Friday, September 27, 2013

Book Review: _Magic Rises_ by Ilona Andrews

Kate Daniel’s faces another harrowing situation in her life as she faced dangerous enemies while trying to protect her loved ones. _Magic Rises_ is the latest addition to this urban fantasy series written by Ilona Andrews, a husband and wife writing team. Each book in the series presents a new aspect of the world changed by magic and how the characters are affected by the changes. This book is an entertaining read due to the setting, plot and characters.

The setting of the book gives the story an edge. In this book, the characters must travel to Europe in an area near the Black Sea. Magic has changed this region drastically, leaving a dangerous landscape of vast forests, desolate mountains and wild terrain. There is a feudal atmosphere with a castle as the main focal point. The setting provides a dark, scary tone for the plot to play out.

Next, the plot weaves in the new setting for a change of pace. The children of shapeshifters face the danger of going insane when they first change as teenagers. These children need a special drug to survive or must be killed without it. The drug is made and controlled by Packs in Europe. Kate, Curran and a group of shapeshifters travel to Europe on a job in order to get a supply of the drug to save some of the Pack children. They are supposed to protect a pregnant shapeshifter until she gives birth to her twins in order to settle a territorial dispute. Kate discovers that her father’s second in command is there, which increases the danger for her mate and friends. All these plots culminate into a final battle for survival. The action of the plot helps the characters to grow.

Growth in characters the book and series exciting. Kate, the main character, goes through several crises that make her stronger and resolve emotional issues. By facing a dangerous foe and settling a romance problem, she changes a little to be a better person. Curran, the Pack leader, changes by growing to understand his relationship with Kate better. Most of the secondary character grow too since they face death and survival. The author creates likable human characters for readers to continue wanting to read the series.

_Magic Rises_ by Ilona Andrews is an exciting, suspenseful addition the the Kate Daniel’s series. The author’s use of setting, plot and characters blend together to provide readers with a suspenseful action story. this book has growth in characters, which keeps readers coming back to the series. These entertaining books leave a reader wanting more.

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