ARC Review: Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews

Posted July 10, 2013 by Suzanne in Reviews / 50 Comments

ARC Review: Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
ARC Review: Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews
Magic Rises
by Ilona Andrews

5 Stars

Released: July 30, 2013
Series: Kate Daniels #6
Published by Ace
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 355
Format: ARC

This was a fantastic book in the Kate Daniels series. It was emotional, intelligent, fun and packed with some killer action ~ Under the Covers

WARNING! This review contains a large dose of fan girl squealing, a little bit of gushing (not in that way you perv!) and is weighed down completely by boulders of crazy fan bias. Enjoy. 

Magic Rises brings us to the sixth book in the Kate Daniels series and the gang have decided to take a little road trip to Europe. Okay, so decided isn’t precisely the right word to use “forced” would be a more accurate description. The European packs have something that Kate and Curran desperately need, a medicine that drastically reduces the chances of a child going loup; a medicine that they can get no where else. It is a perilous journey and they are guaranteed nothing but treachery when they arrive, especially when they see who is hosting the party…

As I mentioned in the warning I am very bias, this is my favourite series and sometimes I wonder why I even bother to read the book before I give it the requisite 5 feathers. But normally, even with series I love, at book six (or seven if you include Gunmetal Magic, which I kind of do) I have found that things start to get a little stale, packed with filler and all the excitement and tension from the previous books has faded. Not so in this case. Magic Rises was action packed, exciting, emotional and full of twists and turns, I couldn’t put it down. If anything the books keep getting better as we burrow in to Kate and Curran’s life and watch shit constantly hitting the fan.

This book was a little different from the rest of the series is that it wasn’t set on home turf, we took a holiday from Atlanta and sailed over to Europe. This new setting added a whole batch of tension and excitement as we see some shifters not under the control of the great and sexy Beast Lord, Curran. The plot was interesting and as usual had some weird and wonderful things in it leaving me waiting in breathless anticipation to see what will happen next with the main story line. With Roland Team Andrews have created not only what seems like an unbeatable foe but also a complicated and even sympathetic one, I find I don’t hate him all that much and even feel a little sorry for him. And I am now both dreading and eagerly awaiting him to finally appear in the flesh, so to speak, I truly don’t have the foggiest about what will happen when he does. 

As much as I enjoy the action packed story though what I love reading about is the relationship between Kate and Curran, although this is an UF it has a strong romance element in it, injecting the book with some emotional drama that really makes the book and series stand out. This is especially important now the will-they-won’t-they aspect is out the books. They have pretty much jumped on the will-they train and I am loving the ride, the track is full of pot holes, sharp bends and they are going at neck breaking speed and I am savouring every minute. Who says coupledom is boring?

This was a fantastic book in the Kate Daniels series. It was emotional, intelligent, fun and packed with some killer action. I am not quite sure how I am expected to wait a until next year for the seventh book to come out!

P.S. I loved the reference to David Eddings The Diamond Throne, incidentally another author and series I love!

Reading Order & Buy Links

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Check out Ilona Andrews on the MAGIC RISES tour!

July 30 MAGIC RISES release date!
July 31 Murder by the Book – Houston, TX @ 6:30pm
August 1 Book People – Austin, TX @ 7pm
August 3 Mysterious Galaxy – San Diego, CA @ 2pm

Penguin has graciously offered a copy of MAGIC RISES as well as a copy of MAGIC BITES for two lucky winners!  US only.


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About Ilona Andrews

Ilona Andrews is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. author2sm“Ilona is a native-born Russian and Gordon is a former communications sergeant in the U.S. Army. Contrary to popular belief, Gordon was never an intelligence officer with a license to kill, and Ilona was never the mysterious Russian spy who seduced him. They met in college, in English Composition 101, where Ilona got a better grade. (Gordon is still sore about that.)

Gordon and Ilona currently reside in Oregon with their two children, three dogs and a cat. They have co-authored two series, the bestselling urban fantasy of Kate Daniels and romantic urban fantasy of The Edge.

