Magic Triumphs (Kate Daniels, #10)by Ilona Andrews Published 28 8 2018
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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 the world.
"Magic Triumphs (Kate Daniels, #10)" Reviews
Joint review with Anne at Books of My Heart
WOW!!! WHAT AN ENDING TO A SERIES
Anne and I both read Magic Triumphs and also listened to the audio version. I was on the beta team. Anne was fortunate to get an eARC and we both received the audio for review. It is hard to do such an amazing book justice. I've said many times how it is my favorite series. So we decided to try to answer some questions for you (without spoilers).
1. If you could give people your reasons for reading the Kate Daniels series, what would you tell them?
Anne: How much time do you have? Getting right to the point, though, I love the action, the mythology of the world-building and the "villains", the amazing growth and development of the characters, the touch of romance, the smart battles, Kate's compassion for others, her collection of allies (even ones who don't like her or believe her) and the humor. Reading the Kate Daniels series is fascinating, exciting and an emotional journey.
Robin: Kate Daniels is a book series I totally push into everyone's hands. I almost feel a little pushy about it but console myself that they will thank me later. Kate's a strong woman with a very clear morale code and she sticks to it. I love that she is who she is and for the most part is really comfortable with that, plus she has a sword and kicks some ass. Even though Kate is so awesome (she is my spirit animal) the real magic in these books comes with the supporting cast of characters. The humor they add to the story and the relationships Kate build make ending the series bittersweet. Plus the cool Magic/Technology tides world is just amazing.
2. Name 2 characters in the series you love and why? Name a character you don't like and why?
Robin: Two??? How can I only pick two? It is almost impossible as it is hard for me to think of characters I don't like. Even the ones I hate I love. There are characters I love for the comic relief and others I love for their devotion to Kate.Okay *deep breathe* I love Curran, to be sure, but besides him I really love Kate's BFF Andrea. They are what true great friends should be. Andrea calls Kate on her bullshit but would still back her up against anything. If either of them needed anything the other would drop everything to be their for them.
The other character I'm completely obsessed with is Derek. I've loved him since he made Julie a metal rose and threatened Red. He is totally in Kate's corner. That guy will always have her back and protect her and anything she loves with his life, no questions asked. He is like a best friend and a son all rolled into one and I love how simple life is to him when it comes to Kate and Curran.
Gah...I love them all. Even the villains I love hating. Voron maybe, I'm super mad at what his plans for Kate were. While I love how he trained her to help her be the person she is in this series, I really hate how he planned to use her for some kind of revenge.
Anne: I love them all! I'm going to highlight Christopher because he is so smart, so broken and so devoted to Kate. She saves him, as she does so many, and then they become part of her life and circle of allies. Another one is Ghastek. He fascinates me, although his motivations are rather transparent. He has such a hard time with Kate for many reasons, but their interactions always make me laugh. He is skilled but it is so easy to tease him.
I don't like Jim, at least how he treats Kate. He can be an asshole who uses Kate for his own purposes when he needs her but offers no support or loyalty unless he must. But he is our asshole, as they say.
3. Did you think Ilona Andrew would be able to do a series finale which would be amazing?
Anne: Yes. I have complete faith in Ilona Andrews. They never disappoint. Magic Triumphs is amazing!
Robin: I get nervous anytime a series I love is ending. I mean I've read a few where the last book totally ruined the magic for me. But in IA I Trust. I knew they could do it. For one, they had a clear plan of when the series would end instead of just popping out more books just because they could. It almost feels natural that this is where the story went. That said, I was a little worried Kate being a new mom was totally going to hijack everything and I'd loose interest in the story. *Pfft* I was so wrong -Momma bear Kate is even better.
4. Does Magic Triumphs meet your expectations for a series finale?
Robin: OMG yes!!! This has everything in it I've come to expect from the Kate Daniels series. It has humor and heart, action and substance, good moments and hard moments. Magic Triumphs is Triumphant!
Anne: I completely agree with Robin. Magic Triumphs is everything I wanted and expected.
5. What do you like best about Magic Triumphs (without spoilers)?
Anne: I feel like I say the same things over and over. Nothing beats great world-building, amazing characters who grow and develop, intelligent plots, action, and the emotional savvy of compassion, courage and caring brought to each book in this series. Humor is the crowning jewel. I also feel the wrapping up of various plot lines was ingenious. It was done in a way they could keep their moral integrity.
