MAGIC RISES (A Kate Daniels Novel) A Review

by Ilona Andrews

Published by Ace Books

A review by John Irvin


“Curran had the strangest look on his face. I realized I was hugging myself. Hey, baby, do you want to have my children? Here, let me curl into a fetal ball in response. Ugh. I was a moron.” –Kate Daniels

            From the back cover blurb:

            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…

Magic Rises (A Kate Daniels novel) by Ilona Andrews. Urban fantasy with a kick-butt heroine who bears a sense of dry humor in the face of danger.

            I must say, Magic Rises is one of my favorites among this favorite series of mine. Why? Because Kate and Curran and their allies actually travel to Europe and not just Europe but near the area where I actually grew up—give or take a few hundred miles, but still.

            There are several jokes and histories that I actually knew and recognized while reading this amazing urban fantasy. I’m certain my neighbours think me insane from all the laughing I did—no, I didn’t do any squealing, none at all, not sure what you’re talking about.

            But, like all the previous books, this sixth installment in the edgy, kick-butt dark fantasy just adds to the amazing Kate Daniels series. Even the Night Owl Reviews remarked how each book just gets better and better.

            This alternate-universe Atlanta is still full of surprises—most not so fun, more like dangerous and terrifying—keeping you on your toes as you follow Kate along on her new mission.

            But as soon as we got to Europe, the sense that there was some ulterior motive or a plot or something was just too strong. But what’s a girl to do? Keep going and hope she makes it out alive.

            Which, I mean, it’s Kate—and Curran—she’s got to make it, right?

            Of course, there is a heart-wrenching part. But that’s life, I guess. I feel like it just pulls your heart closer to Kate and Curran. You will finish this book feeling like you’ve lost friends and gained new ones, not wanting to leave them. If not, you might want to check your pulse.

            So, take my recommendation and click this link to go buy it: MAGIC RISES.

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