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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 itsAtlanta 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…...

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Magic Rises Reviews

  • Navessa
    2019-01-30 20:33

    2.5 starsOkay, before everyone freaks out, let me explain something here. My modus operandi for reading books I’m really looking forward to is to go into them blind. I don’t read reviews, I ignore status updates from friends, and sometimes, I don’t even read the book blurb. So that’s what I did going into this. I ignored everyone and everything. Don’t do that. You need to prepare yourself. There’s a lot of fucking drama in this book. For me, too much drama. I spent over two hundred pages feeling like this:I already have rage issues (as some of you know), so you can understand how it could be…upsetting to be that mad for nearly two thirds of a book. One of the reasons I love this series so much is because it’s stayed away from the kind of relationship-based angst that leads to my epic bitch fits. I can get that crap anywhere and pretty much everywhere else and so these books had become a sort of safe harbor for me. Not so much with this one.Aside from the drama-llamas, I had other issues, but I won’t go into them until the book has been out for a few weeks as I don’t want to spoil anything. I will say this, there were plot inconsistencies, there were actions and behaviors that were so out of character that they were hard for me to swallow and in the end, everything was too quickly and neatly tied up with a bow. Deus ex machina, people. I’m not sure if it was all the rage I’d endured or my annoyance at the way things seemed to resolve themselves but by the admittedly epic climax I wasn’t as emotionally invested as I should have been. There’s a scene I’m pretty sure I should have cried at but I didn’t because by that point I was almost…indifferent.I still love Ilona Andrews. This is still one of my favorite series of all time. I have infinite faith in them to continue to deliver but for the reasons I listed above, this book is just not one of my favorites. This review can also be found at The Book Eaters.

  • Angela
    2019-01-31 19:27

    August 2016 re-read: God, I love this book. The tension in it is delicious - even excepting the thing that I hate. Because there are plenty of things that I love. And Kate is amazing, as always.October 2015 re-read: I loved this book just as much as the first time I read it. And though I said, in my original review, to read it without any spoilers, I would amend that now. Just this one: Curran is an ass. And the emotional turmoil that Kate gets put through in this book is devastating. She's kicked when she's down more than once, and at different points in the book I wanted to kill so many people for making her hurt so badly. I understand (especially on a re-read - though I guessed the first time through) why it was happening, but it doesn't make it any less painful.That being said, this book is so taut with tension and we meet some fantastic new characters. It broke my heart more than once, and I sighed with relief when it was done. This is - by far - the most difficult, emotionally, book in the series. It's also one of the best.20 July 2014: $1.99 on KindleSeriously - this whole series is on sale. I love it so much. HIGHLY recommended. The next book comes out in a little over a week. Review:I highly, highly recommend avoiding all spoilers for this book. Read it fresh. I promise there aren't spoilers in my review below. The spoiler tags just note stream-of-consciousness thoughts I had.., If you don't want to know anything other than I loved it - Read no further. Fair warning ;)Once upon a time, I'd never read anything by Ilona Andrews. I lived in the dark, badgered by my good friend (thank you Kat!!) constantly as she tried to get me to pick up Magic Bites. I don't even remember what my problem was – why I didn't pick up this book as soon as I knew about it. I think I thought it just wasn't for me. If I wasn't so very wrong that would be funny.Then, one day, I was looking at my beautiful bookshelf full of books I needed to read and Magic Bites called out louder than the rest. I picked it up, laid down on my bed, and turned to the first page. I sat at a table in my shadowy kitchen, staring down a bottle of Boone's Farm Hard Lemonade, when a magic fluctuation hit... Several hours later I surfaced to the real world again; reluctant to leave behind Kate, Derek, Curran, and even Saiman. Luckily, the next three books were out and I immediately downloaded them, and any novellas I could find, to my Kindle. And ordered them in paper to be shipped to me... The next several days were spent in a magic-induced reading high from this series. Immediately upon finishing Magic Bleeds I started the series from the beginning. Diving back into this world, spending time with the characters I couldn't yet let go of, and eagerly, (view spoiler)[impatiently (hide spoiler)], awaited Magic Slays.I'm here to say, the magic definitely isn't waning on this series. Ilona Andrews continues to be one of the best in the Urban Fantasy genre. They've proved time and again they have excellent world–building skills as they show us an Atlanta ravaged by the effects of magic and technology fluctuating, and Kate's struggles through it. Relationships are complex and nuanced; the slow build of Kate and Curran's relationship is just one of the things that makes them my favorite literary couple, ever. So when, Jenny was kind enough to send me her ARC to read I was ecstatic! (view spoiler)[I may have jumped and skipped and floated back to the house after getting the package, and squealed when I opened it. (hide spoiler)] I immediately cracked it open and started reading. I recommend flipping to the end and starting with An Ill-Advised Rescue (if you haven't already read it on their website) which is a fully-contained short story that relates to the beginning of Magic Rises; also, it's just more awesome times with Kate.In Magic Rises Ilona Andrews takes everything a step further – expanding the world over the Black Sea, and pushing these characters I've come to love so much to the very edge of their abilities to endure. This book was an emotional roller-coaster for me. I was up, I was down; I cried, I laughed, I screamed, I cheered. My heart broke, and was put back together.If I had the ability to jump into the pages of this book and kick some people's asses, I would have. I wanted to kill some characters. Slap others upside the head; hug and comfort if possible. It's not an exaggeration to say this book will put you through the emotional wringer. Not only are Kate and Curran fighting for the medicine to save the shapeshifter children from going loup – emotional enough in and of itself – Ilona Andrews puts everything on the line, shaking it up and pulling us through the other side. I won't say a lot about the main story line, except to say that it blew me away. I wasn't sure how I was going to stay interested outside of Atlanta – dealing with packs I'd never heard of and didn't know. Lucky for me, and for Kate and Curran, a contingent from the Pack traveled with them. The help and support was very much needed, and I enjoyed seeing how Kate's begun to integrate from her solitary existence to being an alpha, the alpha female of the Pack. She went from working alone, having no friends, no lovers, no one she trusted to relying on others, being emotionally involved in others survival, and doing everything she can to help those under her care – no matter the cost.The cost has the potential to be very high in Magic Rises. Even knowing they're walking into a trap, Kate and Curran don't begin to contemplate the possibilities of how dangerous this deal is. To their lives, yes, but also to everything they hold dear. Their relationship is tested, hard, in this book. And I can easily say that I wanted to kick Curran's ass more than once. I was devastated for Kate, I felt her pain and I hated to see her hurt. There are shocks and twists, plots and schemes, danger and kick-ass fights. There are also quiet moments full of love and friendship. You may finish this book unable to look at some characters the way you did before starting, or find others mean more than you expected – I know I did. The plot, which I worried about when I first started, moved along nicely with a lot of action – there was one fight scene that had my fanning myself, it was so hot. As always, there's plenty of witty banter between Kate and everyone. Even while my heart was being torn out, slowly, they still had the ability to make me laugh.Magic Rises is right up there with Magic Strikes for my favorite book in this series, and catapulted the Kate Daniels series to my favorite ever (view spoiler)[past the Fevers – yes, I know, I was shocked too (hide spoiler)]! It's a fantastic addition to the series, the world, and the genre. Magic Rises is a game-changer, shaking everything up and showing yet again that Ilona Andrews are the best. I read late into the night, staying up until I finished it – at 1AM. Sleep wasn't important to me, and I'll lay money on you not thinking so either. If you're waiting for this book as impatiently as I was, you won't be disappointed. If you haven't started this series – are you in for a treat. Go! Grab Magic Bites and dive in! You can thank me later.Previous thoughts: Amazing.Simply Amazing.This is one of the two best books in the series to date! Review to come closer to release day.ETA: Also, I think this book catapulted this series to my favorite series. Ever. Period.

