16 May 2013

Blast from the Past Review: Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews


Blast from the past review...


What they say: 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...



What I say: Magic Strikes is book 3 of the Kate Daniels urban fantasy series. It's a great instalment and we get to learn more about the  many of the characters including obviously Kate and Curran but also Derek, Jim, the ominous and not-yet-seen baddie Roland.
 
The main draw with the series is the relationship between Kate and Curran. He's a werelion, the Beast Lord (King of the shifters) and an all round alpha male, who is used to getting what he wants. What he wants is Kate or at least to get her into bed. Kate on the other hand fights authority and hates being told what to do. As much as she wants Curran, she's determined to not give in to him. Their flirty battle has been brilliant from the very beginning of the series and Ilona is bang on the money in Magic Strikes - These two characters really work!
 
Kate is a great heroine because not only is she bad ass but she comes out with some epic one liners, this leads to many verbal as well as physical smack downs! I love Kate's vulnerable side in this book and her willingness to sacrifice herself for her friends. Her relationship with her surrogate sort-of younger brother figure Derek is really sweet.
 
Curran is learning to be more flexible as the series progresses. In Magic Strikes we get to see his full on alpha mode, but we also see him bending his own rules to help his friends in the Midnight Games and risking it all to save Kate. There are so many hints that he genuinely loves Kate, but she's either too stubborn or blind to notice. This makes for a far more interesting read. She wouldn't be the same Kate if she simply straight into Curran's arms.
 
This series is one of my go to reads and it gets better every time!
 
4.5 Stars in my Sky!

My fav non-spoilery quotes:
  • You owe me one naked dinner, but I'm not a complete beast, so you can wear a bra and panties if you so wish. The blue ones with the bow will do.
  • Arrogant asshole. "I tell you what, if you find us before those three days run out, I'll cook you a damn dinner and serve it to you naked."
  • As he passed me, he leaned to Curran and handed him a paper fan folded from some sort of flyer. Curran looked at the fan. “What?” "An emergency precaution, Your Majesty. In case the lady faints.” Curran just stared at him. Raphael strode toward the Pit, turned, flexed a bit, and winked at me. "Give me that,” I told Curran. “I need to fan myself.” "No, you don’t.” 
  • “You expect me to fall on my back with my legs spread." "Not necessarily. ... You can fall on your hands and knees if you prefer. Or against the wall. Or on the kitchen counter. I suppose I might let you be on top, if you make it worth my while.”

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