Early 5bat! Review: Magic Rises (Kate Daniels #6) by Ilona Andrews

July 19, 2013 Review 10

Early 5bat! Review: Magic Rises (Kate Daniels #6) by Ilona AndrewsMagic Rises by Ilona Andrews
Series: Kate Daniels #6
Published by Ace on July 30, 2013
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Format: Paperback
Pages: 327
Source: Author
Excerpt: Excerpt
Sexual Content: A sex scene.
Reviewed by: Abigail
5 Stars

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.

Series Titles:

1. Magic Bites - N/A
2. Magic Burns - N/A
3. Magic Strikes - N/A
3.5. Magic Mourns - 4/5
4. Magic Bleeds - 5/5
4.5. Magic Dreams - 4/5
5. Magic Slays - 4/5

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10 Responses to “Early 5bat! Review: Magic Rises (Kate Daniels #6) by Ilona Andrews”

  1. Mariya

    This book was very heart wrenching for me! Oh, man! CURRAN! Haha! Loved the ending though and can’t wait for the next on! =)

  2. Vikki @ V's Book Life

    No, No, No…don’t tell me it’s sad! No, everything is supposed to be great…nope…no heart-wrenching moments for me, la la la la la.

    I’m quite happy here in denial.

  3. Nichole

    I have never heard of this author or these books but you make them sound wonderful! I’ll have to check them out sometime soon 🙂

    I’m an old follower with a new blog, you should come check it out!

  4. Suzanne

    I CAN’T WAIT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I love this series, it is a “must read immediately when published” for me, and then re-read a couple of more times.

    If you like this series, also try JC Daniel’s BLADE SONG and NIGHT BLADE. The third book will be BROKEN BLADE.

    Also Anne Bishop’s new series’ starter WRITTEN IN RED is fantastic.

  5. Mina

    I’m dying here!!! I soooo have to get my hands on this book [although being totally anxious about the heart-wrenching…] – and here´s the killer: Amazon Germany will send me the [PRE-ORDERED!!!] book on August 7th. Needbookneedbookneedbook…. AAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Gabby

    Great review, I totally agree, really glad to finally find somewhere that talks about things I want to talk about!
    I had a wee chuckle at your ‘author’ line as well, because I had the same progression as you – Buffy, Twilight (loved it when it came out, have since unfortunatly converted), then by chance I happened to read Cry Wolf on a whim, and I absolutely fell in love. That led me to Mercy Thompson, which then led me to Magic Bites. Best decision ever.
    From that, I tried to find similar series to love, and some I have enjoyed, like Cat and Bones, and other Ilona Andrews stuff like the Edge series, but every other urban fantasy series I’ve tried just haven’t quite cut it. Not written as well, series doesn’t progress well, plots don’t quite make sense etc. So I am looking forward to your Similar Reads section!