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Gunmetal Magic Mass Market Paperback – July 31, 2012
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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.Read more ›
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!Read more ›
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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I love all of Ilona Andrews work particularly the sequels to the Original Kate seriesPublished 1 month ago by Constance
I love this series, and love this venture into side characters. Well written, fully realized and could easily become a series on its own.Published 2 months ago by Barbara Swanson
Andrea lets loose! I loved this. We finally get Kate's best friend's backstory and it's crazy. Love the action and humor. Magic and sex what else do you need? Oh yeah good writing! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Barbara Arnold
Gunmetal Magic is a book about Andrea although we do see other characters (Kate/Curran) pop up in the book. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Danielle Taylor