Magic Rises

(Kate Daniels, Bk. 6). 13 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 15 hrs. Recorded Bks. 2013. ISBN 9781470376413. $123.75; 2 MP3-CDs. library ed.; Playaway digital; digital download. F
OrangeReviewStarThe latest in Andrews's series (after Magic Slays) finds Kate and her partner, werelion Curran, departing an alternate Atlanta for the Black Sea. Many of their Pack's shape-shifting children are not surviving to adulthood, and they're on a quest to find something to help. Exciting and fast-paced, the story is filled with pirates, romance, Middle Eastern history and mythology, and monsters. Andrews, the nom de plume of husband-and-wife writing team of Ilona and Andrew Gordon, is a gem of the paranormal fantasy genre. Plot and characters are well motivated and feel natural. Andrews's new audio publisher Recorded Books—previous audiobooks were released by Tantor—has retained Renee Raudman, who voiced the previous books in this series. Her gentle voice softens a sometimes violent and gory tale.
VERDICT This is paranormal fiction at its best. Recommend to readers of the genre including existing fans and those new to the series, who will be able to jump in with no problem.
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