Kate Daniels series, MAGIC STRIKES is just as brilliant as the first two. Stop reading here if you're a newbie-go back to MAGIC BITES and start there! Promise you won't regret it.

Anyways, in Magic Strikes we are introduced to the Midnight Games, part-owned by Saiman (the shape-shifting "sexual deviant" who wants into kates pants), where teams of 7 sign up to battle it out to the death in the arena. It kinda reminded me of gladiators. With her usual skill, Andrews manages to think up new and varied weapons, creatures, fights and gruesome wounds, all of which are a delight to read (in a non-wierd way) just because they are so original in such a saturated market. Although it is more of an urban fantasy, and not a paranormal fantasy as I am prone to reading, you still get to a saturation point where you feel like you've seen/read it all before.
This is part of the reason why the series is so good-not only are the characters well-fleshed out and believable, they are original too. Same goes for Atlanta, same goes for the magic/technical mix, same goes for the love affair between Kate and Curran...all are written about with just enough skill and detail to get you hooked and caring, but not so much that you switch off with boredom.

Mmmm Curran...where to start...the sexual tension that is ripe throughout Magic Bites and Magic Burns, is cranked up a notch (or two) in Strikes, and is all the more delicious for it. Another thing that Andrews has done so well: instead of falling straight in-love and straight into bed, you actually believe that these two characters are made for each other.
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I really can't say how much I love this book and I don't really want to give anything about it away either. I love this whole series because it's dark and gritty, but with great humor and there is something very real and believable about Kate. And that continues through the other characters too and how she interacts with them. Her relationship with the Beast Lord, Curran for example. Not smooth sailing, not the usual kind of relationship you find in urban fantasy books. It can be really volitile and they have seriously tried to kill each other multipul times. Also, it isn't something where they fell for each other at first sight. It's developed slowly through the first three books and it's much better for it.

Magic Strikes completely lives up to the expectations from the previous two books. It reveals more of Kate's hidden past and sees her come closer and closer to showing everyone who she is in order to keep her friends alive. We also learn a little more about certain members of the pack, and just how much they care for each other. The idea of the Midnight Games is done well, with enough on it and enough shown without it being constant fight, fight, fight. And I think this book has some of the funniest lines I've read, several laugh-out-loud moments (not least of which is the final page, making it a great ending!).

Easily the best book I've read in the past few months and some of the very best newer Urban Fantasy around.
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I have waited 10 months to read this book and it was defiantly worth it.

The story starts two months after Magic Burns and the results of the flare in Atlanta have left kate working long hours leaving her tired and overworked, to top off her day she receives a call from the order to investigate a Pack death and another call from Saiman to rescue Derek...All in a days work!

Kate gets herself entangled in Pack problems between Jim and Curran (not a bad place to be) and trying to save one of her friends while trying to hide from Roland. This is Kate's biggest challange so far and her friends new and old are right there with her. Andrea, Raphael, Derek, Doc Doolittle and Julie are back and we are introduced to some new characters as well.

Kate and Curran's developing relationship is brilliantly written and is not forced, it moves slowly which run's true to Kate & her worries but boy is there alot of sexual tension.

There are some hilarious scenes in this book especially the story told by Raphael about is mum and dads courtship, my husband thought i was crazy i was laughing so hard:)

This story like the previous books magic bites and magic burns is excellantly written and is the best Urban Fantasy series around, A must read.

Ilona please dont make us wait another year for the next book we need another one NOW......
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OK. Kick-ass heroine with a secret who's attracted to the head of the local supernatural pack. You know how this goes if you're familiar with how Urban Fantasy has developed over the years. The challenge is to write so well that the cliches fade into the background and the husband-and-wife duo behind the Ilona Andrews name certainly manage that. Heroine Kate Daniels is the only surviving child of the legendary original vampire, who would kill her as a threat to his power if he knew of her existence. That's the backdrop and the reason why she's been trained since childhood as a warrior - she's going to have to kill Daddy at some point. Complete with magically supercharged blood and a tasty fey sword, she tries to maintain as low a profile as possible while doing supernatural clean-up in a near-future Atlanta. The authors have created a believable world where magic comes in unpredictable waves, disabling all modern technology and clearing the way for a variety of supernatural beasties. Meanwhile, the heroine has a love/hate relationship with Curran, leader of the local were-tribes. Unlike some authors in this field, the duo behind Ilona Andrews don't let the 'relationships' engulf and devour plot, action and a hard-boiled approach. In this book, the heroine finds a werewolf friend badly injured. Werewolves are tough - who could have done this? Her investigations lead to an illicit gladiator contest called the Midnight Games. You just know she's going to end up taking part to find the bad guys. Throw in a series of supernatural baddies (and goodies) plus some realistic action and inter-species politics and you end up with a very satisfying mix. Recommended.
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