Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews

Genre Urban Fantasy Published 30 July 2013 Publisher Ace Book Series Kate Daniels book six

magic risesAtlanta 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…

The Urban Book Thief Review

“Are you hungry, baby?” Curran asked.
“Starving.”
“I think we should go to dinner.”
“Great idea.”
“What are you going to wear?”
“My badass face.”
“Good choice,” he said.

And this is why I love this series.

The awesome double-act that is Ilona Andrews just can’t seem to do wrong in my eyes – my adoring eyes that is. They more than exceed my expectations with every book they publish. Always leaving me gasping in a massive puddle of my own drool as I crazily flap around on my bed bemoaning the end of yet another extraordinary book. The bed that I have not left for two days.

They are that good.

After reading the synopsis I began Magic Rises under the impression that this would be some kind of filler story in the Kate Daniels series. I was not pleased.  They wanted to break the scooby gang up and travel to Europe in order to protect some hoity toity preggers shape shifter. This would mean leaving behind a lot of what we know and love about the Kate Daniels series: our beloved Atlanta – out of the keep – away from Guild business – no Jim (gasp!) – away from super sleuthing and away from a certain Russian guy I was growing quite partial to. Damn.

But what about the children you say? Well, quite. It was all for a good cause. All they needed to do was look after this lady in return for panacea – a miracle drug that cures  child shape shifters from ‘going loup’ and having to be put down by their own parents.

Kate

Kate

Nevertheless, I was intrigued about how this would affect the dynamic of our favourite characters. Would everything turn on it’s head with a change of scenery. Will relationships fall apart from the strain? Will new enemies arise? Well, in a word – yes. But for the better, oh hell yes – for the better.

What a frickin’ roller coaster this was for poor old Kate. Seriously, she should have turned up with a sticker on her forehead proclaiming, ‘save me the trouble and just kill me now’. This book is a showcase of each and every one of Kate’s insecurities about being a part of the pack. It makes you think twice about some of the characters we have all grown to know and love, (yes Curran, you delicious hunk of lion meat I’m pointing my finger at YOU!) and touches on something that we haven’t witnessed before – real discord between our favorite Alpha pair.  In fact, more than mere discord – jealously, lies, temptation and deception.

Curran

Curran

But it’s not all doom and gloom, we’re reminded too about how incredibly awesome they are as a couple:

“One time I was dying in a cage inside a palace that was flying over a magic jungle. And some idiot went in there, chased the palace down, fought his way through hundreds of rakshasas, and rescued me.”

“I remember,” he said.

“That’s when I realized you loved me,” I said. “I was in the cage and I heard you roar.”

In a nutshell, this book was delicious.

There’s also sadness in store with the death of a beloved character. But I won’t tell who – it’s a good death though. And I’m not ashamed to say that I cried my little heart out.

Magic Rises delves deeper into Kate’s past and we learn a lot more about Roland, Voron and Hugh – daddy dearest’s big bad general. And what we learn excites me massively. Oh, the potential for some truly epic ass kicking skirmishes are here in the making here ladies and gents – epic.

There’s also the usual quips, jokes and general hilarity which we have come to expect:

“You’re taking a nap? Come on, Kate, I need you for this fight. Stop lying around.”
“You must think you’re funny.”
“Just saying, you have to pull your own weight. A hot body and flirting will only get you so far.”
“Everything I do, I learned from you, boy toy.”
“Boy toy?” Curran asked.
“Would you prefer man candy?

This book is definitely/almost my favourite in the series. But frankly, book four Magic Bleeds will always hold a special place in my heart as the one where Curran pulls a pyscho on Saimon and Kate, chasing them through the streets of Atlanta – be still my beating heart. Plus they have sex. What can I say? I’m a shallow bitch.

fiveThe Urban Book Thief has awarded Magic Rises a kiss factor rating of five – Curran-liciously good!

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