Magic Rises

You know how sometimes you read a book, especially as an author, and you close it, and you just want to applaud the author for their brilliance? Yeah. That. I finally got to read Magic Rises last night, the latest instalment in Ilona Andrews’s Kate Daniels series.

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Oh. My. Word.

You guys! THIS is how pacing is supposed to be done!

I know the book benefits from the weight of 6 previous novels and 3 previous novellas – and do not underestimate the emotional weight that that can carry – but seriously. This book had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. I stayed up late the night before my first day on the new job, because I stopped at a point that literally left me emotionally distraught, and although I tried to put the book down by stopping for a shower, I knew that I wouldn’t sleep properly because I was too keyed up – I had to have this plot line resolved for the sake of my own emotions, forget the main character’s! 😀 On the authors’ website, they have a review snippet that says, “I am emotionally spent. No one can say Kate and Curran are boring now that they are mated. I need a cookie or something.” (Jen of Red Hot Books) Emotionally spent is totally the right description. This book is GRIPPING, y’all. GRIPPING.

So yes, this is my official recommendation: if you haven’t read Ilona Andrews before, and you like urban fantasy with a kickass heroine, highly relatable relationships, romantic tension, cool worldbuilding (including the most GENIUS things with real-life history/mythology), and utterly superb pacing, particularly in the later books (they just keep getting better!), then do yourself a favour and go check out the Kate Daniels series. They are awesome. I heart them. /nodnod. 😀

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