Rachel Neumeier

Fantasy and Young Adult Fantasy Author

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Recent reading: Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews

Wow, opinions are all over the place on this one! I usually avoid reviews till I read the book, but I hadn’t really expected such a spread. Keertana at Ivy Book Bindings found it disappointing, but Chachic at Chachic’s Book Nook really enjoyed it and Adina at Adina‚Äôs Book Blog thought it was great — gave it a 9.5 out of 10.

Though I don’t think Magic Rises was flawless, I definitely come down on the loved-it end of the spectrum. The snappy dialogue makes this series for me, it really does. “I wondered what he’d do if I asked him about second breakfast.” “Oops, sorry, we broke your rock.” I don’t have the book in front of me right now, so those probably aren’t exact quotes, but they’re close and they made me laugh out loud. Honestly, you all need to read this series just to get to the “Sorry we broke your rock” scene, which is totally classic Kate / Curren.

I don’t think I’m just automatically rating Ilona Andrews’ books up there out of habit. For me, Steel’s Edge was the one that was disappointing, and up till then I really liked all the Edge books. For me, the plot of Magic Rises was just okay, but it was okay, and the interaction of the characters and priceless dialogue continues to keep the Kate Daniels series right up there at the top of the UF / Paranormal list.

I’m definitely looking forward to the next book in this series. I believe the publisher’s initial plan was to go to seven books, but I hear rumors that now they may just continue the series until Ilona Andrews wants to bring it to a close, and no wonder, given its popularity.

If you’ve read this one already, what did you think?

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