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Magic Strikes: Kate Daniels, Book 3 | [Ilona Andrews]

Magic Strikes: Kate Daniels, Book 3

Drafted into working for the Order of Merciful Aid, mercenary Kate Daniels has more paranormal problems than she knows what to do with. 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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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2009 Andrew Gordon and Ilona Gordon; (P)2009 Tantor

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    Kindle Customer La Grande, OR, United States 08-11-09
    Kindle Customer La Grande, OR, United States 08-11-09 Member Since 2014

    Addicted to books, especially audiobooks. Read lots and prosper!

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    "Fantastic Listen!!"

    If you love Urban Fantasy, then don't hesitate in choosing Ilona Andrews! For best enjoyment, read/listen to Magic Bites and Magic Burns, then savor Magic Strikes. Renee Raudman catches our herione's voice and tone so well and is always a pleasure to listen too! This story will take you on a fast ride that dosn't stop until the end and you wish you had several chapters more. Audible, thanks for bringing this listen on board - we will ALWAYs want more Ilona Andrews!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie Hillsborough, NC, United States 04-13-10
    Leslie Hillsborough, NC, United States 04-13-10 Member Since 2013
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    "Series just keeps getting better and better"

    Magic Strikes, is the 3rd book in the "Magic" series, written by the man and wife team that goes by the name, Ilona Andrews.

    Each book in this series, gets better and better.
    In this book, you get the same action packed story, that is present in the 2 prior books. But, there is also a bit more romance, which I loved.

    I can't wait for the next book to come out!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy lena, MS, USA 09-05-09
    Kathy lena, MS, USA 09-05-09 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Read"

    This has got to be one of my favorite reads. The only thing that could make these audios perfect is if they used a guy's voice. If you like Hamilton, Briggs, Harrison, or Moning you will love this. No, it's not filled with sex but it will grab you and not let go.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Leanna Seattle, WA United States 08-10-09
    Leanna Seattle, WA United States 08-10-09 Member Since 2008

    I love to read, but I am time-limited. Audible allows me to keep up with all my favorite authors while on the hiking trail. Thanks, Audible!

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    "Love it"

    Another wonderful book with a horrible title. I love this series and can't wait for the next installment. The Andrews are smart and funny. Please write more :) Audible.com: please get their writings asap.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda Waimanalo, HI, United States 01-24-12
    Amanda Waimanalo, HI, United States 01-24-12 Member Since 2010

    I have a 40 minute commute each way and with out Audible, I'd go crazy! My fav genre is fantasy and I love a great series!

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    "Better and Better!"

    I am loving this series! Kate is a likable character and this book finally gives some insights into all the hints recieved in previous books. Alot of details and exclellent narration, I'm happy to give this book a 5 star - something I don't do very often. If you loved the other books, this one will not disapoint!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Reynella, Australia 03-06-11
    Karen Reynella, Australia 03-06-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantastic Read!!"

    This series is the best I've read in the genre. The heroine is tough and funny, but with a heart. Her chemistry with the Beast Lord sparks and sizzles the whole way through. All the other characters are getting more developed and interesting with each outing. Lots of action, wit and romance in each book, and a nice complexity to the setting make this a must read. Please don't make us wait too long for the next one!!

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    Yuriko Fairfield, CA, United States 06-03-10
    Yuriko Fairfield, CA, United States 06-03-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Series"

    I read the first 2 books a while ago and to read up before the 4th book I decided to try an audio book version. And I have to tell you, it was great. THe voice is, at least for me, spot on. I really really love it. NOw I think I am going to buy all the volumes in audio books.
    So if you like the series go for it, you will not regret it. Well, even if you don't know the series, if you like magic and tough woman heroine go for it. It's great.

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    Felicia The Geeky Blogger 01-14-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Rocked!"

    Read from January 13 to 14, 2015

    Listened for Fun (Audible)
    Overall Rating: 4.25
    Story Rating: 4.00
    Character Rating: 4.50

    Audio Rating: 5.00 (not part of the overall rating)

    First Thought when Finished: I am sucked in y'all! SUCKED IN! Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews had me on the edge of seat, laughing out loud, and fanning myself (often all 3 within a matter of 30 minutes). How can you not love a world and characters that make you feel like that multiple times during a story. So far each book has been better than the last!

    Audio Thoughts

    Narrated By Renée Raudman / Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins


    Renee ROCKED IT! <----enough said!

    Part of my Read It, Rate It, File It, DONE! reviews

    Note: I would have said more about this book but everything is so spoilery. Like I was pretty sure I was going to cry if a certain someone bit it. I also had to laugh when at the end a certain someone was clueless. Also all the quips! The dressing down. ANDREA (no seriously she is one of my favorite characters of all time). So lots to say but just don't want to ruin it! Just listen to it if you haven't already. Relisten if you have cause you know you want too!

