Magic Rises (Kate Daniels, book 6) by Ilona Andrews
Official Blurb: 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…
POV: First person from Kate’s point of view. Kate is saucy hard-coated and prickly (and really funny), but has a kind loving heart-she’s one of my all-time favorite characters.
I always get really nervous before reading a Kate Daniel’s book; of the (approx.) 150 Urban Fantasy books I’ve read in the past three years, the six in this series have outranked the rest by a magical-landslide, that’s a lot to live up to. But, as always, the husband-wife author team that goes by the pseudonym ‘Ilona Andrews’ outdoes themselves with Magic Rises.
This book, while still having a mythological mystery and our favorite cast of characters, for the first time takes the adventure out of their usual haunts in post-magical-apocalypse Atlanta and across the sea to the Black Sea; a risky move for any series, but they do it so well. The romance between Kate and Curran is fresh and steamy in this book; I often get a little “can you show me something new?!” by book six, but wowza—I seriously had tears in my eyes at one part, screaming (inside) “Curran, NO!”
The one thing that (didn’t really bother me, but) might bother some, is that the mystery was not as complicated as they usually create, it was relatively straight-forward—but I think perhaps they deliberately sacrificed this so they could focus more on Kate’s past and Kate and Curran’s relationship.
Five Stars *****