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Gunmetal Magic Mass Market Paperback – July 31, 2012

4.6 out of 5 stars 398 customer reviews
Book 1 of 2 in the Kate Daniels World Series

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     "Set in an alternate Atlanta controlled by three magical factions, Andrews's edgy series stands apart from similar fantasies starring tough crime-solving females owing to its complex world-building and skilled characterizations." — Library Journal

About the Author

Ilona Andrews is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. Together, they are the coauthors of the #1 New York Times bestselling Kate Daniels urban-fantasy series, including Magic Rises, Magic Slays, and Magic Bleeds and the romantic urban-fantasy novels of the Edge, including Steel's Edge, Fate's Edge, and Bayou Moon. They currently reside in Texas with their two children and numerous pets.
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Product Details

  • Series: Kate Daniels World (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Ace; First Printing edition (July 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425256138
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425256138
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (398 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,039 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By M. Wanchoo VINE VOICE on July 30, 2012
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OVERVIEW/ANALYSIS: Gunmetal Magic is an odd book of sorts; its set in the Kate Daniels universe however is not entirely part of the main Kate Daniels books. It is in line with the series continuity but features Andrea Nash as the main narrator. This change in scheduling was mentioned by the authors on their blog, and also the authors announced a novella that was to run concurrently with the events of this book. Thus the book and novella were to come out together with its release so as to give the readers a stronger, action packed story and with Kate as a narrator though in the smaller format.

Let's begin with Gunmetal Magic, it's an Andrea Nash novel and Andrea has been an important character in Kate's journey so far. She began as a minor character whose role was exponentially increased; she was also the first side character to get a short story of her own (Magic Mourns) which coincidentally was also the first short story written by Ilona Andrews for this series. In book 4 (Magic Bleeds) though a crucial event occurred that changed Andrea's dynamics and also lead to a partial absence in book 5 (Magic Slays). These events were very well explained in book 5 (Magic Slays) but in this book we get to see exactly why and what spurred Andrea on to do things the way she did. The book begins with Andrea reliving a particular nightmare and it reveals things about her past that readers have not been privy to so far. Soon however she gets hired to undertake an investigation for a private company that makes it doubly difficult for her as it involves Raphael her ex-boyfriend.
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If you are hedging on buying this book- stop, buy it now, and read it in one sitting. If you are an addicted fan of Ilona Andrews, this is just the wonderful fix you've been looking for. If you have never read Ilona Andrews, this actually isn't a terrible place to start. The book is a solid stand-alone story with a lot of trademark IA fabulousness- action, mythology, monsters, and bad-ass fighting women. You may be happier starting with Kate Daniels' books (it is her world and we all just want to live in it, after all.)

Okay, my opening review paragraph is out of the way, so I'll go a little off-topic. I was TERRIFIED of this book. My must-read authors have been dropping like flies. There is a national epidemic of literary phoning it in (I blame this "publish 4 books a year" nonsense.) Some of my favorite authors have been taking the story that made them great and are spinning it off- concentrating on expanding the story by doing spin-offs with secondary characters within the beloved universe but which are not part of the overall story arc. And most of the time, they totally jump the shark. The series suffers for the decision. I don't have a huge critique as to why I find this to be so, however, I think the lack of the well-considered story arc and the novel, thoughtful building of a world just make these books less than their brothers and sisters. These books are usually stand-alones that are shoved in a dark corner of the overall story-line so they will not impact the original series. Okay, rant ended.

Ilona Andrews, on the other hand, actually made the stand-alone spin-off work. It wasn't perfect- but then my idea of perfect probably involves Kathy Bates hobbling the Andrews writing team and forcing them to finish the series NOW!
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First of all, it should be said that I am a huge, HUGE Kate Daniels fan. It is my all-time favorite series. There is no better female lead character than Kate. The relationship between Curran and Kate also can't be beat (pre- AND post hook-up, which is hard to do). And for me, the showdown between Kate and Roland is one of the most highly anticipated story events to date. I am completely invested in this series, and have found zero fault with books 1 - 5.

That being said, I was a bit hesitant to read Gunmetal Magic, which tells Andrea's story. I like her character in the Kate books (as I like all the supporting characters, good guy or bad guy, I like them all!), however, I didn't know if she could carry a whole book as the lead.

My verdict - the book is good. Not something I would re-read though (I have re-read all the Kate books several times, and I enjoy it each time). The 3 stars comes from my personal bias - I think I just favor Kate's point of view way too much, so I couldn't really get into Andrea's narration. There really are no big faults with this book - the story is engaging, the tension and outcome of the Raphael/Andrea relationship was well done, and I like that we get to know a side character more (Roman). But yeah, I'm just biased towards my girl Kate and her narration, which I guess is one of the drawbacks of a spinoff book - readers can't help but do the comparison thing.

Magic Gifts novella -
haha, 5 stars for this of course! A short story that complemented Gunmetal Magic - Kate and Curran had their hands full with "something" during parts of Andrea's story, and here we see what it was. Ghastek, one of my favorite supporting characters, is also featured here, as well as Jim. Nice complete story line, and it does add some new things to the goings-on of Kate.
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