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Monday, October 29, 2012

Review: Gunmetal Magic

Title: Gunmetal Magic
Author: Ilona Andrews
Page Count: 326 pages
Publisher: Ace
Genre: urban fantasy/paranormal romance
Copy for review was purchased by me

Back Cover Summary:

After being kicked out of the Order of the Knights of Merciful Aid, Andrea's whole existence is in shambles. She tries to put herself back together by working for Cutting Edge, a small investigative firm owned by her best friend. When several shapeshifters working for Raphael Medrano--the male alpha of the Clan Bouda, and Andrea's former lover--die unexpectedly at a dig site, Andrea is assigned to investigate. Now she must work with Raphael as her search for the killer leads into the secret underbelly of supernatural Atlanta. And dealing with her feelings for him might have to take a back seat to saving the world...
*****

This was one of my most, if not actually my most anticipated books for 2012, and it lived up to my expectations in every respect.  It's a little more on the romance side than the straight up urban fantasy side, but let's face it, the resolution of the drama between Andrea and Raphael is what we came for, right? Right.

Andrea Nash is one of my favorite female characters and despite having up until now been a supporting character in the Kate Daniels series, is entirely kick ass in her own right.  She's had a terrible history and works hard to overcome her past and to be a person of integrity and honor in the present along with being a serious force to be reckoned with.  She has secrets on top of secrets and has learned never to trust anybody. Period.  She made an exception for Kate.

It looked, for awhile, like she had made an exception for Raphael too.  They were madly in love, crazy about each other, and in Raphael's opinion that would be enough for Andrea to get over her past issues and be ready to ride off into the sunset and live happily ever after.  It seems like an arrogant as hell way to look at things, but realizing that Raphael has always had the love and loyalty of his family and the strength and support of the Pack it makes sense that he wouldn't understand how devastating Andrea's history truly was.

This is the backstory that all happened before the start of this book.  In this book, Andrea and Raphael have to work together to figure out why four of Raphael's employees were horribly murdered.  This means they're going to have to confront their hurt feelings and their history and figure out whether their relationship is salvageable.  Both of them had some growing to do, and watching them go through their changes made the ultimate ending believable.  I was so pleased.

The subplot of who is behind the murders was interesting too.  In the tradition of this series, a Supreme Badass is on the loose and, grossly outnumbered and outarmed, Andrea, Raphael, Kate, Curran and the rest of the characters from this series have to save us all from doom.  Also in the tradition of this series, they meet with varying degrees of success.

I can't say enough good things about this book- like I said, it totally blew away my admittedly high expectations.  I do want to mention that I wouldn't start here if you're new to the Kate Daniels series- you should go back and read from the beginning and enjoy.

Another good thought- since, according to the author's blog, this book did very well in terms of sales expectations, I'm hoping we can look forward to more Kate Daniels World books in addition to the regular Kate Daniels books.  Jim and Dali anyone?

Overall Rating:

 
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