Discussion Post | Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews

We’re up to Magic Strikes, the third book in our re-read discussion, guys. Can you believe it? I feel like it’s flying right by, and to top it off, these feel like brand new books to me. I remember the bare bones of the plots, but I’m loving the way the blanks are being filled in! So, Birdie and I had a lot to say about this installment of Kate Daniels, especially while we hashed out our different thoughts regarding Jim’s character. And what you see is just the bare bones. This discussion went into email territory, but we decided to spare you the bulk of it. LOL As always, this discussion is split between both of our blogs, so if you don’t want to miss the start of our discussion, please visit Birdie’s blog here. Don’t forget to come back if you want to read the rest!

Please keep in mind that as this is a discussion post, it will include spoilers for the series.

*Our discussion dates for this series have changed. Please scroll to the end of this post for new dates.

 

Book Blurb:

Down in Atlanta, tempers – and temperatures – are about to flare…

As a mercenary who cleans up after magic gone wrong, Kate Daniels has seen her share of occupational hazards. Normally, waves of paranormal energy ebb and flow across Atlanta like a tide. But once every seven years, a flare comes, a time when magic runs rampant. Now Kate’s going to have to deal with problems on a much bigger scale: a divine one.

When Kate sets out to retrieve a set of stolen maps for the Pack, Atlanta’s paramilitary clan of shapeshifters, she quickly realizes much more at stake. During a flare, gods and goddesses can manifest – and battle for power. The stolen maps are only the opening gambit in an epic tug-of-war between two gods hoping for rebirth. And if Kate can’t stop the cataclysmic showdown, the city may not survive…

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Birdie Bookworm: I agree, Jim doesn’t see Kate as a friend, which already annoys me especially because there relationship precedes these books. We’re told how many times they worked together, saved each other, and yet for Jim it counts for nothing. I don’t see it as animal instinct, because no other pack member is that way. I see it as Jim’s own distinct personality and I hate it. I especially hate that he doesn’t even really see her as ‘friend of the pack’, even though she is. I also think that, yes he does take pack safety seriously, this was equally about him having screwed up and his pride. I don’t know, his character will always be my least favorite.

Angie Elle: LOL I love how Jim gets on your nerves! Just to be clear though, I don’t have to like Jim to like his character, and that’s where I stand with him. Though I don’t think it’s fair to compare Jim to other shifters. He’s pack enforcer, and he has seen things other pack members haven’t. It is his personality, but that’s what makes him so good at his job. And you’re right – Jim’s pride took a beating here. But I’ll never fault someone for wanting to protect those they care about and being torn up when the fail to do it. One more thing for me to like about his character. 😉

Birdie Bookworm: I guess I just struggle with the idea that you have to treat people badly to be a good enforcer. I can also admit to a bias, because I know that my dislike for him just continues to grow and I find it hard to put that aside for each books reread. He does have redeemable qualities though, for sure. He is a good enforcer. He cares about the well being of the pack, and again I adore the way he interacts with Dali. You can tell even here how much he truly cares for her.

Angie Elle: I don’t think you have to, but I think, like you mentioned, that’s part of Jim’s personality (or charm, if you will,) and it carries over into his job. I think maybe human principles are trying to be applied to Jim here, but he’s not a human first. He’s a beast. And I also think it’s worth mentioning – pack enforcer is someone who’d have to be willing to stand up and put pack before alpha if need be. They’d have to be a hard ass and very diligent about who they let into their lives and consider friend. It’s like Kate has said more than once – a friend is just someone else to worry about protecting and losing.

Birdie Bookworm: Sure, I can see that. However, there was no need in this case to put Pack before anything. He chooses to treat Kate badly for reasons that aren’t about pack enforcement. Not to mention that Kate was already let into their lives, two books ago. He can’t change the fact that she is their liaison, and that Curran made her ‘friend of the pack’, so really what he’s doing is counter productive to protecting the pack. Which makes me feel like it’s personal.  But, again, I know I’m biased, hahaha.

Regardless, it’s obvious that Magic Strikes is a game changing book.  Prior to this reread, it was always the story that stood out most in my head, the one that lingered longest.

Angie Elle: This was a game changing book. Kate and the shifters have worked together before, but I feel like they worked more as a unit here, and they were essential to each other more. Also, I think Kate’s adoration for Derek is on full display, and how can they not respect that she loves one of them as much as they do?

Birdie Bookworm: Derek and Kate’s friendship remains one of the highlights through the story, and next to Kate and Curran it’s my favorite. I agree with you, the rest of the pack had no choice but to see how much he means to her. I really can’t wait for our next reread!

Angie Elle: For me, too. In fact, part of me shipped Kate and Derek until this book. But then hot tub things happened, and…well. I had no choice but to jump on the Kate and Curran train. 😉

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Quick note – for those of you aren’t aware, the release date for Magic Triumphs was recently pushed out to August 28th. I don’t know about you, but I breathed a sigh of relief at this announcement. Birdie Bookworm and I made the decision to re-read this series very last minute, so we committed to reading a Kate Daniels book every two weeks on top of our regular review schedules. This has allowed us to spread our discussion posts out to every three weeks, giving us a bit of time before the final books is released. This is good news for those of you who want to jump on the Kate Daniels bandwagon and be all caught up for Magic Triumphs. If you’re thinking about giving this series a go, I highly recommend it. The world building and pacing of the Kate Daniels series can’t be beat!

2 thoughts on “Discussion Post | Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews

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  1. As always, you ladies have me straining my brain to remember how I felt about the story line and certain characters. Jim was one that I always understood, felt he was consistent with who he was and what role he played in affairs, but didn’t really stand out for me. I found your discussion on him interesting and want to go back and see how I feel about him now. Now Derek? I totally have a soft spot for him and focus hard on each scene he’s in.

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