Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews

Kate Daniels, Book 2

Synopsis: 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…

Review: I am in love. That’s it, it’s official, I’m in love. But really in love, and I do not talk about dear boyfriend (which I love a lot as well, just in case he would read these lines, you never know).

No, but seriously, how not to be in love with Curran? And of this series!
Well, I’m going to have to expand my review a bit, otherwise you’ll think that by reading Kate Daniels, we lose neurons over the volumes.
No, that’s really not the case!
We fall in love, that’s all!

Volume 1 laid the foundations of the story by presenting us with a unique universe that oscillates between a wave of magic and one of tech. Kate Daniels, a mercenary who hides some secrets, evolves in the city as she can, living on scanty remunerated missions. We also have Curran (Ahhhh), the Lord of the Beasts and some members of his pack.

In the second volume, new characters appear: Julie, this undrained street kid, Andrea, Kate’s colleague or Bran, this little invasive but so endearing type, are good examples. They give more thickness to Kate, break her carapace of “I do not care” and make her very touching, almost human. We also find Dereck, still cute, Saiman, still mysterious (I like his exchanges with Kate) or Jim and his always sharp teeth.

Ilona Andrews uses mythology (Celtic here) to create a world where everything is possible. If magic had appropriated this universe, shaping the city of Atlanta at will, why would the Gods be absent from the game board? It is very skillfully conducted and the “striking” side of the God in question has even given me cold sweats. He brings to the narrative his share of action and hemoglobin and puts Kate in difficulties while she was already facing a magical tsunami.

Good, who says action, says … Curran! (Hysterical Cries!)

When Curran enters, it is the promise not only of slobbery on the corners of the lips (sorry for these details, but we talk about Curran there), but also of succulent verbal jousts between him and Kate. The game of cat and mouse is really well brought. One senses certain changes in Curran, Kate’s incomprehension, a challenge for both, as if they understand that they are the two sides of the same coin and did not know how to cohabit. Their relationship is built up slowly, gently, and is savored at every stage of its evolution. We advance step by step, a little like our progression in this world in perpetual motion which reserves us its lot of surprises.

That’s it. I’m in love. And now I have a big problem. I heard that there was a Jacuzzi story in volume 3, and I want to believe it concerns Curran. Follow my reasoning: Curran + jacuzzi = … Pfiou, I do not even want to think about the result, because I do not have volume 3!

Ahhhh, the wait is going to be long, very long, but I will be strong … And I will probably re-read volumes 1 and 2, to wait patiently!



18 thoughts on “Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews

  1. Yay! This is my favorite series, EVER! I just did a reread a few weeks ago, and I just feel so giddy after each book. I love myself some Kate, Curran, Julie, Derek, Doolittle……. I love them all!

  2. I totally need to get back to this series. I think I’m three books behind now. Crazy how life goes fast forward on us. So glad you are loving them. 🙂

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