Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Magic Rises
Author: Ilona Andrews
Series: Kate Daniels #6
Hero/Heroine: Kate Daniels & Curran Lennart
Genre: M/F Urban Fantasy
Length: 368 pages
Publisher: Ace (Penguin)
Release Date: July 30, 2013
Available at: Penguin, Amazon & Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: 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…
This is a hard review for me to write. Kate and Curran are one of my all time favorite couples. Kate is such a badass and Curran is this very sexy, very protective hunk of a man. They fit each other and I love them because they’re perfect for one another…. and they’re just so completely freaking awesome.
While I really liked the story, there were some things that I didn’t enjoy. Mainly, since this is book six in a series, I had expected Kate to be over her inadequacy issues and Curran to be over his need to ‘omit’ things from Kate to keep her safe. I honestly thought we were passed all that especially with some of the things that happened in earlier books. Unfortunately, this book focuses heavily on the fact that Curran keeps one HUGE thing from Kate, which then causes her to second guess everything they feel for each other. At the same time, Curran’s actions were so completely moronic (and disrespectful!) at times, I wanted to slap him in numerous situations. In my opinion, with who Kate is, Curran could have gone about a different way of handling things and still gotten the same reaction out of Kate without completely hurting Kate the way he did. For those who have read the story, you’ll understand what I’m talking about. It was hard for me to love the story like I normally would a Kate Daniels book because of that. Not to mention, it felt like Curran was barely in this one.
Beyond that, I did enjoy the story a lot. Kate is still very hardcore and no matter what trouble finds her, she manages to get out of it. Not completely unscathed but even when she’s hurt she’s a kickass character. Curran, even though he wasn’t my favorite person this time, obviously still adores Kate and we get to see a few glimpses of his protective instincts coming through. He has a few surprises in store for Kate that made me go ‘awwwww’ a few times.
As with the rest of the series, this was a very suspenseful story that had an intriguing plot. It was interesting to see a new part of the world that was created and how Kate and the others would handle it. The beasts that were described were horrific and deadly but also interesting. I liked being able to discover what and who these new creatures were at the same time as the Pack did. I also liked that we got to see more of Hugh and his intentions.
The ending is bittersweet. One of my favorite characters ends up dying (I won’t say who!) but while that happened, other things resolved themselves in a good way so it wasn’t all bad. However, I still have questions about Hugh and how things with him ended but I expect that’ll be answered in the next book. The final show down was intense to say the least and while I missed seeing Curran fighting, I really hope Gordon will consider writing the fight scene from Curran’s POV. It would be amazing to see some of this book from his point of view!
In the end, as with other Kate Daniels’ books, I was hanging on the edge of my seat. I didn’t like some aspects of it but I still loved the journey Kate took us on. It seems some things are looking up for the Pack while others are becoming more and more severe. I can’t wait to read the next one!
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review. *