Title: Magic Burns
Author: Ilona Andrews
Series: Kate Daniels, #2
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Ace (Imprint of Penguin)
Date Published: April 1st, 2008
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.
Kate finds herself in a lot of different crosshairs again, but this time she not only has to figure out what’s going on and figure out how to stop it, but she has to keep a girl named Julie safe in the meantime. In addition, she’s promised Julie that she will find out what happened to her mother who has disappeared. So Kate has a lot on her hands right now.
Okay, I know I’m in the minority here, but I actually didn’t like this one as much as the first book. I really enjoyed the first book, and I liked this one. But, I think my main issue is the writing style. Sometimes everything seems to be all over the place and I have no idea what’s going on until it’s happened. It just feels blurry and confusing sometimes. I’m pretty sure it’s the writing style that’s causing this for me. Maybe I’m just not smart enough to understand it. lol
But, aside from that I really like Kate. She’s an awesome heroine and she has a great personality. I wish there was more of a romance going on. I know this isn’t a PNR, but I really want her and Curran to get going on the lovin! However, I do like that it’s kind of a gradual relationship between them, it makes it more believable and realistic.
The other thing that caused me to rate this one lower than the first book is because there didn’t seem to be as much sarcastic humor in this one. I loved that, and although there was some, it didn’t feel like as much as with the first book. I also kind of wish there would’ve been just one or conflicts going on. There just seemed to be all these different storylines going on that kind of intertwined in the end, but it was just confusing to keep everything straight along the way.
Overall, I definitely didn’t like this one as much as I did Magic Bites (sorry Suzanne). But I can definitely see the potential for this series and I know a lot of people love it, so I’m not giving up on it or anything. I love the characters, but I just need to get used to the writing style and hopefully the storylines will kind of make more sense in the future books.
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