Author: Ilona Andrews
Series: Kate Daniels #6
Published by: Ace
Publication Date: July 30, 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…
It always feels good whenever I jump back into this world. I know I love the series and adore the characters, but it isn’t until I’m actually reading that I remember just how good it feels.
Six books in and it’s still going strong, baby! I wish I could listen to the audio of this series, but I just can’t. The narrator is amazing and this would easily be one of my favorites on audio. However, I need to read the books. Why, you ask? It’s because I highlight the hell out of that thing and re-read passages over and over.
In Magic Rises, part of the pack travels to Europe to acquire the medication that will help stop the kids from going loup. Unfortunately, they’re heading into territory where pretty much everyone would love to rip their throats out, and something just isn’t right about the whole situation. But they are willing to go through hell and high water to save their kids.
What a ride Magic Rises is! Loyalties are tested, sacrifices are made, and readers’ hearts will be broken. Andrews has crafted this brilliantly. There is no stagnation here! It’s kick-ass and exciting, while moving the overall plot forward.
Man, though … the characters are what really stand out. All of them. And I love that they all play such significant roles. It made me laugh when someone mentions Kate’s misfits, because it’s true. That’s the thing about Kate, she helps the underdogs, the outcasts, and the plain odd without expecting anything in return. Yet, she’s often rewarded with loyalty and a growing “Team Kate” with powerful players.
I love Currate (Curran + Kate) and all their alphaness. The only way I can enjoy an alpha male is when he’s with an alpha female and stands beside her instead of in front of her. There’s some shadiness that goes down, but I never doubted them. Not once. All I kept thinking is that a certain someone will eventually get their ass handed to them, and it wouldn’t be Kate.
Andrea and Raphael are also a favorite couple of mine and are right up there with Currate. But you know what duo trumps them all? Kate and Andrea. Two alpha women. Best friends. So much to love. They work together perfectly, and their banter and humor makes me absolutely giddy.
So I’m just going to say something … Hugh and Kate are a total turn on. Shut up and quit with the “wtf face” you’re making right now. They are! Holy crap, though, I’m anxious about what’s going to happen in the future, because we all know daddy dearest in coming.
Gah! I love this series so much. You’re a fool if you’re not reading it yet. I fool, I tell you!