This book was a mixed bag. Ilona Andrews' writing is smooth, adept, and enjoyable with humor and adventure, as usual. The book is more emotionally charged than most of the Kate Daniels series as so much of the plot centers on motherhood (the pack children going loup, the fears of Kate and Andrea and Aunt B about future children, the Desendra pregnancy) and fatherhood (Hugh and Kate's shared "father", the danger of Kate's real father, Desendra's despicable father and husbands). The plotline felt a bit contrived but it's always fun to have a group of characters take a journey together to accomplish a common goal. The new characters were good and not too confusing or detracting. The scenes with Kate and Hugh were really rich and interesting, and really fleshed out Hugh as a character. Even the shocking death in the book was well done and pulled on heartstrings effectively.
I felt that I enjoyed the secondary characters so much more than Kate and Curran, because of Curran's behavior with Lorelei. I did not buy his story, could not believe the did not make Kate aware of the threat against her life, and felt that it diminished Kate to forgive him so easily. The ending with Christopher felt really pasted on and unrealistic. Hugh would never have let Christopher escape with his powerful ability.
It's still an enjoyable read, as I expect from Ilona Andrews. I am disappointed with the characterization of Curran at the moment.
Kate Daniels is one of my all time fave series. I was excited to see another book in the series! This one is just as good as the rest, with new characters and a new set of plots to uncover! New insights into characters make you want more and more! If you love this series, this book will be satisfy!
I like to live vicariously through fictional characters. I enjoy reading and/or listening to mostly paranormal and fantasy.
This is one of my favorite Urban Fantasy series on the market today. Kate is a kick-ass heroineand Curran is an even more of a badass hero. In this book, we have Kate and Curran traveling out of Atlanta to the edges of the Black Sea to mediate between three packs over the birthing of a set of twins (each twin has a different father from a different pack). They bring a large group from the Atlanta Pack with them, including Derek, Andrea, Raphael, Mahon, Doolittle and others who we just meet for the first time along with some other great favorites (I didn’t want to give even small spoilers here). Saiman is even brought along as the owner of the ship for travel (He is forced to do this as a favor he owes Kate. We learn how she earned this favor in a deleted scene at the end of the book). Aspayment, the Pack will receive over a year’s worth of supply of Panacea, an herbal/magical medicine that greatly reduces the risk of teenagers going loupe.
This book is a highly emotional rollercoaster. At the beginning, we see Julie’s best friend go loupe, where she is stuck halfway between man and beast. Both Julie’s reaction and the mother’s reactions are hard to read while keeping a dry eye. Curran has agreed to attend this meeting overseas to acquire a large supply of the medicine that can cure, not just Julie’s friend, but all the children in the pack.
When we arrive in this new land, there are a lot of surprises. There are some unexpected people in the gathering that different members of the Pack have known from their past (I know it’s vague, but I don’t want to give any spoilers). This doesn’t bode well for our little group. This also tests the loyalty of everyone to loved ones and the Pack itself. We see Kate in probably the most vulnerable position we have ever seen from herand she stands strong through it as only Kate can. This isn’t to say it wasn’t hard for her, just she fought her hardest to do what was required from her as the Consort to the Pack and the Beast Lord, without showing what was really going on inside her head. This is extremely hard for Kate, as she usually wears her emotions on her sleeve.
We also get to meet many new types of strange creatures in this new world. I’ve always loved how Ilona Andrews describes these new, never before seen types of creatures. They are always so descriptive and the way they are described always makes me laugh even as I’m terrified.
This book is one of the more emotional books I’ve read/listened to in a while. There are some areas where I was so upset either for someone or at someone. The ending is bittersweet to say the least. The narration was wonderful as well, which is to be expected since we have the wonderful Renee Raudman who has done all the Kate books up to this point. She does a great job portraying the anger and sadness that goes through Kate throughout the book. I saw that this book made the New York Times #1 bestseller for Mass Market Paperbacks and it is well deserved. This book has hit me harder than any other book in a long while. It will make you watery eyed in some places, make you laugh in others. You will also be cheering on Kate in some great fight scenes. I highly recommend it to all the Kate lovers out there. If you haven’t read this series, you need to start now.
Like all these books... love Simone! This is one of the best as the characters are growing up into their relationships.
I really enjoy the whole series, Kate is so perfect, flawed, and compassionate in just the right balance. I enjoy her internal conversations and of course her banter with the beast Lord. I hate that I am now to the point of having to wait for the next book to come to audible. But wait I shall please hurry I want to know what comes next.
Magic Rises is a little different from the usual installment in the series. The setting is Europe. The action is focused largely on shape-shifter politics. It also develops the story arch of the series by introducing a couple of new characters that will no doubt be around in the future, wrecking havoc with several well established characters and moving along the kate-Curan relationship. It also develops the Hugh de Hombre character and Kate’s back story. If Hugh is on the scene in a big way, dear daddy (Roland) can't be far behind.
I have followed the series since the beginning and enjoy each new installment even more than the last. That pattern continues with this sixth installment. The story grabs you and takes you on a roller coaster ride from the first pages through to the end.
The narrator is excellent. She has been doing the narration for the series almost from the beginning and has honed the character voices well over the years. This installment showcases her craft and skill.
What Is Next?!!!!?
I don't know what book I could compare this too, it's kind of on it's own from anything else I have read.
No I have not, but I love her story telling ability, she captures me with every read of this series.
I cried when Aunt B died. I loved her character and the struggles Kate had with her. I will miss her, however, I liked that Mayhan finally took Kate's side.
I am patiently waiting for the next book. Now that I completed this book, I am going to re-listen through all the others all over again in order.
I am a wife, mother, grandmother and friend. I love to listen to audio books all the time. At the pool watching grandchildren, mowing, driving. I never go anywhere without my audio books.
I only listen to audio.
All of it. When I wasn't listen to it, I was thinking about it.
I can't say it was all great. From start to finish.
Oh yes. I didn't want to listen to anybody but the book.
A must read if you like her other books. You'll love this.
The audio adds another level to the excellence of the book. Ms. Raudman does an wonderful job of portraying all of the characters and drawing the listener into the story.
Reading about Kate and Curran is always a pleasure. The book is exciting, funny, shocking and very hard to put down.
I have listened to all of her performances in this series, all are equally excellent. I first heard her in Me, Myself and Why? by MaryJanice Davidson, and although it sounds like a completely different person, it is still great. She has also done some of Suzanne Brockmann's Troubleshooter series, and they are great too.
Of the three series I have listened to her perform, the Kate Daniels series with its large cast of characters is the best example of the excellence of her work.
Ilona Andrews + Renee Raudman = a seriously excellent audiobook