Robin: Momma Bear Kate! I totally loved how, having a child, she had some of the same first time parent issues everyone has. All the worries and concerns of a new parent but then she has to contend with Roland coming for her. I thought it was so well done and added to the story instead of sidetracking it.
6. How do you feel about the series ending?
Robin: Bittersweet for sure. I'm so happy they ended it well and before the series became stale. I think this series is still at the top of its game and so it is ending at a high. I'm just sad because I love this world and the characters in it, I don't want to say goodbye completely. I'm really hoping *crosses fingers and bribes Ilona with yards of yarn* Ilona and Gordon revisit the world and want to write more stories in it. We get more Hugh/Elara stories and I'm really excited about that, for sure, but I really hope Julie and Derek get their own series eventually. I'm holding out hope inspiration will hit after they've written some other things and Ilona Andrews will want to come back to the Kate Daniels world too.
Anne: I'm surprisingly not sad. I know I can go back and reread these amazing characters and stories any time, and I'll always learn and find new details. Because Ilona Andrews did it right and ended it perfectly. Plus we still have Hugh in the Iron Covenant series, and probably Derek and Julie, Grey Wolf series stories. There might even be some novellas or Conlan stories! I'm also excited to read other series and new ones by Ilona Andrews.
I Laughed...so many times
I was emotional, a lot
I was stumped on occasion
I loved every minute of reading it
I was blown away by the ending
This was everything and wanted it to be and so much more. The Andrews have done it again and surpassed every expectation I had. This was better than I hoped for and my hopes were HIGH
I always go into the last book of a series with a lot of trepidation. For one I’ve had entire series that I love ruined by the last book of the series and so it is always a bit nerve wracking. But in Ilona Andrews I should have trusted and known that they would do their readers proud and end the series with everything I as a reader have come to expect from them.
I was worried that having a baby would make this book boring.
But Conlan is a cute kid and does great stuff and uptight overprotective momma-bear Kate is hilarious. I think having the kid actually increased the enjoyability of the story instead of detracting form it.
I was worried that it would become too unrealistic
Don’t look at me like that. I know that it is Urban Fantay. But you know what I mean, Curran and Kate being indestructible. But there is real fear for them in this without thinking that no biggie they can’t be killed. I had some genuine fear for the characters in this and no not everyone will make it to the end.
I stressed that the ending would just fizzle
You know how it is…all this build up for books and books and then poof we win, you lose and lets’ go get cake. But the plot was great and I loved how this ended. But the ending was worth it. The journey is definitely the best part but the ending did justice to the entire series and I’m so happy with it all. Well maybe there is one thing I’m unsure of but I’m thinking spin off series one day so totally fine with it.
Thank you to the Andrews for letting me be involved with the beta read of their final book for the Kate Daniels Series. I am honored.
But the good news is that it's a pretty nice last installment in a much-beloved series.
I think most fans will be happy with the way everything turned out for the characters, and I'm looking forward to any and all spin-offs that team Andrews comes up with from this world.
*mentally sends out plea for Derek & Julie stories & at least ONE book with Roman*
Ok, like every series ending, this is almost less about the Big Battle with Roland and some mysterious new foe, and more about tying up all the loose ends and giving our favorite characters a proper send off. And in that way, I think Magic Triumphs does a fantastic job bringing everyone together for a final goodbye to Kate and Curran.
One of the highlights of this was Hugh and Elara. And if you haven't yet read their book, Iron and Magic, then I suggest you do that immediately. You don't strictly have to but it will make a lot of what happens in this one a bit clearer. AND you'll be able to nod knowingly along to things that Kate and the rest of the gang are still scratching their heads about.
So. Was this the bestest thing ever?
Ok. I know I'm probably going to get crucified for saying this, but I kinda disliked Kate and Curran's kid, Conlan.
He was extremely annoying to me, even for a toddler. He just kind of ran wild, doing whatever he wanted, and everyone cooed over him because he was the Chosen One.
Letting your kid run away, growl, bite, and/or slap at people isn't cute. I don't give a shit if they're a magical being or not.
And worse, Kate was this weird version of a helicopter parent. I mean, I get what they were going for, but it just came across as a stupid parody of what a first-time parent would look like.
Taking him to Dr. Doolittle because he sneezed is beyond silly.
The rest of her reactions were normal, though.
Plus he was so overpowered it was ridiculous.
And speaking of OP characters, Curran's new power set was bit much for me. I still don't understand how the hell all of that worked out.
