Magic Triumphs by Ilona Andrews
Kate Daniels #10
Ace | August 28, 2018
I’m so very sad that I’m actually writing this review. While I do not believe this is the end of the Kate Daniels world, it is the end of the Kate and Curran part of it and it physically hurts. I’ve been reading this series for 6 years, and I always had Kate and Curran to look forward to. The events in Magic Triumphs have been unfolding for so long, and now it’s done, and it’s over, and I’m so very sad.
There was so much to like about Magic Triumphs, but the one thing I wanted to mention was how the battle with Roland wasn’t the focus of the entire book. I always felt like there was something more in the relationship between Kate and her father than just animosity. He was a man twisted by power and immortality but I always sensed an actual love underneath, and I wasn’t sure I actually wanted him to die. (Except for the times I really did, because he did some terrible things to characters I love.) Anyway, it bode well for me that he wasn’t the only bad guy. It gave me hope, going in. Whether my hopes were fruitful or not, you’d have to read and find out. I’m trying really hard to keep away from spoilers.
So… um… maybe kind of a spoiler, but you absolutely can’t read Magic Triumphs without reading Iron and Magic first. There’s a reason Ilona Andrews wrote them in this specific order. There are things happening with Hugh you should know first. You COULD read them out of order, or skip the spin off book, but I feel like you would recognize you were missing something, how something major happened behind the scenes you weren’t privy to. Don’t do that to yourself. Make sure you read about Hugh first.
The ending was good, full of twists and turns I didn’t expect but which also made so much sense. I love when I’m surprised by a story, only to look back over the previous books and recognize all the foreshadowing. I get so excited. Magic Triumphs was just like that. It was obvious Ilona Andrews knew how they were ending the series a while ago.
There were a few smaller things that happened at the end I thought felt anticlimactic. I don’t want to get into specifics, because they’re evil spoilers, but basically I had big hopes for some characters and their resolution felt very blah. I also wasn’t sure how I felt about the epilogue. I get where the authors may be going, but I’m not sure I like how they’re getting there.
I don’t even know if it matters whether I like it or not, because whatever happens next (for any of the characters) I know I’m going to read it. And so far, no matter how I originally thought I’d feel, I always end up in love with this duo’s books. I’m a rabid Ilona Andrews fan.