by Ilona Andrews
Series: Kate Daniels #10
Narrator: Renée Raudman
Length: 12 hours and 6 minutes
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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Narration: 5 ups
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 the world.
Magic Triumphs by Ilona Andrews is the tenth and final audiobook in the Kate Daniels series. Folks, it was bloody brilliant and everything I dreamed and couldn’t possibly imagine as a befitting ending to this fantastic journey. Andrews wrapped this up with plenty of action, a few twists, humor and undeniable heart.
This is another series where I do my weird ritual of listening to the wonderful narration performed by Renée Raudman before doing a reread of the hardcover. When Ace (Penguin Publishing) sent me a finished copy in early August, I carefully wrapped it and hid it in the closet. I was so tempted; it was awful. Like knowing there was a delicious box of Godiva chocolate you couldn’t eat! I am so grateful that I waited, because the audiobook delivered all the feels, emotions, squeals and heart-pounding moments one could ask for. Yes, the book is brilly too, but this series is magic on audio.
If you haven’t yet listened to Iron and Magic, The Iron Covenant, #1, I recommend you do so before Magic Triumphs. This story will spoil some of that book for you.
There are so many things I want to talk about, but alas spoilers darling. So instead I will tell you that part of the book focuses on Kate, Curran and their family life. That a new threat has arrived in Atlanta. That the Witch Oracles visions show a great battle and that Kate and Curran are each preparing in their own way for it. Gads, the feels in this from happiness to nail-biting suspense followed by tears. When I wasn’t listening, I was thinking about the story. Until I stood with my headphones listening intently and holding my breath as the outside world slipped away.
Epic battles, unholy alliances, betrayals, sacrifices, and moments of humor and love made this one of the most addictive tales I have ever listened to. The Andrews continue to amaze me and my five cups of coffee feel wholly inadequate. Many beloved characters were present, and they treated us to another POV, one I loved and wouldn’t mind more of. From, the pacing to the fully developed ending I could not find a single flaw. For me it couldn’t have unfolded more perfectly.
Renée Raudman is one of my favorite narrators. She narrates almost all of Andrews books. Her ability to capture not only the emotions of the characters but to give voice to so many astounds me. She helps to bring the urgency of the battle scenes to life, and the emotions she pours into these characters is pure joy to the ears. She has taken this epic tale to the next level.
Fans of the series will find this a worthy ending. They tied storyline threads, but they left enough of a door open to leave this fan hoping for return visits to Atlanta.
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Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
I have heard so many great things about this author but I haven’t read anything by her myself. I need to change that. This sounds amazing.
I need to read and catch up to read this last one in the series. ❤️ Love the Andrews, think they did a phenomenal job on this series! Thanks for the Fangirl review, so agree with you!
Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library
I just got Burn for Me by Illona Andrews on Audible not that long ago because the series all seem so completely solid. I love when an author can keep a series interesting into book 10 and manage a satisfying ending.
There are so many awesome fans of this series, I may give it a listen because it sounds so great on Audio. Great Review!
Tori @ In Tori Lex
Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books
Yes to everything you said! I can’t believe it is over but what a great journey it has been. I can’t wait to take a turn with the audiobook!
Stephanie Jane (Literary Flits)
Another great review for this book. I’m not sure I have the commitment for a ten book series, but it’s great to see such a positive response across the blogosphere 🙂
I just finished reading it… loved it, loved it, love it!!
Amy M Ermie
Can you think of any series to compare it to? Based on your review, I’m thinking about reading this series.
The Andrews are so unique in their writing. I will tell you book one was really rough for me, but from book two on I was addicted. I hold them in the same regard as Kim Harrison’s Hollows, Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson series and her Alpha & Omega.
Tanya @ Rantings of a Reading Addict
This book was SO amazing! I may have to get the audio. I read in ebook, which is weird for me because normally I listen. But I had the ebook first and couldn’t wait! I’m glad it blew you away!
When we fall in love with a book series, it’s sad to see it end. Thanks for the post.
I am so excited to start this on audio today. I had to wait for the audio, I couldn’t read it as I have listened to the entire series. So happy that you loved it!
On this we completely agree 🙂
I agree this is jut brilliant. My favorite of favorites. I love everything Ilona Andrews. Conlan was a little heart stealer already. I also agree about Iron & Magic on audio – STEVE WEST. I’m listening to him today for The Knowledge by Martha Grimes. I could listen to him every day. Excellent review! Anne – Books of My Heart
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I have read some of Kate Daniels and love it. Need to catch up before she comes out with something else. 🙂
Angela @ Angel's Guilty Pleasurs
So glad to see you loved this last book and the audio. I’ve enjoyed listening to the series this year just to re-read it. Thank’s for the review and I can’t wait to dig into this book. ^_^
I had such a wonderful time with this one as well!
Yep, so much love for this one. I thought their little family portion with parenting and Conlan’s escapades were the best.
Another series I need to add to my list.
You and most of my friends love this writing team and like I just told Sophia Rose I’m going to check out and see if maybe they have something new-ish for me to dig into. Thanks Kim for this super review but 10 books in is just a little too much for me to tackle right now,
Tyler H. Jolley
I am such a fan of this duo. They are such an example of team work makes the dream work. Nice review, Kimba!
I agree! I think Magic Triumphs unfolded perfectly! I will be re-reading on audio (with Hugh’s book 1st) with the hubby on our upcoming vacation and I’m so excited to experience it all over again. Wonderful review, Kimberly! 🙂
I just skimmed your review Kim because I didn’t want any spoilers but I have read the first chapter of this and can’t wait to finish it yet I don’t at the same time. I don’t think I’m ready to say goodbye yet.
No spoilers my friend, but DO heed my warning about reading or listening to Iron & Magic (Hugh’s book) first!
I agree that Ilona and Gordon really nailed the end of this series. It was so much fun, even as I’m disappointed in the ending. I do see several spinoff opportunities in the future for this world, some of which they’ve mentioned and others that haven’t. I loved listening to Raudman read Colan’s growls. So cute. Great review.
I loved this one, too. And RR is one of my favorite narrators. She really does such a great job – you know exactly who is speaking when she opens her mouth!
Great review. Like you – I’m hoping for more!
I’m extra glad to hear that this finale was so good! I’ve heard nothing but great things. It sounds like it’s a fab series on audio too.
Ooh and thanks for the tip about when to read Iron & Magic!
Jovita @ Inky Impressions
Oh my goodness, book ten! I really need to catch up on this series. I’m so happy to see that you enjoyed this series, I have it on my library borrow list. Wonderful review.