Magic Triumphs by Ilona Andrews

August 28th, 2018 Kimberly Review 29 Comments

28th Aug
Magic Triumphs by Ilona Andrews
Magic Triumphs
by Ilona Andrews
Series: Kate Daniels #10
Narrator: Renée Raudman
Length: 12 hours and 6 minutes
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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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.

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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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Ilona Andrews says, “Hey, Hey, Don’t Be Sad” More Kate? New series? Read and find out!

 

About Ilona Andrews

Ilona Andrews is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. author2sm“Ilona is a native-born Russian and Gordon is a former communications sergeant in the U.S. Army. Contrary to popular belief, Gordon was never an intelligence officer with a license to kill, and Ilona was never the mysterious Russian spy who seduced him. They met in college, in English Composition 101, where Ilona got a better grade. (Gordon is still sore about that.) Gordon and Ilona currently reside in Oregon with their two children, three dogs and a cat. They have co-authored two series, the bestselling urban fantasy of Kate Daniels and romantic urban fantasy of The Edge.

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29 Responses to “Magic Triumphs by Ilona Andrews”

  1. Mary Reiss

    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.

    Mary

  2. Danielle Chapman

    I just finished reading it… loved it, loved it, love it!!

    • Kimberly

      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.

  3. Heidi

    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!

  4. Northwoman

    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

  5. Sophia Rose

    Yep, so much love for this one. I thought their little family portion with parenting and Conlan’s escapades were the best.

  6. Rachel

    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! 🙂

  7. kindlemom1

    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.

    • Kimberly

      No spoilers my friend, but DO heed my warning about reading or listening to Iron & Magic (Hugh’s book) first!

  8. Melanie Simmons

    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.

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  9. Angie Elle

    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!

  10. 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.