Wednesday, 4 January 2012
Magic Burns - Ilona Andrews
Magic Burns (Kate Daniels #2) - Ilona Andrews
Grade: Adult - UF
Rating: 5/5 stars
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. (Description from Goodreads)
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I absolutely adore this book! I cannot remember the last time I laughed so much. While the series certainly wouldn't be labelled a "humour" book, the one-liners and tension filled conversations are insanely funny, that you can't help wanting more.
Magic Burns takes us further into the world of shifting power and magic. We get a better understanding of how society is constantly shifting between tech and magic, as though on a pendulum swinging between the two zones. Magic is taking over throughout the book, leaving less time in the tech zone and causing quite a few problems because of it.
Kate is an amazing protagonist. She is loyal and fierce and I love that she can't seem to control what words come out of her mouth. Despite realising just how much trouble her mouth gets her in, there's an unstoppable need to say the first thing that comes to mind. Her fighting skills are amazing, I wouldn't want to come up against her. I love Slayer, it's the coolest sword ever. And yet, she's got some super power magic mystery going on. I think I've managed to piece together some of the mystery, but there are still parts left undisclosed.
I love how the characters keep developing. Derek was a young wolf in Might Bite and has turned into someone loyal, protective and dangerous. Saiman, god I love him, he's so crazy you can't escape him, and I find it interesting how different he is from everyone else, magic affects him deeper, makes me wonder what he'll do next. And Curran - sweet, funny, fierce, sexy, in control Curran - Can't get enough of this man.
Can't wait to get into Magic Strikes.
(Originally posted on Goodreads)