For the most part, though? I was very satisfied with the way everything came full circle, and I love that it looks like this isn't the end of the road for the other characters. This isn't my favorite book in the series, but I also understand that there was really no way to make the ending perfect...especially since all the fans have their own version of what perfect endings entail. The Andrews have done a fantastic job throughout this entire run and have created characters and a world that will remain one of my favorites forever.
To Kate & Curran's Happily Ever After!
Those two have definitely earned it...
ARC provided by Penguin Random House in exchange for an honest review.
1.) Magic Bites ★★★★
2.) Magic Burns ★★★★
3.) Magic Strikes ★★★★★
4.) Magic Bleeds ★★★★★
5.) Magic Slays ★★★★★
6.) Magic Rises ★★★★
7.) Magic Breaks ★★★★
8.) Magic Shifts ★★★★
8.5) Magic Stars ★★★★
9.) Magic Binds ★★★
“I hold gods prisoner, tormenting them for my pleasure. I bring war and terror. I am Neig, the Undying. I am legend. All who know me bow to me.”
Friends, I promise you, no one wanted to love this book more than me. I have been reading this series for what feels like close to a decade. And this will always be a series that I will cherish and keep close to my heart forever. But sadly, this final book just fell a little flat for me.
For those of you who do not know what this series is about, this is a ten book urban and paranormal romance series about a mercenary named Kate Daniels who will do anything to keep Atlanta safe. This Atlanta feels very much post-apocalyptic, and magic waves come and go along with paranormal creatures that sometimes choose to do bad things. Kate is human, but she has teamed up with the animal shifters, the vampires, the witches, and more to help defend Atlanta from everything that is seeking to destroy it.
And in Magic Triumphs something that is much bigger, and much worse, than anything Kate and her friends have ever encountered before, is trying to take over not only Atlanta, but the entire world.
“For the first time in my life I wished magic had never come.”
This review will not have spoilers for Magic Triumphs but it will briefly talk about things that have happened throughout the other nine novels leading up to this final conclusion. So, please use caution while reading this review if you are not caught up with Magic Binds!
I will also give a caveat and say that I did not read Iron and Magic this June, upon release. I just couldn’t fit it in my TBR, because this summer has been so busy for me with work. But I have always loved Hugh d’Ambray, and plan to pick it up one day. I will tell people that you should for sure read Iron and Magic first, because I was spoiled to something rather large at the end of this book, but it didn’t make it so I couldn’t understand or appreciate what was going on.
Though sadly, I feel like nothing really happened in Magic Triumphs until Hugh showed up at the ~70% mark. The previous ~200 pages? It honestly felt like a constant pattern of someone threatening Kate’s child, Kate getting upset, Kate killing whatever the threat is. Rinse and repeat for infinity, apparently. The “real action” literally was just jam packed quickly into the end, and even though I enjoyed it, I just wanted so much more at that point. And not in the good way of wanting so much more.
And yes, one of my favorite parts of this book was finally seeing Kate and Curran start to build their well-deserved happily ever after. And seeing Kate fully step into the role of motherhood, even though she has done a wonderful job transitioning thanks to Julie. Conlan is the cutest baby to ever be written in literature, and I was always giggling way too hard at the things he did or feeling completely and utterly heart warmed at the things he did.
“Conlan Dilmun Lennart squirmed on my chest and cried. There was no better sound in the world.”
I will say that I loved the epilogue. I think it is easily the strongest point of this book, ironically enough, and I feel like Ilona Andrews is really setting up for something that is going to be really amazing. Oh, and I truly believe that Roland is one of the best villains of all-time, too! He is the most morally grey character I believe in all of literature.
And I will always say that this series was probably the first love letter to found families that I’ve ever read. I truly believe that Kate’s found family and her realizing that she is deserving and worthy of unconditional love will always be the forefront of this story for me. And I feel like Magic Triumphs really showcases that beautifully.
Overall, I’m sad to see this come to and end. But maybe it is for the best, considering I didn’t feel the same magic that I felt earlier in this series. I will also say that I completely recommend any and everything that Ilona Andrews has created. I have loved this series, the Edge Series, and the Innkeeper Chronicles more than I have words for. This wife and husband writing duo really are the queen and king and PNR, and I can’t wait to see what they will have me fall in love with next!
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The quotes above were taken from an ARC and are subject to change upon publication.
Content and trigger warnings for murder, death, mass killing, violence, gore, torture, self-harm, talk of past rape, talk of suicide, and war themes.
