Before we begin, just a reminder this post and its comments will include spoilers for the first book in Ilona Andrew’s Kate Daniels series. This read-along is for those who have read the books previously and also for those who are new to the series, so please no spoilers for books beyond the one featured in the discussion this week.
Book 6: Magic RisesMagic Rises by Ilona Andrews
Series: Kate Daniels #6
Published by Ace on July 30, 2013
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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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…
Magic Rises starts out calm, everything is good in the Keep, until it isn’t. Julie’s best friend has gone loup – at the exact same time as a European trinity of packs asks Curran to come to Georgia to be a body guard. Guarding a woman pregnant with twins – twins with two different fathers – and in exchange, the pack will get enough panacea to keep the youth of the pack safe.
The trip overseas is filled with danger, but the real danger is lurking in the castle. Different pack politics, a very sweet shifter princess offered to Curran, and the most dangerous of opponents is what faces Kate and Curran in this unyielding place.
Magic Rises is filled with action, it got my heart to speed up in many places. Kate continues to be a strong woman, but a woman in love can only take so much, right? Curran should have been better with communication, because he played a long game without letting Kate know the rules, and I felt so bad for her.
This installment also got me crying – sobbing, really – because of reasons. Of course, the writing is excellent, and the character development of absolutely all the characters continues to be strong. A full re-read of the series is still possible before the next book comes out – and I highly recommend it – as I noticed a few new things when I picked Magic Rises up again.
He was the Beast Lord and I was his Consort, which put me in a position of authority over fifteen hundred shapeshifters,the largest pack in the South. I didn’t want the responsibility, and given the choice, I would run as far as I could away from it, but it was the price I had to pay to stay with Curran. I loved him and he was worth it. He was worth everything.
“Boy toy?” Curran asked.
“Would you prefer man candy?”
I elbowed Curran. “Their castle is bigger.”
He winked at me. “Mine is taller. It’s not the size of the castle. It’s what you do with it.”
“Amusing people, the ancient Assyrians, ? said. “They hunt, they sing, they dance, they impale
Schedule and wrap up:
We are doing one book every four weeks, posting on Mondays. We should have a review for most of the books with the team here at Books of My Heart plus some of our blogging friends.
Jul 2: Magic Breaks
Jul 30: Magic Shifts
Aug 27: Magic Binds
Aug 28: Magic Triumphs (release day!)
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Jan 15: Magic Bites
Feb 12: Magic Burns
Mar 12: Magic Strikes
Apr 9: Magic Bleeds
May 7: Magic Slays
The winner of Magic Steals giveaway is: Luca C.
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