Title: Magic Burns
Author: Ilona Andrews
Series: Book #2 in the Kate Daniels series
Publisher: ACE Fantasy
Publication Date: April 2008
Genre: Adult – Urban Fantasy, Romance
Format: Gifted Paperback
From Goodreads: 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…
As a second book in a fairly long series, I really enjoyed this more than the first. The first book was hard to follow and I found myself to be fairly confused through a lot of it, but this book was a much better read: the plot was more engaging, the dialogue was more complex and funnier at some points, and I just overall enjoyed this book more.
The plot in this book was completely separate from the first. Though there is a baseline plot that can, and probably will, occur over time, for this book it follows a completely separate plot from the first. It was more dynamic and intertwined, and I loved the fact that it brought out the best in Kate – in my opinion.
In this book I felt I got to know the characters much better. In terms of our main heroine, Kate, I felt that she became much more understandable as an individual and we got to understand more of how she thinks and her emotions in some situations. Plus we also got a glimpse – albeit a tiny glimpse – into how potent and powerful her magic is. I loved that aspect. I think the secret around her blood and why it’s so powerful is kind of driving me crazy, but at the same time I know it’ll come into fruition eventually.
Also, I felt that she really held her own in this book. She seems a lot stronger in this book personality wise and strength wise. I thought that she handled the relationship with Julie well, like she was an older sister trying to look out for her younger sister, and she did her best to keep her safe. I’m actually really interested to see if and when Julie makes a comeback.
Curran was still his brutish and sexy self. I think he deliberately gets under Kate’s skin, and she in turn does the same to him. I found him to be a lot funnier in this book, and also a lot more protective. When it comes to Shapeshifters they’re very protective of kids, and so I felt that that aspect was cool to read about and how he was trying to do his best to help Kate out with rescuing Julie. Not only was he protective, we got to see just why he is the Beast Lord: he’s strong as hell. Like, wow, if I met him on the battlefield I’d want it to be a really quick and painless death.
We got a few new characters like Bran and Julie, both of whom I really liked and I really wanted to get to know better by the end of the book. I felt that they added extra sparks to the story and I thought that they’re personalities were diverse and engaging.
We also got a lot of snippets of Celtic folklore and witchcraft in this novel, and though I’m not sure if all of what was said was true to its truest sense, but I did know some of the snippets and even recognized some of the names used, so that was cool to see mythology and folklore inscribed into the book.
The romance in this book was still subtle, but it’s starting to grow and I could really feel the sexual tension starting to build in this one. I really want to see more of their interactions together because we learned some Shapeshifter lore that is starting to actually happen and I really, really want to see something happen between them.
Overall I enjoyed this book more than the first and I can’t wait to start the next book.
I rated this 4/5 stars and recommend it.