Review: Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews

December 16, 2014     Danielle Romero     4.5Stars, reviews

Review: Magic Burns by Ilona AndrewsMagic Burns by Ilona Andrews
Series: Kate Daniels #2
Also in this series: Magic Bites, Magic Strikes, Magic Bleeds, Magic Slays
Also by this author: Burn for Me, Magic Bites, Magic Strikes, Magic Bleeds, Magic Slays, Magic Binds, White Hot, Wildfire
Published by Penguin on April 2008
Genres: Fiction, Urban Fantasy
Format: Paperback
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…

my thoughtsAfter reading the first book in this series I immediately picked up the second book to see where the storyline went and how the characters would further develop.

I have to say I felt Andrews did a better job with this book because it started to piece together some of the things that didn’t make sense in the first book. The book starts off by explaining Kate’s world with much more clarity and it really helped me to understand the difference between the Tech and Magic shifts and why they were there. The world building was fantastic in this book! While Andrews introduced us to mythology in this book the regular world was still there in the background. I started to understand the difference between the Order, Guild, and all of the police type of agencies. I also loved the role that magic played in this book because there was a flare going on of strictly magical times it was interesting to watch Kate open up about her powers and her true use of them. I highly enjoyed the extra magical elements to this book.

Not only did the world building get better the characters started to define themselves and stand out more to me. In the first book all of the characters were there but they lacked the right amount of emotion in my opinion. They were a little lacking on the page in the first book and since I’m a character driven reader I wanted Kate and the gang to have more spunk to them, more life. I certainly got that in this book as Kate started to show us not just her magical abilities but also her feelings and what her heart truly wants. Of course who could bring up character developments without mentioning the Beast Lord. I thought Curran’s character had so much more depth in this book. He becomes more than just the Beast Lord and he starts to develop into an Alpha male character that I can swoon over. He became more than just the tough Alpha and started to slowly show us more sides of his personality. To top everything off there was more humor and sarcasm in this novel which tied everything together quite nicely.

Overall, I can’t wait to read more about Kate, Curran and the rest of the shapeshifters. I feel that this book was better than the first and I hope that the third is even better than this one!

4 half coffee cups

about the authorIlona Andrews is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. “Ilona is a native-born Russian and Gordon is a former communications sergeant in the U.S. Army. Contrary to popular belief, Gordon was never an intelligence officer with a license to kill, and Ilona was never the mysterious Russian spy who seduced him. They met in college, in English Composition 101, where Ilona got a better grade. (Gordon is still sore about that.)

Gordon and Ilona currently reside in Oregon with their two children, three dogs and a cat. They have co-authored two series, the bestselling urban fantasy of Kate Daniels and romantic urban fantasy of The Edge.