Magic Triumphs by Ilona Andrews

I received this book for free from Library in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Magic Triumphs by Ilona AndrewsMagic Triumphs by Ilona Andrews
Series: Kate Daniels #10
Published by Ace on August 28, 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 327
Format: eBook
Source: Library
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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.

😭😭😭😭 The Kate Daniels series is over. I know ten books sounds like an eternity, but I really wasn’t ready. I love the whole cast and this series so damn much. Then again, I’m glad that Andrews planned out a story arc and stuck to it, so that the series as a whole is consistently strong and wonderful. With that said, Magic Triumphs was not one of my favorite installments. I’m hopeful it will grow on me with time, though, because it wasn’t what I was expecting and next time I’ll have a better idea what to expect.

The opening of Magic Triumphs was so jarring. There’s a time jump forward a year and a half to two years into the future, which isn’t something this series has done before. Suddenly Kate and Curran have this child, and you’re like omg wtf. It’s not like I didn’t know it was coming, but it’s sort of like on Modern Family where the kid just skips the baby phase. On the other hand, I am grateful that I got to skip over the baby years, because ew babies (even if you love them, they’re incredibly boring for narratives because they don’t do anything.

Since I’m talking about the kid, Conlan initially annoyed me (no surprise there) but ended up being worth having around because he’s the center of some of the best comic scenes in the book. It can be easy to forget how fucking funny Ilona Andrews are, because of all the other amazing things to hurl praise at in their books, but omg they’re so fucking funny. My absolute favorite scene in this whole book was View Spoiler » IT WAS AWESOME. Also just the way that Kate Daniels, badass extraordinaire, is the most over-protective mom (though really who can blame her when her life is BONKERS).

Conlan to a T basically

(I’ll always feel some type of way about how it seems like every heroine has to end up with a baby, but it’s well done. Also, there’s something to be said for the fact that this hard-ass did want a baby, and she’s a loving, thoughtful mother. That’s defying stereotypes, which I do love.)

Kate and Curran continue to be perfection, and as usual they break my heart with what an amazing ship they are. Andrews does such a great job making your heart ache even without killing people off (though they totally do that too so watch out). The arc with Curran throwing his own hail mary pass to try to save Kate in this book had me feeling all of the feelings and just I LOVE THEM SO MUCH. And also the fight they have about that where she’s like “omg I can’t believe you’re doing something stupid to try to save me” and he’s like “oh and what was your plan” and she’s like “doing something stupid to save you UGH SHUT UP FINE.” They’re perfect for each other, and I love this ship into eternity.

Aside from the time jump at the start, the plot in general also just was not what I expected. The pacing is a bit off in this book, where all of this really creepy/terrifying shit is happening, but it’s not like actively happening? Kate shows up and looks at it and you’re like HOLY FUCK, but it’s just sort of researching for a long time and way less action than usual for a Kate Daniels book.

Also, I expected this to be the big war with Roland, aka Daddio, but it wasn’t really that? Like, the Roland story line also comes to a resolution, but there’s a whole new villain for Magic Triumphs, which confused the shit out of me tbh. Like, I’m not saying this villain is bad, but I was mostly just puzzled about what they were going to do with Roland and concerned things would not resolve, though I’ll tell you they do. On some level, I do think it’s masterful, but it’s done in such a way that’s really difficult to appreciate the first time you read it, if that makes any damn sense to anyone but me. IDEK have more Curran (as played by Chris Hemsworth, as they are both golden-maned and muscular af.)

My favorite books are probably always going to be 3-5 and 7-9, but, I am absolutely happy with all of the books in this series. Magic Triumphs is a hard book to review because emotionally I loved it (I almost couldn’t not with how much I love the cast), but I wished it had been a bit punchier and better paced. However, I am satisfied with the conclusion to the series…especially since they’re writing a spin-off about Hugh. HELL YASS. Give me all of the cameos of the KD characters, PLS.

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One response to “Magic Triumphs by Ilona Andrews”

  1. Gina says:

    Well, sometimes a final book can be that way…bittersweet and take time to process. Here’s to it winning you over with time…and kudos on the FABULOUS gifs! *wink*
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