Magic Rises

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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…

This book ripped my heart out, threw it against the wall, and then stepped on it for good measure. But once it was done with that abuse, it made everything all better again.

I do, of course, recommend reading this series in order, or at bare minimum starting with around Book 3 if you have to skip a bit.  Though I think it did an excellent job of catching readers up to the “story so far” without bogging down the story, there’s just so much subtle dynamics between the characters that you will miss out on if you don’t have at least a few of the books under your belt.

At first I was a bit uncertain in how I felt about Kate, Curran, and the gang traveling to Europe, but I should never have doubted — the injection of new characters, settings, and mythology were just what the series needed.

The emotional roller coaster that this book takes you on is not for the faint of heart, but it is so worth it in the end.  With emotional turmoil, uncertainty, tons of action, plenty of intrigue, and even a few moments where I found myself with my hand clapped over my mouth in stunned disbelief, this was hands down the best book of the series so far, and that, my dear readers, is saying something indeed.

5stars

5/5 Stars