  • Ferdy
    2019-02-07 20:21

    2.5 stars - SpoilersNot impressed. I've never given an Ilona Andrews book less than 3 stars before but there was just too much WTFery in Magic Rises to rate it any higher. I loved all the earlier Kate Daniels books, they had the right balance of plot, action, romance and humour. Sadly, Magic Rises was a complete mess.Random thoughts:-What's what: Pack kids go loup, need medicine, loads of melodrama, Kate/Curran offered medicine and in exchange must protect pregnant shifter (Desendra), Kate and gang travel to Europe for the job, the gang wary of trap, loads of posturing from foreign packs, Curran acts like fucker, mystery monsters, Kate acts like doormat. The end.-I hated all the focus on pack and pack politics. I'm sick of all their rubbish, the series feels more about the pack than about Kate. I miss Kate going on her solo adventures, I'm tired of her being tied to the pack and Curran.-I was annoyed that Kate was the one who seemed to be handling all the pack bullshit instead of Curran. She was the one organising the security detail for the pregnant shifter, she was the one investigating the mystery monsters, and she was the one holding the group together. Curran left it all to Kate whilst he spent all his time flirting and getting his ego stroked by a hot young wolf princess (Lorelei). I didn't buy his silly excuses for hanging out with Lorelei - he did it because he wanted to, not because of Kate.-I used to love Curran but after reading Magic Rises, I no longer like him. He did way too many unforgivable things — the way he treated Kate was awful. It made no sense whatsoever that Curran didn't tell Kate that someone wanted her dead — he knew before they even got off the boat, but he still kept it from her. She was going to dangerous, foreign territory, and he didn't think Kate ought to know that someone was out to get her?! WTF?! Her life was in even more danger than she thought — how would keeping her in the dark help in any way?! How dare Curran risk Kate's life further by not warning her of another threat! Did Curran have that little trust and faith in her? He didn't even have all the information on who hired the pirates to kill Kate until Saiman further question the pirate, so why not tell her straight away? His whole excuse at the end didn't add up.-As soon as Curran saw Lorelei, he was all over her and that was BEFORE he even realised her involvement in Kate's assassination attempt. Curran only bribed Lorelei's uncle after he found out from Saiman that the money the pirate had was from Lorelei's country. So why was he all over her from the get go unless he genuinely wanted her?!Curran's flirting with Lorelai was too much, actually he was basically mating with her, what with giving her food, letting her kill the animals he hunted, letting her sit next to him, standing naked next to her, going on romantic walks with her, talking about his relationship to Kate with her, and bitching about Kate. Ugh. I have no doubt that Curran enjoyed his time with her — he was probably buttering up Lorelai in case anything happened to Kate, that way he'd have a back up. The dick. Hugh was right when he said that Curran wanted to have sex with Lorelei and that Curran must have thought about it. I don't know why Kate ignored Hugh's opinion — he was spot on about Curran. -Not only did Curran cheat on Kate (yea, he did cheat on her in shifter terms), he humiliated her in front of EVERYONE, and then he lied about it repeatedly. I was irritated that Kate just believed Curran's lies. Why didn't she ask Curran that if he really didn't want Lorelei why the fuck was he spending so much time with her? Why didn't she question him further?-The reason for Curran's behaviour towards Lorelei was BULLSHIT. He thought getting touchy feely with Lorelai would stop the assassination attempt but there was no guarantee of that. If the fuckers were willing to kill Kate in the first place so that Lorelai could have him then why wouldn't they decide to just finish Kate off straight away? That way Curran would be vulnerable enough for Lorelai to seduce him. None of it made sense. If he really wanted to keep Kate safe he should have told her and spent as much time with her as he could instead of leaving her all alone thus making it easier for her to be killed.-If Curran had told Kate his nonsensical plan at the beginning, then not only would she have been more careful, she would have played along. She would still have been pissed and jealous at Curran's flirting even though she knew it wasn't real — it's not like she would been cool with seeing Curran pretending to want another women. It would have still hurt her — so her responses would have been genuine. That's why I didn't buy Curran not telling Kate his plan, him saying Kate couldn't lie and that she was worse at lying than a child was ABSOLUTE UTTER BULLSHIT. Since when has Kate not being able to lie especially to strangers?! Curran might see through Kate but that's only because she wants him to - Kate could have easily played along and fooled a bunch of strangers! Also, Kate is actually a great liar — she spent her whole fucking life hiding who she was, she regularly has to act in front of the pack so they don't see her weaknesses or tiredness, she hid her emotions and feelings from everyone growing up. So how the fuck was she a bad liar?! I very much doubt she would have had any trouble pretending, acting and lying. Did he know Kate at all?! Curran's excuses were pure BULLSHIT. He must have just liked lying, humiliating and hurting Kate, and he must have loved getting cozy, and bitching about Kate with Lorelei. The FUCKING dick.-The most unforgivable thing was not letting Kate know there was an extra threat, Curran knew their weren't at home, that they were outnumbered and that they had little control there. He knew that Kate could have easily been isolated and then killed but he still didn't feel the need to warn her so she could be extra careful. And he didn't even tell the rest of the pack that they needed to keep an extra close eye on Kate. It wasn't like Curran himself was watching out for her — he was too busy sucking up to Lorelai. So Kate was left on her own and she was in more danger than she knew — that just showed how little Curran cared for Kate's safety.-Kate was decent enough until she turned into a doormat and forgave all Curran's bullshit after one conversation. I didn't expect her to dump him but she should have at least taken a step back. Curran's non-stop lies and full on flirting with another woman showed that their relationship wasn't right. Their whole conversation at the end was ridiculous, Kate said they weren't okay and that she wasn't sure what to do, and then her next sentence was literally that everything was cool between them. WTF?! Oh and then, Curran told her he would act the same way if he had to do it all again. Really?! So he basically told Kate he still didn't trust her or have faith in her, and Kate was okay with that?! When did she turn into such an idiot?I really hated how Kate tried to justify Curran's reasoning by saying she would have done the same thing. There's NO WAY she would have lied, flirted with another man, and humiliated Curran like that. I hate when the hero and heroine have huge problems in their relationship and the heroine glosses them over by saying she would have done the same thing when it's so obvious she wouldn't have. By the end of Kate and Curran's conversation, they didn't sort anything out - Curran made dumb excuses and then Kate made even more dumb excuses for him. Their relationship was a mess. -The thing that really pissed me off was that if the situation was reversed, Curran would not have forgiven Kate straight away, he would have acted like a dick towards her and held a grudge for ages. And Kate would have had to apologise over and over again, and then she would have had to make it up to him and prove herself. Then she'd have to make several grand declarations — then maybe just maybe he would have deigned to take her back. But it wouldn't end there, because he still wouldn't trust her completely and she'd forever have to work for his trust or some bullshit. Ugh.-Kate's attitude towards Desendra pissed me off. She was really judgmental and unsympathetic towards her especially at the beginning. Did Kate not realise that Desendra was pregnant with twins? Had a dad who wanted her dead? Had two ex's that had their own agendas? And had no-one that genuinely loved and cared for her? With Desendra's history, it was no surprise she behaved the way she did - Kate was a total cow with her judgy attitude. I did like that Kate eventually managed to get some perspective and stopped looking down at Desendra so much.-I loved all the scenes with Hugh D'Ambry. He was the best thing about the book, he definitely had some chemistry with Kate. I was actually wishing Kate would dump Curran and instead have a fling with Hugh.-The secondary characters were all good - I loved Aunt B, Doolittle, Derek, George, Barbaras. I still hated Mahon, his whole acceptance of Kate was a case of too little, too late. Aunt B's death was sad, I would have preferred if Mahon had died. I was disappointed that there was no Dali at all, I was looking forward to a little interaction between her and Jim.Desendra's character was great - I felt sorry for her not only having a bastard dad but also two uncaring, cowardly, greedy husbands. I was so glad she killed her dad — but I was left confused as to who inherited his territory.The Christopher thing at the end was cheesy, Hugh must have known that Christopher knew how to make panacea — there's no way Hugh would have let Christopher go, he would have at least tried to kill him. -There were too many info dumps about the mystery flying monsters. It was really boring reading Kate's speculation about what they were and their origins and whatnot.-I was annoyed at Kate's constant crying. Okay, she cried twice but it was still annoying.-All the sudden marriage talk irritated me. Kate and Curran were fine before, and the whole let's get married felt less a natural step in the next stage of their relationship and more a thing they forced because other people kept bringing it up.All in all, I was disappointed. The story wasn't my cup of tea because there was too much pack nonsense, Kate was a pushover, and Curran was a dick - I don't think he's as bad as Reyes (from the Charley Davidson series) or Owen (from the Elemental Assassin series) but he's definitely well and truly ruined for me.

  • ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
    2019-02-20 13:09

    ❣ KD is the Cure to All of Life's Problems Buddy Read (KDitCtAoLPBR™) with my dear wife Ange, and the poor IAA souls who have fallen into our deathly KD Surprise Reread Trap (KSRT™).➽ Last rererereread: July 2016.✎ Previous rating: 12 stars✎ New rating: no longer counting. It's useless.» And the moral of this particular rererereread is: damn. I ♥♥LOVE♥♥ this book. I actually think I ♥♥LOVE♥♥ it more than I do Magic Strikes. That's right. I love this more than I do the Midnight Games. And flying palaces. And the Scarlet Star. AND HOT TUBS. Oh boy.» And the other moral of this particular rererereread is: Your Smug Fussiness, you might be a complete ass, but I still love you. Sometimes. When I don't feel like chopping you into tiny little pieces, that is. » And the other, other, other moral of this particular rererereread is: please someone, anyone, punch/slap/stab/torture/kill/whatever the Fucking Pack Princess (FPP™). Don't let me get to her first. It wouldn't be pretty. The End. Until next time.PS: Desandra, you slightly unhinged nutcase, I love your bedtime stories about plums. So educational and stuff.• • • •۰° •ิ•۰° •ิ•۰° •ิ•۰° •ิ•۰° •ิ°۰۰° •ิ•۰° •ิ•۰° •ิ•۰° •ิ•۰° •ิ°۰• • • •۰➽ Previous rerereread: July 2015.✎ Previous rating: 5 stars.✎ New rating: 12.Hell yeah.① Get on boat.② Say hi to the dolphins pirates. ③ Get off boat.④ ►► Crappy yet (hopefully) ♫ musical ♫ review to come ← July 2016: still waiting for this review? Me too. Can't wait for someone to write it. Because I have no freaking clue what the whole ♫ musical ♫ thing was supposed to be about. Alzheimer is me.✎ Book 1: Magic Bites ★★★★★ ✎ Book 2: Magic Burns ★★★★★ ✎ Book 3: Magic Strikes ★★★★★ ✎ Book 4: Magic Bleeds ★★★★★ ✎ Book 5: Magic Slays ★★★★★ ✎ Book 7: Magics Breaks ★★★★★ ✎ Book 8: Magic Shifts ★★★★★ ✎ Book 9: Magic Binds ★★★★★

  • Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads
    2019-02-08 21:23

    3.5 starsFirst of all, it's still amazing to me how the Andrews can reduce you to tears over peripheral characters with just a few sentences.One minute you're fine, then the next you're, "Well, that sucks," and then your face gets warm, your eyes get hot, and before you even know what's happened, you're blubbering.YES. Blubbering.Why are you blubbering?B/c a mother gets down on the floor to sing her child, who will more-than-likely have to be killed b/c she's gone rabid, a lullaby, barely able to choke out the words. Through plexiglass.*sobs*But more than simply messing with your FEELS b/c they can, this situation clearly illustrates Curran and Kate's willingness to sail to Europe as neutral third parties, and play bodyguard/arbitrate a situation that has three separate packs ready to come to blows, despite being fully aware that they are walking into a trap . . . b/c the payment for doing so is a year supply of panacea, an herbal mixture that greatly decreases the chance of loupism in shifters, especially during birth and in adolescence.In short . . . a worthy cause.But for the first time, I had a couple of issues with a KATE DANIELS book:1. One of my biggest RAGE buttons when I'm reading is anything that involves cheating, the appearance of cheating, ex-lovers, wives, etc. showing up and trying to get back what they didn't appreciate when it was theirs, and . . . pretty, young things trying to steal your man.*grinds teeth*I'm really angry at myself for not reviewing this properly the first time I read it, b/c as hesitant as I was to put myself through the reading of MAGIC RISES a second time, all of my anxiety was for nothing. I already knew what was going on, so I wasn't able to recapture the absolute misery I went through on the first pass, and am therefore unable to adequately describe it for you. But I'm still determined to try.It. Was. A-W-F-U-L. I was in the depths of despair, b/c damn the Andrews, they made you walk with Kate through her steadfast belief in Curran's love and loyalty, through the steady decline to fear and doubt, all the way to the end that was heartbreak, disbelief, fury, and a bitter numbness.It was physically painful to read this book, which brings me to my second issue:2. I'm not sure how I feel about Kate and Curran being so perfect for each other based on their "sameness," which makes them capable of understanding the horrible things they put each other through.<-----I'm not convinced that's a healthy relationship.3. Lastly, and I can't decide if it's this or the RAGE button that I have the biggest problem with, but . . . there were too many weird creatures. I'm fine with the creatures that were ultimately the Big Bad in this installment (excluding Hugh, of course), and I even thought Doolittle's walkthrough that first insinuated the statues were an allegory was really cool. The astanay was awesome. Loved that guy. The monster eel was fine, too. But weredolphins?I get that there's mythology to support their existence, but it's just so cornball. It pushed me over the hey-that's-a-really-cool-mythical-creature line and into the realm of that's-just-silly.BUT . . . my least favorite KATE DANIELS book is still way better than most of the other Urban Fantasy available. This was still a good book. I just hate that it was necessary for Curran to do what he did, and I'm not sure I'll be able to love Kate and Curran the same way as a couple after this. And I don't want to taco 'bout it.My other reviews for this series:A Questionable Client (Kate Daniels, #0.5)Magic Bites (Kate Daniels, #1)Magic Burns (Kate Daniels, #2)Magic Strikes (Kate Daniels, #3)Magic Mourns (Kate Daniels, #3.5)Magic Bleeds (Kate Daniels, #4)Magic Dreams (Kate Daniels, #4.5)Magic Slays (Kate Daniels, #5)Magic Tests (Kate Daniels, #5.3)Magic Gifts (Kate Daniels, #5.4)Gunmetal Magic (Kate Daniels, #5.5)Retribution Clause (Kate Daniels, #5.6)An Ill-Advised Rescue (Kate Daniels, #5.8)Magic Steals (Kate Daniels, #6.5)Magic Breaks (Kate Daniels, #7)Magic Shifts (Kate Daniels, #8)Magic Stars (Kate Daniels, #8.5, Grey Wolf, #1)Magic Binds (Kate Daniels, #9)Iron and Magic (Kate Daniels, #9.5) Magic Triumphs (Kate Daniels, #10) Curran POV Collection

  • Adina
    2019-02-01 14:22

    3.5*Kate Daniels was exactly what I needed to get through my reading slump. It helped me 1 year ago when I binged read the first 5 volumes in the series and I have the feeling it helped now as well. I needed fast paced, engaging adventure to absorb me completely and compel me to open the kindle whenever I got the chance. Kate is my favorite UF heroine, smart, witty, kick ass and funny. I enjoyed that the setting in this volume shifts to Europe, more exactly to Georgia, a country I do not know too much. I always appreciate about the Andrews team that they introduce the reader to different mythologies in each book and I am never bored by the world building or the characters, old or new. Although I had so much fun reading Magic Rises, I gave it only 3.5 stars because I spotted quite a few plot inconsistencies and the love drama between Kate and Curran did not work for me. If you like urban Fantasy do yourself a favor and read this series.

  • Katie Michaels
    2019-02-20 18:22

    Is it too early to post this? Probably. But it was so damn good. Here is the review:Ilona Andrews is the gold standard for urban fantasy. This book made me laugh and it made me ache. It kept me glued to the page. And after six installments, Kate Daniels is every bit as engaging as ever... maybe even more so.You get to a point in almost every series where the gang takes a road trip --and this is that book. All of the core characters are there: Kate, Curran, Derek... Andrea, Rafael, and even Saiman. So I didn't feel like we were leaving much behind. The basic conflict pits Kate and the gang against other shapeshifting factions and a surprise Big Bad, but for me, this book is more of an examination of the ties Kate has to her own Pack and whether they'll stand against the external pressure.Basically, there are some European Packs who have access to a special blend of herbs that can stop a shifter from going loup. But they will only give it to Curran if he can protect a pregnant wolf princess long enough for her to deliver her babies. He knows it's some kind of trap, but the reward is too great to pass up, so he loads up (most of) his best people and sets sail for the Black Sea.In the ever expanding Kate-verse, I was worried that all of the new characters would be overwhelming or confusing. They weren't. I thought the plot was constructed very well, and though there were twists, turns, and surprises, I never found it cumbersome. The dialogue is snappy and funny. And ultimately, the story advances the overall series arc quite well.I say all this, but when you finish reading the book, the only thing you'll be thinking about will be emotional roller coaster we go through with Kate and Curran.I'm always a bit wary of long running series with a single love interest. I worry that they'll get boring; they'll lose their spark and I'll stop caring. That is most definitely not the case here. We've got Trouble (with a capital T.) And the thing is, despite everything these two have gone through to get together, the conflict is very real. It was hard to read at times, because I have grown to love Kate and it hurts to see her hurt. I'm not going to tell you what happens or how it all ends up, but I will say that I was riveted and --by the time it was all said and done-- emotionally spent.Plus, there was a (view spoiler)[pretty significant death that I didn't see coming. (hide spoiler)]All in all, I thought it was pretty fabulous. And it has me really amped up for the confrontations that lie ahead. The next book can't come soon enough.Rating: A *ARC provided for review**My initial response when finishing the book: I am emotionally spent. No one can say Kate and Curran are boring now that they are mated. I need a cookie or something.**

  • Sophia Triad
    2019-02-02 15:37

    This is an extra story from “Magic Rises”, which did not exactly fit to the action of the novel. Thus, it was added to the end of it. Saiman gets kidnapped, so Kate and Derek run to his rescue. As a result, Saiman will own a favor to the pack.It really does not add much to the series, but it is definitely great to see Kate in action. And to listen to her smart mouth driving people crazy.Merged review:Far far away, somewhere in Europe, two of the biggest European Packs are in turmoil. A wolf princess, Desandra is pregnant with twins by both packs. One baby is from Volkodavi from Ukraine and one baby from Belve Ravennati from Italy. Apparently this is something that can happen in shifters: A female can be pregnant by two males and get twins. The result is two families arguing about their rights over her children. Moreover, Desandra’s cruel father is waiting to see which baby will be born first and to give him as a heritage a profitable mountain pass at the Carpathian Mountains.Curran and Kate are brought into this mess in order to protect Desandra and to be the incorruptible judge. They will gain the greatest award, if they manage to do their duty and not be murdered in the process: Panacea, a substance needed desperately since this mix of herbs reduces loupism at birth. Curran, Kate and their team will have a great adventure across the ocean and the Mediterranean Sea where they battle mythical creatures, storms and boredom. The action will move to Europe.Unfortunately the whole trip seems to be a well orchestrated trap. Not for Curran, but for Kate who meets again with old enemies.I never expected to say that, but I really disliked Curran in this book. A beautiful shifter (daughter of the ruler from Alaska Pack) is basically offered to his feet the moment he steps his foot on the land, Kate is constantly verbally attacked by all the shifters who doubt her abilities and her suitability to be Curran’s consort. And Curran does not really do much. Just accepts everything until they finish their assignment and go home.Did he tell her? : “Don’t worry baby, I know what I am doing. I have a plan.” NO HE DIDN’T Did he tell her? : “Don’t pay attention to what they say or to what I am doing, we are still good.” NO HE DIDN’TDid he tell her? : “I love you. You are the only one. Please, trust me.” NO HE DIDN’TOn the contrary, he starts avoiding her, not explaining anything and behaving in a way mated shifters are not supposed to behave. As a result, he is confusing Kate and he is a jerk for most of the bookGod, I seriously wanted to slap Curran.....and then backslap him....and then kick him where it hurts the most....And Kate is just not herself. When she fights in perfect unison with one of her worst enemies knowing that his back would be there to brace her, there is something wrong with the whole picture. Especially when her apparently smitten enemy stakes his claim and starts provoking Curran:“No marriage, no division of property and no strings attached. Well played, Lennart. Well played.”In the end of the book we are saying our heartbreaking goodbyes to one of our favorite characters of the series, while new important characters are introduced to the pack.I cannot find words to describe how much I enjoyed this book! It is the best book of the series so far.Great hand-to-hand combats, sword fighting, new mythical creatures and the realization that Roland is not the oldest player around.

