Gollancz (March 2010)
Paperback, 260 pages
Down in Atlanta, tempers – and temperatures – are about to flare… 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…
Magic Burns is the second book in the Kate Daniels series by husband and wife writing team, Ilona Andrews. I enjoyed it but, as with book one, Magic Bites, I still can’t connect with this series like I have with other urban fantasies. I think it’s mainly due to the fact that the world is a little confusing to me. I still don’t fully understand it or have a clear picture of it in my mind.
Having said that, there is a lot that I love about this book. The first is Kate – she’s a great heroine, strong, kick-arse and stubborn. I really enjoy her interactions with Curran and they are too few in my opinion. They are constantly butting heads; Curran trying to dominate and Kate refusing to submit (which is another thing I love about her). The second is Curran. I love Curran. He’s my favourite character and I wish he was part of the story a lot more.
As well as being hired by the pack to retrieve some stolen maps, Kate has to take care of a young girl who is in danger and goes in search of her missing mother who is part of a witch coven. Kate meets many new people and monsters on the way, which she has to slay, while also having to deal with a huge magic flare, which is making everything just that little bit more difficult.
The fight scenes are great – I particularly enjoyed the part where Kate uses her full power and all the demons kneel…it gave me goose-bumps. We now realise Kate has a huge amount of power but we’re not sure why – the suspense to find out about Kate’s past is increasing, which is exciting. There’s also a little hint at Curran’s feelings for Kate – awww.
Magic Burns is an entertaining read with great characters and lots of fantastic action. Although this series isn’t one of my favourites yet I am looking forward to reading Magic Strikes the third book in the series.
BOOKS IN SERIES ORDER
- Magic Bites
- Magic Burns
- Magic Strikes
- Magic Bleeds
- Magic Slays
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