Monday, May 11, 2015

Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews [Review]

 Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews
Magic Burns (Kate Daniels #2) by Ilona Andrews
Format: paperback
Source: purchased
Date read: January 25, 2015

Kate Daniels
0.5. A Questionable Client
1. Magic Bites
2. Magic Burns - Paperback | Kindle
3. Magic Strikes
4. Magic Bleeds
Curran POV Collection
5. Magic Slays
5.4. Magic Gifts
5.5. Gunmetal Magic
6. Magic Rises
7. Magic Breaks
8. Magic Shifts

Ilona Andrews
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
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…
Thoughts on Magic Burns: The reread continues and HOLY TOLEDO I'm loving it. Like book 1, I remember very little of how the plot played out, so I got to experience the crazy all over again. (Yes, I'm still remarkably fixating on Kate and Curran and their little mating dance. They're both trying SO HARD to stay out of each others' orbit and they both fail so magnificently.)

(Also, I LOVE the threads that are laid out here that we won't get more detail on until later books. Andrea, I'm looking at you and Raphael.)

More whispers of Kate's past. More glimpses of the incredible power she holds inside her. More blood. More guts. More fish breath. The last one was kinda gross. No body likes fish breath. But I digress. The bone-deep changes of this post-Flare world are laid out in even more detail. I adore seeing the bits and pieces come together as Kate has to interact with different aspects of the paranormal critters who inhabit it.

Speaking of which, the city is a character in itself. The Honeycomb, the broken buildings, the slices of normal that pop up unexpectedly. I love it.


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