Malin’s #CBR5 Review #105: Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews

This is book 6 in a series. It’s therefore not the best place to start reading, and I can guarantee that the review will contain spoilers for at least some of the other books that have come before. If you haven’t read these books, run, don’t walk to a bookstore or a library, and get started.

When several of the Pack’s children threaten to turn Loup, and may have to be killed, mercenary bad-ass Kate Daniels and her mate Curran, the Beast Lord of the Pack realize that they need to get their hands on more panacea, a herbal concoction that ensures the survival of most of the young shapeshifters. It’s obvious to both of them that the invitation they have received from a couple of European packs is a big ol’ trap, but they’re offered so much of the precious panacea (which they have absolutely no way of making themselves), that they simply cannot afford to refuse. So Kate and Curran ally with someone they normally wouldn’t trust, gather up a band of their best fighters, and set off to Eastern Europe on an adventure.

Read the rest on my blog.

5 thoughts on “Malin’s #CBR5 Review #105: Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews

    • I won’t be devastated if I don’t make it to 156 by the end of the year, but I figured that as I’d finished the double in late July, I need to at least try for it. I’ll no doubt read at least 52 more books, I may as well try blogging them as well.

  1. I have really enjoyed the Kate Daniels series and they’re one of the few authors I have on autobuy. And I did enjoy this book but I didn’t LOVE it, despite really wanting to 😦

    I felt the whole story got bogged down with too many characters – I couldn’t keep track of all the shifters (good and bad), nor could I get around the suspension of disbelief required to get while they were there in the first place. I loved the big tension of who they ran into at the castle (trying to keep things spoiler free) and felt that it was underutilized. Also his plan crumbles relatively quickly at the end which seemed a bit lame given that he’s supposed to be a strategic genius.

    So all in all, still a huge fan but this one felt like a miss to me.

    • I thought the last one was a much stronger book, but despite several flaws in this one, I love the characters, the world building and the general tone of the books so much that a slightly off book now and then isn’t going to faze me. I’ll buy and read anything they decide to publish.

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