Audio Review: Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews

Posted August 27, 2013 by Jennifer in Book Review | | 3 Comments

Audio Review: Magic Rises by Ilona AndrewsMagic Rises by Ilona Andrews
Series: Kate Daniels #6
Narrator: Renée Raudman
Published by Recorded Books on 07-30-13
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Format: Audiobook
Length: 15 hrs and 6 mins
Audio | Goodreads

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…

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Another winning combination of Andrews and Raudam!

Magic Rises is the 1st book in a while where I both loved it and hated it. I can’t tell you why I hated it without a major spoiler. So I’ll tell you about the love part.

If you’ve read this series you know how awesome it is. It’s full of action, snark, great world building, some of the best characters and just a touch of smexy. Magic Rises had all of the above then some. After five books and one world book (Gunmetal Magic) the plots and characters are still fresh and entertaining. Kate and Curran is NO old married couple. They still have passion for each other.

“Five minutes later, we were rolling around on the helipad as he tried to muscle his way out of my armlock, after slamming me onto the helipad.
“I finally realized the source of your mutual attraction,” Saiman said, his voice dry.
I looked up. He was standing a few feet away.
“Do enlighten us.” Curran tried to roll into me to break the lock. Oh no you don’t.
“You both think violence is foreplay.”

Magic Rises takes the main cast of Kate and Curran and a few key secondary characters on a boat trip. And this trip is no three-hour tour (I just dated myself, yes that was a reference to Gillian’s Island). Think of it as a were cruise every all the kids what to fight and bicker. Then add in some danger with pirate were-dolphins. That’s right, were-dolphins.

What makes the gang go on a cruise? Curran is baited to go to Europe to play protector to a wolf princess and her unborn twins. Why are they important? It’s a political fight for the babies since they have two different fathers and the  European Packs wants to get their hands on the babies. Why is this Curran’s problem? The European weres have access to special medicine that rises the odds of were children not turning loup. So even though it’s clear it’s a trap to get Curran over to Europe the gal still takes the rest to get their hands on the medicine.

While the gang works their protection job, Kate and Curran has other problems to worry about. Like Roland’s (Kate’s evil father) right hand man trying to spend time with Kate. Oh and Curran acts like an ass for a large part of the book. But in true Curran form he has a plan.

Ok. I’m rambling. Just know that Magic Rises is a MUST read for Kate fans and if you have not started this series you really should. It’s a great example of a fantastic Urban Fantasy world and characters. It never disappoints.


Funny Quote during a talk with Aunt B:

“Is there a cookie at the end of this lecture? …

I got a cookie after all …

Dear god, the cookie was poisoned.”

About Renée Raudman

Renée Raudman is a multi-award-winning audiobook narrator. A multiple Audie Award nominee, she has earned a number of AudioFile Earphones Awards, including for The Last Secret by Mary McGarry Morris and Wesley the Owl by Stacey O’Brien, as well as a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award for Joe Schreiber’s Chasing the Dead. She has also performed on film, TV, radio, and stage, including the recurring roles of Jordon on ABC’s One Life To Live, Phyllis on NBC’s Passions, and guest-starring roles on prime-time TV. She has been heard in cartoons (The Simpsons, Billy & Mandy), videogames, and on the E! channel. Her narration of Homer’s Odyssey by Gwen Cooper was selected by Library Journal as one of the best audiobooks of 2009, and her reading of Marthe Jocelyn’s Would You was selected by the ALA as one of the best young adult audiobooks of 2009.

About Ilona Andrews

“Ilona Andrews” is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. Ilona is a native-born Russian and Gordon is a former communications sergeant in the U.S. Army. Contrary to popular belief, Gordon was never an intelligence officer with a license to kill, and Ilona was never the mysterious Russian spy who seduced him. They met in college, in English Composition 101, where Ilona got a better grade. (Gordon is still sore about that.)

Gordon and Ilona currently reside in Texas with their two children and many dogs and cats.

They have co-authored two NYT and USAT bestselling series, the urban fantasy of Kate Daniels and romantic urban fantasy of The Edge and working on the next volumes for both.

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