Review – Magic Triumphs


Magic Triumphs


Kate Daniels #10


Ilona Andrews


Urban Fantasy


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.


5stars rating

This was it, the last book in the Kate Daniels series… And I have to admit, I really, really dragged out reading it because then it would… you know… end (and yes, I know there is another series about Julie and one about Hugh -which I hope will get its second book-, but it isn’t the same!).


We’re staying in and around Atlanta, the city that Kate claimed a few books earlier. We move through the city a lot to the Casino, the Guild, Biohazard HQ, and some towns just outside the city. All scenes and environments were really well written, perfect for diving fully into the story and not worrying about all the details.

Character development:

We start the book with an amazing scene! Kate giving birth to sweet, cuddly Conlan 😀
We have a nice and peaceful(ish) intermezzo before tension rises again 18 months later, and we meet a new, ancient enemy wanting to conquer the world. Been there, done that, you might think. Well, you’d be correct, and yes, Roland is still very much on the scene… but this is an even bigger threat.
Kate has been taking steps and precautions on how to deal with her father when that inevitable time comes when father and daughter clash, keeping it to herself (as we all knew she would). Only one thing is important to her; one outcome has to be assured above all else: her son and Curran making it out alive.
Curran has been going on hunts lately, with Erra of all people… well… you know what I mean. So something is up, but he’s good at deflecting until it gets pretty obvious what’s been going on.
I really love the dynamic these two have, it’s not all hearts and kisses, but there is tension, both are amazing at keeping things from each other, and it just feels natural, like a real relationship with its ups and downs.
And then we have Conlan; he’s so cute! I’m not going to go into much more here, as I would spoil things… but trust me when I say it’s going to be interesting 😀
We see so many familiar faces in this instalment; as always, everyone was written superbly!

Pacing & Flow:

This book is action-packed! Some necessary breathing room here and there, but then we’re thrown into the action again!
I read this instalment in 2 days, but even when I wasn’t reading it, it was always on my mind. I wanted, no, I needed to know what would happen! As we’ve come to expect from the author, there is a really good balance between all the action and the conversations. The only ‘negative’ I can give is that some ends were tied a bit abruptly, but then again, there was a lot to cover.

The book itself:

The book was well written with no (noticeable) errors. There is some sex described (if that is important to you).
It has 327 pages, spread over 18 chapters and is told from Kate’s point of view.

Final Thoughts:

The final showdown… we knew it was going to happen, the build-up was there for a few books, and still, it surprised me 😀 Even with the twists and unexpected turns, still a worthy conclusion to the series 🙂 I’m sad but also can’t wait to get started on Blood Heir! Oh, and I hope to see a lot more of Conlan!