- Mass Market Paperback: 310 pages
- Publisher: Ace Books; Original edition (31 Mar. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0441017029
- ISBN-13: 978-0441017027
- Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.3 x 17.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 742,803 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Magic Strikes (Kate Daniels Novels) Mass Market Paperback – 31 Mar 2009
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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"
Kate Daniels is about to enter a new world of gritty magic and dangerous mystery. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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......
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A fun roller coaster that made me laugh out loud. Whilst the story is pretty obvious it develops the characters and adds to Kate's backstory. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mr Murray Macdonald
I read a short story by this writing couple and loved 'her' style. I found this series when I looked 'her' up online. I loved it! I ordered book one and read it in one sitting! Read morePublished 3 months ago by S D.
Love these books. The characters come to life and you will either love or hate them ( I love them). I am not really into shifter fantasy books but these books have so much in them... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Fantasy Reader
Ilona Andrews books suck you into the story from the first chapter & spits you out at the end like you've been on the best & most exciting roller coaster through a world more... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Ms Sara J Bright
this book is FANTASTIC - the books in this series just keep getting better and better and I can't get enough of Kate Daniels!
HIGHLY RECOMMEND!! Read more