  • Julio Genao
    2019-02-14 18:30

    the ending of this book in one gif:but maybe my perception is colored by the COMPLETELY UNNECESSARY DEATH OF MY FAVORITE CHARACTER.*rude gesture*

  • Robin (Bridge Four)
    2019-02-12 19:15

    3rd read....I never get enough.Kate Daniels Buddy Read/Reread with the gang at Ilona Andrews Addicts (IAA) before the release of Magic ShiftsI loved this all over again. The emotional development of Kate/Currans relationship, Saiman as an ally, Hugh as an Enemy and all the side character that are so rich with their own personalities that always shine through. I eat it all up and want more. This is one of my favorite series of all time and that stays true even on the 3rd read through. 2nd read:Re-read before Magic Breaks coming out on Tuesday!!!4.5 StarsThere are books that develop the plot, books that develop characters and books that manage to do both without you noticing. I think it is a week after reading this that I think I see why the authors chose to present this story in this way. It is something that needed to happen to clarify lines before the big battle with Kate’s Daddy can happen.Kate and Curran are together and Kate is happy or as happy you can possibly be when you rule the were-packs and your Father or one of his minions might come to kill you at any time. At least you were until a tragedy strikes. Most were-children don’t make it through either birth or puberty and Kate and Curran must walk into a trap, concocted by the European packs, in order to get the one thing that might help them keep the kids in the pack from going loup. But will their love be enough to survive it?“One time I was dying in a cage inside a palace that was flying over a magic jungle. And some idiot went in there, chased the palace down, fought his way through hundreds of rakshasas, and rescued me.”“I remember,” he said.“That’s when I realized you loved me,” I said. “I was in the cage and I heard you roar.”Knowing you are walking into a trap is one thing, not knowing exactly what your partner is doing is another and Curran is definitely sending mixed signals. Kate must decide if she should trust the man she loves or does she believe like those around her that he might betray her. It might be getting her down a little bit, she is Kate though and this is about as whiny as she gets. “Outside the windows the day was bright: golden sunshine, blue sky, pleasant wind ... I wanted to punch the happy day in the face, grab it by the hair, and beat it until it told me what the hell it was so happy about.”Our Kate is strong and perseveres even when in doubt. She doesn’t hold up and pout in a bedroom, no she still takes charge, focuses and gets the job done. As you should girls, even when you question your life’s happiness, go girl power. Kate has some serious trust issues that needed to be addressed after being alone for so long. Curran has this habit of making decisions for everyone, including Kate, without consulting anyone. These are both big character weaknesses that needed to be addressed before the big battle happens.This was the most emotional book for me of the series. It was great to see how Kate is fitting into the pack. Some have come to her side right away while she is still trying to win others over. As always I loved Derek and Barabas’s fierce devotion to Kate. Even Mahon had a touching moment or two.As a parent, it was believable the lengths members of the pack would take to be able to procure the medication that helps reduce the risk of kids going loup. There were surprises and heartbreaks I didn’t expect throughout and some set up as to what Daddy really wants with Kate. But as always I love the interactions between Kate and Curran. They are if nothing else passionate.“He said that the man must be your husband, because only someone we love very much can make us this crazy.”I’ve been married awhile and that is totally true. We sometimes become fools for the ones we love as they are able to hurt us in ways no one else ever could.In summaryaction – checkromance – checkheartbreaking moments – checkthe WTF moment – checksnarky banter – check, checkand finally the awe moment - super check

  • Sh3lly ☽ Guardian of Beautiful Squids and Lonely Moons ☽
    2019-01-28 19:12

    First Read: October 2014 - Five StarsSecond Read: July 2015 - Five StarsI'm keeping my original rating and still think this is my favorite after the third book. Hugh steals the show in this one and is such an awesome and sexy villain. The angst with Curran and Kate seemed unnecessary, but it didn't overpower the story. Thankfully, there was plenty going on and that wasn't focused on too much. This one really has a lot of fantastic scenes and dialogue. I just love it!!!Re-read with Ilona Andrews Addicts group. YASSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS. I lurv this one!Original review:Kate and Curran pick a crew of their best for a (of course) dangerous job near the Black Sea to serve as mediator for 3 feuding packs in the middle of a power struggle and to protect a pregnant shifter so the Atlanta pack can earn the panacea they need to keep their children from going loup. I loved it! This is the best one, in my view, since book 3 (the gladiator pit-fighting one). I gotta say, I know Hugh is a bad guy, but he was so HOT in this book! lol I'm sort of attracted to him now in a warped way. But I also love Saiman, who wasn't in this one very much (although they do make a deal to use his ship to sail to their destination). I always end up liking the underdog or the character you aren't really supposed to like in that way. LOLAlso, it's interesting what they did with Curran in this one. I know some people mentioned the relationship angst in this book, and that kind of thing usually bugs me, but it didn't here, for whatever reason. (view spoiler)[ I knew there had to be an explanation why he was acting distant and getting all cozy with that shifter chick, but I was also right there with Kate going, WTF?! I was mad at him. Oh, and Aunt B! :( so sad.(hide spoiler)]GREAT edition to the Kate world! Woo-hoo!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • ♔ Jaela ♊ Killer ⚔ QUEEN
    2019-02-03 18:26

    First read July 2014, rating 4 starsSecond read May 2016, rating 3 starsI'm having such a hard time reviewing this book. Maybe the hardest.I'm so sorry I have to lower my rating, but this book didn't make me feel good at all. This reread made me dislike Curran more than I already did. Some things are just unacceptable. Review contains spoilers and it is not recommended to Curran's fans. If you think he's the ultimate Alpha male and perfect for Kate, please do not proceed reading this. Since this is my second read, I'll be concentrated only in Curran and Kate's relationship.In all the previous reviews I've written about KD series, I'm always sceptical and doubtful about Curran's intentions toward Kate. He has failed so far to convince me that his feelings are true and this book was the last nail in his coffin regarding my opinion on him. I'm sorry Curran. I guess I'll never love you.I hated so much how the Lorelei issue was handled. You tell me things could have been different if Kate wasn't on that trip? Give Curran a carte Blanche? Right! If Kate wouldn't go I'm so sure Curran would have acted in some kind of way. It is totally the way Hugh describes it. He may "love" Kate but he wouldn't mind dipping it in fresh honey from time to time, so he could feel like he was "on game" and wanted again. I don't care for his reasons, he shouldn't have lied to Kate, they're a pair. Kate would never EVER do that. If you know your mate is being led to a trap and you know who's organising it, why not prevent it from the beginning? It is your mate!! You've always been so fast to act before, why "use logic" this time?? Because another female was involved, that's why. You let her near you, let her touch you, feed her, take long walks with her and then blame Kate for fighting Hugh? You're such a piece of shit, Curran. You don't deserve her! Double standards do not apply! "You are being replaced, and you are so stupid, you don’t even realize it. When a shapeshifter loves a woman, he doesn’t let another woman hunt next to him, nor does he let her finish his kills.".....................“So far, he’d let her stand naked next to him, he’d let her hunt with him, he’d let her finish his kills—whatever the fuck that meant—and in the past twenty-four hours he’d spent more time listening to her than he had speaking to me."....................“She had literally taken my place and he allowed it.” HOW CAN I Love or Like Curran after all these? If you can change my mind and show me any proves that Curran wasn't interested just a little in Lorelei, please DO TELL ME!Why was Curran defending Lorelei when Kate asked about her? Why was there a need for him to act as a "big brother"? (bwahahaha!!)And the most important: why didn't he let Kate kill her when Lorelei challenged her? WHY??!Curran and his Lorelei bitch can go fuck or kill themselves. I like some shapeshifters , but I agree with Hugh. Sometimes they are just animals and they are led by their urges. Kate is so much better that this. The only person that saved this book for me was Hugh. Usually I hate when the MC has changes of heart about their love interest, but I would have loved for that to have happened this time. Hugh and Kate are so similar, they'd have been such a spectacular couple. “So,” Hugh said. “You never told me. Did you like the flowers I sent?”Their fight was the best scene in all 6 books. It amazes me. The chemistry was so powerful. That's how a team works.“We moved in perfect unison. He tossed a body at me, I sliced it, drove one at him, and he finished it with a precise, brutal cut.”................."I backed away until my spine touched Hugh’s. I had no idea how, but I had known with one hundred percent certainty that his back would be there to brace me.”So, Kate and Hugh. Who's with me?? :D“You feel something for me, Kate. Whether you want to admit it or not, something is there. I can guarantee we would never grow tired of it.”This would have been so amazing!I love how IA end their books, but this felt so empty. Curran asking Kate marriage was so lame. Really Curran? It felt like an apology for being a jerk and an asshole. There was nothing romantic about that. I could only feel his guilt and nothing more. Despite everything there were new characters that I liked. Christopher and Astamur were so interesting. I am sure I'll never read this book again. 3 stars *** only for Hugh and Kate. #teamHugh

  • Bradley
    2019-02-10 14:26

    Ah, this one got me in the gut. Not short of misunderstandings between lovers, the gang goes to the old world and rubs elbows with a really old clan and can I really, in my heart, decide who's more to blame with the fallout between Curran and Kate? At least we know those two love each other, even if the pressure's on for greater alliances, Panacea shipments, love rivalries, get in the way.And then there's the totally gratifying reveals about Kate's past. Yummy.And I know it's kinda a cheat to keep saying that This Book is now my favorite of the series, because, chances are, at this rate, the Next Book will be my favorite, according to basic pattern recognition, but I can unequivocally say that I had an immensely grand time reading this.Could this series quickly be becoming one of my favorite UF's? Possibly. It's kinda scary. I've already read a ton of UFs. Of course, nothing is purely silver linings. I'm still reeling from a favorite character's death. It was a great sendoff, but still, it hurts. I just don't understand why it couldn't have been the self-styled pervert, instead. At least I could have chuckled a little bit. But no. It has to be... but alas, I can't spoil such things here...*cry**cry*

