So yesterday, as a part of BOB 8.0 (Bout of Books for those of you outside the loop), I read Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews. I’ve read the whole series and reviewed the first five books here. In this particular Kate Daniels adventure we learn a little bit more about Kate’s father and his right-hand weirdo Hugh D’Ambray. Kate’s father is Roland, an ancient magical man known as the Builder of Towers, because as he takes over the world he erects these towers. His right-hand man is also his general: Hugh D’Ambray. Kate’s adopted father, Voron was the general before he was bewitched and left to raise Kate. Now that you know the basic premise, on to the review!
When children in the shape-shifting world start changing for the first time, they either conquer their animal inside and remain human, or go loup. There’s a fine line and a little less than half go loup. It takes a toll on the parents of those children and thus, hurts Curran and Kate. When the offer comes to give them a special magical compound that guarantees less loupism in their children in exchange for bodyguarding services, they know it’s a trap but can’t turn it down. They travel to an area of legend, Greece, where mythological creatures run rampant and they are encountered by a shapeshifter they’ve never met before. But worse is the man who invited them all, Hugh D’Ambray, who seems to have some nefarious plans in store for Kate…
I loved this book. I laughed, I cried. It is my second favorite in the series. Hugh is a sort of perverted love interest for Kate. You know she’ll never end up with him because he’s pure evil, but they fight side by side and against each other in this book, and they move perfectly together. They were trained by the same man, so it makes sense. The tension was beautiful. And more, the battle that goes on in Kate is great. Curran does something stupid to save her life and she’s faced with the fact that, yeah, she’s maybe a little bit of a psychopath. Her continuous fight to separate herself from her father and to cling to the good in her life is fantastic.
As always there was wild and witty flirting between Kate and her honey:
“You’re taking a nap? Come on, Kate, I need you for this fight. Stop lying around.”
“You must think you’re funny.”
“Just saying, you have to pull your own weight. A hot body and flirting will only get you so far.”
“Everything I do, I learned from you, boy toy.”
“Boy toy?” Curran asked.
“Would you prefer man candy?”
“Are you hungry, baby?” Curran asked.
“I think we should go to dinner.”
“What are you going to wear?”
“My badass face.”
“Good choice,” he said.”
I love them together. I lived in angst while Curran executed a plan and left her out of the loop. She should have just continued to trust that he would stay with her no matter what, but she didn’t and instead went into an insane jealous haze. My favorite person was a new, crazy man named Christopher. He was pretty awesome. But cooler than him was the shepherd. I feel like it should be capitalized, like THE SHEPHERD, but it isn’t. He splits the castle in half and engulfs it in fire. Cool.
The best development was in the area of Kate’s powers. Every book you discover that she can do more, that she can push herself further and in this one she crushes the minds of six vampires and their pilots. She also almost kills Hugh D’Ambray and only stops when she hears Curran’s voice. She learns how to form blood armor on the fly. She knew in theory and had been practicing and pulls out those skills under pressure to kill people and protect herself. It was pretty B.A.
If you’re a fan of the series, you’ll love this new addition and if you haven’t started yet, but are even minorly interested, go pick up a copy. Ilona and Andrew have created another masterpiece and the only major let-down is that we have to wait six months for the next one. Why does writing a book take so long? 😉
Until next time, faithful reader…