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Magic Burns (Kate Daniels) Mass Market Paperback – April 1, 2008
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"Fans of urban fantasy will delight in Ilona Andrews' alternate-universe Atlanta." -FRESH FICTION
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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Late Daniels, suddenly finds herself petitioned to do several jobs at once. All the jobs lead her to what easily could be a battle to the death. The Magic is into a fluctuation that releases a potent 'flare' every seven years. When magic lets loose the conditions in Atlanta are crazed. Buildings melt, shape-shifters have difficulty holding their 'human' shapes and more. It drives persons insane.
The flare is upon them, this time precious maps held sacred and close by the Pack are stolen and Kate's help is needed to retrieve them. What she finds is Gods and Goddesses fighting each other using Atlanta as their battleground. It will take Kate's powers, the Pack, The People, and the Witches to try and expel these 'foreigners.'
This is a fast pace, action packed, emotional book. Now, I really understand the power of Ms. Andrews pen.
I inhaled this book like a ravenous dog treated to a sausage. By the time I had finished, my eyes were blurry from focusing on small print for too many hours nonstop and I had a monster headache, but I have zero regrets. Since there was no way I was going to bed until I finished "Magic Burns," I must assign it my top rating. I think it's safe to say that this series has captivated me completely.
Does this mean that Andrews added a real romance to the plot? Sort of. The small sign posts Andrews had posted in book one regarding Kate and Curran have turned into big, blinking road blocks that shout, "Warning, Romance is Eminent." Maybe by the next book they'll get somewhere, but to be honest, I am in no hurry. Courtship does not come easy for characters like these, and I fully expect that hell will freeze over before Kate submits to any of Curran's alpha-driven demands. Someone is going to have to bend over backwards to make this relationship work, and I can't wait to see who it will be.
All the characters we met in "Magic Bites" are back in Kate's life, and the story moves along at a good clip since Andrews doesn't have to build everyone from scratch. This book closes with an awesome battle between the Pack and a freaking god no less, which resembles a battle scene from "Lord of the Rings" in my head. If I could have see this on the big screen, I would have been jumping up and down, throwing popcorn, and having a fabulous time. It's kind of hard to do all that while reading 200+ words a minute, but you get the idea. This story absorbed me like an amoeba eating its dinner. Go buy it now, so you can be amoeba food too.