Kate is a no-nonsense type of gal, but she has a habit of getting herself into situations where nonsense is endemic. This time, it involves the pack, a little street girl named Julie, and an ancient Celtic Goddess and her undead enemies.
Oh, and a little thing called love. Seems that Kate, suffering from not enough attention in the previous installment, is getting admirers in spades, one of them being an archer that has a bad habit of popping up whenever he wants and disappearing as just as quickly. The other, the Beast Lord himself, even though Kate is trying to arrange his girlfriend's marriage to her former suitor... and then there's Julie...
Between ancient giants, words of power, undead mermaids, a Goddess' son, a missing coven of witches, a Hound, and Curran, Kate keeps finding herself in precarious situations without a moment to breathe. And when she loses someone she cares about, she finds herself trying to do the one thing magic ain't supposed to do...
I love Kate. She is so real and sassy, and thinks so much like me, it's scary some times. Curran is a classic Alpha Male, and I can see how he frustrates Kate just by breathing. The fact that she understands and respects him speaks loads about Kate's depth. Kate tries to be a loner, and portray herself as one, but this story shows just how much she craves attachment, and just how many friends she really has.
This book is really a hook-line-and-sinker into magic filled Atlanta. Only the second book in this series, I am ready to throw caution to the wind and say that if all the books are as good as the first two, I will be moving soon. ;)
Lieder Madchen, July 25, 2014 (view all comments by Lieder Madchen)
Magic Burns starts with a bang, or rather, a large fire and a crossbow bolt. The scale of the plot is larger than that of Magic Bites, what with a trouble-making ancient thief in town trying to steal kisses from Kate, among other things, and certain Celtic deities running amok. The tension between Kate and Curran, the Beast Lord, reaches delightful new heights and Julie, a street-savvy witch's daughter, makes her appearance. So does Raphael, the charming werehyena who takes a liking to Andrea, Kate's best friend. This book was maybe a shade darker than the first, but had just as much fun. Curran has far too much fun teasing. Plus I highly approve of Kate's favorite book.
MelHay, February 3, 2012 (view all comments by MelHay)
It's been four months since Greg's death, Kate's guardian and close friend of the family and where Magic Bites started. Jim wakes Kate with a phone call to help with a job. One that bringing in the "guilty" party alive makes them some rather good money, only to have another person kill their target, yet not them. A little disappointed in the down fall of potential money, Kate goes back to do the paperwork on their catch, then heads to her office. Kate has not seen Curran in months, and given the temperament of the two together feels it's best, until a woman, engaged to a past friend of Kate's, comes to ask Kate to talk to Curran asking he grant approval of the marriage. Then Derek shows up with a petition from the pack for help finding a man who attacked a team with bolts, exactly like the one Kate has from her target being killed, and the stolen maps this man took. On Kate's searching, she comes across Red who asks Kate to watch over his girlfriend for him. Whom Kate learns, has had her mother disappear while with her coven of witches. Kate finds herself helping this young girl as well. All this and magic is on the fritz with the flares, making magic stronger and magic geared creatures more vulnerable.
I liked Magic Bites, but it didn't woo me. Thanks for the wonderful words of friends out here, I picked up Magic Burns, and Wow. I loved this one. This book gripped me and kept me going. Where Magic Bites felt weaker, Magic Burns filled in some of the gaps and made the world and magic stronger for me. After reading Magic Burns, Magic Bites feels more like a prelude to introduce you to the characters for what's to come in the future. I can say, you could easily pick up and start the series here with Magic Burns. You get the little bits of insight of what happens in Magic Bites here as you go, so you are filled in with the meeting of the main characters. But me, I'm one to follow a series as it's reading order, yes another OCD thing. So, if you've read Magic Bites and lost interest, I do hope you give Magic Burns a try, it just might be better for you.
I like that I got a better grip of the world in this book. I got a little meaning to the magic and tech working opposite each other, although at times they might work at the same time. Yeah, sounds strange. lol. The creatures we see here opens the world wide, even the places and magic.
I LOVE the bickering between Kate and Curran, two alpha's but it's always filled with humor. They are always competing for who is the "best." I think this is one of the strongest points that brings me to this series. I still love Derek, really. He seems to have a knowing on Kate and Curran, but hasn't voiced it yet.
Then we have the mystery! I like the mystery with the witches, Julie, Bowman, and Hoodguy. hee hee. Again, Kate is not the experienced detective but she mentions that and what she is doing to learn the trade. I like that Kate learns as she goes, and that she is not all knowing. This makes Kate feel more personable, as she picks up on tidbits but knows where to look to get the history on the subject, like in this book with the gods. The way this plays together with the characters I already know and now, after this book, love.
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brknlssn, March 11, 2008 (view all comments by brknlssn)
This is a great book! Non-stop action, but there was still a great deal of character development and relationship building in the story. The bad guys were creepy and the action intense. The setting is eerie and filled with a sense of magic and the fantastic. Kate is a great heroine who is both strong and vulnerable and her cast of supporting characters are good enough to steal the show. I highly recommend this book and it's predecessor, Magic Bites. The third book is due next year and already, I can't wait!!!
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Ilona Andrews is one of my favorite new urban fantasy authors. Instead of creating a "romance" novel parading around disguised as urban fantasy, Andrews creates an extraordinary alternate universe filled with interesting characters, curious creatures, and a truly strong-willed, kick-butt heroine. If you like Patricia Briggs or Kelley Armstrong, you will love Magic Burns. Andrews weaves suspense and magic, creating a book that is hard to put down.
by Fresh Fiction,
"Fans of urban fantasy will delight in Ilona Andrews' alternate-universe Atlanta."
In the second book in the Kate Daniels series, Atlanta is threatened by a magic tsunami: monsters rise, magic runs deep, and a little girl is hunted by demons.
In the latest Kate Daniels novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews, magic is coming and going in waves in post-Shift Atlanta—and each crest leaves danger in its wake
After breaking from life with the Pack, mercenary Kate Daniels and her mate—former Beast Lord Curran Lennart—are adjusting to a very different pace. While theyre thrilled to escape all the infighting, Curran misses the constant challenges of leading the shapeshifters.
So when the Pack offers him its stake in the Mercenary Guild, Curran seizes the opportunity—too bad the Guild wants nothing to do with him and Kate. Luckily, as a veteran merc, Kate can take over any of the Guilds unfinished jobs in order to bring in money and build their reputation. But what Kate and Curran dont realize is that the odd jobs theyve been working are all connected.
An ancient enemy has arisen, and Kate and Curran are the only ones who can stop it—before it takes their city apart piece by piece
Atlanta is a city plagued by magical problems. Kate Daniels will fight to solve them—no matter the cost.
Mercenary Kate Daniels and her mate, Curran, the Beast Lord, are struggling to solve a heartbreaking crisis. Unable to control their beasts, many of the Packs shapeshifting children fail to survive to adulthood. While there is a medicine that can help, the secret to its making is closely guarded by the European packs, and theres little available in Atlanta.
Kate cant bear to watch innocents suffer, but the solution she and Curran have found threatens to be even more painful. The European shapeshifters who once outmaneuvered the Beast Lord have asked him to arbitrate a dispute—and theyll pay him in medicine. With the young peoples survival and the Packs future at stake, Kate and Curran know they must accept the offer—but they have little doubt that theyre heading straight into a trap
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