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review 2018-12-06 14:00
Review: Magic Triumphs (Kate Daniels #10) by Ilona Andrews
Magic Triumphs - Ilona Andrews

 

Mercenary Kate Daniels must risk all to protect everything she holds dear in this epic, can't-miss entry in the thrilling #1 New York Times bestselling urban fantasy series.

Kate has come a long way from her origins as a loner taking care of paranormal problems in post-Shift Atlanta. She's made friends and enemies. She's found love and started a family with Curran Lennart, the former Beast Lord. But her magic is too strong for the power players of the world to let her be.

Kate and her father, Roland, currently have an uneasy truce, but when he starts testing her defenses again, she knows that sooner or later, a confrontation is inevitable. The Witch Oracle has begun seeing visions of blood, fire, and human bones. And when a mysterious box is delivered to Kate's doorstep, a threat of war from the ancient enemy who nearly destroyed her family, she knows their time is up.

Kate Daniels sees no other choice but to combine forces with the unlikeliest of allies. She knows betrayal is inevitable. She knows she may not survive the coming battle. But she has to try.

For her child.

For Atlanta.

For the world.

 

 

 

Only read this review, if you have read all the previous books or this book may contain spoilers.

 

 

Well this was it. The end to a wonderful series that I will treasure forever and the characters I will miss.

As always I have trouble writing a review for the last book in a series. It is hard not to spoil stuff so I will make it fairly short.

As all the other books, this book sucked me right back into Kate’s world and I had to make myself stop so I can enjoy the book more than one day lol .

The book starts off a couple years after Magic Binds and Kate and Curran are now loving and proud parents to their son Conlan. Who without giving anything away is just the best mash-up between Kate and Curran you can ask for. Things have been quiet in Atlanta for a while but Kate and Curran, know it is just a matter of time before Roland shows up. Both have grown so much since we met them both and the famous  "Here, Kitty, Kitty, Kitty...” Not only have they grow a ton individually, but also a couple. Though there are still things they will hide from each other for the time being… of course…

Once stuff started happening it goes fast and fast paced and multiple things are happening to them and or around them . In order to win the big fight we have been waiting for, for ten books everyone must come together. Especially since they might be fighting multiple enemies.

As they building or trying to build (some are still buttheads and to stubborn) their final army we get to see many other people from previous books and it I really enjoyed it . One big one was Hugh d’Ambray. I really liked how all the played out in the end and it all came together…. (I still have to read Iron and Magic soon…..very soon)

As with all or most Ilona Andrews books, we get plenty of humor even with this emotional last book in the series. I laughed but I also cried, it has as most previous books some heartbreaking and tender moments. But also some really surprising things happened, there were a few things I never even crossed my mind.

The final battle while awesome was a bit predicable if you know their work but overall very enjoyable. Be warned, not everyone will make it out alive and we suffer some rather big loses.

While most of the story arc was nicely wrapped up and things all came together and made sense, there were a few things I thought was just left untouched or open ended. BUT after reading the epilogue I have some sliver of hope that we will have another spin-off somewhere or sometime. Here is to really hoping. 

I can’t say all that much since I don’t want to spoil it but I’m still not 100% about my feeling with that ending.

Overall it was a fantastic ending to an epic series.  And even though I has some minor issues with some things are left untouched I can’t help to give this books 5 . Because it the end it just didn’t matter that much … I just love it too much. 5 ★

 

 

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review 2018-11-13 23:00
Magic Triumphs / Ilona Andrews
Magic Triumphs - Ilona Andrews

Kate has come a long way from her origins as a loner taking care of paranormal problems in post-Shift Atlanta. She's made friends and enemies. She's found love and started a family with Curran Lennart, the former Beast Lord. But her magic is too strong for the power players of the world to let her be.

Kate and her father, Roland, currently have an uneasy truce, but when he starts testing her defenses again, she knows that sooner or later, a confrontation is inevitable. The Witch Oracle has begun seeing visions of blood, fire, and human bones. And when a mysterious box is delivered to Kate's doorstep, a threat of war from the ancient enemy who nearly destroyed her family, she knows their time is up.

Kate Daniels sees no other choice but to combine forces with the unlikeliest of allies. She knows betrayal is inevitable. She knows she may not survive the coming battle. But she has to try.  For her child.  For Atlanta.  For the world.

 

A very fine wrap-up to a series that I have spent many enjoyable years consuming. Kate and Curran are parents and their wee Conlan is more than a handful, a cause of some amusement among Kate’s friends. But nothing is ever easy when you’re Kate Daniels (now Lennert), so of course there’s going to be all kinds of threats to the peace of Atlanta.

