Book:Magic Burns

Ilona Andrews
ACE / April 08
Mass Market / 260 Pages
Series: Kate Daniels #2

As a mercenary who cleans up after magic gone wrong, Kate Daniels knows how 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. When Kate sets out to retrieve a set of stolen maps for the Pack, Atlanta's paramilitary clan of shape shifters, she quickly realizes much more is at stake. 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 picked this book up because it's in a series

What I liked the Most? The strength explained

What I liked the Least? Not much at this point in time

Review:Ilona Andrews gets a big thumb up for letting Kate get her really bratty, smart-mouthed butt kicked several times in this book. She's really powerful, but there is a good explanation for a it - she's been to schools and she studies on her own to get better. What? A heroine who works at it?

This book starts up pretty much where the first book left off. Kate is financially and emotionaly - she no longer has any support system now that Greg is dead & the potential boyfriend dumped her. The interactions with other paranormal groups are a wonderful written surprise 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.

Recommended to: Everyone who likes strong feminine characters

Best Quote: "You've got delusions of grandeur 'Bubba' would've done hime just fine."

Challenges: 100+, Para999, August

Hey Pizza: So far no sex - a lot of innuendo in this book though

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