Thursday, August 22, 2013

Book Review: Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews

Magic Rises
Author: Ilona Andrews
Publication: Ace (July 30, 2013)

Description: Atlanta is a city plagued by magical problems. Kate Daniels will fight to solve them—no matter the cost.
Mercenary Kate Daniels and her mate, Curran, the Beast Lord, are struggling to solve a heartbreaking crisis. Unable to control their beasts, many of the Pack’s shapeshifting children fail to survive to adulthood. While there is a medicine that can help, the secret to its making is closely guarded by the European packs, and there’s little available in Atlanta.
Kate can’t bear to watch innocents suffer, but the solution she and Curran have found threatens to be even more painful. The European shapeshifters who once outmaneuvered the Beast Lord have asked him to arbitrate a dispute—and they’ll pay him in medicine. With the young people’s survival and the Pack’s future at stake, Kate and Curran know they must accept the offer—but they have little doubt that they’re heading straight into a trap…

My Thoughts: MAGIC RISES was an excellent entry into the Kate Daniels series. It was filled with danger and adventure and really tested Kate and Curran's relationship. There are a variety of plot threads woven into this story. First of all, Julie's best friend Maddie is an danger of going loup. A fairly large percentage of were children go loup at adolescence and have to be killed. There is a cure but it is tightly controlled by the European weres who aren't into sharing.

When Kate and Curran are asked to act as a neutral party concerning three rival clans and the birth of a child, they know that this is some kind of trap. However, their fee includes the panacea that will keep more of the were children alive. 

Since Saiman owes Kate a favor, she calls it in by having him use one of his fleet of ships to take them, and about a dozen of their pack members, to the shore of the Black Sea and the political minefield that is brewing there. Kate's one piece of optimism is that it will get her out of the sight of Hugh who is her father's warlord. She has been on the run from her father since her birth.

Arriving at the fortress, she finds her hopes are dashed when the human in charge turns out to be Hugh and the plot gets even thicker and twistier. Throw in an old girlfriend of Curran's who is absolutely sure she would make a better Consort than Kate and is willing to do anything to prove it and things really come to a boil.

As always, one of the most magical parts of the Kate Daniels series are the creatures who inhabit the stories. This story is no exception. It introduces new creatures based on Babylonian myth that even Kate hasn't heard of. 

I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. Fans of this series will not want to miss the excellent episode.  

Favorite Quote:
"A young djigit stopped by my room," I said. "His name is Volodja and for three thousand dollars he will walk me deep into the mountains and show me where the bad shapeshifters live."

"How fortunate." Aunt B's eyes lit up. "Would you like some company for this wonderful trap, I mean, adventure?"
I bought this one as soon as it was available. You can buy your copy here.

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