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Gunmetal Magic Mass Market Paperback – July 31, 2012
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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 and the romantic urban fantasy novels of the Edge. They currently reside in Texas with their two children and numerous pets.
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Before reading this book, I read a couple of reviews for it…someone said Gunmetal Magic read just like a Kate Daniels novel if you swapped out Andrea/Raphael and replaced it with Kate/Curran; except you probably wouldn’t love Andrea/Raphael as much as Kate/Curran. Yup, true. While I loved Andrea and Raphael as supporting characters in the Kate Daniels series, seeing them in their own book I didn’t like them as much. Yes, I was laughing-out-loud at all the snarky dialogue and banter but I was just as much annoyed with Andrea and occasionally Raphael.
Andrea has always been a stickler for rules but in Gunmetal Magic after embracing her beastkin side she started dressing differently and breaking rules left and right. I get it but it came across too attention needy, like she needed to prove herself. I’ve always seen Andrea as a kick-a** heroine but here…every thing she did it seemed like it was being done for show. Every stunt was like a giant flashing sign that said ‘Look at me! I’m not miss goody two-shoes anymore, I’m a badas* bouda!’. It got old real fast. I mean, embracing it is fine but don't flaunt it (she was walking all over town in her beastkin form for the hell of it, I don't recall any shifters doing that). Then there was the whole Raphael situation. She was doing everything she could to get him back but when she found out he lied about something to make her jealous, to ‘punish’ her…she flipped out and said she didn’t want to be with him. I think when Andrea dropped Raphael with no explanation and made him think she dead was way worst. That’s just me. This book consisted of Andrea and Raphael running circles around each-other. They were dying to get back together but since their pride and ego were too big they spent 90% of the book beating around the bush, talking smack and tortuously flirting with one another. Honestly, if they just talked it out from the beginning the book would have been about 100 pages.
I also didn’t like the main plot. It was by no means terrible, it’s just I didn’t care for it. For example the big final scene with Anapa, clay Adep and the little cult, I was so bored I started to skim. I love Egyptian mythology, and initially thought it was cool how the authors incorporated it into the plot but as more was revealed I began to lose interest. It’s probably starting to sound like I dislike this book…but no there were some saving points! The three saving points are: Ascanio, pack lawyer Barabas and Roman (and tiny glimpses of Julie and Derek)! Remember when I said I was laughing-out-loud? Well the scenes/dialogue with these three were hilarious. I missed seeing Ascanio and who knew Barabas can be so funny? As for Roman, I haven’t read the Kate series for a couple of years and my memory is a bit foggy but I thought he was charming and funny…even when he wasn’t trying to be!
While I didn’t love Gunmetal Magic like I hoped I would, I still thought it was a good book. It was nice to learn more about Andrea and the pack…and seeing familiar faces. It’s been a long time since I’ve been in Kate’s world and it felt so good to be back. Now onward to the next Kate book!
I actually ended up liking Andrea a lot more after this book. She really grew and learned to accept herself and figure out just how strong she really is. Although she was always tough it was also obvious that she was capable of more and lacked in self-confidence in some areas of her life. Andrea's emotional damage from when she was younger felt realistic and yet gave her character some depth. In this book Andrea comes to grips with her shifter side, Aunt B and the Pack and her feelings and relationship with Raphael. However, as important as this is all of it is really sub-plots within a larger action oriented plot with lots of action, the great mythology you expect from IA and appearances from some of our favorite characters in the Kate Daniels world.
So why 4 stars instead of 5. I wanted more from Raphael. He came off as a bit spoiled and whiney. We got Andrea's side of the story but it would have been nice to understand Raphael's a bit more. Some of his actions were just cruel and it would have been better to understand where he was coming from and why he couldn't understand where Andrea was coming from.
Still I'm glad I read this and it's a wonderful addition to the series.
Gunmetal Magic was wonderful, giving us the Kate Daniels' world from Andrea's perspective and introducing us to people and places we wouldn't normally get a chance to visit. It's a blast seeing things in a whole new light, and really digging in to Andrea's place in things. Just like all the other Kate Daniels novels, it's fun, it's violent, and Andrea is a wonderful example of a grown up dealing with things, if not always in the most mature fashion at least like a freaking adult. Plus, we get to know Roman better. And I, for one, would love to see him in every other KD book in the series.
Magic Gifts is a Kate Daniels novella bundled with Gunmetal Magic that takes place at the same time as Andrea's story. Seeing how Kate handles herself her versus how she operated in the first book is amazing. I honestly wish this novella could be expanded because the cool stuff we get to learn about, like the Vikings and the Native tribes are phenomenal and things I've been wondering about for ages. Kate's a blast, Curran's amusing, and Ghastek gets his butt kicked which is always a treat.
Highly, highly recommend both!