Magic Strikes: Kate Daniels Series 3

Sunday, June 14, 2009

(Ilona Andrews)

Teaser: Kate, a mercenary with a canyon sized chip on her shoulder, has found a steady job contracting for the Order of Knights of Merciful Aid. While she is out on a job, she gets called to a scene of a crime involving a murdered werewolf. When she arrives, she finds that the scene has been cleaned and that no one is willing to give up any information on the murder--not even her friends among them.

Short Thought: Mysterious and streetwise Kate, although slightly cliche, is becoming one of my favorite fantasy heroines.

Expanded Thoughts: This series is dark, gritty, and fun of sarcastic goodness. It is also a short and very entertaining read.

This book is by far the best in the series thus far. (Each book is better than the one before it.) We get introduced to more characters, but don't get overwhelmed by it. Kate becomes a deeper character as we begin to learn of her mysterious heritage and the different sides of her character.

My favorite part of the series is the relationship dynamic between Curran and Kate. The reader never really knows what going to happen, and it's glorious. There are too many fantasy (paranormal) novels with bland, predictable relationships. Just for the record, I hope Curran gets his way.

My only complaint is that the 'I'm a strong woman and not gonna listen to anybody and be stupid' thing gets annoying. Yes, it is understood that she is strong-willed and independant. WE GET IT!

Additional Notes: This is the third novel in the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews.

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