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

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Review: Magic Burns (Kate Daniels #2) by Ilona AndrewsMagic Burns (Kate Daniels, #2) by Ilona Andrews
Series: Kate Daniels #2
Published by Berkley Publishing Group on April 1st, 2008
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 260

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…

When I started reading this series October of last year, I had no idea the impact it would bring to my reading life. Sounds a bit melodramatic, no? But I’m not the type of reader who binge on a series. I just don’t have the disposition for it. I get so bored easily that bingeing on a long series is nearly impossible. Or so I thought until this series. And if there was a moment in the book where everything clicked for me, it would be this hilarious exchange between Curran and Kate:

“Not only will you sleep with me, but you will say ‘please.'”
I stared at him, shocked.
The smile widened. “You will say ‘please’ before and ‘thank you’ after.”
Nervous laughter bubbled up. “You’ve gone insane. All that peroxide in your hair finally did your brain in, Goldilocks.”

The romance between these two won’t be realized until the fourth book but Ilona Andrews has laid a solid groundwork for one of the most enduring and explosive pairing in UF and romance. There is another scene between Curran and Kate that was a lot more tender than this one, and it shows how much Curran is starting to care for Kate.

Romance aside, this book has a tighter plot than the first one. It also introduced some of the most beloved characters in the series: Julie, Andrea, and Raphael. These three, aside from Curran and Derek, would be Kate’s greatest support in her quest to destroy Roland. And if there’s anything I loved more than the romance, it’s friendship between characters, especially the female characters.

Kate started out as a loner. She spent her life avoiding attachments as much as possible. But in just two books, she collected a group of people who will be loyal to her no matter what. She might not know it yet but they will be her greatest asset in defeating Roland.

There are so many things to loved about this book. I especially enjoyed Bran and the introduction of the witch oracle. The villain was a bit forgettable but Bran more than made up for it.

Other than the weak villain, I loved this book. I loved how Kate is starting to feel more confident and is using her powers more. Magic Burns is definitely worth the revisit.

About Ilona Andrews

Ilona 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.

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