Thursday, 4 July 2013

Review: Magic Burns - Ilona Andrews

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As a mercenary who cleans up after magic gone wrong, Kate Daniels has seen her share of occupational hazards. Normally, waves of paranormal energy ebb and flow across Atlanta like a tide. But once every seven years the city has to deal with a flare, when magic runs rampant, and the danger levels are higher than ever.

Kate is tasked with retrieving a set of maps stolen from the Pack, Atlanta's paramilitary clan of shapeshifters, and it's not long before she discovers she has stepped into the middle of something much scarier than a simple theft. Gods and goddesses can manifest during a flare - and Kate is about to discover that the stolen maps are the opening gambit in an epic tug-of-war between two gods both striving for rebirth. And Kate is in the middle.

If Kate can't stop the cataclysmic showdown, the city may not survive . . .

The Kate Daniels Series:
A Questionable Client (Short Story in the Magic Graves anthology)
Magic Bites
Magic Burns
Magic Strikes
Magic Mourns (Novella included in the Must Love Hellhounds anthology or available separately as an ebook)
Magic Bleeds
Magic Dreams (Novella included in the Hexed anthology or available separately as an ebook)
Magic Slays
Magic Tests (Short Story included in the An Apple for the Creature anthology)
Magic Gifts (Novella available for a limited time as a free ebook from the authors and included in the print version of Gunmetal Magic)
Gunmetal Magic (Kate Daniel's World book 1)
Retribution Clause (Short Story in the Hex Appeal anthology)
Magic Rises
Magic Steals (Novella included in the Night Shift anthology)
Magic Breaks
Magic Shifts
Magic Stars (Novella, Grey Wolf book 1)
Magic Binds

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Review:
I had forgotten how much I enjoyed Magic Bites until my friends encouraged me to join them on a group read of this series and I re-read it recently. Now I can't for the life of me figure out why I never carried on reading the series! Magic Burns had everything I loved about Magic Bites and then some, you have more of kick ass Kate, more action, more world building, fantastic character development and most importantly more Curran! Yes, I'll admit it - I've fallen head over heels for the Beast Lord and I absolutely love every single interaction between him and Kate. In some ways I wish they'd hurry up and become a couple but really I'm enjoying the build up so much that I don't mind the wait. You just know they are going to be explosive when they finally do give in to temptation and I'm looking forward to every second of it. The banter between them is fantastic and I their conversations have me alternating between laughing out loud and swooning over Curran. If I had to give you my favourite word from Magic Burns it would be "Psych" and I'm sure everyone who has read the book will know exactly what I'm talking about.

I was glad to see that we started to uncover more about Kate's past and her abilities in this instalment. She is a fantastic urban fantasy heroine, someone who always does what she thinks is right no matter how hard it is and someone who refuses to back down from a challenge. She isn't always the strongest physically, especially around the shapeshifters, but she has the training to back her up and she is incredibly skilled with her sword. I really loved the way she took care of Julie (a young girl whose mother was part of a witch coven that had disappeared and who Kate was trying to find) and how she took the time to explain things to her. She didn't lay down the law but tried to help Julie make the best decisions by making sure she was fully informed of the consequences of her actions.

We also get to see more of Derek and Jim who happen to be some of my favourite characters in the series apart from Kate and Curran. I love the way we are starting to learn more about all of their backgrounds and I really liked the introduction of Andrea who is shaping up to become a good friend for Kate. Having been such a loner in the first book Kate is now starting to build a network of allies and friends around her and it was nice to see her have that extra support when she needed it. She is wary of letting anyone close but once people make it past her defences she is as loyal as they come.

Magic Burns was a fantastic instalment to a series that is fast becoming one of my favourites. I have already ordered all of the books that are currently available and I'm looking forward to devouring them as soon as possible. If you haven't started the series yet then I'd highly recommend it but I would suggest starting with Magic Bites so you get to enjoy the overall character development. Now I'm off to read Magic Strikes for my next fix of Kate and Curran!

Source: Purchased

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