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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Review: Magic Burns

Magic Burns (Kate Daniels, Book 2)Title: Magic Burns
Author: Ilona Andrews
Page Count: 260 pages
Publisher: Ace
Genre: urban fantasy
Copy for review was purchased by me

50 words or less: Kate Daniels is back and the trouble is double.  Magical flares, interested Beast Lords, wandering wards, and a tragic grammatical error mean that gods are walking the streets of Atlanta and the shit has, as they say, hit the fan.

Somewhere, a random traveler on United Airlines is very happy, because back in October I accidentally left this book in the seat pocket on a plane while I was traveling after I'd finished it.  It's no loss, though, because I would happily replace this book several times over for the amount of enjoyment that I got out of reading it.

I highly recommend having all the books handy so you can read them one after the other, as once you pop the fun will absolutely not stop.  Kate is one of my favorite heroines ever, both for her gallows humor and her unwavering ability to kick ass and take names.  What starts as a task to retrieve some important maps that belong the Pack that have been stolen rapidly spirals into a quest to save all of the world from marauding gods.

We meet some great characters in this book as well- Julie, who rapidly sets up shop in Kate's heart and helps her stay a little more human, Bran (sob!) the trickster and thief, and we get to know Curran a little better too.  I loved the complex mythology surrounding the Morrigan/Morfran conflict and the way that that conflict is allowed to play out against the backdrop created by the setting.  I love the level of detail that goes into explaining why things work or don't work, and how that mythology is consistent throughout the book.

I also love the tension between Curran and Kate, because we all know that underneath all the verbal sparring and anger and what have you are feelings, feelings feelings.  Feelings that we know will be acted on at some point, but until then, we have to wait, which is almost as nice.

This is the last review for 2010 here at What Book is That?, and it's a fitting end to a year of great reading.  I'm looking forward to reading the rest of this series in the new year.

Overall Grade: A

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