In some ways, Magic Strikes represents a major turning point in the overall plot of the series. The characters and over-arching plot points introduced in the first 2 installments of the series begin to coalesce into something more substantial in this 3rd book. Character's choose there sides, take their stands and show their true colors. For some, the consequences are devastating... This installment is a sentimental favorite (though I would have a hard time identifying any of the books in the series as a clear best). We really begin to see what some of these characters are made of. The author shows us what some of our favorite characters are really made of and starts to give us clear indications of where the series is going.
Normally, I love Renee Raudman. Her voice is perfect for Kate Daniels. But something strange was going on in this book. I don't have the text version, so I'm not sure if it was the authors or the voice actor, but every time a foreign language was used, she (or the authors) got it wrong. It was teeth-grinding bad. If you don't know or care about the language, then you won't notice and this book will be fantastic as usual (because it is! Great story!), but otherwise... ouch. Kate's character is supposed to be super-knowledgeable about Mesopotamian/Mediterranean cultures and it's important to the plot that she knows much more than she should about this group in particular, so this really ripped me out of the story. Luckily, it's only a few chapters, and the story is otherwise fantastic.
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The stories are interesting, some portions are a bit predictable and the author appears to go to lengths to show the character working out the answer that the reader surmised 3 pages back. However, there are excellent plot twists and side stories that will catch you unawares.
Not the book so much as the Mercy Thompson stories. shifters, vampires, etc. It gives a great selection of genre and lore within the story. I enjoy the level of the author's research and attention to detail, especially in this book as I have just discovered it.
She offers an emotional depth to her characters. Some of her male characters sound similar, but as she gets into the lead characters, it is interesting to hear her capture her interpretation of them.
So far in the book I enjoy Aunt Bea, though her female Knight Were-Hyena friend seems really cool.
I am looking forward to the rest of the series.
I don't read books anymore I only listen to them, I find I get a lot more out of the book. The audio editon of this book was great, I found in the first book I had to get use to Kate's voice as it wasn't as femine as other heroines in other books, however by book 3 I couldn't image her with any other voice and you realise Kate's character wouldn't suit a softer voice.
The most memorable moment was Curin saving Kate.
I'm listening to another series narrated by Renee and I am impressed with her range of voices for these new characters. I nearly didn't recognise her from this book.
There were funny and sad parts though the book but it never left me wanting to cry, I did giggle at a couple of Kate's comments.
Great serious, each book has left me wanting more. I can't wait for the 4th book to be available on Audible.
must read: darynda jones, Karen moning, Ilona Andrews, kim harrison, gena showalter, Karen chance,patricia briggs,jeaniene frost ,L taylor,
i love the action and the tension between the differnet characters, great fun!
i love our complicated heroine Kate! i love her sarcasim, bravery, vulnerability and humor
She is excellent at bringing Kate to life, delivers her wit well, and there is definate distinction between all of the different characters
This is a really fun and totally worth the credits series, start with book one because you need the backstory.
Action, Fun, Humor.
I love that Kate is strong and no non sense. She is strong but has so much to hide that you have to keep guessing as to what she is and what she will do next.
Well I love Kate. She can be so snarky, Deric is so sweet, and Jim is a bad a**. You do not get a lot of Curn in this book but the tension is there.
I would have to go out on a limb here and say Gasteck. That first scene sticks with you. You need to listen to understand what's going on. Oh and Kate. Got to love Kate.
yea, it was a worthy listen.
The other books in the series.
as good as others.
magic strikes again.
Yes-becasue it was a fun addition to the saga and the midnight games was such a unique backdrop
When Kate imapled herself on the sword to save the shapeshifters on her team
Her different mannerisms for each of the characters!
Yes-it stared off a touch slow,but picked up momentum rapidly!
I rate this among the best series of audiobooks I've listened to and enjoyed. It is just so very well done...all around.
Kate Daniels is just so feisty and so loyal...can't hope for more.
All the characters "sound" the same when I silently read the book. Ms Raudman brings the characters alive. She gives them a voice, a tone and a personality that the written word can not.
I was very upset about the sidekick...that did make me very sad.
I loved that it had Kate in it and I got to see her from her best friends eyes.
Raudman is great!