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Magic Burns: Kate Daniels Series #2


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ISBN13: 9780441015832
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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.
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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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binalyn, August 16, 2008 (view all comments by binalyn)
I hope this character lives a very long literary life.

I live in Atlanta - so, this alternate view of the city was truly fascinating and very, very believable.

The story will keep you "plugged in" and vibrating to its end.

Don't miss this author! She is truly one of the best.
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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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Andrews, Ilona
Ace Books
Andrews, Iiona
Fantasy - General
Fantasy fiction
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy
Fantasy - Contemporary
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Kate Daniels
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Product details 272 pages Ace Books - English 9780441015832 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

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.

"Review" by , "Fans of urban fantasy will delight in Ilona Andrews' alternate-universe Atlanta."
"Synopsis" by , 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.
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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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New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews invites you to experience the first novel in the “intriguing world” (Locus) of Kate Daniels with this special edition of Magic Bites...

Kate Daniels is a down-on-her-luck mercenary who makes her living cleaning up magical problems. But when Kate’s guardian is murdered, her quest for justice draws her into a power struggle between two strong factions within Atlanta’s magic circles. Pressured by both sides to find the killer, Kate realizes she’s way out of her league—but she wouldn’t want it any other way…

This special edition includes in-depth information about the world of Kate Daniels, with descriptions of its characters and factions. Explore Kate’s Atlanta like never before with answers to FAQ and a quiz to find your place there. And don’t miss the prequel story “A Questionable Client,” as well as scenes of events in Magic Bites from Curran’s point of view.

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