  • Carol.
    2019-02-03 18:28

    Good heavens, most of the reviews GR shows on the first page are so full of fangirl squeeing that I can't read for the gifs and shouting fonts. It makes me want to hate the book out of naturally iconoclastic tendencies. However, as the Andrews continue to write a first rate urban fantasy series, I am unable to indulge--although I confess I did not reach squee-worthy heights.The briefest of synopsis: Curran and Consort are invited to Europe to protect a pregnant were involved in a major dispute between European shapeshifter packs. Although everyone believes it is some kind of trap, they go because of the lure of panacea, a treatment for loupism that could have dramatic and personal impact on survival rates for Pack children.Although I was initially concerned a change in location could prove disastrous, it turned out very, very well by creating opportunities to explore exotic mythologies and take readers on a pleasure cruise through post-Shift world. (And by 'pleasure cruise,' I mean 'pirate fight'). New setting, different politics, creative species and still some progression in the overall series arc results in a solid entry into the Kate Daniels storyline while retaining enough independence to stand on its own. Andrews shines in building dramatic tension. As usual, I meant to put down the book to go to sleep on time, but found making the "just another chapter" promise... right up until I finished. The plot contains preparation, journey, and hostile-territory politics, so there's plenty of opportunities for dramatic tension. Fight scenes were fabulous. Although Andrews have referred to them on their blog as "requiring rework," their frustration doesn't show, and the insistence on reworking results in a quality payout. One of my favorite scenes in the book was Kate's fight with (view spoiler)[Hugh (hide spoiler)].Plotting was interesting, although I found myself somewhat conflicted after finishing. The 'trap' twist was a complete surprise, an achievement considering expectations for duplicity. I consider the ability to surprise readers on book six of a series to be an impressive feat--far too many authors are content to rework the same formula that has proven successful for them. However, there were a few too many happy coincidences for me, particularly towards the end (view spoiler)[Saiman's body-double work, the intervention of the Shepherd and Christopher the herbalist all stand out as particularly convenient (hide spoiler)]. While I wouldn't have liked it, a more emotionally powerful ending would have lacked a solution to the switch. It would have been a bold authorial move, and would have allowed population stability to stay relatively stable. Sure, it would be crushing. But it would also have been audacious. As it was, it felt like one of those movies whose ending didn't screen well resulting in the tacked on "happily-ever-after" version (hello, I Am Legend).Character growth was also interesting. Supporting characters stand out as usual, particularly Barabas and Aunt B. In the guest appearances category, I especially liked the Shepherd and his small but solid friend. Kate is more influenced by her emotions than in prior books, less able to be her strategic problem-solving self, and it shows in her interpretations and narration. I think overall, it achieved a greater emotional complexity with the relationship issues than most UF. I will say that the relationship between her and Curran continues to make me uncomfortable. Saiman hits it on the head when he notes, "you both think violence is foreplay." By the way, fanpeeps, Curran is not "hot," "sexy," or whatever charged word you want to use to imply some kind of urban fantasy alpha-male desirability. He's domineering, arrogant and controlling. Please don't gush all over your review or confuse his behavior with something acceptable in real life. This book, more than any of the others, demonstrates the extent of Kate and Curran's damaged personalities.Why not five stars? Because I really, really, can't get my groove on over a star-crossed-lovers storyline and because the plotting requires some reader buy-in at exposition and ending (Really? The most dominant Pack members are allowed to go on a potential suicide mission?). Still, a solid read.Cross posted at

  • Jessie
    2019-01-29 16:08

    Disclaimer: I received this book as an eARC from the author.Holy shit. That's my reaction to this book--in a good way! This entire book is full of spoilers, which makes reviewing it a little difficult. Kate is very Kate. Curran is very Curran. At some points I was hoping Kate would punch Curran straight in the face. Sadly, that never happened. It was really interesting to see a large chunk of the group in a new setting. It was enough people that sometimes I had to think about who was who, but overall it worked.I nearly cried on page eight. Page eight!! The emotional drama just ramps up from there.The book takes a while to really get going, but once it does, hold on tight. Definitely one of my favorites in the series.(view spoiler)[One small issue: someone dies in this book, but it lacked emotional punch. I'm not going to say who, even in the spoiler tag, but I thought the emotional impact was kind of lost in all the drama that was going on at the same time. I nearly cried when a mother sang a lullaby to her loup kid; someone died and I was like, "oh, that should be sad" without ever really feeling the emotion. I think maybe I was already wrung out from the preceding/ongoing events. Or maybe I'm just weird. (hide spoiler)]Now, I think I need a drink...

  • Glass
    2019-02-19 20:36

    5-IwanttomakeoutwithKate-starsGunmetal Magic made me a little bit afraid to continue reading this series - I liked Andrea as Kate's sidekick and I was looking forward to reading her story, but unfortunately, it ended up as weakest book so far. Magic Rises started slow and I needed some time to get into the story, but it was worth it. Sixth book redeemed Gunmetal Magic - plot development, characters, world building - absolutely flawless. Yes, I was so mad at Curran, I wanted to smack his smug lion nose and pull his tail several times. And stab him with Slayer. Kate is better in self-control than me. I was thinking about something - it's obvious that Julie has major role in this series. So does Derek. I'm wondering will there be a spin-off series featuring those two. We will have to wait and see. If you haven't read Kate Daniels series so far, I strongly suggest that you pick it up as soon as possible because you are missing out on one great story.

  • Desperado
    2019-01-24 21:19

    I was reading a few older Ilona Andrews blog posts tonight (yes, that's my idea of a good time on a Wendnesday night) and I came across one where they were talking about how a fan almost fainted when she saw them and how it wasn't a big deal. At first, I snickered to myself...but then I thought, what would I do if I saw IA? I WOULD TOTALLY FUCKING FAINT. And then, while I was lying all broken and pathetic on the floor, they would crouch down to see if I was okay. And THEN I would rear up like fucking Freddy Krueger, grab Ilona Andrews by their shirt collars and screamTHIS IS WHAT LOVE LOOKS LIKE. OR INSANITY.

  • Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
    2019-01-31 16:15

    After no less than 26 agonizing months, Magic Rises, the long-awaited sixth installment in the Kate Daniels series is finally here. Breaths are being held, bets are being placed, hearts are beating faster all over the world. Fans of the series are both numerous and ridiculously loyal, but will they be disappointed, whether they voice it or not? Honestly, I’d have to judge that on a case-by-case basis. Early reactions have been very enthusiastic. Most reviewers have nothing but high praise to share, and for the most part, I happen to agree with them. But a small part of me is also just a tad disappointed, and I’m finding it difficult to pinpoint why. I’ll start with the good, though. There’s nothing worse in this world than an enemy who treats you like a friend. You can be fully aware of the danger and the plotting, but an occasional act of kindness can make his teeth seem not quite so big. Although she may claim otherwise, as a general rule, Kate Daniels trusts people until they prove her wrong, but when faced with the only person who is her equal, similar to her in more ways than one, drawing the line suddenly doesn’t seem so easy. Hugh D’Ambray is the closest thing to Kate’s mirror image – he has all her skills and stubbornness, but none of that pesky thing called conscience. She hates him, there is no doubt, but a part of her can’t deny the connection, the same upbringing and abuse they had to endure. This conflict is undoubtedly the highlight of this book. It’s where Gordon and Ilona showed their superior skill and insight and I hope they’ll keep it alive one way or another in books to come. Magic Rises is not a merry adventure. It is angsty and painful, filled with conflicts and miscommunications. Characters are quick to jump to conclusions, take matters into their own hands, make a mess of things and stop talking altogether. The latter, more than anything else, drove me out of my mind. I am not fond of such situations, especially when they involve characters I think highly of, and they always leave me feeling disenchanted and sad. At this point in the series, one expects the authors to make some hard decisions and put their readers through unexpected and difficult situations. It’s only understandable, otherwise the series would go stale and we’d all end up reading something else. But it makes no sense to decide on such a move, a very emotional, gut-punch move, and then fail to use it to its full potential. A potentially devastating event towards the end of the book was neatly swept under the rug. It happened, I was shocked, and then it was just never properly addressed, never dealt with in any way. We did not get to see the consequences or the suffering. Maybe the next book will deal with it more, but it will be too late for the full emotional impact.Not that I wrote it all down, it seems I was a bit more disappointed about all this than I first thought. Objectively, Magic Rises is a three-star read, but I’m giving it a four for old times’ sake. Let’s hope the next one clears the air.

  • Layla ✷ Praise the sun ✷
    2019-01-31 18:08

    Re read at Ilona Andrews AddictsI had one huge issue with this book. Kate and Curran continued to refuse behaving like grown-ups and just talk to each other about things.They both had major trust issues with each other (she didn't trust him enough not to instantly replace her with the next best conniving idiot who throws herself at him (yes, yes, I know there was more to Lorelei than this, but still), and he didn't trust her enough to tell her the truth about (view spoiler)[something her life depended on (hide spoiler)]), and while I understood Kate's position and could see Curran's "conflict of interest" in hindsight, the whole drama evolving around this was a bit too much for me. Apart from the whole Kate-Curran-drama, I really enjoyed Magic Rises, and the Andrews still managed to surprise me even in the sixth book of a series. My favorite character had to be (view spoiler)[Hugh. In spite of, or maybe because of him being the bad person. Kate and him were raised by the same person - "trained" might be a better term in this case - and they have so much in common. I just loved their interactions and felt that there was an understanding between them on a certain level which Kate could never ever have with anyone else in this world.In my head I’d always imagined this meeting would involve bloody swords and stabbing. The lack of stabbing was deeply perplexing. “Tell me, what do you do if there is no throne handy? Do you carry a portable model with you, or do you just commandeer whatever is handy, like lawn chairs and bar stools?” “Your father once told me that a dog sitting on a throne is still a dog, while a king in a crumbling rocking chair is still a king.”How touching. I understood my adoptive father’s killer. Maybe after this was over, Hugh’s head and I could sing “Kumbaya” together by the fire. (hide spoiler)]Their fight scene and all their interactions were my personal highlights in this book, apart from Astamur, Atsany, and Desandra. Desandra just grew on me after a while. I felt bad for her and (view spoiler)[at the same time admired her for managing to fool everyone about her wits for... survival purposes. At the end I was glad that they took her with them. (hide spoiler)]And then, of course, there were Kate's sarcasm and snarky comebacks. What else do you need?