As I was approaching the end of the book, fingering the last few pages, I kept thinking, “How can the Andrews tie this up in so few words?” I needn’t have worried—they obviously had a master plan and their plot snapped together crisply, like new Legos. All of the old favourite characters are here, playing their roles perfectly. Plus, we have the advent of a married Hugh d’Ambrey, which messes with both Kate and Curran. Who is this man and can they work with him? (By the way, if you haven’t yet read Hugh’s story, Iron and Magic, do yourself a favour and read it BEFORE tackling this volume).

I was worried—surely adding a baby to the mix would change the dynamic of the final book? Nope, if anything the pace picked up as Kate pursues her little shapeshifter godling whenever he goes AWOL. Can Kate’s issues with her father Roland ever be resolved? (Yes and no—read it!) And my biggest concern? What will I do when this series is over? But you know, there were just enough hints and loose ends on the final pages that I have some hope that we will see more adventures in Magical Atlanta, just following different characters—Julie perhaps? Along with Derek? I would definitely read those!

I hope that the Andrews keep writing in their various fantasy worlds for many years to come. I look forward to each and every installment that tells me more about my favourite fictional people.

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text 2018-11-08 21:30
It's so much easier to find women holding weapons....
Breath of Fire - Amanda Bouchet
Magic Triumphs - Ilona Andrews
Trail of Lightning - Rebecca Roanhorse
Dark Queen - Faith Hunter
The Myth Manifestation - Lisa Shearin
Stalking Jack the Ripper - Kerri Maniscalco
The Devious Dr. Jekyll: An Electric Empire Novel - Viola Carr

...than to find women holding flowers!

 

Who knew that I was such a violent creature.  :)

 

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text 2018-11-08 19:14
TBR Thursday
Shark Drunk: The Art of Catching a Large Shark from a Tiny Rubber Dinghy in a Big Ocean - Morten A. Strøksnes
Magic Triumphs - Ilona Andrews
SuperMutant Magic Academy - Jillian Tamaki
The Mark of Zorro - Johnston McCulley
Dark Force Rising - Timothy Zahn
Hellburner - C.J. Cherryh

 

I'm currently working on The Witch Elm (which is due in 9 days) and The Waste Lands.  Not to mention that I need to finish A Fatal Inversion and get going on The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs.

 

I finally read 2 books last week because I was sick of them showing up here on Thursdays.  The same will probably be true of Shark Drunk eventually.  In the mean while, Magic Triumphs is due in 16 days, with 20 people waiting for it.  It will be my next priority after The Witch Elm

 

I think that The Mask of Zorro, with the rearing horse on the cover, will be one of my 24 Tasks of the Season.  Dark Force Rising will also fall into this category, being the second book of the Thrawn Triology. 

 

SuperMutant Magic Academy will count towards my Book Riot Read Harder challenge for 2018 and Hellburner is part of my ongoing Science Fiction & Fantasy reading project.

 

You know what?  I'm cutting way back on reading challenges next year, so I have time to read what I please.  Not sure that I'm completely ready to abandon ship this year, but next year will be mine own, to do with as I please.  And I have ideas about that.

 

My sister from B.C. is coming to our province today and tomorrow I must driver to Red Deer to catch up with my youngest sister.  Then we will all go & visit my niece and her new baby, little Hazel.  Then, my sisters & I will go visit elderly relatives in our home town.  So, you will hear little from me until Tuesday.

 

Have a great weekend, friends.

 

 

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review 2018-10-07 16:34
Gah! All the feels on this wonderful finale!
Magic Triumphs - Ilona Andrews

At the risk of repeating myself, this is one of the absolute best urban fantasy series around. Kate Daniels and I got off to a rocky start; it took me two tries to get into book one, but once past that point, I was hooked. Yes, there was maybe one book that I thought didn’t have the character growth I would have liked to see, however, Ilona Andrews pretty much brilliantly sustained this series.

 

Let’s start with the world building. The idea of having a world that alternately and randomly gets swamped with either magic or tech working is first-rate. Throw in paranormal mythologies from cultures around the globe and incredibly evocative writing, and you’ve got stories that hum along at the perfect pace.

 

You want humour? This isn’t one of those super snarky uf series (yeah, yeah, I know that’s what I write as my other persona Deborah Wilde), and obviously I love those. Kate may not be snarky but there is tons of humour in these books. In fact, the banter in Magic Triumphs was continually hilarious. I read it with a huge smile on my face.

 

I was worried going in to this story that we’d lose the characters I so dearly love at the expense of the giant battle that we’ve been building towards for many many books. Even that was cleverly subverted. At no point did I glaze over during the fight sequences as I’m so wont to do. I was completely satisfied with where Curran and Kate ended up, as well as the secondary characters and I’m looking forward to the spin-off series.

 

Ten+ books is a commitment, I know, but if you’ve wanted to try out urban fantasy, I can’t think of a better series to jump into. And now it’s complete and completely fabulous.

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