Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews

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Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews
Kate Daniels #3
Narrated by Renee Raudman

When magic strikes and Atlanta goes to pieces, it’s a job for Kate Daniels…

Drafted into working for the Order of Merciful Aid, mercenary Kate Daniels has more paranormal problems than she knows what to do with these days. 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 Lord of the Beasts, uncover a dark plot that may forever alter the face of Atlanta’s shapeshifting community…

Kate is a mercenary and will sometimes do jobs for the Order. This book if I recall, she is more mercenary, but needs to be careful with how she approaches and handles things or she may not be able to do another job for the Order. (I read this several months ago, and don’t remember the beginning of the book very well. Mostly I remember the ending. Really need to get better at writing these closer to when I finish the book.)

I enjoyed Renee Raudman’s portrayal of Kate throughout the book. I thought she did very well. She really nailed Kate’s attitude. The banter between Kate and Curran is fantastic, both in the writing by Ilona Andrews and with Renee’s portrayal.

The battles in the tournament are something else. In them, we learn something about Kate, and she is forced to do something and risk giving away her past which she is trying to keep secret. She is worried about how others will react to this piece of her past. I’m not going to say what it is, because, spoiler. You’ll just have to read the book to find out.

As 2019 is wrapping up, I don’t know if I will be able to get to the next book of the series, Magic Bleeds, before the end of 2019, but I will surely be reading it in 2020 if I don’t. I have a feeling I may, as I feel this is becoming a series I can read and get in to for me to help manage my stress levels. Basically, it can help me forget about all the stuff I need to get done for work, and just get lost in the story but still be able to focus on what I’m doing.