“Would you care for something to drink?”
“Is it poisoned?”
“It’s Saturday,” I said. “We only serve poison during the week.”
Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews
Summary: Loupism takes over shapeshifter children all the time, and the Atlanta Pack is tired of it. Soon they are offered a deal for a possible cure, but they have to across the ocean to Europe to help protect a vicious shapeshifter’s pregnant daughter. But when Kate Daniels, her man candy Curran, and the rest of their crew get there, Kate sees a familiar face and realizes it’s a trap. Can they get out alive and return with the cure to save the children?
Review: I devoured the book and want to go back for seconds. There is a reason why Kate Daniels is one of my favorite series (if not THE favorite). This book reminds me of that reason.
They always find new and innovative ways to expand their world. I’ll just say this: Dolphin shapeshifters. And there is more, so much more. European shapeshifters were cruel and vicious. They lack loyalty, something we are used to seeing in the Atlanta Pack. And we got some experience with Roland and Hugh’s world, Kate’s biological world. Fascinating.
There was not that much individual character growth. We got to know some of the characters a bit more. I love Barabas. We see Derek changing (and it’s not all good), Aunt B at her best, and Mohan’s acceptance. We got introduced to new characters, like Jim’s sister Kiera and a crazy werewolf named Desandra (love her!). And then of course we had Hugh D’Ambray… And that was an adventure in of itself.
I was a bit worried about Kate and Curran’s relationship troubles. I did not want it go into “romance novels” category, where they moon over each other. I thought it might have headed out to angst territory, but I should have trusted Andrews. Yes, there was trouble and the potential to tear the couple apart was real. But I felt the reality of their relationship bearing down on my emotions. They didn’t behave childishly. Shapeshifter violence, yes, but they handled their issues like an adult. And with some fighting.
There is a lot of emotion in this novel. And they were weighty, like the possible death of children. But it was well managed. Andrews showed the price shapeshifters pay for their powers, without it being an emotional drag. And there is always a good dose of humor sprinkled through the books. The unique characters are great at delivering one-liners.
I would love to share more, but I can’t because of spoilers. You have to read the book. Why are you still reading my review? Go!
Sex: sex scene, kissing.
Violence: It’s a Kate Daniels book; when isn’t there blood, guts and mayhem?
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Series Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Next Book: Magic Breaks, book 7 of the Kate Daniels books. No release date yet.