Some series–regardless of the medium–suffer from the Beating A Dead Horse Syndrome. The same things are done over and over again, turning the series into nothing more than dull receptions. In Ilona Andrews Magic Strikes this isn’t the case and only goes to prove how ‘Third times the charm’ can apply to success and not just failure.


“Your date appears to be hysterical,” Rene told me.

“You think I should slap some man into him?”

Saiman stared at me, speechless. I had to give it to Rene–she didn’t laugh. But she really wanted to.

One of the things that defines the Magic series is the side splitting humor that is infused into the novels. But Ilona Andrews doesn’t rely on the same set of tricks. Instead, the humor is unique in each book and ranges from observations made by the character, situations she finds herself in, and dialogue that showcases her wit.


“A couple of old texts say that Rudra Mani has the power to calm beasts and take away the suffering of man.”

A deeper meaning hidden in the description: the power to suppress a shapeshifter’s animal nature and keep him locked in his humanity.

Silver has traditionally been toxic to shape shifters, and in the Magic series, this is also true. But just with other aspect of previous novels, Ilona Andrews is constantly reinventing concepts. In Magic Strikes, an enemy of the Pack is seeking the Rudra Mani because it keeps a shapeshifter from turning and causes retarded regeneration which is not only an interesting concept, but leads to my last point.


“You may let go. So, do you have any ideas as to what corner of mythology your friend belongs?”

I took a wild stab in the dark. “Hindu.”

In a world where magic is often based on culture and brings mythological creatures to life, there’s a wide pool of character candidates to pull from–especially for villains–and Ilona Andrews never disappoints. In Magic ties, the villain was an Upir, a slavic vampire. In Magic Burns, they originate in Celtic mythology. And in Magic Strikes, the villains are rakashas–mythological creatures originating in Hinduism. This variation alone is interesting, but what I love is how Ilona Andrews brings them from myth to life, allowing you to believe that these creatures could actually exist.

Not all long running series get old and the Magic Series is proof of this. I never got tired of reading them and I always look forward to Kate’s next adventure.

Disclaimer: I do not own the imagery or quotations used in this post and have no artistic claim to either.


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