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Blogger/Reviewer at Under the Covers Book Blog
Gosh, we all seem to be admitting our ages…and I hate that I am at the point in life when admitting my age is a “thing”…whodda thunk it? I was kind of hoping I would remain 21 forever. However, I have moved out of that New Adult stage of my life and am now strictly in the Contemporary Romance age zone of 28. I would prefer to be in an Urban Fantasy arena, but I don’t think I own enough black leather. However, I could probably squeeze into some PNR, I am fully prepared to give a horn job to my favourite demon, or suck on my sexy vamps…fangs and I am definitely up for some heavy petting with some fine looking shifters. Than again their’s always Sci Fi…I am fully prepared to do the right thing and help some poor alien race with more 6 packs than a supermarket repopulate their planet. Not that I am loose woman or anything.

Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?
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50 responses to “ARC Review: Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews

  1. YAY! I’m so excited:))) And my excitement just double!
    Thanks for the chance, I didn’t enter cuz u know, I’m and audiobok junkee..LOL I’ll be downloading it first thing in the morning the day of its release.
    Great review!
    Great Giveaway!

  2. Ahhh! I am so annoyed with myself for still not having started this series! I have heard so many amazing things and I totally need a new intelligent UF series! Gotta got this read! Your review just reminded me!

  3. Angela C

    Awesome review! I have been waiting for Magic Rises to come out. Can’t wait to read. Love Katie Daniel’s series.

  4. Anne

    I pre-ordered this baby, a rare thing for me which shows that it’s my number 1 favorite series too. It’s ok if I win another copy, I prefer paper books, but only buy e now.

  5. Krysten M

    This just makes me need to read Magic Rises that much more!!!! Can’t wait until it actually comes out!

  6. Nancy

    Love love love this series as well. Being waiting for so long for this book and is counting down to the book. Love your review as well. By all mean, gush away. We are all part of the fandom!

  7. Glittergirl

    Your reviews are just awesome. When you like a book you can really tell. This series is the best and I can’t wait to get my hands on this one. Thanks for the giveaway!

  8. Lori Meehan

    Thanks Suz for the review. The book sounds good but I’ve not read any of the series. Looks like I have some catching up to do.

  9. a_rkaj

    Love the review. I think I agree with you on Roland. I have always though that there is nothing in the books till now which makes him truly villainous

  10. You cannot believe how jealous I am now!! I want to know more about Roland! And Definitely more Kate and Curran! Thanks for posting the date for the tours too! Hopefully this year I’ll have time to go to one!!

  11. Jordan R.

    I’m so so so excited for this book. I always anxiously await the new books in this series – thank for the giveaway opportunity!

  12. Ruth Ayres

    I haven’t read anything by this author yet. From the review, I can tell this series will be added to my TBR list.

  13. Mia

    This sounds like an awesome installment of the series. One of my all time favourite series. Can’t wait to get my hands on this book. Kate and Curran are 2 of best characters 🙂

  14. Jen B.

    I only skimmed the details for the review because I don’t want spoilers! I absolutely love your graphics. It makes it so easy for me to determine what you loved and why. The Top Bitch graphic is awesome! And I love that you have a Top Pick and Keeper Shelf graphic associated with this review. I have got to start this series. I have the first couple of books sitting in mount TBR!

  15. Kerry

    Woo Hooo – more Kate and Curran – Im thrilled. This is one of my fav series and so far I have to say Im thrilled by your review! BTW just a note, your blog is great and I always read your reviews, just in case ya know!

  16. Debra Piggott

    I cannot wait to read this book. I just listened to the whole series on audiobooks, so I’m ready for it!

  17. Linda Townsend

    When you write this is your fav series, you’ve sold me… I’ve not read either book so I’d love to win either. TU!

  18. Texas Book Lover

    I have heard so many people gush about this series that I already had it on my TBR list. I really need to read them soon!

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