Saturday, October 12, 2013

Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews

Title:  Magic Rises 
Author: Ilona Andrews
My Rating: A+

Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Kate Daniels #6
Release Date: July 2013
Main Characters: Kate and Curran
Publisher: Ace
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Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
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…

My Review:

Wow! It's official...I have a book hangover. I'll be honest. I wasn't a huge fan of book #5. Although I enjoyed it, it just wasn't as riveting like most of the series has been so I wondered if maybe it was time for the Kate Daniels part of the series to end. (I LOVED book #5.5, Gunmetal Magic, but that book doesn't focus on Kate so I don't count it in the overall series.) With this book, I've completely and totally revised my opinion. I want more...LOTS more.

This book took most of the Kate Daniels crew into a new world, across the ocean and into the murky political waters of the European packs. I LOVED this change of venue. It allowed the reader to see just how much Kate means to the pack and even the other alphas of the clans. That show of loyalty was awesome especially with as much emotion as we got to see from Kate. She's always had moments of self-doubt, but in this book, she just felt so alone and isolated as the other packs don't know anything about her besides she's a measly human that shouldn't be with Curran. My heart hurt for her on whole new levels in this book. It was definitely a much more emotional book for me reading. There were several times where I could have cried and a couple of scenes where I actually did. This is a tough book for everyone that Kate cares about.

I loved everything about this book. The conflict of the story was great and I continually gasped as things were revealed. I liked all the personal developments with Kate, Curran, and the members of the pack that accompanied them on this trip. There are several characters that have always been there in the books that we haven't really gotten to know, like Mahan and Barnabas that we really got to know better. There was a new character introduced who I loved and I have a feeling there may be many more layers that we see of him as the series develops further. The whole group did take some serious hits in this book though and it will be interesting to see how it all plays out...and there DEFINITELY will be repercussions all the way around.

And now I'm like the rest of the readers of this series who will have to wait another year. I love discovering a new series and being able to read all the books basically back to back like I've been able to do with this series, but now I'm sad. When's the next one supposed to be out?

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