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    Jan Indiana 03-02-13
    Jan Indiana 03-02-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Three Times Three!"
    Any additional comments?

    Listening to a book three times isn't unusual for me. Reading one 3 times in 3 days is a first. It's a great series, and this book has emotion, lot's of action, and Kate's past coming into play.Raudman brings *all* the characters to life. She makes it easy to forget that there is only one person narrating.

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    Mysticalsister San Francisco, CA, United States 09-05-09
    Mysticalsister San Francisco, CA, United States 09-05-09 Member Since 2011
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    "WOW! Action, Romance and Magic! Absolute Heaven!"

    This was my favorite book of the series so far, but they've all been great. I'm very impressed by this author and can't wait for more. Action packed and full of potential for romance, the series just keeps getting better and better. And Renee Raudman is a great narrator, too. I know I'll listen to these books over and over again.

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  • Lisa
    Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom
    2/24/10
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    "Brilliant"

    As usual Ilona Andrews has delivered a very witty, well written fantasy that had me laughing out loud in places. The characters in her stories are always well described and as the series continues have got more real. In this instalment Kate finds herself, as usual, arse deep in alligators and has to contend with the continued interest of Curran. This is a very fast paced book with action all the way through - I had a hard job concentrating on anything else the last couple of days as I couldn't stop listening to it. The narrator Renee Raudman does a very good job although some of the shapeshifters sound as if they've been eating brillo pads. I recommend this book to everyone but would recommend reading or listening to the other two books first. Cant wait for the next one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Allain Goodlet
    9/20/09
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    "Magic strikes, burns and bites."

    This book is the third in a wonderful light sci-fantasy series,that grips you from the very start. It is a combination of future fantasy, adventure, loyalty, and romance with some blood letting and action to keep you turning pages quickly. Its all wrapped up and delivered in the humorous dialouge that the lead character "Kate" gives, as you listen to her thoughts. I have squirmed with embarrassment and laughed out loud at the situations she finds herself in. This dialouge has improved as the series has progressed and as the relationships develop between the characters. There is good description of scenes allowing a good imagination to watch it as it played out.
    I initially felt in the first book that Renee Raudmann had the wrong voice for the characters but as I have listened to her, I have come to appreciate how well her drole accent enhances the drole comments written within the story. She acts them out beautifully, giving the listener a real sense of being part of it and in my mind her voice is "Kate". I waited with real impatience for this book to appear with audible, and almost bought it in paperback form. I'm glad i didnt do it now, as I would have lost the experience of listening to it. Unfortunatley like all good books it comes to an end too soon and so the wait is now on for the next installment. I only hope I don't have to wait too long.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Leanne
    Swansea, United Kingdom
    1/24/12
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    "Fast paced, frustrating, left me wanting more!"

    I loved this book but i was really hoping for something to move on with Kate and Curran.....the writing was set at a good pace kept going without many of the tedious backstory paragraphs that avid followers of the series will also find frustrating (this applies to most series not just this one though).

    I thought the development of Derek's character was good and i'm looking forward to seeing where he goes from here and i also liked that Julie featured in this book and developed her character too. I thought the villans in this book were ingenious and they were so evil i wanted to get in the games and kick their butts myself for all their smarmy looks.

    All in all can't wait for the next book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Janice Tai Lim
    3/31/15
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    "I couldn't stop listening!"
    What did you like most about Magic Strikes?

    It was so well written and well told. It was fast paced with witty dialogue, engaging characters and a fantastic plot. Highly recommended!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All of them!


    What does Renée Raudman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Renee brings the story to life. She is a natural storyteller. Great voices, great pace.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Misty
    UK
    1/9/15
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    "My favourite story from this series."

    Not the best narrator I ever heard but not the worse, but as this is my favourite story from this series I am a little bias.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kelly
    Paulton, United Kingdom
    7/21/13
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    "what's not to love..."
    What did you like most about Magic Strikes?

    The banter between Kate and Curran is reaching a peak, we find out more about Kate's secretive past life, we also get to see more of Andrea and Saiman.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Magic Strikes?

    picking one is hard... maybe the hot tub scene :)


    What does Renée Raudman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    this is the third book in the series that I have listened to, that is narrated by Renee and I now hear her voice when I read Kate.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I wanted to, but nights are bad enough being kept awake by a baby, so no lots of small snippets.


    Any additional comments?

    I read this book in 2009 and had a great enthusiasm for this series, which hasn't waned over the years, Magic Rises comes out in a few days and I am just as excited.

    I have been listening to these audiobooks to refresh me before the new release, a great thing when I have no time for reading, but can multitask entertaining children and listening.

    I wish Audible would stock the rest of the series, I've had to purchase a few elsewhere to fill the gaps in my listening library.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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