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Magic Rises

(Kate Daniels #6)

4.43  ·  Rating details ·  52,147 ratings  ·  3,492 reviews
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
Mass Market Paperback, 357 pages
Published July 30th 2013 by Ace
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Katie It doesn't make a lot of sense, first of all Lorelei could push for a quicker death if she thought she was succeeding and secondly, he left Kate alone…moreIt doesn't make a lot of sense, first of all Lorelei could push for a quicker death if she thought she was succeeding and secondly, he left Kate alone more often which isn't particularly helpful in protecting someone if that's indeed your motive.

I just didn't buy it. To make matters worse what the hell was with the forgiveness scene. Like, she's genuinely upset and taking a step back which I think is well deserved, curran didn't even warn her or anyone and he totally embarrassed her in terms of pack politics. Then, it's all good because he was jealous of Hugh and also he's the alpha so it doesn't matter if he embarrasses someone politically apparently only if the slight is to him (like Derek having to swear a blood oath and the bullshit of the first few books).

Ugh I love them but I hated them in this book, a lot. I didn't even get excited about the proposal or the ring.(less)
Tea I absolutely did. Some part of me was intrigued by the thought of he and Kate as an item. Blasphemy I know....

So excited they are building a series ar…more
I absolutely did. Some part of me was intrigued by the thought of he and Kate as an item. Blasphemy I know....

So excited they are building a series around him next! I have faith that they will find a heroine as tough and strong as Kate to handle Hugh's big ego. (less)

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2.5 stars

Okay, before everyone freaks out, let me explain something here. My modus operandi for reading books I’m really looking forward to is to go into them blind. I don’t read reviews, I ignore status updates from friends, and sometimes, I don’t even read the book blurb. So that’s what I did going into this. I ignored everyone and everything.

Don’t do that.

You need to prepare yourself. There’s a lot of fucking drama in this book. For me, too much drama. I spent over two hundred pages feeling
2.5 stars - Spoilers

Not impressed. I've never given an Ilona Andrews book less than 3 stars before but there was just too much WTFery in Magic Rises to rate it any higher. I loved all the earlier Kate Daniels books, they had the right balance of plot, action, romance and humour. Sadly, Magic Rises was a complete mess.

Random thoughts:

-What's what: Pack kids go loup, need medicine, loads of melodrama, Kate/Curran offered medicine and in exchange must protect pregnant shifter (Desendra), Kate and g
Jan 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Angela by: myself
August 2016 re-read: God, I love this book. The tension in it is delicious - even excepting the thing that I hate. Because there are plenty of things that I love. And Kate is amazing, as always.

October 2015 re-read: I loved this book just as much as the first time I read it. And though I said, in my original review, to read it without any spoilers, I would amend that now. Just this one: Curran is an ass. And the emotional turmoil that Kate gets put through in this book is devastating. She's kick
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
🐈 The Adventures Of A Brave Little Kitty Buddy Rerererereread (TAOABLKBR™) with the IA Addicts 🐈

And the moral of this particular rererererereread is: Desandra and her touching enthusiasm for velvety plums (never gets old, dat) + Barabas the devious, paranoid, and obsessive Heavenly Shower provider + Christopher (he sees dead doggies) + Astamur the, um, mountain chef + A hobbit wannabe Atsany + a grim yet hug-worthy executioner + Lord Bloody Shrimping Megobari + a badass Consort who request
Rosaline (Rosaline's Rolls & Scrolls)
This review can now be found on Rosaline's Rolls & Scrolls.

What. The. Fuck?
This was one of my favorite series! How the hell did they manage to fuck it up so much?! I am raging! This drama shit was too close to home for me and I will tell you why, but first I gotta rage!

There are so many things wrong with this book. I have to say, I still love Kate. She's badass and cool. But fuck Curran! Loving Curran has turned Kate soft and mushy and at times I miss her occasional self-serving attitude.
Okay so
Sophia Triad
Far far away, somewhere in Europe, two of the biggest European Packs are in turmoil. A wolf princess, Desandra is pregnant with twins by both packs. One baby is from Volkodavi from Ukraine and one baby from Belve Ravennati from Italy. Apparently this is something that can happen in shifters: A female can be pregnant by two males and get twins.

The result is two families arguing about their rights over her children.

Moreover, Desandra’s cruel father is waiting to see which baby will be born first
4.35/5 ⭐

Oh yes. That was a rush of adrenaline that I didn't really saw coming.
And I loved it.

