Things were pretty quiet around here yesterday, due to the fact that both MacRieve and Fifth Grave finally made their way into my grubby little hands. MacRieve was finished last night, and Fifth Grave should be done tonight (I am greedy, but I can’t seem to pace myself). Anyways, the next biggie for me is Ilona Andrews‘ Magic Rises, which is due out on July 30th. Doug Meeks snagged an early review copy, and kindly sent over a review…
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…
Each time I read one of these Kate Daniels books it seems it is always “this is the best one yet” but I guess it is true, they just keep getting better and they improve on a story I thought could not be improved upon, guess that is why I write reviews and not novels.
This is such a myriad and multilayered story I cannot begin to cover the scope in this review and since I don’t do spoilers, here goes.
The crux of the motivation for the whole story is the fact that many of the Pack children have to be killed because they basically go feral around puberty. A young girl that Kate knows and is very fond of is in this condition and so when they get a chance to get a supply of what amounts to an antidote they ignore the probability that it is a trap and take the journey. The fact that Saiman is part of this elite group should make most of the fans of this series perk up a bit since I know I have wanted to see more of him.
We see the bond between Curran and Kate tested a bit when a pretty girl shifter turns up and wants Kate’s title as Consort which means we get a lot more of the depth of their relationship which is what separates this series from many others since they only exist for each other.
The short version is that there are three were packs that are fighting over the birth of a pair of twins. The order of the birth will determine the control of a strategic piece of real estate in Europe but the real fact is that there is more to it than that (as always) and Kate is at the center of it.
Cannot tell you a lot more without ruining the plot but be aware, this is not a happy novel in total, there is some tragedy and the ending is bittersweet at best.
Bottom Line: This is beyond 5 Stars and this pair of writers just continues to amaze me with the imagination and writing skills that have given us some of the best novels in this genre for several years now. The plot is intricate and you will not get bored but in case anyone is wondering, the romance between Curran and Kate is the heart of these novels now but they are always Urban Fantasy which means a lot of action and fighting but that is why most of us love Kate, she is still human and since I am a total “revenge junkie” I see good times ahead for me .
Kate Daniels books are awesome. World building, character development, just the right amount of action and suspense – they are the total package. I very, very much hope that the release of Magic Breaks in hardcover next year will lead to a re-release of all of the back-titles in hardcover as well, since if there was ever a series to have on the keeper shelf this is it.