Down in Atlanta, tempers — and temperatures — are about to flare…
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, a flare comes, a time when magic runs rampant. Now Kate’s going to have to deal with problems on a much bigger scale: a divine one.
When Kate sets out to retrieve a set of stolen maps for the Pack, Atlanta’s paramilitary clan of shapeshifters, she quickly realizes much more at stake. During a flare, gods and goddesses can manifest — and battle for power. 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…
If first book of the Kate Daniels Series, Magic Bites, sets the stage, then Magic Burns lifts the curtain. What starts off as a simple favor for the local pack, turns completely around when Kate rescues a young girl who’s witch mother has disappeared. Getting drawn into a fight she didn’t go looking for (for once), Kate finds herself in the middle of two ancient gods trying to manifest into the world. One is bad and the other is just evil.
This is a good follow-up to Magic Bites. This series is like a puzzle to me. You think you got it and yet another layer is added. Yep, that’s it, layers. Kate and all the other characters don’t spring into the books fully developed. You learn just a bit more book by book. I like that. The characters grow, the back story is slowly revealed and world building keeps on building. The rules are not hard and fast; the line can move at any time.
The story and plot line. in Magic Burns, flow a bit more smoothly than the first of the series. There’s action everywhere and not just involving Kate and Curran. Other characters are drawn into the book and teasers abound. Gordon and Ilona Andrews have a unique gift of description, world building, and character development that I’ve rarely enjoyed more.
This series can be hard to explain unless you experience it. For example, my daughter-to-be was looking for something to read. I tried explaining the series a little and she said, “Meh”. Not to be deterred, I gifted her the first book. She wasn’t real impressed during the first third of Magic Bites, but then it kicked in. The next day, she asked about the next book, this one, Magic Burns. I gifted that one, and now day by day, I get questions and pretty please can you send me the next in the series (she’s a vet student and paying for that doesn’t leave much room in her budget for fun books). Now, she has my son reading them. You have to understand my son, he doesn’t read “regular” books. He’s a comic kind of guy. To have him actually pick up something other than that is big kudos to the author.
Didn’t mean this to turn into a family gathering but I feel some overlook this series and wanted to nudge a bit. Part of the experience of reading the Kate Daniels series is getting hooked by the Ilona Andrews website. There are tidbits, stories and a very entertaining blog to read. Everyday, I check their website to see what’s happening in their world and the life stories they tell. It’s like having a pen pal but you share her/him with hundreds of others.
As you can tell, I’m a big fan. Not just of their novels but of them as people. They’re warm and open and share with their fans. I’d love to meet them one day.
However much I like them, I think I can give an honest review about their individual books.
My rating: 4.5 Stars