Book Review – Magic Rises (Kate Daniels #6) by Ilona Andrews

Posted August 27, 2013 by Bonnie in Adult, Book Reviews, Read in 2013 / 9 Comments

Book Review – Magic Rises (Kate Daniels #6) by Ilona AndrewsMagic Rises by Ilona Andrews
Series: Kate Daniels #6
Published by Ace on July 30th 2013
Pages: 355
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Format: Paperback
Source: Library

Also by this author: Magic Bites, Burn for Me, Magic Breaks


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…

Kate Daniels series

Magic Bites (Kate Daniels #1)
Magic Burns (Kate Daniels #2)
Magic Strikes (Kate Daniels #3)
Magic Bleeds (Kate Daniels #4)
Magic Slays (Kate Daniels #5)

*Considering this is the 6th installment, it’s highly possible there are spoilers for the previous books in the series. Beware!*


I’ve been highly anticipating this latest installment forever. I blew threw the first five books practically all in a row and I’ve been hurting since. While this is quite possibly my least favorite of the series it’s STILL good. This series is why I love Urban Fantasy as much as I do and even though it had it’s flaws this is still one solid series. So, now for the details:

What I enjoyed: The inclusion of mythological and biblical aspects was awesome. It might not have been 100% believable (but then again this is UF, so whatevs) but it was an absorbing and fascinating concept and definitely welcome to mix things up.

What I hated: The stupid girl child thrown into the story just to create drama was borderline rage inducing. The drama was rampant in this installment and I ultimately felt it was all just entirely unnecessary. I was enraged for the vast majority of this book and it was a constant battle trying to calm myself.

And another note on the drama: Curran. Dude. You could’ve handled that so much better than you did. And that’s the second thing that bothered me the most… if drama can be avoided and it’s NOT then you’re an idiot and I hate you. Don’t be dumb. Avoid the drama. If I was Kate, your head would have been on a spike. I assumed it was going to end fine but that still didn’t make going through the drama any easier because his actions were so. freaking. irritating.
And my biggest issue with the storyline: Kate and Curran didn’t need to go through this in order to prove their relationship is everlasting and durable and all other adjectives that best describe tupperware. Kate is a badass chick and is supremely confident in herself and didn’t need to be transformed into an insecure maniac for me to believe that their relationship is solid. Again, to repeat myself for the nth time… the drama was supremely unnecessary and I really could have done without.

The ending was exhilarating, shocking and I loved it… if the drama llama hadn’t trounced on the other 300 pages this would have garnered a higher rating from me. As it stands though this is still one of my favorite UF series, ever, and I will be anxiously awaiting future installments.


9 responses to “Book Review – Magic Rises (Kate Daniels #6) by Ilona Andrews

  1. veganyanerds

    So good when a series is still good! I am still trying to decide whether I should read these books, I have the first one and have seen so many good reviews!

    Shame about the unnecessary drama, that would annoy me too!
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  2. miss_bonnie13

    This is one of my top three favorite urban fantasy series of all time… this installment just wasn't the best but I guess that is to be expected? You should give it a shot, especially if you have the first one. 🙂 Hope you enjoy it!

  3. miss_bonnie13

    Yeah, I'm still not ready to give this series up oh no. 🙂 Look forward to seeing what you think of it!

  4. miss_bonnie13

    Flannery is reading this one on audio too! Never did the audio on these but hope you enjoy them. 🙂

  5. This is a favorite series of mine as well, Bonnie so it's pains me the drama llama had to come out. *sigh*
    I'm glad to here everything worked out in the end, though. Great review. 🙂
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  6. Heidi

    I know Maja didn't like this one much either. I am starting this series soon on audio and I can't wait. Bummed that this one is full of lame drama and all that. THe little girl sounds like a PITA. Ha ha… loved that line about Tupperware adjectives.
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  7. darlingmisswendy

    Okay, I'm just glad to hear they're still good. I haven't read the one before this yet, but I did so enjoy the ones before that. 🙂 I'm just not in the mood for urban fantasy right now, but you know I'll be jumping on this series again as soon as I am.
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