Magic Triumphs Audiobook by Ilona Andrews (REVIEW)

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Review of: Magic Triumphs Audiobook
Ilona Andrews

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Magic Triumphs Audiobook

By: Ilona Andrews

Narrated by: Reneé Raudman

Published by: Brilliance Media 8/28/2018

Magic Triumphs (Kate Daniels #10) by Ilona Andrews read by Renee Raudman

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Kate Daniels #10

12 hrs and 6 mins

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Magic Triumphs Audiobook Sample

Magic Triumphs Audiobook

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I can’t believe it is over. I think I started reading this series in 2010. I started off reading it in paperback from my library. Then in 2013, I found the audiobooks and I’ve been audio only for this series ever since. I’ve done multiple relistens of this series (the most recent starting this year, where I listened to the entire series building up to this final release). I wanted to spend as much time with these characters I could, before it was all over.

So, Kate’s father isn’t the only issue she’s facing, but she knows it is looming on the horizon. But first things first, Kate must protect her loved ones from the immediate danger. Kate isn’t the best political type of person, but she knows that she will need the help of everyone she knows to defeat this battle. She even calls a truce with her father to have him help her, because without him, she has no chance of winning.

This was a great wrap-up to the series. While, I’m sad to see it end, I think Ilona Andrews writing team did a great job (as if there was ever any doubt) with ending this series in a way that will keep their fans happy. Kate and Curran finally get their happy-ever-after. I liked that we got to spend time with most of the characters that I’ve grown to love across the 10 novels (plus novellas, Curran POVs, Andrea’s book, Derek’s book and Hugh’s book, not to mention all the short stories that they’ve provided to their fans over the years).

Speaking of Hugh’s book, you will want to have read the first book, Iron & Magic, before reading this one. There are things that take place in Hugh’s book that affect this story and will spoil Iron & Magic for you.

While it is sad to see the end of Kate Daniels series, I don’t think we’ve seen the last of this world. I know we have at least one more Hugh book in The Iron Covenant series (and I’m pretty sure more than one). I hope that we will get more of Derek in the Grey Wolf series. They also left room for a few other characters to have spinoffs (I think they will pick one of the two characters I’m thinking of and go from there). Oh, and they’ve mentioned a Roman series. No matter where Ilona and Gordon go with their writing after the end of Kate’s series, I know I want be along for the ride.

Magic Triumphs Audiobook Narration

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Renee Raudman continues to nail this series. I don’t think there is anything I can say that I haven’t said before for her narration. She does a great job with all of the voices. OMG, Conlan was just too cute for words. I just loved her voice for him. It was perfect. If you haven’t tried this series (or Renee Raudman with any other series), you’re really missing out.

Ilona Andrews

Authors – Ilona Andrews

Ilona Andrews is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. 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 Texas with their two children, and many dogs and cats. They have co-authored two series, the bestselling urban fantasy of Kate Daniels and romantic urban fantasy of The Edge.

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Renee Raudman narrator

Narrator Reneé Raudman

Renée Raudman is a multi-award-winning audiobook narrator. A multiple Audie Award nominee, she has earned a number of AudioFile Earphones Awards, including for The Last Secret by Mary McGarry Morris and Wesley the Owl by Stacey O’Brien, as well as a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award for Joe Schreiber’s Chasing the Dead. She has also performed on film, TV, radio, and stage, including the recurring roles of Jordon on ABC’s One Life To Live, Phyllis on NBC’s Passions, and guest-starring roles on prime-time TV. She has been heard in cartoons (The Simpsons, Billy & Mandy), videogames, and on the E! channel. Her narration of Homer’s Odyssey by Gwen Cooper was selected by Library Journal as one of the best audiobooks of 2009, and her reading of Marthe Jocelyn’s Would You was selected by the ALA as one of the best young adult audiobooks of 2009.

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I like to thank Brilliance Audio for providing me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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Melanie Simmons
I’m Melanie and I live in Ohio. I have two horses and a dog. I’m an animal lover, avid book reader and audiobook listener. I like to live vicariously through fictional characters. I enjoy reading and listening to mostly fictional books in the paranormal genre, including Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance and Horror. My favorite paranormal creatures are shifters, doesn’t matter the flavor.


  1. Oh I loved this one so much too!

    • Ilona and Gordon did an amazing job wrapping up this series.

  2. I can’t believe this series is over either. I loved it so much. This last book was so fun. I hope to see more from Derek and Julie and Hugh and I am also wonderfing about Esconio. I am sure whatever they do, it will be great!

    • Agreed. So hard to wrap up a series like this and still please everyone. I think they’ve come as close as possible (I don’t think I’ve seen any negative reviews).

    • For this series, but not for the world and the characters. I can’t wait to see what they have next in store for us. 🙂

    • The series is over, but not the world. I’m excited to see what’s in store for us.

  3. I’m still a bit behind on this series but I’m reluctant to pick it up. I don’t want it to end! Only reason I’m reluctant. Oh and I’ve done the series so far all on audio… love it.

    • I understand. You never want to see a series end. But, with this one, the world lives on. We are still getting books here, just not ones featuring Kate, though I bet she will make some appearances.

  4. Barb and I are going to tackle this series next year as a series buddy read and I can’t wait. I have read the first one like two years ago so I will have to start over as I don’t remember anything…lol. 🙂

    • You’re going to have a blast with this series. I highly recommend the audios. Renee Raudman nails it.

  5. Oh yes, it was definitely a very satisfactory finale even if I’m still tasting the bittersweetness of the end. It does help knowing there are other works from the Kate Daniels world ongoing.

    Raudman is a fabulous fit for these stories.

    • That is what I keep reminding myself, this isn’t the end of Kate’s world, just her HEA. I’m sure she will make appearances in the spin off series.

  6. This series is on my wish list but I really need a new one by them. Thanks Melanie

    • Ilona and Gordon are amazing writers. I love all of their stories.

  7. The Grey Wolf series? Is that out or have they been putting that up on their website? I would love more of Derek!

    I loved Magic Triumphs too and think there were enough things left open that we will get to see these characters again.

    • The first book in Grey Wolf is out. It’s a novella. It is available on audio, read by Jeffrey Kafer. It’s a fun book with Derek and Julie. I think there are several spinoff they could do with how they ended Kate Daniels. We know that there will be more Hugh books. Roman (the Black Volhv) is getting a series too.

  8. I adore this series and really need to read this, I just am not ready to say goodbye yet. 😉

    • I’ve heard several people say this. I couldn’t wait to start it. I’m always eager to see Ilona and Gordon have for me with their stories.

  9. Yay so glad you loved it. The only thing that kept me from weeping was that I trust this duo now and I am sure we will see them and other characters I am excited about new things to come!

    • I trust Ilona and Gordon to continue to give us great stories. I just love their work so much.

  10. The end of an era.

    I started this series but haven’t kept up. What’s good about UF/PNR series sometimes is even the authors aren’t ready to let go of the world so they create spin-offs which is a great treat to us fans/readers.

    • Right? So many great spinoff options for this one. I can’t wait to see what they come up with next.

  11. THIS was amazing. I’ll be reading and listening to it many times. Nice review. Anne – Books of My Heart

    • I’m so glad for the revisit leading up to this. I’m not sure I would’ve done the revisit if you hadn’t done the readalong, so thanks for that. I’m sure I’ll revisit again.

  12. Wonderful review. And now I’m sobbing all over again. I both read and listened to this one (as I do with each). Simply amazing.

  13. I had such a fun time with this one, but I am really sad its over because I ADORE Curran and Kate. I am thinking of doing a re read of the series with all the Curran POV.

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