I always seem to be the last to jump on a series bandwagon, so I’ve made peace with the fact that a series has already come to an end by the time I start it. Kate Daniels, though, is hitting particularly hard. Kate and Curran are such wonderful characters, have shown such growth, and put it all out there for each other. Total #couplesgoals. Minus the whole magical world thing. I’m just not ready to say goodbye. But, as they say, all good things must end, and I’m comforted by the fact that Kate and Curran were given a wonderful send off. (I swear – that was not a eulogy!) Please note that while I tried my hardest not to include spoilers for this particular book, there will be spoilers for the books leading up to this one.
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Magic Triumphs by Ilona Andrews
Series: Kate Daniels
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publication Date: August 28th, 2018
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Magic Triumphs is the long-awaited conclusion to the Kate Daniels series. (OK – so it wasn’t really long awaited – it just felt like it.) This is a series that absolutely must be read in order, because while every book has its own plot, there’s an overarching storyline that spans the series. While I’ve enjoyed every installment, it was interesting to see the bits and pieces of knowledge Kate and co. gained from those books utilized in this one, and once again, I am in absolute awe of Ilona Andrews’ storytelling ability. Fans of this series are going to be satisfied with the way things are wrapped up here; seeing Kate and Curran take on their roles as parents with such adoration is just the icing on the cake – trust me when I say it’s going to make your shipper’s heart burst. Curran feeling such pride and Kate going balls to the wall to protect her kid – yeah. That’s something you want to see! In true Kate Daniels fashion, this book is rife with banter and humor, and just like in Magic Binds, a large portion of that takes place at Kate and Curran’s kitchen table. Oh, to be a fly on the wall in that house. And I’ll just throw this out there – if you’ve been reading the discussion posts Birdie Bookworm and I have been doing to usher in this finale, then you know I’m not the biggest Julie fan. Well, I don’t know if it’s nostalgia or what, but I…more than tolerated her in this one. There were parts of this book where I actually liked Julie, and I’m even looking forward to my next re-read (because really – is there an Ilona Andrews fan on the planet who’s not going to re-read this series over and over again) to see if these nostalgic feelings will carry me through the series and change my feelings towards her. I will say that I thought this book didn’t have as much action as previous books, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. I think this book was more reflective than previous installments, and to me, it’s an indication of Kate and Curran being shaped not only by the events of their pasts, but also of their becoming parents. I thought the tone was very on par with where they are right now in their lives.
I want to mention this, because it felt glaring to me given he was the first member of the pack we were introduced to in the series kick off, but where was Jim in this book? He was talked about and maybe even a phone conversation was had with him, but I really liked Jim’s character and would have loved to see him in the series swan song. He was a major player in the Kate Daniels world. And also, my last issue has to do with the series in general, but I fully admit this is a personal preference, so please take it with a grain of salt. I’ve always thought that you should be able to read the main books in the series and be caught up. That the side books were just highlights to the series, but I feel like with this series, that’s just not how it goes. All of a sudden in one of the books, Raphael and Andrea were together after being apart in the previous with a glossed over explanation. Because things were solidified in a ‘side’ book. But the biggest issue for me was Hugh. I was torn on whether or not I was going to read Hugh’s book, because I loved Hugh as a villain. He made me love to hate him, and I wanted Hugh to always remain a villain to me. In this one, Hugh’s character does an about face that nearly gave me whiplash. And the real kicker is that his book, Iron & Magic – where apparently his redemption begins, isn’t even touted as being part of this series. I wanted to be able to make the choice of whether or not to read this book, but I feel like if I am going to re-read this series, and I already told you I am, then I need to read Hugh’s book so I am not grudge-y when I get to Magic Triumphs again. And if you have not read Magic Triumphs yet, I suggest you read Iron & Magic first. I really think it will enhance your enjoyment of this book.
Having said all that, that is small potatoes as far as the Kate Daniels series goes, and the good, by leaps and bounds, outweighs my picky issues. Magic Triumphs wrapped things up in a way that worked well and stayed true to the series, and while I would be happy with a new Kate and Curran book every year for the rest of my life, kudos to the authors for doing the characters justice in every installment and for keeping this series fresh right up until the very end. Kate Daniels is one of my very favorite series of all time, and I would be remiss if I didn’t thank Ilona Andrews for a truly magical ride!
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