Ilona Andrews is in fact a writing duo of Ilona and Andrew Gordon. A married couple writing primarily urban fantasy novels. Their style is a combination of fantasy, horror and magic.
Ilona was born in Russia. She emigrated to the USA when she was just a teenager. She studied at the department of biochemistry at Western Carolina University. During her studies, she met her current husband, with whom she wrote her first novel Magic Bites in 2007. Its main character, Kate Daniels, quickly gained crowds of admirers. Written in 2008, the continuation of the adventures of the charismatic 26-year-old – Magic Burns was ranked 32nd on the New York Times bestseller list.
Magic Strikes was ranked 16th on the New York Times Bestseller List and 109th on the USA Today Bestseller List. In 2009, the book won the Romantic Time Reviewer Choice Award for Best Urban Fantasy.