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Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews

Magic Rises  - Ilona Andrews

This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

This might be my least favorite book in the Kate Daniels series. Of course, I still loved it so that doesn't mean a whole lot. This was a re-read for me. I first read this book shortly after its release and devoured it quickly. I have been slowly working my way back through the series in audio and am enjoying it even more the second time around. I started the re-read of this book when nothing else I started seemed to be working but as soon as I started this book I didn't want to stop listening. I feel very lucky to have found a series of books that I know I will enjoy every time I want to revisit the story.

This book takes Kate, Curran, and many others out of town. I tend not to care for books in a series that move the setting to an unknown location quite as much just because I miss all of the things that I love about the main setting including the characters. I didn't miss the characters all that much since so many of them were along for the trip. I did find the new setting to be unique and rather interesting. I liked that by having the group take a little trip we were able to see a few things that were completely new.

One of the things that I love the most about this series is the relationship between Kate and Curran. It has been fun watching things develop between them over the span of ten books. Since I have already finished the series, I enjoyed this look at their past but this book is not the high point in their relationship. To put it simply - Curran acts like a jerk in this book and I didn't like it. Kate didn't like it either so it causes a few problems. I will say that there are some pretty heartfelt and redeeming moments as well so it all worked out in the end.

This book had all of the action and excitement that I have come to expect from the series. There is a mystery to solve, children to protect, and political moves to be made. This book also brings a healthy dose of Hugh which added a lot to the story. This was a really heartbreaking book because we had to say goodbye to a much-loved character. New characters were also introduced that will play an important role as the series progresses.

Renee Raudman did a fantastic job with this book as she has with the rest of the series. I think that she does a great job of bringing Kate to life and adding to an already exciting story. She handles a large cast of characters really well through the voices that she uses. I have no problems listening to her narration for hours at a time.

I would highly recommend this series to everyone. Honestly, if you haven't read this series yet you really should give it a try. I can't wait to continue my audio re-read!

Initial Thoughts
This was a re-read for me. I do love this book BUT this might be my least favorite installment in the series. I typically don't seem to like books from a series that takes a group of characters away from their normal environment quite as much. In addition to the book being set away from Atlanta, Curran acts like an idiot for much of the book. Plus characters get hurt and killed in this one. I hate having to say goodbye to any of these amazing characters. I still loved the book and thought that some pretty important things happened. I found some of the scenes between Kate and Curran to be quite touching. It was great to see Hugh in all of his glory plus there was a lot of action and suspense to keep me listening. Renee Raudman continues to do a fantastic job with the series. My audiobook also had a copy of An Ill-Advised Rescue

Book Source: Audible Purchase