Magic Burns (Kate Daniels #2), Ilona Andrews

5 fantastic, strong female character stars!!

Magic Burns


These books just keep getting better and better 🙂 I am in love with Ilona Andrews writing style. The fact that she writes such a wonderful strong female lead character is a wonderful bonus!!

As per usual Kate does not get to rest for long. I cannot believe the sheer will power of this woman!! She gets called into work early to help a friend ends up in a meeting with Derek about the pack later… now she has just been inserted into pack business again. The fact that one women can be so strong is so wonderful. She doesn’t need a man, matter of fact she really tries not to lean on anyone. Kate thinks that everyone who comes near her ends up dead. Which makes her keep people at a pretty good distance. I love how in this book you see how people are slowly creeping under her defenses… like Derek, Jim, Julie and maybe Curran. Kate is such a well developed character I have mentioned about how strong she is but she is also quick witted and wonderfully sarcastic. She knows how to put her foot in her mouth multiple times in a book usually. Everyone seems really surprised that she survives all of these attacks. I really want to know more about her magic.. how it works and etc. Somehow in this book she ends up with a child.. by child I mean a tweenager. Kate is trying to find Julie’s mother and stop the world from being destroyed.  Julie is also a smart ass but has to be as she grew up in the streets.

Then Bran shows up… oh Bran… I actually really enjoyed his crazy character. He keeps hitting on Kate and she keeps turning him down (another I don’t need a man moment). I’m actually amazed with how many men/creatures throw themselves at Kate that she can hold herself back from all of these hot men!! At first you aren’t sure where Bran’s character is going is he good? or is he bad? He keeps stealing the Pack’s maps so he definitely has Curran pissed off.

Onto Curran … oy vey… the tension… He keeps teasing Kate that she wants him. She of course keeps saying uh no. (while inwardly drooling) However Curran showed a slightly un-sarcastic softer side in this book. What he does for Kate in one part makes you go awww… then when Kate finds out what it means later oh boy!!

One of my favorite parts of this book was with the vampires..
“The vampire started at me, his mouth slack as Ghastek assessed his options. I took a couple of forms from my desk, put them in the vamp’s mouth, and pulled them up by their edges.
‘What are you doing?’ Ghastek asked.
‘My hole puncher broke.’
‘You have no respect for the undead.”

I audio booked this and read the physical book!! I loved both versions the audiobooks are amazing!!!  I’ll put the book descriptions below 🙂

Mass Market Paperback, Ace, 260 pages
Published April 2008 by Penguin
Original Title
Magic Burns
0441015832 (ISBN13: 9780441015832)


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


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