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It's been an interesting year so far. I've lost both my Moms. My mother died in January after a long decline. Soon after, my Mother-in-Law went in for bypass surgery. While her heart healed, other issues zapped her strength and she died April 22.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Magic Strikes

Someone's blog had a post about the author having way too many copies and they'd send it out to 200 bloggers for review. Thank you!

Magic Strikes
Ilona Andrews
A Kate Daniels Novel, Book 3

Publisher: ACE
Release Date: March 31, 2009
format: mass market
pages: 310
genre: Urban Fantasy

from the back cover
"When magic strikes and Atlanta goes to pieces, it's a job for Kate Daniels...
Drafted to work for the Order of Knight 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 when Kate's werewolf friend Derek is discovred 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 Beast Lord, uncover a dark plot that may forever alter the face of Atlanta's shapeshifing community..."

My thoughts
This is book three and I didn't read the first two. When Magic Strikes was first sent to me to review, I almost read the first two but wondered if I could enjoy the book without knowing what went before. Answer? Yes.

I had trouble at the beginning. This alternate Atlanta is strange. Magic coming in waves desrupting technology. Werewolves fine but wererats? It soon passed and I wanted to crawl into the book. I wanted to be Kate. Tough, beautiful, resourceful, deadly. Not just dangerous, Kate is a mercenary and extremely deadly. I'll need to go back and read the first two books to find out why a mercenary is working for the Order of Knights of Merciful Aid but I didn't feel lost. I love that the story hangs but still ended. (how would be a spoiler)

The writing is detailed and picturesque. The characters well-developed and sometimes scary. I look forward to reading more from this fantastic author.

On a side note: I read Silent Blade, from Samhain Publishing. It is also available on the Kindle.

Magic Strikes's sales rank as of 8-19: #4,050 in Books

#11 in Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Magic & Wizards
#52 in Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Contemporary


Faye said...

awesome review! def. Adding 2 my 2 read list

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