Title: Magic Rises
Author: Ilona Andrews
Genre: Urban Fantasy/ Romance/ Adventure
Publication date: 2013
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…
I am not sure why it took me this long to write this review. I devoured the first six books like Winnie The Pooh a pot with honey but then I hit a ditch. Now finally, I crawled out of the ditch 😀 So let’s focus on the beautiful 6th book of the Kate Daniels series, Magic Rises, by Ilona Andrews.
The story this time moves to a new location, Georgia, Europe, where Kate and Curran are invited to settle a dispute for a pregnant lady and three rivaling packs. The author’s humor shows in everything she does – the pregnant shifter is expecting twins and each of them is from a different man part of the two of the rivaling packs. To top it all, whoever father’s child is born first will receive a key passageway between their territories which will make their pack much stronger. Which, naturally, means the other two packs won’t be happy about that. Don’t even ask how Kate got herself in the middle of this but the reason they are doing is to get their hands on a magical substance that decreases the chances of any shapeshifter going loup.
I think the change of scenery is a rather smart move of Ilona Andrews‘ side. I can’t say the previous books were boring but they had a kind of repetitive arch and while the plots were very different and exciting it was becoming slightly predictable. With this book I had to throw any kind of predictability out the window and read until the early hours of the night to find out what happens next.
The most surprising and thrilling part for me was finding out who their host was (where all the packs gathered in wait for the birth of the babies). I’m dying to spoil this for you but I can’t so you’ll have to read on. I will mention though that the appearance of this character creates a twisted, bloody love triage (or a square maybe?) that just takes the tension to new heights. You should get ready to be really mad at Curran (as much as we all love him) for all of our characters will do some questionable shit.
Of course, you can expect the usual Kate-humor and an amazing battle at the end of the story. We also learn so much more about Kate’s history, her father and watch as her powers literally grow in front of our eyes.
Taking my time with this review, I was able to figure out what I like so much about this story/series that makes me read them like a madman. The answer is simple: I’ve got very attached to the characters, their fate and their lives. In the beginning it was just curiosity, fascination with the new world, with Kate’s awesome persona. But I am used to all those things already so I can’t be WoW-ed by Kate’s badassness or by Curran’s strong and flirtatious nature and so on.
I love them, don’t get me wrong, but that can’t keep me obsessed. And here comes Ilona Andrews’ strongest tool – the ability to make her characters our friends. I am probably more interested in every little detail of their life than my own family’s. It’s like being part of their world.
You know how you start an awesome TV show and at first you watch it because it’s cool and in time you just watch it so you can find what happens to your favorite characters and to their world? It’s kind of like that but Kate Daniels’ series haven’t exited the ‘because it is cool’ period and have a lot more to offer. I am so looking forward to Kate facing Hugh again and of course, her father.
Anyway, I got a bit carried away so let’s wrap it up. I’ll give Magic Rises 5-star rating – it was one of the best in the series and it had my heart crushed a couple of times so it definitely earned its rating.
What about you? Have you read the book? What rating would you give? What are your thoughts and takes on Magic Rises?