I really enjoy the Kate Daniels Series. What I love about a good book is the development and growth of a character especially when given ongoing clues of the character's developmental potential. Kate Daniels is such a character. Throughout the series we're being promised great things to come, and so far she's developed nicely towards these promises. I look forward to continued growth and a satisfying confrontation and the end of the story's arch. Magic Rises, however a bit of a disappointment, but still entertaining. Renee Rodman, as always, is a wonderful narrator giving her usual excellent performance, so nothing against her. I thought this book stalled a bit in the development of Kate. It didn't move her forward very much toward her potential. I thought there was a lot of build up for Hugh Deombrey which didn't quite meet expectations. All in all I thought this book seemed to stall and sputter a bit on the story arch. Hopefully Illona and Andrew pick up the pace a bit in the next installment.
Yes, I would absolutely recommend this book to a friend. It presents one of Kate's more significant challenges. Is everything she believes in a lie? Her strong relationship with Curran and the pack - faltering? Her perception of her father and his supporters - mistaken? Kate is both emotionally and physically hurt. Honor and trust are called into question - what does the future hold?
Only thing I could compare it to would be the previous books in the series...all containing interesting characters, action, and intrigue.
I loved Kate sparring with Hugh - stunning!
Was it all just a big mistake? What if everything you thought you knew was wrong?
One note - Hugh's 'voice' changed from the previous encounter (Magic Strikes). He had an odd, noticeable voice previously. The new voice is not bad, just a distinct change.
Hello! I’m a twenty-seven year old, avid audiobook listener. I prefer listening to a book instead of watching television. I usually read a book first and then listen to the audiobook instead of rereading it. That way if I get pulled away from the story I’m not missing too much.
I would absolutely recommend this audiobook to a friend. Renee Raudman does a masterful job bringing Ilona Andrew's world to life. She is the voice of Kate Daniels and is a master a storytelling.
The surprises never stop coming. Ilona Andrews takes you on an emotional trip with everyone of her books. This one had the most interesting plot twists coming around every corner.
She gives Kate Daniel's life.
This was sooooo good. Loved every minute of it. Kate and Curran are wonderful. Can't wait for the next one.
AS always the narration was wonderful.
I honestly don''t know...I'm confused.
I don't want to spoil anything.
Currn takes on Hugh Di Embre (It's an audiobook, I don't know the spelling)
Yeah it made me scream NOOOOOOO!
I love this series. It is written by a husband and wife team. You can tell because the love scenes are overly nasty. The action is fast and fun. The reason I called it "Magic Stalls" is because I am disappointed in the progression of the main character, Kate Daniels. She learns bits and pieces of her magic power in each story but it's always fast and never fully explored for the readers enjoyment. I dislike this very much. I understand in the context there is no time because it's usually spontaneous but COME ON! She's gonna get these tid-bits of magic and seemingly throw them together at the last moment to become ALL POWERFUL just at the time she needs it most? Um, no.
Most readers won't care because it is action packed and emotionally charged but I feel left out somehow. The books make me feel like I'm listening through a closed door but not allowed to see in the window or take part. It's getting frustrating.
If you read this series you will love this book. I highly recommend that if you haven't, you start from the beginning of this series.
I love Renee Raudman's portrayal of the characters. She is flawless as always.
Really enjoy these novels. The characters are unique and interesting. A well developed world and the main characters are believable, interesting and have a good sense of humor. Urban Fantasy at its best. As soon as the story ended I was eagerly anticipating the next in the series, what more could an author ask for?
IT Project Manager in CA. I would say I am a Audio Book Addict...
I love the book and the performance by Renee.. Ilona and her husband continue to be one of my favorite authors. I am listening to it now for the second time....
Actually, this is one series I have listened to more than one time through....
OMG I could NOT stop listening to this book.
Kate and Curran
In my mind no one should EVER read the Kate Daniel series save for Renee Raudman as I honestly don't think anyone else could do it justice
YES and came close to doing so!!
In my mind its the best one YET and I am SO happy it was ATLEAST 15 hours long!! It should of been longer if I had my way. I finished this book in almost two days because I could not stop listening to it. I am a MAJOR fan of this series and I even loved the book that focused on Andrea Nash. But nothing can beat Curran and Kate in my mind. I hope and pray there is ANOTHER book in this series
I was a 'readaholic' for most of my life. I started crochet and other hobbies. That took away from my reading time. I discovered audio books at the library. That set me off. now, that I am older my eyes make it too difficult to read. So I now am a very diligent audio book listener!
Yes, I am listening to it again now. There are all elements that make a story good plus the introduction of new characters to the mix, showing change tho the old and so on.
She continues to give a good preformance for the main characters. Her voice reflects action going on. The author has continued with her characters development & she does it smoothly. There are vague references to the other books her voice stimulates curiosity about them without interrupting the current story. She continues to reflect character interaction smoothly.
There were parts of the story that made me very sad. Parts that led me to thinking down the wrong path as was intended. There were many parts that had me laughing. My main reaction was trying to figure out the character changes going on & where they were leading. Trying to remember the vague hints of character changes to see if they would lead any where in THIS book.
Too many times this far down a book series the characters start to become weak or change oddly in relation to the story. The supporting characters from previous books didn't take over parts of the story to fill in space. The book also didn't start to change into a series of vaguely related short stories or a novella trying to pass off as a full novel. That DIDN'T happen in this case. This book can be read alone as very excellent reading. The references to the other books are vague. There isn't a lot of time wasted on these references. Just enough time and reference to alert you to the other books & motivate one to investigate if interested. I have discovered many series that way. I enjoyed this long book so much that I started it & didn't finish it until 18 hours later. I had to pause for errands that I couldn't put off or delay. It isn't common for a book to keep up that long at my age. I also wasn't tempted to skip ahead. This episode in our main characters ended. Now I want the next book to hurry up!
All of them... beautifully created characters
Kate and Curran confrontation at the mountains. Also Hugh and Kate's last dinner.
Ilona Andrews well structured "Kate Daniel"'s world is a must read for urban fantasy readers