by Ilona Andrews
Genre: Urban Fantasy
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Reviewed by: Abigail | Source: Author
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’ve run out of awesome things to say about the Kate Daniels series, but fortunately Ilona Andrews hasn’t run out of writing books that make me want to say them. MAGIC RISES is the latest and one of the greatest books featuring the deadly smart and brilliantly lethal Kate Daniels who this time leaves her magically mucked up Atlanta, braves a monster invested ocean, for a castle full of homicidal shapeshifters on an island in the Black Sea.
Yep, MAGIC RISES is the first book to leave Atlanta behind, but fortunately, nearly all of the characters we love make the perilous trip with Kate, although sadly, not everyone returns. As expected, Kate and Curran encounter new mythological creatures and half the fun involves figuring out who/how/what they are. Meanwhile Kate and Curran face the biggest obstacle to their relationship thus far in the series and it’s not just a plot device to add intrigue (although it adds heaps of that). Kate is always so strong and confident that it was crushing to see her wounded on such an emotional level. But this is Kate Daniels we’re talking about. She’s not the girl who slinks off to drown her sorrows with chocolate, she’d rather draw blood instead and she may have set a new record in MAGIC RISES.
It’s tense, riveting, and shocking on the emotional front, and the action is nonstop. Expect several big game changing revelations and more than one character who you will never be able to look at the same way again (both good and bad). And this isn’t a series to be intimidated by even if you are brand new to it. The Kate Daniels series may be the most accessibly urban fantasy series for new readers who want to jump in mid series (or for fans like me who read 100+ books between installments and need little reminders here and there). I never feel lost or confused reading this series despite the robust world and various mythologies because Ilona Andrews adds tiny, quick intros when characters first appear and brief references when a past event in mentioned. I didn’t realize how much I appreciated that until reading MAGIC RISES.
So basically, Kate (and Curran) is awesome, the series is awesome, and the most awesome thing of all is that there will be at least four more books in the Kate Daniels series to enjoy.
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