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Sunday, December 22, 2013

Guest Review: Kyria Reviews Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews

Publisher: Ace
Series: Kate Daniels #6
Format Read: paperback
Source: from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Release Date: July 30, 2013
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Blurb from goodreads:

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'm several books behind in this series so I sent the copy Ace sent me to Kyria, a Kate Daniels fan I met at Patricia Briggs' message board, in exchange for a review. Kyria is a perpetual student, a passionate animal lover, and an avid reader.


Kyria's Thoughts:

Ilona Andrews novels always promise a delicious combination of smart-mouthed, damaged, and feisty characters, clever politics, and epic violence, and "Magic Rises" is no exception. Kate, Curran, and a combination of series regulars and new faces leave the familiar ground of Atlanta when they are hired as a neutral party between three packs, and to protect the daughter and unborn grandsons of one of the European Alphas. The payment is panacea, a medication that they can’t afford to refuse.

Kate has matured a great deal over the course of this series, and from the very beginning of this book, it is obvious that she is finally becoming comfortable with her personal relationships and her place in the Pack. This is especially obvious in her handling of Curran’s behavior throughout most of the book: it takes a very long time for her to let her self-doubt override her faith in him and in their relationship.

I was surprised that there was so little excitement on the passage across the Atlantic – though the appearance of weredolphin pirates settled the burning question of whether there are shapeshifters who turn into fully aquatic or marine mammals – but there’s more than enough once they arrive at their destination and find some new monsters and one old enemy, as well as a few unusual allies, like the man Kate finds in a cage in the castle courtyard.

The ending is dramatic and has a couple of great twists to keep you guessing. The only thing not to like is the long wait for the next book in the series!
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