Magic Rises (Kate Daniels, book 6) by Ilona Andrews
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…
The Andrews team may not have wowed me with the first two books in the Kate Daniels books, but I'm glad I gave them another shot. Because they've won me over, with their other series and finally by book 3 of the Kate Daniels series. They're officially some of the top authors on my list and an instant buy. They've proven that they can write amazing couples (even if they are basic copies/outlines of each other, but lots of authors do that!), children (no really very few authors can do that), and great fantasy worlds. Magic Rises hit every sweet spot I’ve come to love from this series. Feeding the epic connections this series has with it's characters, there are consequences and not everyone makes it to the end of this book. The plot is ambitious and definitely a stronger one for the series. Kate and Curran are amazing together, well kind of . . .
Before I get into the rest of the review I have to say it. It took me until about book 3, Magic Strikes, to actually see Curran as a love interest. By the end of book 4, Magic Bleeds, I was really starting to get into Kate and Curran. Book 5, Magic Slays, turned me into a diehard fan of the couple. Then book 5.5, Gunmetal Magic, was a great look at the couple through others eyes, and I loved it. The warm and fuzzy intenseness of their romance was sweeping me off my feet within a few pages of Magic Rises. Kate and Curran's banter is even better than ever here:
“I elbowed Curran. Their Castle is bigger.”
He winked at me. “Mine is taller. It's not the size of the castle. It's what you do with it.” – Kate & Curran
Then Curran starts sniffing around another woman. I like that they can both admit that despite their love they're not to a point were they can 100% trust each other. Though I find it odd considering they'll die for each other without blinking, but they can't trust each other? While it's true if Kate's dad told her to come with him and he'd leave everyone she loves alive, she'd do it. Thus betraying Curran cause he would want to help her. Curran's betrayal was stupid and pointless. In the end it made me really dislike him. Kate's amazing, she can look after herself. And in the end she still ended up having to save her own ass from the very thing Curran was trying to protect her from. Curran just tossed a huge distraction in front of Kate to deal with. Yeah . . . my Curran enthusiasm is pretty low at this point. Bleep him. Bleep him and his fuzzy mane.
The rest of the book is amazing! It starts of on a dramatic note with some of Julie's friends going loup. They're these sweet little twins and Andrews wastes no time making you feel the pain. It's quickly established that panacea can help young shifters so that they don't go loup. And this is what the whole base of this book about. How important the children are and what everyone is willing to sacrifice to save them by obtaining it.
This book is intense, from the get go it's clear that Kate and Curran are walking into a trap. The trap gets deadlier as the mystery goes on and the real trap setter is revealed. This book is a rush and things are building up to Kate and her dad's final battle. All the ties and advice to the fact that Kate is no where near ready is great for the buildup. Magic Rises is a great entry and the biggest rush yet. Andrews isn't afraid to maim their characters, and this book doesn't just maim it kills off some great characters.
While Curran and Kate's love story ended up turning into a bitter thing for me, and only some amazing stuff can bring me back to feeling good about them as a couple, this book is a great entry. Magic Rises is the biggest adrenaline rush yet for the series. There's fabulous blending of mythologies here. Just what I love about the series. New monsters to feed readers' imaginations. The development of Kate’s place in the pack without Curran as a factor is great, especially seeing others loyalty to her. An overall fantastic book for characters—except for Curran. Oh, I'm ready for the next entry all right!
Sexual Content: Mmmm, the most graphic sex scene I’ve read from these two yet! Sexual humor, talk, and such.
4/5- Great! Really enjoyed it.
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