  • Evgeny
    2019-02-13 15:09

    Buddy read with Armina, Eilonwy, Asya, and Monty Cupcake.Curran is made an offer he cannot refuse. To do so would be to give up his title of Beast Lord of Atlanta shapeshifters. It is obvious from the very beginning the offer is a trap, but the only option for him is to walk straight into it. And so the company of Atlanta shapeshifter heavyweights and Kate head to a Caucasian village for a glorified bodyguard job. Their main goal is to survive. I really like this book. It firmly belongs to the category of "very hard to put down" with last 60 pages of it being really impossible to do so. I am fairly sure even a major natural disaster would not stop me from reading the conclusion. The biggest part of the novel does not take place in the familiar post-apocalyptic Atlanta. This is good and bad at the same time. The good part about it is that it is refreshing and interesting to see how the rest of the world copes with magic wrecking mayhem everywhere. The bad part is the fact that only some of the familiar faces appear (granted, the most interesting ones). I still missed some of the regulars. Speaking about characters: I cannot really discuss them to avoid giving spoilers, but the interactions between them are great (with one notable exception) and the new ones are interesting if literally crazy - most of them. One more thing I need to mention: Curran is even much bigger badass than I thought. There were some minor annoyances which prevented me from giving this book full 5 stars, but it easily deserves 4.5 stars: highly recommended. This review is a copy/paste of my LeafMarks one:

  • Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
    2019-01-26 16:08

    WARNING! This review contains a large dose of fan girl squealing a little bit of gushing ( not in that way you perv!) and is weighed down completely by boulders of crazy fan bias. Enjoy. Magic Rises brings us to the sixth book in the Kate Daniels series and the gang have decided to take a little road trip to Europe. Okay, so decided isn't precisely the right word to use "forced" would be a more accurate description. The European packs have something that Kate and Curran desperately need, a medicine that drastically reduces the chances of a child going loup; a medicine that they can get no where else. It is a perilous journey and they are guaranteed nothing but treachery when they arrive, especially when they see who is hosting the party...As I mentioned in the warning I am very bias this is my favourite series and sometimes I wonder why I even bother to read the book before I give it the requisite 5 stars. But normally, even with series I love, at book six (or seven if you include Gunmetal Magic, which I kind of do) I have found that things start to get a little stale, packed with filler and all the excitement and tension from the previous books has faded. Not so in this case. Magic Rises was action packed, exciting, emotional and full of twists and turns, I couldn't put it down. If anything the books keep getting better as we burrow in to Kate and Curran's life and watch shit constantly hitting the fan. This book was a little different from the rest of the series is that it wasn't set on home turf, we took a holiday from Atlanta and sailed over to Europe. This new setting added a whole batch of new tension and excitement as we see some shifters not under the control of the great and sexy Beast Lord, Curran. The plot was interesting and as usual had some weird and wonderful things in it leaving me waiting in breathless anticipation to what will happen next with the main story line. With Roland the Andrews have created not only what seems like an unbeatable foe but also a complicated and even sympathetic one as I find I don't hate him all that much and even feel a little sorry for him. And I am now both dreading and eagerly awaiting for him to finally appear in the flesh, so to speak, I truly don't have the foggiest about what will happen when he does. As much as I enjoy the action packed story though what I love reading about is the relationship between Kate and Curran, although this is an UF it has a strong romance element in it, injecting the book with some emotional drama that really makes the book and series stand out. This is especially important now the will-they-won't-they aspect is out the books. They have pretty much jumped on the will-they train and I am loving the ride, the track is full of pot holes, sharp bends and they are going at neck breaking speed and I am savouring every minute. Who says coupledom is boring? This was a fantastic book in the Kate Daniels series. It was emotional, intelligent, fun and packed with some killer action. I am not quite sure how I am expected to wait a until next year for the seventh book to come out!P.S. I loved the reference to David Eddings The Diamond Throne, incidentally another author and series I love!

  • Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
    2019-01-28 19:12

    *3.5 stars*Another good installment in the Kate Daniels series, and a nice visit back to see some characters that I've missed. A little too much drama between Kate and Curran for my liking, but a strong story. Moving on to the next...

  • Duchess Nicole
    2019-02-18 14:30

    This was one of those books that pisses you off so badly, but the writing and the story, the continual world building and characterization, the developing personalities of everyone involved simply can't be ignored. Even though I was floored at a certain someone (Ahem, Curran!), I can't help but be amazed. This is a world I love to live in, and that's what Ilona Andrews does...they make you LIVE this book. Fantastic writing, simply fantastic.In this installment, Kate and Curran are prompted to go to Europe. Their mission: to protect a pregnant shapeshifter from her douchebag father and her two ex husbands. Since she is preggers with twins and each twin has a different father, the importance of the firstborn takes on new meaning. But these packs in Europe bring to mind thoughts of regency romance in that their backstabbing and political maneuvering is key to the plot of the story. No one, NO ONE on the other side of the ocean is trustworthy. And boy, is there some behind the scenes stuff going on that no one realizes for the longest time. We all know how important Kate is...her father and her power are epic. But the world sees her as a simple human playing with the pack. They couldn't be more wrong. “Look at them. They think this gathering is about them, their petty territorial clashes, their problems, their lusts, wants, and needs. They gore themselves, squabble, and flash their fangs, and all the while they have no idea that it is all about you.”If you've kept up with the series, then you know that pack politics has already weighed heavily on the very human Kate, the Consort of the Beast Lord. But now, Kate and her patience (I know, laughable, right?) are put to the ultimate test. Because not only does she have to deal with death and dismemberment, there is now a woman after her man. That's right...a wolf shifter named Lorelei has balls enough to try to take Curran from Kate...and in the most obvious and public of ways. And Kate has an admirer herself, though it's not NEARLY so blatant an attempt as Lorelei.Now, I'm all for some jealousy to spark between a couple in a long standing relationship. Everyone needs to know that their significant other will fight for them, and that they care enough to feel jealous. However, **SIGH** I did not get that sense from Curran. Definitely from Kate. And Kate does a rebuff very well, imo. In her own sarcastic, witty, Violent way, Kate tells her suitor that there's no way in hell on earth that she'd ever even give him the time of day.Curran, on the other hand, treats his admiring hoochie like some frikking political tool. He does NOT rebuff, and it pissed me off. It hurts Kate's feelings, too. Sure, it also pisses her off, but I was really not happy with the way that this situation was handled. Like, at all. So be warned: this plotline may not conclude in a satisfactory manner for everyone.I can't really stay too angry at Curran, but I do feel pretty cheated in regard to this situation. It was flat out wrong, and Curran needed to grovel more. Plus, (view spoiler)[ Lorelei never got more than a simple slap on the hand...when she challenges Kate, and simply gets sent back to her seat like a child...that's IT?!?! I wanted her to be publicly humiliated, for Curran to tell her, in front of all of those people that humiliated Kate, that she was a spoiled child who could never even spark a flicker of his interest because he only had eyes for Kate.(hide spoiler)]Okay, moving on...I felt that Kate, more than anyone in this book, grew by leaps and bounds as a person. She's been tested so many times...from fighting her aunt to earning her place beside Curran. But this is a test of herself, her love for her man, her belief in what they are building together, her faith in the one man she's ever let herself trust.“...the thought of running away tasted so sweet, I was afraid to turn it over in my mind. I could disappear into these mountains and live a simple life: hunt, fish, grow fruit trees, and not have to worry about anything.”I know I see the romance most of all, but that's just who I am. I also think that this book really is about the trust and love between Kate and Curran more than any other book in the series. Honestly, it's really got me wondering what's coming up in future books. A whole lot happens in this story. Tragedy, epiphany, lots of BIG MOMENTS. Some I never saw coming, some that I've been waiting for forever. But there are also things that happen that leave the future wide open to possibility.“It wasn't always this way. We hadn't started out by looking at each other and instantly deciding we were soul mates. When we met, he thought I was a reckless merc who defied authority because I felt like it, and I thought he was an arrogant bastard who had enough issues to fill the Keep from top to bottom. But ow we were together. 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 a s I could away from it, but it was the price I have to pay to stay with Curran. I loved him and he was worth it. He was worth everything.”

  • Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
    2019-01-26 14:31

    4.5 ★'s Kate and Curran are offered a deal to arbitrate a dispute between some European shifters in exchange for panacea. They know they are walking into a trap but they really have no choice. The medicine helps shifter children from going loup. What started out as your usual Kate kicks @ss and takes no prisoners soon evolved into an emotional slugfest. I wasn't sure that my heart could take it! And this is where I had to knock off a half star. It just didn't ring true to me. I understand how Kate took it but I wish she had a bit more faith. And the hard part is that this will now forever shadow any future struggles. Besides that drama, there is some amazing fights, battle scenes, some "oh no's", some "what in the heck is that" and of course some "tell me that isn't so". IA pulls out all the punches on this one and leaves no stone left unturned. Okay, I lied...there is one stone left very large stone. Cross that put - better make it a boulder!I think the thing I liked best besides the emotional drama was getting to know members of the pack better. I love Derek and it just grows more and more...I really wish he would meet someone. But I really feel for Barabas in this book. I loved his personality and how he explained his love life but I especially loved how he had Kate's back every step of the way. Curran? for the most part, I was very unhappy with you. 'Nuff said. We do get to meet some new characters...and creatures as well. Some were interesting and some...not so much. As always, there's still a bit of "I'm not sure what they actually did" but since it all worked out, I guess I'm okay with it. I was happy to have Kate's "story" move forward a bit more. Some of the fallout wasn't pretty and I think I was a bit shocked. It certainly wasn't what I was expecting. I still can't believe it! And it really bothered me about how Kate was feeling during most of the book. I hope that doesn't continue even though you know it must...even if it's just a teeny tiny bit. And really - how she was treated just made me sooo angry!! The good part? There's an epilogue and what I was hoping would happen...did!! It's one of those things though...will this cause things to become complacent? IA certainly stirred things up in this story and I guess it could still happen but for now...I think I'll just choose to be happy. Psych! (When is the next book coming out??!!)♦ Tiny note...I think "sonovab*tch" wore out it's usage! Next curse word please.Favorite quotes:♥ “You both think violence is foreplay.”♦ Mahon sighed. “Wait until you live as long as I have. And I have a son. I just wasn’t his first father, that’s all.” Curran grinned.♦ “I had forgotten that talking to you is like trying to pet a cactus,” Saiman said dryly. “Thank you for reminding me.”♥ “Just saying, you have to pull your own weight. A hot body and flirting will only get you so far.” Hot body and flirting, huh. When I’m done killing people . . . “Everything I do, I learned from you, boy toy.” Another pirate rushed us. I dropped, slicing the tendons behind his knee, while Curran headbutted him and ripped out his throat. The pirate fell. “Boy toy?” Curran asked. “Would you prefer man candy?”♦ Andrea leaned toward me. “Plums.”♦ “Jim told me one time that he didn’t swim unless there were frogs involved. I assumed he ate them.” “That’s disgusting,” Keira said. “You really should stop listening to my brother. And he swims like a fish, by the way. The Cat House has an Olympic-sized pool and he swims a couple of miles every time he stays over. Frogs. That man has never eaten a frog in his entire life.”

  • Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
    2019-01-26 17:27

    Reviewed for Fresh FictionIlona Andrews has penned the best book in the Kate Daniels series to date with MAGIC RISES. Mercenary, Kate Daniels and her mate, Curran aka the Beast Lord are faced with a crisis that is taking the lives of the Pack's beloved shapeshifting children. Their small bodies are unable to control their beast sides, resulting in tragic deaths. They learn that there is a medicine that can help them. However, it lies heavily guarded in the European packs far away from their home. In a desperate attempt to save their Pack's children, Kate and her crew stride headstrong into danger that will only get more challenging as the days go on.Politics and the threat of war is a constant throughout the book. Yet Kate and Curran will experience something that will shake the very ground they stand on and test their loyalty to one another. In the most heartbreakingly emotional storyline that Andrews has adapted in the series, MAGIC RISES will have you laughing out loud at some of the antics while also tearing your heart out with its losses.Kate Daniels has been my top favorite heroine for a long time. However, in this latest installment, we see a much more vulnerable side to her. We see her emotions written plainly across her face. We see the hurt she is trying to hide and we see the depth of her love for Curran. Detailed worldbuilding is often what fans go for when reading an Ilona Andrews book, but after reading this, they will see their talents in creating multidimensional characters as well.Say goodbye to sleep because you won't feel the need for it when you have this hot little number in your hands. An all- nighter material, MAGIC RISES has blazing hot action, heart- stopping emotion, and quick wit banter all in one delicious package. If there is one author that defines Urban Fantasy, it is Ilona Andrews.

  • Anzu The Great Destroyer
    2019-02-03 18:17

    Mild spoilers, which are conveniently hidden in spoiler tags, ahead. This was a bumpy ride. A ridiculously fun yet painful ride. Let me start by saying that I’m pretty much crazy about Ilona Andrews’ books. Kate Daniels is between my most favorite series ever. I’m not exaggerating, it really is. I’ve been waiting for this book, like all of you guys, I’m sure, for about a year. Some of my Goodreads friends got the ARC a month before the release. I hated them. Still kind of do. I’ve been avoiding Goodreads in order not to get Magic Rises spoiled in any way. Yep, I’m that paranoid.Anyways, as much as I love the author and the characters, I can’t help but feel that there is something wrong with Magic Rises. Now don’t get me wrong, I loved it but there were some things that bothered me, and I couldn’t ignore them as much as I tried. I’m not going to say much about the positive things because they’re the typical thing you would expect from a Kate Daniels book. All the awesomeness is there, all most of the cool characters are there. A relatively new villain, Hugh, who is pretty badass. For some crazy reason I really loved him. And we get more of Kate and Curran. What more do you want?Well, call me an asshole but I wanted more, especially from the first half of the book. Because I will get into mild spoilers, I’ll mark the next part in a spoiler tag. (view spoiler)[I really was happy to hear that Magic Rises will take place on another country/continent. I love Atlanta, and after this book I can say that I kind of miss it already, but the thought of exploring the universe Ilona Andrews has created, getting to see a totally different environment and culture, meeting the other packs and god knows what other monstrous creatures made me all giddy. The possibilities are endless! I remember seeing a post on Ilona Andrews’ blog about Georgia. You can view it here. Sadly, the first video has been removed. That’s the video I wanted you guys to watch. The rest of them are some traditional dances, pretty cool stuff, you can watch them if you wish. Lucky for you, I found it on another channel. Here it is. WATCH!Oh yes. WANT. Now, since you guys have a small idea of what I wanted, I can start my rant. I feel like most of the first half of the book was boring. The sea crossing part was kind of fun, as much fun as one could have on a ship. Weredolphins? The part in the Georgian castle, not so much. Most of the first part of Kate’s trip was spent indoors. The focus was on the newly introduced characters (which were douchebags), pack politics (boring) and awkwardness between Kate and Curran (y u do this??). I could get over the douchebags and boring politics, but the problems between Kate and Curran not so much.The cynical part of me believes that the drama between Kate and Curran is added only to keep readers from getting bored of their relationship. To make things more interesting. And I’m ok with that. I really am. What bothered me was the way in which this was done. Ok, I can’t help myself so get ready for some spoilception. Major spoilers – do not click unless you’ve already read the book.(view spoiler)[ I knew that Curran had something planned. I knew he couldn’t just throw the relationship out the window just like that. Lorelei is a fucking asshat who clearly wants something more than his hot bod spread on a platter, and Curran is too smart not to see this. I also knew that he’s keeping it from Kate. I had a good idea why he’s doing this, and in the end the story proved me right. But I don’t like this type of drama. It’s simply not my thing. I don’t like the stress and the insecurity that Kate went through, I feel like it made the rest of the story lose its quality. I also felt sad that Kate got so insecure about Curran’s love. I’m kind of disappointed in her, to tell you the truth.And again, why all the drama? Kate Daniels, as a series, is too good for these immature scenes. I would have taken this better if it was done in a funny way, say like Andrea and Raphael’s fight, when he brought his mindless model and presented her as his fiancée in front of Andrea. It was funny. Cheap, but funny. The Lorelei affair, not so much. (hide spoiler)]That’s one thing. The other thing is the predictability. The moment they announced the characters that were going on the trip, I knew what’s going to happen to them. Is it just me? Didn’t you guys feel it? I have no idea. Spoilception! Major spoilers. Again.(view spoiler)[ I am very sensitive to authors killing their characters. It’s not that it gets me sad, it rarely does. Insensitive is my middle name. It’s the reason why they do it. Take J. K. Rowling, for instance. She kept on killing character after character. I felt bad for Sirius Black, since he was the first character, whom I loved, to die. Then she kept on killing and killing and I didn’t get the reason why. I felt like she just wants to force out feelings from her readers, since her story isn’t enough. I don’t feel like the deaths were necessary, and I don’t think they’re even justified. I need authors to properly justify why they chose to kill their characters, not to do it only for tearjerking reasons.I knew since the beginning that something is going to happen to Doolittle. It was too obvious. I was expecting something more drastic, though. The invalid part was pretty superhero-esque. Very Barbara Gordon. And it matches the story. I’m cool with that. Aunt B, on the other hand, doesn’t. I was torn between Aunt B and Mahon for the tearjerker death of the century. I thought it will be Mahon at first because he’s a dick and I wanted him to die. He still paid the price, and proved to be an ok guy towards the end of the book. But Aunt B… She had to be the martyr of the story. Yeah, no. Just no. I don’t see her death as a necessity. This partially ruined the experience for me. I felt more touched when Christopher offered to make more panacea just to stop Kate from crying. It made me get all teary eyed. It was such a wonderful scene. (hide spoiler)] (hide spoiler)]That’s about it with the complaints. I can’t really think of anything else that bothered me much. The book also had a very sweet ending; I was really touched by it. And again, can’t wait to read the next one. I heard rumors that Roland will make an appearance in it. The excitement, it burns!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • mich
    2019-02-10 21:26

