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!

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

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

  6. 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. July 30 cannot get here soon enough. It seems like forever since there has been a new Kate Daniels book.

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. 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!!

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

  13. Can’t wait for the release- taking a vacation day to savor it. Love the review- just makes me want it more.

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

  15. 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 🙂

  16. 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!

    1. That’s good to know I guess it’s true a quick glance will give you a good idea of what we think 🙂 Thanks Jen! And yesssssss you have to start this series. If for nothing else, CURRAN and KATE are awesome.

  17. 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!

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

  19. 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!

  20. 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!