Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews

Lovely Wednesday morning to all of you! Today is the inauguration of our new president so it’s a holiday over here. To all the Filipinos out there, I hope this signals a better time for all of us. 🙂 On to the review!

Magic Burns is the second installment in the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews. I finished Magic Bites a couple of days ago and decided to read this right after that one.

Here’s the summary from Goodreads:

As a mercenary who cleans up after magic goes 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 is 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 I said in my review of Magic Bites, I really liked the worldbuilding in this series and Kate is one heck of a main character, tough but with the right amount of humor. She has to deal with another magical conflict, this time involving the effects of a flare – a time when magic is at its peak. Curran sums up Kate quite nicely:

You don’t cause problems. You cause catastrophes.

Oh Curran, I have a feeling I’ll develop a crush on you before I finish reading this series. As it is, I wait with bated breath for every scene that has you in it. In this installment, some details come to light. How the world came to be occupied by magic is explained and more is revealed about Kate’s history. I already had an inkling of who her father is but I’m glad to get confirmation. Also, a warmer side of Kate is shown as she does her best to take care of a young girl, Julie. This book explores Kate’s interactions with the people around her and paints a picture of how lonely her life must be. But Kate is very matter of fact about things and she accepts her fate. She’s not just strong physically but emotionally as well. The ending of this book gives me hope that eventually, Kate will get the happiness that she deserves. Also, can I just say that I loved the battle scene? I don’t know why, maybe that says something about me. I’m a war freak when it comes to the books that I read? Hmm.

So, so, so. Is this what I’ve been missing, urban fantasy-lovers? Are there any other books out there that you’d like to recommend so I can catch up on lost time and explore more of this wonderful genre? 🙂 Also, do you guys have any idea how many books are there going to be in this series? I’m just curious, so I know how many more books I have to wait for.

13 thoughts on “Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews

  1. Two words: Mercy Thompson. Together Mercy and Kate are the top as far as urban fantasy goes in my book. I know you’ve read a bunch of other Briggs, but have you read the Mercy series yet??

    P.S. I knew you’d like Curran.

  2. I am loving this series, I am about to end the first book and can’t wait for more… I also had a problem with urban fantasy but I realize that I was reading mainly YA books while adult-urban-fantasy is SO much better. Angie I never read the Mercy series o any Briggs but yesterday I was checking your reviews and realized how much you like it (I want to read it now) . I better do some work now because lately I have been a bit of a slacker 🙂

  3. Angie, I know! The Mercy Thompson series is next on my list. I hope I can get copies of all of the books. I have read Patricia Briggs’ fantasy books and I really enjoyed them. I don’t know why I put off reading the Mercy Thompson books for so long. Just like I don’t know why it took me so long to read Ilona Andrews.

    Emily, it’s such a great series! 🙂 I know what you mean about YA urban fantasy. For some reason, adult urban fantasy is a LOT better! You should check out Patricia Briggs’ works, she’s another awesome author.

  4. Oh yay! Oh yay!

    Yes, you are going to go all mushy over Curran. I have. And Kate. That girl is something else. I’m so happy to see you jumping in with both feet on this series – it truly is spectacular. And ditto to Angie – Mercy Thompson is awesome.

  5. Michelle, I jumped in with all the enthusiasm that I have. Wait ’til you see what I wrote about Magic Strikes. I fell in love with that one! I’ll post it in a bit.

    Holly, I’m so glad I listened to all of you when you encouraged me to read the series. I don’t know why it took me so long to pick up these books.

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