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text 2018-09-20 02:24
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Magic Rises - Ilona Andrews

And this library borrow fits tonight's Book Shelf BINGO call of "favorites."

 

I'm still not a huge fan girl of this series.  But, it's had it's moments.  I'm finding Kate and Curan romance less annoying because at least there's more communication and mutual support.

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text 2018-09-14 04:51
Busy, busy, busy Fairy Librarian
Magic Rises - Ilona Andrews

This ebook downloaded, too.

 

I have a distinct tone for the notification where my furbabies hear it and bounce over guard the ereaders until ransomed with treats.  Pavlovian response indeed, eh?

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review 2017-10-08 00:00
Magic Rises
Magic Rises - Ilona Andrews 4.25 stars

There were a couple of times when Curran acted so out of character that I wanted Kate to kick him upside his furry head.

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I’ve been trying to pace myself because the final Kate Daniels book isn’t due out until May 2018. But screw that! I am enjoying these so much, and when I get in a reading slump (which I believe is partly due to the wonder of Kate Daniels), I keep going back to these. The characters have all earned a special place in my reading heart, and I love catching up with them in every volume.

Kate and Curran get a change of scenery in Magic Rises. They are offered a medicine that helps shapeshifter children survive from going loup. The European packs keep a tight grip on the substance, but after a dispute between three of the packs, Kate and Curran are offered some of the medicine – if they can keep Desandra, the pregnant daughter of vicious Alpha Jarek Kral alive until she gives birth. Knowing that they are walking into a trap, they accept the assignment, putting their lives, and the lives of some of my favorite shifters, at risk. Yeah, I was suffering from anxiety that one of my favorite characters would die. And I was right! One of them did. Sobbing. So. Hard.

With a little help from Saiman, Kate and company arrive in Gagra relatively unharmed. Then they find themselves in a castle with no allies, enemies around every corner, and a new type of shifter to fight. When Hugh puts in an appearance, Kate knows they’ve been had, and wonders if they will make it home in one piece.

There are the usual high intensity battles (I love the battles – they make or break the series for me), and enemies that seem at first too powerful to defeat. Showing what a bad ass she is, Kate leaps into danger to protect her client and her friends and pack mates. She unravels a few secrets about her blood and how to use it, meets some powerful allies, and makes some deadly enemies. My only disappointment with this volume was Curran. He acted so completely out of character that I was hoping for Kate to kick him upside his furry head. Hard. This, however, is a minor quibble, and overall, Magic Rises kept me engaged from beginning to end.
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review 2017-01-31 15:44
"Magic Rises - Kate Daniels #6" by Ilona Andrews - Kate goes to the Black Sea
Magic Rises - Ilona Andrews

Sometimes, if you're very lucky, when you persist with a series, the author rewards you with a book that is even better than you expected it to be. For me, "Magic Rises" does that.

 

When I was only a quarter of the way through, I was going, "Wow, it's like the whole thing moved to Blu-Ray with a digitally re-mastered sound track."

Several things in the book worked well for me.

 

The Kate/Curran relationship has stablised in a believable way (I hate series that keep on and on with the will they? won't they? thing).

 

The stability between Kate and Curran leads to an examination of the nature of Kate's relationship with the Pack. How far can a non-shapershifter, no matter how powerful, truly be accepted by the Pack?

 

Answering this question is made much more interesting and more urgent by the fact that Curren, Kate and a small part of the Pack have accepted an assignment on the Black Sea guarding a pregnant werewolf who is under threat from three shapeshifter clans, including her own. This takes the Pack off their home turf and gives them common enemies (basically any one who isn't Pack).

 

It turns out that the Pack's selection for the Black Sea assignment is part of plot that is related to Kate and the people who hunt her on behalf of her father. This was a neat way of carrying on the story arc while keeping it fresh.

 

Yet the bits I enjoyed most weren't plot-related. Ilona Andrews excels at two things: pulling at my emotions with scenes like the one where two young shapeshifter girls go loup and are threatened with execution and combat scenes, like the one where Kate has to deal with two huge wild beasts charging at her, when she is armed only with her swords.

 

There scenes sing. They are vivid and full of life and make the books worth reading.

 

My only criticism is that the final conflict went on longer than I thought it needed to and the ending itself felt a bit too blockbuster-let's-blow-everything-up for me.

 

"Magic Rises" was a fun read that has left me hungry for the next book in the series.

 

 

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text 2017-01-14 18:43
Magic Rises I've read 26%.
Magic Rises - Ilona Andrews

Sometimes, if you're very lucky, when you persist with a series, the author rewards you with a book that is even better than you expected it to be. For me, "Magic Rises" does that.

 

I'm only a quarter of the way in but already I'm going, "Wow, it's like the whole thing moved to Blu-Ray with a digitally re-mastered sound track."

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