Review: Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews

May Contain Spoilers

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.

Grade: 4.25 stars

Review copy borrowed from my local library

About the book:

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…