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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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review SPOILER ALERT! 2016-10-20 03:44
Little swim in the black sea
Magic Rises - Ilona Andrews

This one is right up there with vol4.

 

Lord Megobari makes a masterplay, and Kate comes on top thanks to her compassion to a jailed wretch and a tiny man.

 

Big life lesson of a summary aside... He's playing his angle, but what a badass pair they make. Completely deranged, but awesome still. Do I prefer him to Curran? No, it doesn't play. But it's an interesting glimpse into "a future, one possible" that's freaky and violent, yet intriguing.

 

In a series of comments: That ring! The diamond! *lol¨* "Psych!" indeed. And I'd forgotten the mole had been mentioned. Damn. I also dearly wished someone had given a spanking to that Lorelay bitch. Did she get fried in the fires? because otherwhise she got off too lightly. Dessandra was her perfect opposite mirror, and she was that darkhorse you just have to cheer on. Her final pressure blow-up was just priceless.

 

And maybe that's why I like these books the best: all those dark horses that become unintended favourites.

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text 2016-10-18 22:10
Reading progress update: I've read 80 out of 680 pages.
Magic Rises - Ilona Andrews

Dear God, the cookie was poisoned.

 

*LMAO*

 

I'm practically spamming, but I can't help it. Have I ever told that I looooove this series?

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text 2016-10-18 21:35
Reading progress update: I've read 58 out of 680 pages.
Magic Rises - Ilona Andrews

“That’s when I realized you loved me,” I said. “I was in the cage and I heard you roar”

 

Aren't they an interesting pair

 

Good luck looking for me across the ocean, Hugh.

 

*grin* *wink*

 

Curran had the strangest look on his face. I realized I was hugging myself. Hey, baby, do you want to have my children? Here, let me curl into a fetal ball in response. Ugh. I was a moron. “Maybe. Eventually. When things settle down. Do you want to have children?” He put his arm around me. “Sure. Later on. I’m in no rush.”

 

Oh, my. No wonder he said "Not yet" so emphatically to Mahon's wife later.

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