BOOK REVIEW: Magic Rises (Kate Daniels #6) by Ilona Andrews

REVIEW SUMMARY: Magic Rises is an exciting, emotional roller coaster ride into a world of dark magic and intrigue.

MY RATING:

BRIEF SYNOPSIS: In Magic Rises, the 6th installment of the Kate Daniels series, Kate and Curran must travel to the Black Sea to find the panacea that will help to ensure the survival of the shapeshifters’ young, but the chances of this trip being a trap is very high. However, the stakes for the Pack are pretty high too, and Kate and Curran are willing to do just about anything to get the cure.

MY REVIEW:
PROS: The Kate Daniels series is one of the best in urban fantasy with rich world-building, twisted magic, and emotional story lines, and Magic Rises is no exception.
CONS: Honestly, there weren’t any cons for me in this one. It’s probably my favorite of the series and I stayed up very, very late to finish it.
BOTTOM LINE: Magic Rises is a near perfect addition to the Kate Daniels series, and has reawakened my love for the urban fantasy genre.

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MIND MELD: SF/F Items on Our Holiday Wishlists

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It’s the holidays, which means it’s time for holiday lists! We’re not above generating interesting lists, so this week’s question is:

Q: Which SF/F-related Items are on your Holiday wish list? Why?

Here’s how this week’s panelists replied..

Connie Willis
Connie Willis‘s most recent books are the time-travel opus, Blackout and All Clear (it’s one book in two volumes), which is partly set at Christmas, and All About Emily, also set at Christmas, and with Rockettes! Last May, she had the very great honor to be named a Grand Master of Science Fiction. Right now she’s working on a new Christmas story called “Now Showing,” which will be in George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois’s Rogues and on a novel about telepathy, tentatively called Connection.

I just asked my brother for an extra DVD copy of the British TV show Primeval so that I could loan it out to all the people I’m constantly attempting to convince to watch it. (I refuse to part with my own as I watch it all the time!) It’s absolutely my favorite SF TV show ever! It’s about a team of dinosaur hunters in modern London (I know, I know, but trust me) who are dealing not only with velociraptors but also the government, the need to keep the whole thing secret, team stresses and strains (and romances), a really awful villain. It’s got everything I love–irony, humor, romantic comedy, Andrew Lee Potts, and best of all, a real ending. The show ran 5 seasons (short British seasons) and wrapped everything up with a really emotionally satisfying ending, so no being left hanging like lots of cancelled series we gave our hearts to and/or screwing up the ending, like, say, Torchwood. I’m also giving Primeval to the few people I haven’t already given it to, and a Dr. Who ornament of K-9 to my secretary, who introduced me to the joys of Dr. Who. I would also recommend Dr. Who seasons as great Christmas gifts. It’s on my wish list, too. As for book ideas, I’m currently reading a collection of Jack Finney’s short stories–his time travel stories are wonderful!
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