Magic Strikes (Kate Daniels #3) by Ilona Andrews
Ilona Andrews’ Kate Daniels stories are among my favourites. Her characters are so compelling, the world building is tight, and I laugh out loud at the most unexpected places because the writing (i.e., Kate) is so deadpan at points. Magic Strikes is no exception.
In Magic Strikes, Kate is now working for the Order of Knights of Merciful Aid. She’s still having problems with Curran, the Beast Lord. But then Saiman’s life is threatened and her friend Derek, a werewolf, is found nearly dead. Kate finds herself investigating the Midnight Games, an underground, fight-to-the-death tournament for preternatural beings.
There’s a lot of development in Kate and Curran’s relationship, which I love, since Andrews doesn’t sacrifice the banter and the tension for the sake of furthering their relationship. In fact, the banter and tension are amped up, which makes everything all the more interesting. We also learn a bit more about Kate’s past, and her relationship with her father, which is cool.
All in all, a great read!