Magic Strikes (Kate Daniels 3) by Ilona Andrews
When her werewolf friend Derek is discovered half dead, Kate Daniels knows that she cannot rest until she neutralizes his attackers. Her hunt for the culprits ultimately leads her to the Midnight Games, an invitation-only, no-holds-barred paranormal fighting tournament. Magically appealing. (Goodreads)
Kate gets a call from the shapechanger Saiman that he’s got Kate’s werewolf sidekick Derek after he tried to break into his home. In exchange to Derek’s freedom Kate agrees to go to Midnight Games, highly illegal tournament to death, as Saiman’s date. Derek won’t tell why he tried to steal Saiman’s tickets but makes her promise to deliver a message to a girl in the Games without reading it first. Kate does as she promised but it comes with a price as she comes too late to Derek’s rescue and finds him nearly beaten to death, unable to shapeshift nor heal himself.
At first I have to say that this was the book that made me love this serie for sure! I’ve liked the previous books but this is by far the best so far.
There’s lot of action and ass kicking and I loved it. Kate seems to have matured a bit and started to care for others more. I loved how she went to Julie’s rescue to the school. Relationship between Kate and Curran takes to another level and the bath scene *drools* I like that the relationship is building in stages and she’s not just jumping into his bed at first chance.
I laughed aloud many times and the book is great mix of humour and action.
I found myself to become more curious of Jim too. It’s not easy when there’s too many hot men there! And poor, poor Derek!
I admit that everyone was right, these books just gets better.
Published: Gollancz (2010)
Source: my own