It started on a high note, right from the very first chapter and from then on it only increased.
The action moves from Atlanta to the Georgian side of the Black Sea and there are all sorts of new characters.
I was super impressed with the bit of Romanian geographical knowledge the Gordons brought into the book - very few people know about the Prislop Pass in Romania, that's not generalised information.
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁
3.5 stars

First of all, it's still amazing to me how the Andrews can reduce you to tears over peripheral characters with just a few sentences.

One minute you're fine, then the next you're, "Well, that sucks," and then your face gets warm, your eyes get hot, and before you even know what's happened, you're blubbering.

YES. Blubbering.

Why are you blubbering?

B/c a mother gets down on the floor to sing her child, who will more-than-likely have to be killed b/c she's gone rabid, a lullaby, barely able t
Jen Davis
May 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Is it too early to post this? Probably. But it was so damn good. Here is the review:

Ilona Andrews is the gold standard for urban fantasy. This book made me laugh and it made me ache. It kept me glued to the page. And after six installments, Kate Daniels is every bit as engaging as ever... maybe even more so.

You get to a point in almost every series where the gang takes a road trip --and this is that book. All of the core characters are there: Kate, Curran, Derek... Andrea, Rafael, and even Saima
Nov 01, 2017 rated it liked it

Kate Daniels was exactly what I needed to get through my reading slump. It helped me 1 year ago when I binged read the first 5 volumes in the series and I have the feeling it helped now as well. I needed fast paced, engaging adventure to absorb me completely and compel me to open the kindle whenever I got the chance.

Kate is my favorite UF heroine, smart, witty, kick ass and funny. I enjoyed that the setting in this volume shifts to Europe, more exactly to Georgia, a country I do not know to
Julio Genao
the ending of this book in one gif:


but maybe my perception is colored by the COMPLETELY UNNECESSARY DEATH OF MY FAVORITE CHARACTER.

*rude gesture*
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
AKA Kate and Curran's European Vacation. It's the vacation from hell, of course, but the change of setting did make for an interesting read.

The likelihood of shapeshifter children going "loup" (a terrible brand of murderous insanity), especially at birth or puberty, and needing to be killed off as a result, has always haunted Atlanta's Pack. The European shapeshifters have a magical herbal concoction called panacea that prevents or cures the loupism problem a high percentage of the time. But th
Jul 18, 2014 rated it liked it
First read July 2014, rating 4 stars
Second read May 2016, rating 3 stars

I'm having such a hard time reviewing this book. Maybe the hardest.
I'm so sorry I have to lower my rating, but this book didn't make me feel good at all. This reread made me dislike Curran more than I already did. Some things are just unacceptable.

Review contains spoilers and it is not recommended to Curran's fans. If you think he's the ultimate Alpha male and perfect for Kate, please do not proceed reading this.

Since this
Robin (Bridge Four)
3rd read....I never get enough.

Kate Daniels Buddy Read/Reread with the gang at Ilona Andrews Addicts (IAA) before the release of Magic Shifts

I loved this all over again. The emotional development of Kate/Currans relationship, Saiman as an ally, Hugh as an Enemy and all the side character that are so rich with their own personalities that always shine through. I eat it all up and want more. This is one of my favorite series of all time and that stays true even on the 3rd read through.

2nd read:
Oct 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reread, favorites, uf
The reread marathon continues!
4th read, audiobook this time.
Original, spoiler-free (a bit revamped) review below

Actual rating: 4.5 stars

It's strangely very hard for me to review these books. I don't know why but it's easier to review books I mildly liked. They feel more balanced. Reviewing books and series I love is way harder because I want my reviews to both be objective and reflect my passion and attract new readers. But the Kate Daniels series is definitely be
Jul 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Ah, this one got me in the gut. Not short of misunderstandings between lovers, the gang goes to the old world and rubs elbows with a really old clan and can I really, in my heart, decide who's more to blame with the fallout between Curran and Kate?

At least we know those two love each other, even if the pressure's on for greater alliances, Panacea shipments, love rivalries, get in the way.

And then there's the totally gratifying reveals about Kate's past. Yummy.

And I know it's kinda a cheat to ke
Jul 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of UF, strong heroines
Good heavens, most of the reviews GR shows on the first page are so full of fangirl squeeing that I can't read for the gifs and shouting fonts. It makes me want to hate the book out of naturally iconoclastic tendencies. However, as the Andrews continue to write a first rate urban fantasy series, I am unable to indulge--although I confess I did not reach squee-worthy heights.

