This is my favorite book of the series. I have listened to it over 5 times. It has everything in it, action, adventure, comedy and a little romance. I literally was laughing out loud to multiple parts. Highly recommended.
I have to admit that I struggled with the first book but only because I had just come off of Pamela Palmer's Feral Warriors series which had me hook, line and sinker. I liked the plot of the first book but it did not quite engage me as other similar books had done. I listened to the first book and liked it enough to continue with book #2. The second one was better and I became more engaged with the characters and I enjoyed how the story unfolds a little bit of information with each book. Then I bought book #3 and all I can say is that Magic Strikes, struck me with a profound impact. I never imagined how engaging this story would be and how riveting the final battle would be...and oh the ending...let's just say I won't ruin this story for you...but it is so worth your time. If you are like me and wasn't quite sure if this series is worth your money/credits, let me assure you it is money well spent!
Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.
The more books I read in this series the better it gets. With the first book it was only okay to me but it was good enough to try the next book. The second book I enjoyed immensely and was glad I gave this series another shot. Now with this book I'm hooked and can't wait to find out what is going to happen next. There were a few small sections when Kate would flashback to memories that would be a little disjointed and I ended up confused. Partially because I didn't always realize it was a memory and I would be wondering where did the story go. I love how Curran leaves you will a big grin on your face at the end of each book. Narrator is good, she has the sound of dry humor down.
There's a wry humour throughout these stories that makes me laugh out loud - and the narrator catches it perfectly. I don't review books often but I'm really enjoying these! The stories are interesting, the characters are well developed and there are always little surprises. For instance I really enjoyed the letter at the very end of the book…..
I enjoy the series very much! However, I feel very disappointed by a narrator's lack of respect for Russian language. There are maybe 10 words in the whole book relating to Russian folklore, since Kate has Russian ancestors. Every one of them is pronounce in such bad way, I can’t even recognize the words. I actually feel insulted. I realized, it is silly to have such strong emotions, due to the genre of the book… But at the same time, I expect a little of homework and a due diligence from a professional.
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.