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, the sixth Kate Daniels book, is completely different than the rest of the books in the series. In all the other books, Kate and Curran are dealing with their battles in Atlanta. In Magic Rises, they cross the sea in to Europe to protect a pregnant wolf shapeshifter from being murdered by her family. While each book in the Kate Daniels series is smothered with action scenes and unique creatures, Magic Rises tops all of the other books in the series in regards to those two aspects. There are a million action scenes in this book. When I finally thought that I had a break..BOOM! something else would happen. Likewise, there was all sorts of unique creatures in Magic Rises. I think that the previous books talk a bit about how the sea and Europe have creatures that they just don’t have in the States and that is definitely true in this book.
When it came to rating this book, I was torn between 3.5 and 4 stars. It deserved 4 stars because of how well written it was. I mean, this book was amazing. However, it also deserved 3.5 stars because of how much my attention waivered and how intense it was. By the time the book finally ended, I just breathed a sigh of relief. Seriously, Magic Rises is so. freaking. intense. There are really no soft spots in this book. There are a couple of romance and gushy scenes between Curran and Kate, but I really just felt stressed and tense during most of the book. It was great…but I wish that there would have been some softer spots here and there.
I have to admit, I’m starting to get really sick of Roland’s character and he hasn’t even been introduced. Ilona Andrews really needs to make that step and bring him in to the picture. By this point, I could give a shit less about him. He has been mentioned from book 1, and we all know by now that Kate is deathly afraid of him. I think that Kate’s aunt and Hugh were supposed to make up for Roland’s absence a bit in this book and in a previous book, but it’s starting to get really old. I’m so sick of hearing the same thing over and over and over again. Either bring Roland in next or drop him for a book.
I loved how much of Kate and Curran that we get to see in this book. In previous books Curran played a semi-minor role, but in this book he’s a very dominant factor. I do wish that Ilona Andrews would stop writing “we made love” all the time in certain spots. Either show the deed or exclude it. It makes it seem a little cheesy when she puts that, and I’d rather either see it or not. This is an adult paranormal book. It’s not erotica! But in adult paranormal books those scenes happen. It’s just reality. And I never say this, so you know that it was said a lot in this book and it annoyed me to no end.
For once, an Ilona Andrews book made me cry. I will say that for the very first time a main character dies. There’s also another scene where another main character almost dies. I knew it had to happen eventually, but it was devastating. Both scenes were well done and broke my heart into tiny little pieces.
In the end, I decided to go with 3.5 stars. I loved the book, but it was way too intense for me. It kind of reminded me of reading the Anita Blake books and how I can’t read them all the time. I’m definitely ready for a small break before the 7th book comes out. I would recommend that everyone go out and read this series. The first one does start out a little slow but the series as a whole is amazing!
Publication Date: July 30th, 2013
Rating: [rating: 3.5]
Teaser Quote: You want to get married? I’ll marry you right now. Is the gnome a preacher,because I’ll do it.”
“That’s a hell of a proposal.”
“What did he say?” Astamur asked.
“He wants me to marry him.”
Astamur relayed it. Atsany waved his pipe and Astamur translated back. Ha!
“What?” Curran Snarled.
” Atsany says you’re not ready for marriage. You don’t have the right temperament for it.”
Curran struggled with that for a second
“Let me know if your head’s going to explode,so i can duck.”