The briefest of synopsis: Curran and Consort are invited to Europe to protect a pregnant were involved in a major dispute b
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
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 medic
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Kate Daniels
Oh man it don't feel right to call her 'just' a mercenary because she is so much more. She a fighter. Protector. Magical badass . MY GURLLLLL


Re-reading this book, I’m able to appreciate it more because of how much I love the characters and I know it gets better ... later ... eventually

But this book in itself.. okay yah its a bit of a shit show dosed with funny scenes and witty comments that keep you reading


But first the main issue… that prevents this book from gaining more than 3 s
May 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: I received this book as an eARC from the author.

Holy shit. That's my reaction to this book--in a good way!

This entire book is full of spoilers, which makes reviewing it a little difficult. Kate is very Kate. Curran is very Curran. At some points I was hoping Kate would punch Curran straight in the face. Sadly, that never happened.

It was really interesting to see a large chunk of the group in a new setting. It was enough people that sometimes I had to think about who was who, but ov
Sep 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
*** 4.75 ***

The second time around this book is even better ! My goodness, what an emotional rollercoaster! This series is as close to perfect as it gets for an Urban Fantasy!
ᴥ Irena ᴥ

I will not read the next Kate Daniels book description nor will I read any reviews. Those completely ruined this book for me.

These are just some of my thoughts about the book. I don't plan to write a review.

The following are not exactly spoilers since I am not writing about the actual events, but still be warned.

Since I sometimes rate the books I've read by how they made me feel, this would be less than one star. The characters, the world and the story deserve the highest rating, although it
Deborah Obida
We don’t have a choice in what we are. We do have a choice in who we are.

How is this even possible, this duo still manage to wow me with each book in the same series. This series is fast becoming my favourite UF series.

The magic is A+
Plot A+
Characters A+
Writing A+

There is basically nothing that this series lack, if you doubt me just go read it. There is perfect amount of everything, there all compliment each other. Enough dialogue, fight scenes and even the romance is so well depicted it di


Gunmetal Magic made me a little bit afraid to continue reading this series - I liked Andrea as Kate's sidekick and I was looking forward to reading her story, but unfortunately, it ended up as weakest book so far.
Magic Rises started slow and I needed some time to get into the story, but it was worth it. Sixth book redeemed Gunmetal Magic - plot development, characters, world building - absolutely flawless.
Yes, I was so mad at Curran, I wanted to smack his smug lio
I was reading a few older Ilona Andrews blog posts tonight (yes, that's my idea of a good time on a Wendnesday night) and I came across one where they were talking about how a fan almost fainted when she saw them and how it wasn't a big deal. At first, I snickered to myself...but then I thought, what would I do if I saw IA? I WOULD TOTALLY FUCKING FAINT. And then, while I was lying all broken and pathetic on the floor, they would crouch down to see if I was okay. And THEN I would rear up like fu ...more
Em Lost In Books

Removing a star since this reminds me so much of Magic Bleed, where almost half of the book suffered because Curran and Kate did not talk and sort out things. If it was Kate there, then it was Curran here. They both got played by Hugh because of this miscommunication which Curran called, "I was trying to keep you safe, baby!" and blah blah blah. Half of the book again was about Kate's insecurities and how she should not trust or love anyone as they ultimately decide to leave her.

I rememb
Rachel Reads Ravenously
4 stars!

“Aha! So I’m not crazy.”
“You are most definitely crazy,” Derek said. “But in a deranged, endearing way.”

Short review. I really enjoyed this book, it's a great addition to the series and basically sets up many huge plot points for what is to come from this series. There were some low points (like the weredolphins, I mean really??) and some high points (I'm not telling you the high points lazy! Read it yourself!).

But I love this series and I want to jump right into the next one. So p
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
*3.5 stars*

Another good installment in the Kate Daniels series, and a nice visit back to see some characters that I've missed. A little too much drama between Kate and Curran for my liking, but a strong story. Moving on to the next...
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
After no less than 26 agonizing months, Magic Rises, the long-awaited sixth installment in the Kate Daniels series is finally here. Breaths are being held, bets are being placed, hearts are beating faster all over the world. Fans of the series are both numerous and ridiculously loyal, but will they be disappointed, whether they voice it or not?

Honestly, I’d have to judge that on a case-by-case basis. Early reactions have been very enthusiastic. Most reviewers have nothing but high praise to sha
Reread was just as powerful as the first time. This one is a game-changer in so many ways.
Now to start the wait for book seven. Sigh.
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“Aha! So I’m not crazy.”
“You are most definitely crazy,” Derek said. “But in a deranged, endearing way.”
“You’re taking a nap? Come on, Kate, I need you for this fight. Stop lying around.”
“You must think you’re funny.”
“Just saying, you have to pull your own weight. A hot body and flirting will only get you so far.”
“Everything I do, I learned from you, boy toy.”
“Boy toy?” Curran asked.
“Would you prefer man candy?”
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