Wednesday, October 1, 2014

GUNMETAL MAGIC by Ilona Andrews

A Novel in the World of Kate Daniels
ACE Books
July 31st, 2014
ISBN: 978-0-425-25613-8
Fantasy/Urban Fantasy, action-Adventure
Mass Market Paperback
Reviewed by Dawn (
Obtained by Self-Purchase
4 Hearts

For Andrea Nash, being kicked out of the Order of Knights Merciful for being a shifter, she has no idea what to do and her life is in shambles. Trying to pick herself up after that loss is hard and her best friend, Kate asks her to help out at her investigative firm, Cutting Edge. She never anticipated getting a case that involves her ex, Raphael Medrano, the alpha from Clan Bouda or that she will have to make a choice to join with Clan Bouda or be forced to leave Atlanta and her friends. Andrea is determined to solve the case, ignore Raphael and get on with her life. She just never anticipated finding herself drawn back to Raphael or that the killer will lead her on a chase that could end her life as well as the world as she knows it. Life is just about to get interesting in Atlanta…

Ilona Andrews is a talented writing team and I devour their books like mad. With heart stopping action to a bit of romance to a cast of characters you can’t help but fall in love with, the reader is taken on a wild ride from start to finish with a book by this author. The story kicks off with a bang and the mystery goes into overdrive. When Andrea and Raphael finally get face to face you can see the sparks fly right off the pages. These two characters are two very strong dominant personalities and I was on the edge of my seat to see if these two could reconcile amid all the carnage, mystery and more. What I really enjoyed was seeing some of the secondary characters become front and center in a story. Kate and Curran pop up occasionally but this was Andrea’s story. The plot is strong with a few twists that left me gasping as I flipped the pages to see what happens next for these stalwart characters.

This was a different sort of book. It featured a major secondary character from Kate Daniels Series and we finally see what made Andrea make the decisions she did after the events from Magic Bleeds and Magic Slays (books 4 &5 in Kate Daniels Series). The author does a great job in putting all those threads together in the story and gives Andrea a great storyline that meshes in the Kate Daniels Series perfectly. This was a curious story since it involves secondary characters, Kate and Curran were involved in something other than Andrea’s storyline and the authors did a great job in keeping Andrea’s voice and point of view from sounding too much like Kate’s in the book. Overall, this book rocked with Andrea as the main POV and helped answer questions a reader may have had about that sub-plot in the Kate Daniels series as well as introducing new characters, monsters and mythology to keep the reader glued to the pages.  The reader also gets to see more of Atlanta as well. GUNMETAL MAGIC gives the reader glimpse of the city that we haven’t been to yet and it was a testament to the authors’ world building and pulls it off magically in GUNMETAL MAGIC. The dialogue is striking, the emotions conveyed perfectly of the characters and this is a perfect addition into the Kate Daniels Series.

GUNMETAL MAGIC is a wonderful companion to the Kate Daniels world and with a bonus novella, Magic Gifts (Kate Daniels story) that helps the reader see more answers to Andrea’s storyline as well. With their trademark storytelling, Ilona Andrews delivers a story about a deeply damaged person trying to find t heir place in life when it imploded. The author does a marvelous job in keeping Andrea front and center, the reader glued to the pages and left eager for more. If you haven’t tried the Kate Daniels series, I highly recommend it. You won’t regret it.

GUNMETAL MAGIC is truly one wild ride from start to finish and one I look forward to reading again in the future. For those who are fans of the author or just discovering this series, be prepared to read all night as these stories keep you highly entertained and on the edge of your seat.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement

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