Magic Strikes

 

By: Ilona Andrews

Why do I like Kate so much? Is it her witty sarcasm? (Yes.) Her kick-ass way of dealing with anything that stands in her way? (Oh, yeah.) Or is it her sophisticated way of dealing with men? (Uhm… I’ll get back to you on that… just after I stop laughing enough to type!)

It’s all of the above and more. Really.

Kate gets mixed up in her old partner’s undercover fiasco, putting her directly in The Beast Lord’s cross-hairs. Add to that an illegal undercover fighting Arena, run by an ‘associate’, her part-time bodyguard being horribly disfigured by an attack, a Warlord out for her blood, and -oh, yeah – The Beast Lord surreptitiously claiming her as his own, Kate’s got alot on her plate, to put it mildly.

And she’s got three days to figure this all out in.

Not exactly an easy day at the office.

With the background and historical references to creatures straight out of history and legend, blended with fantasy real enough to make you feel like visiting Atlanta, and realistic characters that bleed (literally), this series always seems to surprise me and carries me quickly from one cover to the other. The fight scenes are descriptive, without being tedious (George R. R. Martin, I’m looking at you), and the romance is not an in-your-face, make-you-want-to-hide-the-book variety.

When a friend of mine’s kid asked what I was reading, I told her – “It about a girl with a sword, who’s got to kick some ass and save her friends.” True shit. I mean, all told, that’s just the tip of the iceberg, but you know an iceberg when you see it. And this one is a Duesey.

Oh, and I don’t know if I mentioned it in my previous reviews, but it hadn’t escaped my notice the first time around, when I was first introduced to Kate and The Pack on Playaway (and my excuse to get up early and hit the treadmill every morning), but… Doolittle. It stands to reason the Pack would employ a doctor by the name of Doolittle, who can, in fact, “talk with the animals, walk with the animals, growl and squeak and squawk with the animals.” And he’s such a gentleman, with his rich sweet tea, and bedside manner!

My only complaint would be that at one point Kate is in the safe house with Jim and Dali (yup, I went back a few times and checked), and then she was suddenly in her own living room. What gives? This hurts my little head, when they’re one place, and suddenly, there’s a tiger in Kate’s living room! C’mon. Somebody should have caught that. Besides, that is one place that at this point of the story, Jim should *not* be.

Just sayin’.

Yeah, I like Kate and Curran, and am progressing deliciously through the books hoping that this love/hate relationship won’t end (although I have a feeling that it becomes more love, less stalker-y as it goes). Curran sure gets on my own love/hate side (can’t fully dislike a guy who’ll read The Princess Bride unprompted), but it’s Kate’s reactions that keeps me coming back for more, laughing out loud, and drawing strange looks from those who know me and those who don’t in equal measures.

Now, if only Kate would meet with another literary favorite of mine, my fan-girl heart would burst and I would die happy.

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