MAGIC STRIKES is Pretty Dark but I Recommend it Anyway

Magic Strikes

Magic Strikes Audio CoverBook 3 in the Kate Daniels series
By Ilona Andrews
Narrated by Renée Raudman
Published by Tantor Audio | Aug 6, 2009
Running time 11 hrs

Audiobook provided by publisher for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.



Drafted into working for the Order of Merciful Aid, mercenary Kate Daniels has more paranormal problems 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 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 Beast Lord, uncover a dark plot that may forever alter the face of Atlanta’s shapeshifting community.


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My Take Oblong




This is a really dark and violent episode in the Kate Daniels series, although, thinking about it these first three have all been dark and violent.  Are they all so violent?  In this “people willingly fight each other to the death.  And it all seems to be part of a grand scheme to take over the world. 

A little bit more about Roland, her biological father, and all around heinous dude is revealed. A rather vast mythology has been built up about Roland, and it is quite possible the couple which comprises this writing team based Kates father on this histo-mythological person on him. In the last book, the baddie was the Morrigan which was actually a character from Celtic mythology.

I am still not sure what that makes her as far as her biology and ability goes. She references a vast mythology for the character which made me curious as to whether he existed as a person, real or mythological in our world.  The answer is that there is a Roland, both real and in myth.  He was a soldier under Charlemagne in the eighth century who became highly mythologized.  BUT, this does not appear to be the source of the character.  They have invented a full mythology for the character that can be found here:

It is kind of cool that we actually find out who and what Saiman is in this one.  And the issues between Kate and  the “leader of the pack” come to a head, sort of.

I am getting more into this series, and though I find the narration awesome, I find it is a harder to kepp track of this complex world via audio (for me, but, I’ve listened to two other audiobooks since I finished this Sunday).   I HIGHLY RECOMMEND.



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