Magic Rises

Kate Daniels, #6

This impressive urban fantasy series effortlessly immerses the reader in a remarkable world with a set of complex rules and very charismatic beings. The authors present an inventive collection of shapeshifters and one thoroughly lethal human woman who has fought for her position and garnered a set of loyal followers who support her through the precarious navigation required when dealing with complicated pack politics. There were a couple of jarring notes for me, as I thought that Kate’s reactions to Curran’s machinations were a little disingenuous and some of their bodyguarding charge’s actions seemed a little simplistic but the overall story was as action-filled and as fun as ever. Despite the fact that I have missed some of the novels in this very enjoyable series, there is enough backstory that I wasn’t lost and I think that any lover of this genre will enjoy this tale and will search for the other books if they have not read them. I love the snark and sarcasm as well as the impressive monsters and fight scenes and can’t wait for more fantastic stories from this great writing team.

“Magic Rises” by Ilona Andrews is another wonderful addition to the paranormal ‘Kate Daniels’ series. Kate is the Consort to Curran, the Beast Lord, and they continue to cope in a world that alternates between magic and technology, often very abruptly. The irrefutable need for a substance called panacea to alleviate the horrific effects of loupism (which removes sanity and causes forced destruction of the shapeshifter) causes the Alpha pair to leave post-Shift Atlanta and travel to Europe with only a small group to support them. Their ostensible mission is to guard a female whose firstborn offspring will determine ownership of a significant mountain pass but there are far more undercurrents at work than just the danger to her. The trick will be to not only complete their mission but to survive the multilayered traps which are undoubtedly aimed at destroying not just their power base but their very lives.

Book Blurb for Magic Rises

The #1 New York Times Bestseller!

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...

Night Owl Reviews Jul, 2013 4.50