Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Book Review: Magic Rises

Magic Rises

By:  Ilona Andrews

Publisher:  Ace

Publish Date:  July 30, 2013

Format:  ebook, 337pgs

Genre:  Urban Fantasy

Series:  6th in Kate Daniels Novels; 1st Book ~ Magic Bites, 2nd Book ~ Magic Burns, 3rd Book ~ Magic Strikes, 4th Book ~ Magic Bleeds, 5th Book ~ Magic Slays, Short Stories ~ Curran POV 1 & 2Curran POV 3 & 4

Recommendation:  OF COURSE!!! Really, Curran, KATE! and over seas. Oh yes, we see Hugh too!  Get moving!!

Atlanta is a city plagued by magical problems.  Kate Daniels will fight to solve them -- no matter the cost.

Mercenary Kate Daniels and her mate, Curran, the Beast Lord, are struggling to solve a heartbreaking crisis.  Unable to control their beasts, many of the Pack's shapeshifting children fail to survive to adulthood.  While there is a medicine that can help, the secret to its making is closely guarded by the European packs, and there's little available in Atlanta.

Kate can't bear to watch innocents suffer, but the solution she and Curran have found threatens to be even more painful.  The European shapeshifters who once outmaneuvered the Beast Lord have asked him to arbitrate a dispute -- and they'll pay him in medicine.  With the young people's survival and the Pack's future at stake, Kate and Curran know they must accept the offer -- but they have little doubt that they're heading straight into a trap...

First Sentence:
I spun the spear. "One more argument and I'll ground you."

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**I read this book for my own enjoyment.

My Thoughts and Summary:
Julie's best friend and her twin sister go loup. Using the last dose of panacea, split between the twins, Curran call all loupism related terminations to stop and sedate them. Curran is up to something because their contact for the paste was found dead with his murderers shipped away before Curran could get to them. Packs in Europe are having troubles with a pregnant shifter - between her father and the two men she's pregnant too. Curran's history with the father has brought him to the forefront and asked with the payment of panacea to be the neutral party to guard and prove witness to the first born child. It stinks of a trap, but they need the medicine and seeing it so close to home, they want it.

To the high seas we go!! With Magic! Pirates, weredolphins, Haha! The weredolphins are dangerous but so cool. And ancient creatures. So great to see these! And I love the myths and mythical creatures built on in this world as they surface. Oh yes, there are always thing surfacing in this magic fluxed world.

No frets! We have our full crew of favorite characters traveling with us. I was worried at first, but how can I be? It's Ilona and Gordon. They wouldn't do that to us and leave out all that we love. Although...there maybe a few who don't make it home...

A whole regime of emotions felt while reading this one. Hope, jealousy, worry, tears for loss, confusion, and stunned for actions of one I never thought to be kind then paranoid wondering what his plan and game really is. Happy for life, yet there's sadness that one will never fit in, always an outsider. My heart drops at the thought that no matter what they'll never part of the pack.

This is one that we see another side of Kate. One that Curran brings out in her. Well...maybe a few sides of Kate. Curran. Such a shocker! Thoughts that ran through my head - Curran better not!! He's got a plan. He HAS TOO. Ooooo, then we have a special treat. I reeeeally liked our surprise guest, or host, we get to see. *giggle* Oh he's well played out here. So much great information about Kate and her history too!

An Ill-Advised Rescue
We get a bonus story in the back!

Saiman is kidnapped. The Guild gets the note. The Guild also gets a nice profit for rescuing kidnapped victims. The Guild calls Kate, now she has ownership over the Guild and being it's Saiman.

I love watching Kate at work. Even when she is amazing at tormenting Saiman too.


  1. This was a great read. I knew deep down that Curran wasn't doing what we all thought he was doing but And the host! Shocked too!

    1. Julie, Thank you for stopping. Oh yes. Curran had me worried. LOL!

  2. I know, it was so freaking awesome :D

  3. Darn it! You keep doing this to me. Every time you write a review of this series it makes me want to read it! I'm trying to catch up and this series is on the top of my list! Darn it! :D

    1. Melissa (B&T) I can't express how much you need to read this series. You are going to looooove it! :D

  4. Shocks and thrills galore for sure, my ticker took another beating but it was worth it as always when cheering for Kate!

    1. lol. Jackie Burris, oh yes so many shocks and thrills. lol. Thank you for visiting.

  5. Great review! I'm behind on this series and really need to catch up! Of course, I'm behind on most of my series, so no big shock there. *L*

    1. Alexia, thank you! :D Oh, I'm behind on several series. I'm hoping to *try* and get through a few I have on the shelves. I even has a few with 1 book left to read, and it's waiting for me on the shelf. *sigh* Good luck!

  6. Okay I gotta say it...not my cup of tea but you have to love that first line. There leaves no question as to who is running the show. ^-^

    1. Gina R. That's okay. :) I understand. But glad you love the first line. :) Thank you for visiting!

  7. I SO want to read this series!!

    1. Oh Silvia, you will soooo love Kate and Curran. Yes, you will. :)


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