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Magic Rises | [Ilona Andrews]

Magic Rises

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 shape-shifting 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 shape-shifters who once outmaneuvered the Beast Lord have asked him to arbitrate a dispute - and they’ll pay him in medicine.
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Mercenary Kate Daniels and her mate, Curran, the Beast Lord, are struggling to solve a heartbreaking crisis. Unable to control their beasts, many of the Pack’s shape-shifting 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 shape-shifters 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.…

©2013 Andrew Gordon and Ilona Gordon (P)2013 Recorded Books

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    Alysanne New York, United States 08-05-13
    Alysanne New York, United States 08-05-13 Member Since 2009

    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.

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    "Another Hit for Ilona Andrews"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What about Renee Raudman’s performance did you like?

    She gives Kate Daniel's life.


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    Amazon Customer Federal Way, Wa, United States 08-05-13
    Amazon Customer Federal Way, Wa, United States 08-05-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Loved it!"

    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.

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    Jason PICKERINGTON, OHIO, United States 08-03-13
    Jason PICKERINGTON, OHIO, United States 08-03-13 Listener Since 2009
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    "Magic Stalls"
    What did you love best about Magic Rises?

    I honestly don''t know...I'm confused.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Magic Rises?

    I don't want to spoil anything.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Currn takes on Hugh Di Embre (It's an audiobook, I don't know the spelling)


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yeah it made me scream NOOOOOOO!


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Donna 08-03-13
    Donna 08-03-13 Member Since 2010
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    "My favorite series."

    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?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Frank 08-03-13
    Frank 08-03-13 Member Since 2011

    IT Project Manager in CA. I would say I am a Audio Book Addict...

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    "Great additon to the series..."

    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....

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    Duane Florissant, MO, United States 08-02-13
    Duane Florissant, MO, United States 08-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "BEST ONE YET!!!"
    If you could sum up Magic Rises in three words, what would they be?

    OMG I could NOT stop listening to this book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kate and Curran


    What about Renee Raudman’s performance did you like?

    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


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES and came close to doing so!!


    Any additional comments?

    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

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    mary San Antonio, TX, United States 08-01-13
    mary San Antonio, TX, United States 08-01-13 Member Since 2011

    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!

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    "The Story Continues!"
    Would you listen to Magic Rises again? Why?

    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.


    What about Renee Raudman’s performance did you like?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

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    Hala halifax, NS, Canada 07-31-13
    Hala halifax, NS, Canada 07-31-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Great Installment in the "Kate Daniel" series"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All of them... beautifully created characters


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Kate and Curran confrontation at the mountains. Also Hugh and Kate's last dinner.


    Any additional comments?

    Ilona Andrews well structured "Kate Daniel"'s world is a must read for urban fantasy readers

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    Malinda Phoenix, AZ, United States 08-01-13
    Malinda Phoenix, AZ, United States 08-01-13 Member Since 2006

    I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)

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    "Really good addition to the series :D"

    4 stars

    This was a very good book. I love the series and this was a good addition to the series.

    Kate and Curran (along with a number of the pack regulars) get pulled in to a voyage overseas to protect a pregnant woman. They know going in that it's a trap but the payment is a drug that helps were-children survive without going Lupe. Since this drug is unavailable in America, the option to get a hold of the drug is something they can't refuse.

    They have some issues on the trip over but it's relatively uneventful but once they hit shore things don't go well. Curran gets entangled with a were-princess that's intent to get him away from Kate. Their host ends up being the Warlord of Kate's father and the whole trap was to get her there. But he doesn't kill her, he has worse things in mind for her. Unusual beasts are attacking people, including the pregnant woman they're protecting. And Kate is the only non-shifter in the group and has trouble with dealing with others (they have a major lack of respect and because of the reason Kate and Co. is there, she can't let out her "forceful nature"). All in all, Kate and the others don't have a fun time on their trip.

    I will say that the plot was interesting and the action was pretty constant. There was always something going on that made it hard to stop listening (I listened to the audiobook version). The only main issue I had with it (and the reason I didn't give it 5 stars) is because I didn't like the way things headed between Curran and Kate (their relationship) through a portion of the book. Things work out though and I liked the ending (although there were definite sad parts).

    Regardless of my issues, I still really liked the story. It was a great addition to the series and I'm looking forward to the next in the series. I'd recommend it. Thumbs up. :D

    *note - The audiobook is actually 15 hours long but I found the last hour is actually a scene that was cut from the book (the scene where Kate saves a kidnapped Simon and earns the favor used for this book). The cut scene was great and I'm glad they included it at the end.

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    Nedra 08-09-13
    Nedra 08-09-13
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    "Another great book!"
    What did you love best about Magic Rises?

    Ilona Andrews writes characters that you can really get involved with.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Magic Rises?

    I could feel Kate's emotions during the final battle and wished I could jump in and join the fight.


    Which character – as performed by Renee Raudman – was your favorite?

    I love all the characters in the Magic series, but Kate the ass kicker is right at the top of the list, side by side with Your Furriness.


    Any additional comments?

    This was another excellent addition to the Kate Daniels series. The story just keeps getting better and you can feel the approaching danger that Kate's future holds. Knowing she doesn't have to face that future alone makes it much less scary. Now I have to wait for the next book in the series. I just hope the wait isn't as long. But regardless of the wait time, I will still be a fan of the series and will snatch it up as soon as its available.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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