Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews

March 7th, 2015 kimbacaffeinate Review 26 Comments

7th Mar
Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews
Magic Rises
by Ilona Andrews
Series: Kate Daniels #6
Published by: Penguin
Narrator: Renée Raudman
Length: 15 hrs and 6 mins
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Source: Purchase
Purchase: Amazon | Audible
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Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

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 am laughing to myself as I write this review. Its Christmas Eve morning and I have pies in the oven. I have been blowing through this series and loving every moment of it. No you’re not crazy, it is indeed March. I review ahead and thus here we are. *Finally* Magic Rising is the sixth audio in Ilona Andrews wildly popular Kate Daniels series and has us traveling to Europe. The audio was fifteen hours in length but it felt like four. Filled with angst, miscommunication and death once again Andrews held me captive as I listened to Magic Rising.

Caffeinated Dates with Magic Rising

First Date: Teens in the pack often have difficulty with change and end up going rapid. It is heartbreaking and no lie I was crying right along with Kate and the mothers. An opportunity to act as arbitrators for a European pack in exchange for a miracle drug has Kate and Curran traveling the high seas. Selecting who will go was serious but also hilarious and I loved all the political maneuvering.

“I tried to picture a female version of Jim and got Jim in a dress instead. The image was disturbing.”

Second Date: We have not even debarked and some little hottie Mc-shifter has set her sights on Curran. Oh but lordy this is going to be fun and dangerous. Kate’s internal commentary is hilarious let us just hope she keeps her cool. Court politics, death threats, group hunts and a strange beast is going to make things interesting. Hugh D’Ambray is present and his verbal exchanges with Kate were a dance of hate, respect and connection.

“Outside the windows the day was bright: golden sunshine, blue sky, pleasant wind…I wanted to punch the happy day in the face, grab it by the hair, and beat it until it told me what the hell it was so happy about.”

Third date: Miscommunication, Angst and Heartbreak abound. With all that is happening and trying to fulfill their duties, poor Kate is beginning to doubt everything about her relationship with Curran. It is killing me, well not really. I am annoyed at the lummox and all this dang angst. I personally would have killed the little minx and chewed her to bits. Were-beasts of every type imaginable make it on stage and we see battles, damage and even death. This last date was heinous and had me standing still while cleaning to take it all in. Lords above and below something Doolittle does nearly broke my heart. The book ended and then Andrews gave us a deleted scene addressing something that happens during the actual story that was not fully addressed. I was delighted and appreciative.

“Anger – a better alternative to caffeine.”

Magic Rising held me captive and of course, I immediately downloaded the next audio Magic Breaks. I fully anticipate listening before the New Year and then my friends I will be waiting along with the rest of you for Magic Shifts set to release in August 2015.

On a personal note, may I say I prefer the covers on the novels to those on audio? I wish they matched.

About Ilona Andrews

Ilona Andrews is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. author2sm“Ilona is a native-born Russian and Gordon is a former communications sergeant in the U.S. Army. Contrary to popular belief, Gordon was never an intelligence officer with a license to kill, and Ilona was never the mysterious Russian spy who seduced him. They met in college, in English Composition 101, where Ilona got a better grade. (Gordon is still sore about that.) Gordon and Ilona currently reside in Oregon with their two children, three dogs and a cat. They have co-authored two series, the bestselling urban fantasy of Kate Daniels and romantic urban fantasy of The Edge.

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26 Responses to “Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews”

  1. Melliane

    Yay another great time with a new book! Awesome! I hope you’ll love the last one if it’s not done yet but in any case I’m so curious to read the next book when it’s out. Great reviw!
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  2. Sarah

    ATLANTA!! Woot I always get a kick out of books set in my state, not sure why lmao 🙂 I loved this book. I didn’t even mind all the miscommunication (much). I agree the covers for the books are much better than the audiobooks.
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  3. Ramona

    Well, Merry Xmas, Kimba 😀 Wow, this series seems to be getting better with any new review of yours I read. Is that really so? And if this is an exponential progression, where will it stop?!? LOL. The last book in the series will be so perfect it will be almost too tough to read! 🙂 But what a queer idea, having different covers for novels and audios… Another great review, bursting with energy, caffeinated spirit and 100% “kimberlinity” 😛
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  4. Lorna

    I can’t get over the three months thing, I can barely keep up with the three(sometimes more)a week I do for both the sites I review for. I read the first one in this series, and just never felt the need to go on with it. Maybe I should try listening Instead. Thanks for sharing!
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  5. Terri

    Glad I’m not the only one checking the post date when you mentioned Christmas! Seriously impressed that you review so far ahead, as I get all excited if I’m more than one week ahead. ha!

    I’ve read the first few books in this series, but need to catch up as it sounds like they just keep getting better and better!
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  6. Jess

    I wonder why the covers on the audios don’t match the books. Interesting! I love that you enjoyed this so much and I like how you set the scene for your listening and reviewing. I can picture those pies in the oven. You are so organized! 🙂
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