The book series that has been my favorite thing ever written on paper has come to an end. I feel so empty inside now. I'll just fill that emptiness with ice cream and booze. Pretty much my prescription for anything that ails ya.
Try this at home kids!
This book hasn't been out for very long, so I will just give general quotes to prove its awesomeness. It's basically overflowing with awesomeness. Like spewing it all over the place. Much like you will be doing if you take my ice cream and booze day-drinking advice.
Here are some quotes:
Kate to Derek:
Kate: "Have you thought about investing in a cape? As much time as you spend running around the city righting wrongs, it would come in handy."
Derek: "Not a cape guy."
Kate and Teddy Jo talking:
Kate:"Do you still have the corpse bus?"
Teddy Jo: "It's not a corpse bus. It's a Multiple Recently Deceased Efficient Removal vehicle."
Derek: "You do realize that spells MURDER?"
Kate to the guy trying to come to her rescue:
Dude: "Where is the fight?"
Kate: "I already killed everybody. You gotta be faster next time."
Kate yelling at the crowd of people in her house who are arguing:
"Nobody is eating anybody's soul!"
The good news is that there are plenty of storylines left open to be able to do spin-off series'. I want Julie & Derek to have one for sure. *Fingers crossed*
I'm currently avoiding all reviews for this until I manage to get my hands on it.
The first two chapters of Magic Triumphs:
Your Favorite Female Wolf Says Hi!
SNIPPET! Do not read if you haven't read book 9!
SNIPPET! Do not read if you haven't read book 9!
SNIPPET! Do not read if you haven't read book 9!
Tiny snippet for this book!! Please do not read if you haven't read the previous book!
* All info regarding Hugh's book has been moved to the appropriate place which is Kate Daniels 9.5
Regarding this book
“Behold, the Immortal One, the In-Shinar, the Blood Blade of Atlanta.”
It’s a bittersweet feeling every time you reach at the end of a journey. You feel satisfied because this trip has been fulfilling and full of memories, but at the same time you feel so sad because it is time that you need to move on with your life and you know that you will miss your fellow travellers, your companions.
Kate Daniels’s world has been an awesome journey for my: Mystical, mythical, magical, legendary, full of fantasy and a genuine storyline.
I don’t want to say goodbye to Katie and Curran and little Conlan. I don't want to say goodbye to their friends and enemies. And even if I know that the torch has been picked up by Hugh and Elara I still won't feel happy unless Katie appears in the future and messes up a bit Hugh's new life.
Unfortunately, as it was announced, this is the last book of the series.
Katie has a few more things to say to her father and live another great adventure-although her father does not want to pick up the phone!
Humans are once more the weakest link in Atlanta (whole villages will disappear) and Katie still slaughters monsters with the precision, the sarcasm and the coolness of a well trained killer.
Her downfall/weakness is that now she is not just a professional lonely exterminator, but she is also a wife and a mother.
“How about your responsibility as a wife and mother? What about that?”
Kate is now part of a family who loves her and wants to protect her and she wants to protect them back. She is more qualified anyway. Or maybe not?!?
“Is he silver?” I asked.
Nobody said anything.
“Is he silver?” I repeated, raising my voice.
“Yes,” Julie whispered.
Kate also has her claimed city and the weak humans to protect and she has to come into terms that she is the daughter of a mythical creature , of a God, of an ultimate ruler who is not exactly the best and sweetest father figure.
“You are my daughter, Blossom. One of a kind.”
Soon things will become extremely complicated as it happens in every Kate Daniels' book – or is it Kate Lennart now?
People will change: “Some are born to godhood,” Roland said. “Others attain it.”
Old forgotten enemies in the road of history will appear: “Neig?” The old druid peered at him. “Oh, that’s not good.”
Curran will always be there for his Kate:
“I’ll never let you go.”
I put my face into the crook of his neck. “You have to.”
“No.” He kissed my hair. “You and me, Kate. We’re forever. Conlan will grow up and go his own way, and you and I will still be here, squabbling over who is going to save whom.”
And Conlan will fit just fine with his family:
“We are a family of monsters and he’s our child. People will always try to kill him and we will always protect him. He better get used to it.”
Finally, Atlanta would have to hold its own for the final battle: shapeshifters, necromancers, witches, mages, mercenaries, humans, volhvs and Druids, gods and monsters and Kate and her family will need to save the city. The last part of the book has everything and everyone that I was hoping for!
I look forward to reading Hugh's second book now.
Bye Kate, Curran and Conlan! At least for now...
(I will miss you 😢)