    First Re-read. 7/20/14My original review below was written in the wee hours of the morning, immediately after a marathon session of reading this book as soon as it had landed on my kindle. I was in a sleep deprived and -- I can admit it -- in a somewhat emotionally unstable state of mind. (Haha, and as proof of how sleep deprived I was when I wrote it, I see that instead of “panacea,” I had called it pancetta. Lol, I’m not gonna edit my review to correct that, cuz it totally just made me laugh. So dumb!)Anyway, I’ve had a lot of time to think about things since then, and I’ve often wondered if my little rant in the first spoiler below was due to that -- to my being sleep deprived and emotional. I wondered if I had waited a bit to mull things over and digest the book, if I would have been left with a different impression of it. Well, I’ve re-read the book. I’ve mulled it over and I’ve tried to look at it with fresh eyes. And nope. My impressions of it haven’t changed. If anything, I see even more things that don’t sit well with me. I see things that look almost like plot holes. But you know what? I don’t care. I mean, I care, but overall big-picture-wise -- I DON’T CARE. This is still my favorite series. I am not even for a second thinking that this series has “gone downhill” in any shape or form. I’m looking at this book as a teeny tiny pothole in a road that has so far been paved with gold for such a long, long stretch that I am able to simply drive past it.And besides, this book contains the BEST SCENE IN THE ENTIRE SERIES. Chapter 15, people. It. Is. Awesome. (view spoiler)[ Ilona Andrews writes the BEST fight sequences. The best!!! (hide spoiler)]----------------------------------------Original Review. 7/30/13 Not a favorite, but still really good.This is the first time I’m not giving 5 stars to a book in this series. It’s really good for the most part, but there’s a couple reasons why it won’t be going on my favorites shelf...I felt like crap throughout a lot of this story. I was hurting so much right along with one of the characters, like, really hurting. On one hand, that really is a testament to how amazing this author is that she can immerse a reader into the story so fully, so intensely, that I fricken almost started having physical symptoms - I sort of felt gutted. I suppose that is the definition of an author excelling at her craft. Which is awesome. But excellent storytelling aside, bottom line is...I felt like crap throughout a lot of this story. Which kind of sucked. (view spoiler)[Of course I’m talking about that shit with Curran and Lorelei. I believed the whole time that it was a calculated thing on his part, but that didn’t stop me from feeling like crap the whole time. Kate was angry and hurt, so I was fucking angry and hurt. And the resolution of it didn’t really sit well with me either -- it happened too fast. Maybe this is just the girl in me, but I don’t feel like Kate and Curran talked their shit out enough. While Kate acknowledges that the reasons for his actions weren’t good enough and articulates it well, she still forgives him way too quickly and easily and I don’t feel like the issues she brought up were addressed properly. Some really huge problems in their relationship were brought to light, and it warranted more than the "Hug it out bitch" type of resolution that it got. And I was pretty taken aback that, at this point in their relationship, they've become that couple -- you know, the I'm-going-to-keep-really-important-information-away-from-you-but-it's-only-so-I-can-protect-you kind of couple. It was...surprising, and a little disappointing. Dammit Curran! (hide spoiler)]The other thing that I wasn’t too thrilled about had to do with the ending. (view spoiler)[What’s it called again? Douche machine? (yeah, I know that’s not the right word, and I suppose I could try to google to figure it out, but I was up until 4am reading this book and now I have to work 8 hours at the office and I am tired, so whatever, you’re getting douche machine). It was just so damn convenient with that shepherd swooping in and saving them at the end. And what made it way over the top for me was the thing with Christopher. That was just too much. I would have liked it better if the pancetta was all still on the ship and we didn’t have that little miracle-boy on board, it was just all a little too neat and tidy. (hide spoiler)]But other than those 2 things, this book was really good. That familiar humor is wonderfully present (as crappy as I felt throughout most of the book, there were still parts that I could laugh out loud at), the action was well-written and intense (chapter 15 is hands down my favorite scene in this book. This was me while reading that chapter: Fuck yeah!) and Kate has only further solidified herself as my most favorite female character EVER. And as to that (sorta) new character that we really get to know more of in this book? All I can say is damn -- color me fascinated.I can honestly say this book was worth the wait and overall, I ended it feeling satisfied but at the same time, hungering for more so that I eagerly anticipate the next installment (which Andrews manages to accomplish without the use of a weakass cliffhanger, which I continue to appreciate). A must read of course for the series.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Would it seem strange if I told my boss now that I'll be out sick on July 30th?

  • Jo ★The Book Sloth★
    2019-02-06 19:09

    Color me surprised. This book went up to the first place along with Magic Strikes. They are by far my favorite in the series. (Okay, not all that far since I love them all.)Major Spoilers, Proceed With Care.What an emotional and action packed ride this book proved to be. I'd read a few reviews that talked about all the relationship drama between Kate and Curran and that made me reluctant to read it. I was afraid that I would hate it and then I'll feel sorry that one more favorite series went down the drain. This did not happen. I freaking loved this book.It's true, the "relationship drama" card is played much more in this one than it does in the rest BUT it didn't take anything out of the awesomeness of the story.I admit that I got angry at Curran. I thought it was foolish of him to go behind Kate's back, lie to her and keep secrets. He should have known better. I do understand it though. When you love someone you want to keep them safe. People do crazy shit out of desperation. Curran loves Kate and he thought that doing this was his only option. To be completely honest I kind of agree with him. The way IA depicts Kate-not able to lie for shit- makes it difficult to hate Currans decision. I still love him, I still want his babies. I just hope that this was an "once-is-enough" mistake. If this becomes a pattern in the series I'll be really annoyed.I find it kind of weird that a person who supposedly has to lie her way through life, hide her identity from everyone and plot against one of the most powerful people in the world, can't lie. I admit that I don't think that this is so well thought of IA.The book also made me like Kate even more if that was possible. I get why she is the way she is. When you're raised to believe that you're the daughter of a monster, you can't help feeling in some part of you that you're one too. The way I see it Kate has every right to feel insecure in her relationships with people. She was raised not to trust anyone, she learned that the one person who "loved her uncoditionally", probably had ulterior motives. She believes that with her heritage and "bad blood" she can't have happiness. So I understand why she has a hard time believing that her friends and Curran will stick with her. What I admired though is that despite all this hurt and drama, Kate never loses sight of her priorities. She puts every personal issue away and does what has to be done. This is more important to me than her not having any internal conflict at all.And Hugh...Aww Hugh... I want to have this guy for one night. He isn't boyfriend material by a long shot(more like serial killer material) but I would bet one night with him would be something to remember.(view spoiler)[Aunt B...Now that I didn't see coming. I knew someone would die but I expected one of the new faces or even Mahon. I did not expect it to be Aunt B. It was a heart-breaking moment. Almost as bad as Bran's death. DAMN IT. I loved B. (hide spoiler)]I am very curious about the Ancients. I can tell the story is about to get even more complicated. I admit that although I look forward to it, it also makes me a little afraid. I hope the series doesn't get out of control the way so many have.The two things I didn't like was that, 1) Kate still hasn't told Julie the whole truth and 2) I didn't like the new creature additions. I don't see the reason to add "lamassus" or "weredolphins". They made the book seem a little ridiculous IMO. Especially the dolphins.There were so many beautiful and funny moments in this book... Here's a taste...“One time I was dying in a cage inside a palace that was flying over a magic jungle. And some idiot went in there, chased the palace down, fought his way through hundreds of rakshasas, and rescued me.”“I remember,” he said.“That’s when I realized you loved me,” I said. “I was in the cage and I heard you roar.” “Aha! So I’m not crazy.”“You are most definitely crazy,” Derek said. “But in a deranged, endearing way.”“I finally realized the source of your mutual attraction,” Saiman said, his voice dry.I looked up. He was standing a few feet away.“Do enlighten us.” Curran tried to roll into me to break the lock. Oh no you don’t.“You both think violence is foreplay.”“Other pirates leaped over the railing. One, two... seven... thirteen. A baker’s dozen. Wait, fifteen. Eighteen... Twenty-one. The odds weren’t in our favor.“Maybe they just came over to borrow a cup of sugar,” I said.Andrea barked a short laugh. Curran put his hand on my shoulder. “That’s a lot of sugar. Must be a big cake.”“That would be like stepping in front of a moving train and saying, 'Hey, honey, come stand next to me.'"I hopped off the wall and stood next to him. "Anytime."He just looked at me."I've never killed a train before. It might be fun to try.”**************29/07/2014 UPDATE**************BR with Aly!!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • ᴥ Irena ᴥ
    2019-01-27 20:34

    I will not read the next Kate Daniels book description nor will I read any reviews. Those completely ruined this book for me. These are just some of my thoughts about the book. I don't plan to write a review. The following are not exactly spoilers since I am not writing about the actual events, but still be warned. Since I sometimes rate the books I've read by how they made me feel, this would be less than one star. The characters, the world and the story deserve the highest rating, although it is debatable for this book. There was too much drama for my taste. Way too much drama for this kind of book.This book made me feel like crap. I did not enjoy it. It has exactly the thing I hate (the word is too mild). I hated how this book made me feel. There were some great things in this story, but that detail completely ruined it for me. I simply didn't expect a Kate Daniels book to be one of those. I feel as if I am saying good bye to a very good friend. Sure, I might read the rest of the books in this series, but this became just one of the good ones. Nothing more.Just to be clear, this is my preference. It doesn't mean the book is bad. I guess you could say the book is good. Kate is a bit of a doormat here, though still strong. It's still Kate. This book left a bad taste in my mouth. This series is not a favourite anymore.

  • Kenya Wright
    2019-01-25 14:19

    I won't do spoilers! I'll just be so annoyingly vague to the point you (who haven't read the book) will feel stupid (which you should for not reading the book. . .Alicia W Brewster!)!Before I get into my FANGIRL FRENZY. Let's do a moment of silence for someone dear to my heart who passed away in this book!The person who passed away brought such great entertainment to the stories, and was one of the most unique characters in the urban fantasy genre.                       You will be missed!!I loved this book. Was it the best in the series?Gosh, I really don't know. I tend to masturbate to them all pretty equally. I will say there was a bit of drama in this one. Curran and Kate's relationship was tested several times to the point where Kate's Pimp Hand itched a whole lot.There were loads of interesting magic!Hoards of great fight scenes!And the funny. . .Oh there was tons of funny! Check these lines out:"When a joke flies past a sulking werejaguar, does i make a sound?""I'd signed six things and my stack wasn't getting any smaller. It was like the paperwork was breeding while I worked."or this scene.."Is it poisoned?" Saiman asked."It's Saturday," I said. "We only serve poison during the week." "Yes, we're not complete savages." Curran sat.So to wrap things up. . . I laughed, cried, orgasmed, got pissed off, jumped in victory, cried some more, screamed, and then fell into a state of depression because the book had ended.NOW WHAT DO I DO WITH MY LIFE????