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Magic Burns (Kate Daniels) Mass Market Paperback – April 1, 2008
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After I finished the first book of this series I was seriously worried that we were headed down the path to another of the too powerful to be believable heroines. The characters were interesting and the author's idea for bringing magic and technology together was good, but I seriously wondered if our Heroine was going to be another Anita Blake who develops new powers every other page.
Book 2. Ilona Andrews gets a big thumb up for letting her heroine get her butt royally kicked several times in the book. She's still a really bratty, smart-mouthed girl who happens to be really, really powerful in magic and other things. Here's the great part. There is a good explanation for a lot of it. She doesn't just magically have powers, she has been to schools and she studies on her own to get better. What? A heroine who works at it?? Thank you, Ms. Andrews, for writing with your brain intact.
The second book starts up pretty much where the first book left off. Kate, our heroine, is still struggling financially, has a hard time keeping a boyfriend and doesn't play nice with others. Her interactions with other paranormal groups continue and she keeps trying to do good while staying as sassy and likable as before.
The storyline follows Kate through the advent of a major surge/spike in magic and the interactions of several different groups who are being affected. The Beastlord who she flirted/fought with during the first book remains a strong supporting character, but Ms. Andrews doesn't just throw them together for the almost mandatory sex that these books too often include without a good reason. Again, nice job Ms. Andrews.
Fans of the series should not be disappointed by this new installment. This reads like a separate episode - while it does help to have some prior knowledge of the universe, it may not be required for you to enjoy this second book. The romantic fans will be titillated by Magic Burns as Kate's relationship with Curran really starts getting interesting and a rival enters the battle.
Books like this are typically not my "thing," but I have to give the author credit for a work that I finished at a break-neck pace. Magic Burns is full of action, adventure, mystery, humor, and a touch of romance. The emphasis of Magic Burns is the action - the dark qualities aren't quite as strong as they were in Bites, and the mystery is a little rushed. Humor in a book like this is a delicate balance - alternating between comedy and dark adventure is tricky, especially while keeping up the momentum of the plot. Overdoing the one-liners can turn a book into pure schlock or a belly-laugh. In Magic Burns there are some phrases that are a little overused ("In your dreams!"), some reactions that seem unreasonable or cartoonish.Read more ›
* She doesn't do 'humble'
* She has cute bows on her panties
Intrigued? You should be. If you're a strong fan of kickbutt urban fantasy heroines, you need to meet Kate.
Kate lives in an alternate Atlanta in a world where magic has returned and it comes in waves with technology. Aside from double coping skills, she's got two jobs--one with the Order and One with the Merc Guild. Add to that, two mortgages and enough trouble on her plate that she needs a clone or two to give her a hand.
Someone's stealing valuable maps from the weres and she's got to get them back. A misguided coven makes an alliance with the wrong Celtic God and Kate's stuck with the coven leader's daughter. And the girl comes with all the troubles teenage girls are prone to--and then some. You see, she's a virgin and her boyfriend wants to try and use her for some powerful mojo.
What I'm most impresed with Ilona Andrews' sophomore effort is that she's taken a great start in "Magic Bites" and made it better. Clearly, she's done her mythological research and synthesized it into her manuscript seamlessly. Strong fantasy and titilating romance blend with enough elements of both to keep both camps happy.
"Magic Bites" was an impressive entry into the urban fantasy genre. "Magic Bites" establishes Ilona Andrews as an author who's going to keep honing her craft until she reaches the top of the charts. I wish her every success in that endeavor and I'll be waiting for the next installment.
Magic Bites (Kate Daniels Series, Book 1)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I absolutely love this series. It's probably my third time reading it through. The first book was memorable but the stories just get better and better.Published 14 hours ago by soltei rei
Kate is now firmly working as a knight/merc becomes entangled with an archer that disappears in thin air, this leads to more world building and introduction to secondary characters... Read morePublished 2 days ago by NMaret
Enjoyed from cover to cover and that's just about everything I have ever read from this amazing Duo! Enjoy readingPublished 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
This was too violent for me and all the magical characters too assorted and mixed up. I wouldn't read this again.Published 18 days ago by Amazon Customer
It's absolutely brilliant how realistic this urban fantasy series is. Heck, no one can deny you just love how Kate and Curran infuriate each other. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Selenity Jade (Coffee Addicts Book Reviews)
Read the series, you have plenty of grand reviews to read, mine won't add much other than to say I've lost count how many times I've read this series lol each time it's better than... Read morePublished 26 days ago by Laurie P.
I love this series and have lost count the number of times i have reread it. An action packed adventure in a post apocolyptic world where magic reigns supreme. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Sarah Williams
I love this series so I was sold from the first page. It is a fun read with such great imagination. Just enough detail to let the reader fill out the the nasty images and feel to... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Diane B.