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Sunday, January 31, 2010

Review: Magic Burns (Kate Daniels #2) by Ilona Andrews


where I got my copy: Library
where to buy: B&N, Amazon, Borders

As a mercenary who cleans up after magic gone wrong, Kate Daniels knows how waves of paranormal energy ebb and flow across Atlanta like a tide. But once every seven years, a flare comes, a time when magic runs rampant. When Kate sets out to retrieve a set of stolen maps for the Pack, Atlanta's paramilitary clan of shape shifters, she quickly realizes much more is at stake. The stolen maps are only the opening gambit in an epic tug of war between two gods hoping for rebirth, and if Kate can't stop the cataclysmic showdown, the city may not survive.

Well then let's get to it right away, shall we? Kate Daniels has managed yet again to attract some unwanted attention, the magic flactuation is getting worst this time. Someone has stolen a Pack's map, a thing of importance stating all Pack interest, zones, etc... Derek our young shifter-lad asked a favor to Kate to retrieve it and as expected Kate accomplished that favor and encountered the thief who owned the crossbow that she got during a Salamader and Arsonist gig she had with Jim. His name is Bran, who have an impressive power to vanish into thin air and if he's injured he manage to regenerate while he does it. I like him. He might appear to be a bastard you wanted to repeatly slap but in the end he lived up to be a hero that he is. There was also a matter of missing Coven members in Honeycomb. One of them is the mother of the child that Kate found by the bottomless pit. Her name is Julie, she looks innocent and lost and seems to have a phobia with vampires but underneath all that lies power. According to Kate, Julie is a live m-scanner, she can tell what color of magic an entity has. The child thinks it is useless but tell that to the navigator named Bolgor the Shepard and his revolting soldiers called the reeves, I have learned that they are Fomorian. Who is out to get the goddess Morrigan a.k.a the goddess of war. But what does Julie have to do with it? ahh... that's for you to find out.

So... my book blogger friends are right. Book two gets better. First I am now acquainted with the terms. Second, Curran seems to be softening up with Kate, had that little soup incident and he had that hearty laugh when Kate told him that she would not spot him but she will give verbal pushing, up until about she opened her mouth at the topic of Crest and Myong. Third, Kate seems to have a better interaction with the People and the Pack (better than on the first book at least). Our protag's smart mouth has also doubled the amusement factor. Her developed guardianship towards Julie made her seems more human than the bad ass merc that she is and that added points to my book.

Kate's bloodline is still unclear to me. When am I going to find out? When can I get more Kate-Curran interaction? The anticipation is killing me and I have no book three yet. sigh. Clues are welcome.
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Wrighty said...

Glad to hear it gets better. I'll be patient if I struggle a bit with the first one! Great review!

Barbara said...

I couldn't read the first one although I might give it another try. Sometimes it helps to set aside a book for a bit and then go back to it.

PeaceLove&Pat said...

Ilona actually said that she recommends to start with book 2. see her comment on my review of Magic Bites :)

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