Magic Rises is the sixth instalment in the Kate Daniels series, after Magic Slays, and marking a return to the main series line after last year’s. The smart latest installment of Andrews’s semi-post-apocalyptic urban fantasy series (after Gunmetal Magic) takes mercenary Kate Daniels and. Magic Rises Ilona Andrews Kate and Curran are pulled out of their Atlanta home territory and into the muck of European shapeshifter politics.

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Mercenary Kate Daniels and her mate, Curran, the Beast Lordare struggling to solve a heartbreaking crisis. Magic Rises is pages long divided over fifteen chapters, and an epilogue.

Magic Rises

ikona In this book, narration is in the first-person, exclusively via Kate Daniels. Anrews also a short story included; ” An Ill-Advised Rescue ” which serves as a prequel to the events of this book. Cover art provided by Juliana Kolesova. In the beginning of this installment in the Kate Daniels serieswe get a glimpse of routine life at the Keep, as Kate practices sparring with her ward, Julie.

In general, weres in the Kate Daniels world either follow the Code, a strict system of living that allows them to embrace their animal sides in a controlled manner, never letting risew of their humanity, or they turn loup, rampage violently and go cannibalistic. Because of the danger, weres who go loup are killed. It is prohibitively expensive and extremely difficult to obtain because the makers guard their secrets for profit reasons.

As a result, numerous young weres die every year, and this grim fact weighs heavily on all members of the Pack, especially its leaders. Even though Kate and Curran are both certain that the request is a trap of risss kind, they cannot rebuff the chance to save so many lives. However, physical mxgic — while risses – take the backseat to the emotional turmoil that Kate faces throughout this book.

As the only human in their delegation and one of few at the stronghold where they are housed with the other packs, she is less than a misfit; she is virtually nothing in the eyes of those she encounters. No one hesitates to express their disdain, or the fact that she is less than an optimal mate for the Beast Lord.


Also, while Curran is immersed in politics and power struggles, she has the task of protecting a very pregnant, and high-strung werewolf named Desandraand this keeps her quite busy.

Kate and Curran have few opportunities to communicate, and Kate is left to wonder if either they or their relationship will survive. While I could not put it down once I started, this book is a tad bit stressful because of both the physical and emotional ,agic they faced throughout the story.

While I was somewhat prepared for it based on blog posts made by the authors as they wrote and edited the book, it did not make it any easier. It seems that the light-hearted or funny moments feature new characters, mostly, and for me, that further highlights the low points for the characters I already love in this series.

The introduction and addition of new characters to their entourage will be interesting, and has likely been done to augment the spin-off that is coming in the xndrews. I see the necessity in all or most of what happens in this book, as the groundwork for the upcoming battle with the big bad of this series, Rolandis evident. Also, I feel like this is a book that I will probably enjoy more when I re-read it, since I already know the outcome. If you are a Kate Daniels fan already, this book absolutely should not be rkses.

If not, read the first book! Magic Rises is the sixth ilonaa of the Kate Daniels series and previously was going to be the penultimate volume of the series. However earlier this year the authors posted about the need for going beyond their seven book series plan and mayic with the accord of their editor and publishers, the new plan is to have the KD series run for a total of ten books. I for one was extremely glad to hear of it as when I had read the earlier draft of this book, I was worried as to how the story would end in seven books.

But now I think we are in andgews a great ride. The reason being it fills ajdrews a crucial background plot and explains some of the happenings in this book.

My thoughts on it can be read over here.


As Lydia recounted extensively, the story takes Kate and company beyond their shores all the way across the Atlantic. This was a good way to give a different feel to the story after the last 6 books that have been set in Atlanta and have explored several fascinating aspects about it. With this book the authors showcase their skills in the Eastern European front and we get a bit more fun this side of the trans-Atlantic divide.


This time around the side character cast is widened beyond the regular folks and we get introduced to a couple of new characters as well as a few other ones get more face time. In regards to the big bad villain of this book, the identity is a bit of a surprise though looking back, there are quite a few hints laced in the previous books.

Kudos to the author for making the villain much more than a one-dimensional mouth piece and now it remains to be seen how far the consequences go for Kate and Curran. As a fan of the series I loved how the authors are hinting at the bigger picture while keeping the narrative tightly focussed on ilonx few characters.

Series readers will pick up some more clues in regards to Roland and what truly is out there. The action sequences as always do not disappoint and again a hat tip to the author for further indulging their were-creature ilkna to bring out new deadlier stuff.

Fantasy Book Critic: Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews (Reviewed by Lydia Roberts and Mihir Wanchoo)

All in all I can safely say that this book hits all the right spots for returning readers and preps up the sequel volume nicely as there a few deaths and status quo changes that will have far-reaching consequences down the line.

Although to be fair, the book does have a few things that are left unexplained and this can cause some consternation amid series fans. For the latter half of the book, the authors incorporate quite a few new elements but adequate information about them isn’t revealed entirely. As there are many events happening when Kate isn’t around and we get to hear what happened from others later on.

The reason for this is that while there are events of both good and sad tidings, people might not like how it’s all tied up together. It’s a book that heralds an epic upcoming confrontation and perhaps even more horrific aftermath to follow.

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