May 132014
Review: Magic BurnsMagic Burns (Kate Daniels #2) by Ilona Andrews
Narrated by: Renée Raudman
Published by Tantor Media on Feb 10, 2009
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Format: Audiobook from Library
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: three-stars

Atlanta is threatened by a magic tsunami: monsters rise, magic runs deep, and a little girl is hunted by demons.

Down in Atlanta, tempers—and temperatures—are about to flare...

As a mercenary who cleans up after magic gone wrong, Kate Daniels has seen her share of occupational hazards. Normally, waves of paranormal energy ebb and flow across Atlanta like a tide. But once every seven years, a flare comes, a time when magic runs rampant. Now Kate is going to have to deal with problems on a much bigger scale: a divine one.

When Kate sets out to retrieve a set of stolen maps for the Pack, Atlanta's paramilitary clan of shapeshifters, she quickly realizes much more is at stake. During a flare, gods and goddesses can manifest and battle for power. The stolen maps are only the opening gambit in an epic tug-of-war between two gods hoping for rebirth. And if Kate can't stop the cataclysmic showdown, the city may not survive.

I really loved the first book in this series, and was really disappointed in this second book. I was tempted to just give up several times because the story was not keeping my attention.

I think my main issue with the story was how removed Kate felt from the action. It seemed like every time something was happening, Kate was watching from the sidelines and remarking on the action. I know she was in on it sometimes, but it just didn’t feel like it.

In the first book, I really enjoyed both Derek and Curran’s characters. Neither one was very present in this book, which was a shame. There were a few scenes with Curran, and they were the highlight of the book. Curran and Kate seem to live to irritate each other, and it is quite amusing.

I did enjoy seeing Kate’s proctective side as she cared for Julie. It was touching, and showed a softer, more human side of Kate. It helped me like Kate more, but not this story.

I listened to the audiobook version, like the first book, and highly recommend it. The voice fits my impression of Kate perfectly, and I couldn’t imagine reading the next book instead of listening.

Overall, I didn’t really like this story, but I do like the series, so I’ll probably be continuing it. I want more involvement in the action from Kate, and more scenes with Curran.

  2 Responses to “Review: Magic Burns”

  1. Oh, no! I’m sorry you didn’t like this one. Kate Daniels is my #1 UF series, and I loved this book. I loved Julie, I loved Bran . . . Red, not so much 😉 I hope you do keep going with these books, b/c IMO book 3 is the BEST. Seriously, it’s maybe my all-time favorite installment of an UF series EVER.

    • I was so sad about not loving this. So many people love this series. I’m happy to hear book 3 is great, I’ll definitely have to pick it up sooner rather than later.

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