Title:Magic Burns (Kate Daniels #2)
Author: Ilona Andrews
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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’s 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 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…
Ilona Andrews must be a God, and we are in a perpetual flare cause They are manifesting in the form of these beautifully written books!
No one else would quite so skillfully unite myths and legends with urban fantasy and make it so believable that even the most stuck-up folklorist can't say a word.
Kate is awesome! I've said it many times and I'll say it many more.
She is not only a kick-ass hardcore heroine who is pretty and funny and effing smart, but she's down to earth "I'll help you, even if it kills me" kind of girl.
And it takes a whole lot of skill to write a character that you have trust in, that is believable in her endeavors and not just a two dimensional, sword wielding, sexed up powerhouse like many female protagonists in Urban Fantasy.
I loved the timid way she proclaimed that Andrea was her first friend. It tugs on your heartstrings when such an awesome person says something that's pretty much a given for anyone else, right there you can feel the loneliness she struggled with.
Curran, I'm admitting to hating his ignorant piece of ass in the first book. His God-given smugness made me want to sharpen my nails.
But, beguilingly, I'll admit that there is potential there. They could be good for each other.
I mean even Kate knows that she has to stay away from His Furriness, the big, bad, mean kitty that wants to get in her pants.
He is intrigued by the fact that she stands up to him, even trough he can smell her fear.
This is a man sick of women who are one their knees for all the wrong reasons (grins). Hence the soup.
The barbs and the courtship ritual had me in stitches.
There is more of the clan shown, and we get to see some new clan members and pack politics are explained.
The Hyena Clan (Bouda) are especially hilariously naughty.
Kate gets another little sidekick in the form of a little girl searching for her mother. And that ends up being a story of it's on.
And Derek (my sweet Derek) is a dashing prince snark as usual but with a little more teeth.
And then there is Bran, a warrior of old. With a more than obvious attraction to Kate and not shy about it either, especially in front of His Lordship.
The Climax was tremendous. Kate went in and just let go, I don't remember the last time i enjoyed a battle this much (not since HP, for sure)
But in the end it was bittersweet as these things usually are, you win some and you lose some.
Before i realized the book was finished and i lay dazed under the covers, the clock read four am and i was due to get up in two hours.
Suffice to say this is one helluva book.