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By Vinity on 07-31-13
I'm still sort of in shock. First, thank you Recorded Books and audible for getting this up same day as the national release.
Now, OMG! The Andrews team have REALLY upped the bar on this series and it was at the top of it's genre going in. We have LOTS of new information, some answers and a few very interesting new characters. The mythology gets more intense and complicated. This story is a departure from the "case" based plots we've had up till now. It pretty much hits the ground as adventure from page one. You're going to see nearly all the favorite secondary cast. This series just gets more amazing each book.
Hint though, be sure to have tissues handy, it's a hard ride and there are some bad things that happen.
As always Renee Raudman does a perfect job.
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By Melissa on 07-31-13
Great addition to the story
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
I would definitely recommend this book, and have done so. I have followed the Kate Daniels series since getting the first book due to an audible recommendation, and this plot works well within the framework of the world created by Ilona and Andrew. The plot is forward moving, for both the series and as a stand alone novel. I do think that the rest of the series adds to this novel in that certain events in the novel gain reader emotional responses due to the prior depiction of them in earlier books. What impressed me was how seamlessly the authors interwove the fantasy elements with the emotional elements. Relationship issues are often secondary or minor subplots that seem unrelated to the main story, so you question as a reader "why is this even in this book?", that is not the case here. The relationship issues are due to the over arcing plot of the whole series, and are fitting with the first person pov, and the plot arcs addressed in the book. For this genre, it is a tightly written work, with more showing than telling, and that draws the reader in.
What other book might you compare Magic Rises to and why?
Nallini Singh's Guild Hunter and Seanan McGuire's October Daye series are the closest of the series that really compares, also Anne Bishops' Written in Red (first in a new series) because they both combine the urban fantasy and the emotional/relationship elements in a seamless manner. All these books (series really) work hard at making the 'everyday' events realistic within the surreal nature of the worlds created by the authors. Children, transportation, nutrition and medical concerns are not whisked away in favor of the action, nor are the action sequences gratuitous. Bad things happen and they have consequences beyond the plot point of one book, the characters natures change.
What about Renee Raudman’s performance did you like?
I enjoy Renee Raudman's narration of this and other books. She manages to give each character a distinct voice that is fitting for that character.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
Sometimes intrigue and danger is worth challenging for the children.
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