Review: Magic Triumphs by Ilona Andrews

Posted August 27, 2018 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 38 Comments

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Magic Triumphs by Ilona Andrews
Magic Triumphs

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Series: Kate Daniels #10
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by Ace
Released on August 28, 2018
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley

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Last book in a beloved series… what can I say, but of course I’ve read it and love it.  And, hate that its all over… but no, the author’s were kind- there are spin-offs and other series.  The last Kate Daniels book was exactly what it needed to be to end the series on a high note.


Magic Triumphs is book ten in the Kate Daniels series.  This fabulous and gritty post-apocalyptic urban fantasy series must be read in order.

In Magic Triumphs, all that has been simmering and threatening to boil does indeed boil over.  Except, of course, Kate can’t catch a break and a new horror descends on Atlanta right about the time she gets word that her father, Roland, is on the move set to conquer Atlanta, her, her son, and the world.  Kate is barely holding on by a thread what with motherhood of a precocious child gifted with both his parents’ strengths, being the In Shinar princess that all look to, pulling together the motley group of Atlanta’s strongest to face what is coming at them, and confronting her fears of loss now that she has so many beloved lives in her heart.

Like a good last book will do, Magic Triumphs pulls in all the old gang for one last hurrah together, sprinkles it with a few amusing moments, lots of kick-butt action, suspense, surprise twists, and a grand finale that couldn’t be topped.

I loved the balance of action, introspection, passion, friendship, and the culmination of plot development.  The new threat was a worthy one just as the way Kate and Curran face it together was perfect.  I finished this book with feelings of triumph to match the title, satisfaction that it ended the way it should, and a sense of sadness that this was the end.  Did I mention that I’m glad for the side series to ameliorate some of the book depression?
Don’t even ask if I’d recommend this book.  And, for those who haven’t started yet, do so and enjoy the urban fantasy treat coming your way.

I rec’d this book from Net Galley in exchange of an honest review.


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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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  • Ten books is quite the series commitment! I’m glad this one ended on such a great note and didn’t let you down 🙂

    • Yes, they probably could have strung it along like some do, but I was really glad that they ended it all on a high note.

  • So loved this book! All that Curran did to ensure that Kate’s plan did not play out in the end! And Ioved Conlan! Such a precocious and surprising bundle of joy! Such a great story!

    • Ha! Yes, he always has her back and comes through when she thinks she has no recourse. 🙂
      Conlan was a hoot and perfect kid for a pair like Kate and Curran.

  • I took off the day from work to read this a few weeks ago! LMAO. It was on the up and up – my boss knew why I was taking a vacation day. I found this to be a satisfying ending, too, even if it wasn’t quite as exciting as I was hoping for.

    Great review!

    • Oh, that is so funny. My co-worker does that with certain books and movies, too. My boss is great about not making a big deal about it since she is a responsible worker. I work part-time so I can just flex my hours for that sort of thing.

  • Glad you loved the book!!! I’m sad to see the series end. I can’t wait to get my hands on this book. Thank’s for the review – though I didn’t read, because I want to be surprised. ^_^

    • Haha! I don’t read reviews on books I already have for review or want to go in totally blind. Yep, you’re in for a treat, Angela. 🙂

  • I listened and absolutely loved this from beginning to end. Brilly review 🙂

    • Oh yes, I will probably re-read this series on audio. That sounds delicious.

  • One of these days I will start reading her books.

    • And we will not hear from you for weeks when you start binging. LOL

  • Greg Hill

    So glad this ended well. Although seeing all the love for this series I’m not surprised- and I do have it on my list to start. This and Mercy thompson, which I started last year. I want to find an urban fantasy series that I really like and binge ’em! Glad they’re going to continue with spin offs and whatnot too…

    • Yes, this series would make a good addition to your list of series to try, Greg. I love the Mercy Thompson one as well as this Kate Daniels. Hope you get the chance. 🙂

  • I agree with everything you said, Sophia Rose. That final battle was epic. I am sad that it is over but I think that wrapped things up perfectly.

    • Yes, the wrap-up was just what was needed. I did skip Hugh’s book so I’m going back for it next.

      Thanks, Carole!

  • Northwomn

    This series is the best of the best. I loved every second of it. I can’t make a higher recommendation. I am so happy I got a chance to reread the whole series over this year. Nice review Sophia! Anne – Books of My Heart

    • That was so cool that you did the re-read. I confess that there were moments when my memory didn’t call something up and I had to just shrug and keep reading. It is an abso-fab series and I will definitely be doing a re-read.

  • Great review. I foresee several different spinoff series in the future for this world. I don’t think we’ve seen the last of Kate and Curran.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Books of My Heart

    • Oh yes! They have room for so much with the way it was written. I still haven’t read Hugh’s book so I have that still, too.

  • Awesome that it had a great ending to the series. I haven’t read any of it yet, but I want to. It sounds like it would be something I love. Great review!

    • Oh yes, you are all set for a treat, Mary. The first few start off shaky for some folks, but then it gets rolling and turns readers into addicts. LOL


  • Debbie Haupt

    gah I really want to try this writing team so many of my friends seem to love them. I’m going to check out to see if they have anything new-ish 🙂 Thanks Sophia Rose

    • I love it. This series is coming to a close, their Edge series is closed, but their Innkeeper Chronicles and Hidden Legacy series are ongoing. Oh, not to mention a later spin-off to this one got started. So, yes, there is some new-ish activity going on. 🙂

  • LOL, yes I think fans are more adapt to hand fellow book lovers a copy and say for goodness sake read it. Then sit and wait! I too loved the family moments and the little guy was adorable!

    • Ha! I got to the point where I usually put in my recommendation thought and just couldn’t do it straight-faced.

      Conlan was perfect for this pair of parents and they described just how I’d see Kate and Curran as parents. 🙂

  • I had such a great time with this one!!!!

    • I loved seeing everyone’s happy thoughts on this book. Such book love!!!! 🙂

  • I will be adding this series to my list. I have been hearing nothing but good things about it.

    • Oh yes, lots of chatter lately, but worth it. It starts out a little shaky, but then really gets going. Hope you like it. 🙂

  • This was such a fun one…and wasn’t Conlan so cute? His first shift was my FAVORITE scene ever!! I did love this one but still a bit sad too.

    • That little guy was a scene stealer. 🙂

  • Ahhh Sophia. I’ve had this one but not been able to get myself to start it. I’ve been too nervous. Ha! Okay oka. I’ll go in.

    • Yep! Oh, but before you do. I screwed up. Hugh’s book, Iron and Magic, may seem like a side story, but its not and its now spoiled for me since I read this one first. I will still read it, but just so you know that one really needs to lead into this one.

      • Well that’s just goofy. I’d not planned on reading that one at this point but guess I will be now! Appreciate the heads up.

        • Yeah, I thought because Hugh was the lead that Iron and Magic could be skipped for a while, but right in the middle of Magic Triumphs the two intersect and I ended up getting the surprise twists revealed that were from Hugh’s story. Grrr. So yeah, it’s not about Curran and Kate, but if you ever did plan on Hugh’s story, do it first. 😉