Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews

January 26, 2015 Reviews 15

Magic Burns by Ilona AndrewsMagic Burns by Ilona Andrews
Narrator: Renée Raudman
Series: Kate Daniels #2
Published by Ace Books, Tantor Audio on January 29, 2009
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 260
Length: 9 hours 38 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased

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…

Wow. If you’re like me and put off starting this series for some dumb reason, Magic Burns will let you know just how bad an idea that was. Although I enjoyed Magic Bites, Magic Burns was much better.

For one, they explained the world so much more thoroughly. Magic Burns really made the pendulum shift between Tech and Magic so much clearer – and raised the stakes. I had a feeling that this factor was more important than just not being able to use guns or wards failing – and Magic Burns showed me just how important it was. In Magic Burns a flare is approaching – a period where magic is really intense I guess – and its hugely impacting EVERYTHING. I just love when world building pays off and makes such a tangible difference to the story!

And then there’s Kate – who I already loved. She’s even more lovable in Magic Burns. First off, prepared to be WOWed by her kick ass abilities. She kinda blew my mind at a couple points. And then her snark! I just love it and I love – as Jesica @ Rabid Reads has pointed out – the way she tells you she’s scared shitless, and that’s why she’s running her mouth. Its a defense mechanism and it makes her so real. On top of all that, she’s showing her softer side again. I love that Kate has a vulnerability because of how much she cares. It makes her oh so loveable.

The story and mystery was fantastic in Magic Burns as well. Ilona Andrews has clearly done their research – the layers of different mythologies weaved into Magic Burns was incredible and done so well – I did occasionally get confused and there were times I wished the mystery were more solvable, but these were exceptions.

Finally, I can’t imagine not listening to this series. Renée Raudman IS Kate. She brings her personality to life so perfectly. And that’s besides the other characters I haven’t taken the time to gush about but loved and loved the way Renee brought them to life.

Seriously, Magic Burns is so great: the characters so real, the story so intense and the FEELS so shocking! If you haven’t read it yet, do so ASAP.

4.5 stars I loved it

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About Ilona Andrews

Ilona Andrews is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. author2sm“Ilona is a native-born Russian and Gordon is a former communications sergeant in the U.S. Army. Contrary to popular belief, Gordon was never an intelligence officer with a license to kill, and Ilona was never the mysterious Russian spy who seduced him. They met in college, in English Composition 101, where Ilona got a better grade. (Gordon is still sore about that.)

Gordon and Ilona currently reside in Oregon with their two children, three dogs and a cat. They have co-authored two series, the bestselling urban fantasy of Kate Daniels and romantic urban fantasy of The Edge.


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15 Responses to “Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews”

  1. James Gray

    Hey there Berls….I must say What a nice work with the review. Well I am a guy who didn’t love to read book as I dont have that core intrest in reading but yeah I love to hear that audio book and I am surely try this one. Thank you so much J
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  2. Jessica @ Rabid Reads

    GAH! I’ve been so slack, and I’m so sorry!! I’m so glad you’re loving Kate, and I can’t wait for you to read Magic Strikes (my favorite UF evah). It really is the realness of Kate (b/c defense mechanisms, and so many other things too) that makes this series so phenomenal. And the snark. The snark is great too 😉 Great review, Berls!
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    • Berls

      It’s okay! I can’t keep up – even if my life depended on it, so I can’t blame you one bit 😉 I haven’t had a chance to read any more Kate, but I’m planning to read at least 1 more this month. I figure I can have a Kate treat each month, if not more!

  3. Lexxie

    Awesome review, Berls! I have read this series, and I absolutely love it, for the reasons you mentioned! The world-building is really well done, and I think Kate is an amazing heroine because she’s both kick-ass and vulnerable and she seems so very real.
    I have the first book on audio, and now you’ve made me lust after the other books in the series on audio as well. As if I needed more books…
    Have a fantastic week!
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  4. Ramona

    Oh man, I feel like I’m never going to feel “up to date” with my reading! I’ve got a TBR pile taller than The Eiffel Tower and a book to edit… I just don’t know how to fit it all in! Great review, Berls – great for throwing me in deep and utter despair, thank you very much!

    Kidding, lol. You know I love your reviews! <3
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    • Berls

      LMAO I know exactly how you feel. I have this major conundrum right now because there are no less than 6 books I’m contemplating reading next – each for various reasons and I don’t know which way to go. And that’s just the books I want to read right now – lets not even talk about my tbr mountain!

    • Berls

      I sure do! I have an audio to finish first and then I’m trying to decide if I want to go to book 3 of Kate Daniels or the newest fever book, I’m kinda less excited after several so-so reviews and am thinking I might wait.

    • Berls

      I’m so glad I’m not caught up yet, so I don’t have to think about the end LOL! I can tell its going to be one of my favorites too.

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