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Magic Burns (Kate Daniels, Book 2) (edition 2008)

by Ilona Andrews

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Title:Magic Burns (Kate Daniels, Book 2)
Authors:Ilona Andrews
Info:Ace (2008), Mass Market Paperback, 272 pages
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Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews is the second in the Kate Daniels series. As with the first book the story is set in an alternate version of Atlanta, one where magic has partially ruined the city. Also like the last book the story is told entirely from Kate's first person point of view. Things starts off with immediate action and never lets up! This is one fast paced action thrill ride with only minimal downtime.

Waves of magic ebb and flow through Atlanta like the tide. Once every seven years those waves come faster until the magic flares. And with a flare comes the time of the gods. Kate, a mercenary for hire to clean up magical problems, takes a job to retrieve a set of stolen maps for the Pack, Atlanta's local clan of lycans, when the flare hits. Suddenly there is a lot more at stake than some a stack of papers when two divinities battle for rebirth. Kate finds herself in the middle of a showdown that could wipe out all of Atlanta.

The bulk of the story revolves around Celtic myths, ones I wasn't too familiar with. I just didn't get into Celtic myths the way I did the Greeks and I don't remember ever reading about reeves and the Shepard so that was very interesting. Kate is even more of a bad ass this time around, someone you definitely want on your side when push comes to shove. We are given more hints into her unique bloodline and the source of her power, but are still left without an answer.

Even though this is a short book at only 260 pages, Ilona Andrews packs it full of everything. Lots of magic, fights, monsters, a little romance and even a grand finale show down. Unfortunately this doesn't leave a lot of room for character building so most of the secondary characters are fairly shallow. Still, it was a fun read and I'm looking forward to more Kate Daniels in the future. ( )
  Narilka | Apr 4, 2017 |
Magic Burns is the second book in the Kate Daniels series and I loved it just about as much as I did the first. Magic comes and goes unpredictably in the world of Kate Daniels, but every seven years there is a magic flare. During those times, the magic runs wild and brings with it even bigger magical issues.

Because of the flare, the stakes are higher for Kate. The flare is the one time that ancient gods and goddesses can manifest on earth and they take advantage of that. Once on earth, it is a battle for power and Kate is stuck right in the middle of it.

I love the characters in these books. Kate is smart and fierce and surprisingly funny. Her love-hate relationship with Curran, the Beast Lord, is equal parts hilarious and sexy as sin. We learn a bit more about Kate and her past in this book, although I still have more questions than answers. That just makes me even more ready for the next book.

I think Curran might almost be my favorite part of this book. He has no idea what to think about Kate. She's stubborn and unyielding and he has no idea how to handle. As the Beast Lord, he is used to subservience, but he doesn't get that with Kate. She has zero problem mouthing off to him and as much as that frustrates him, he loves it, too.

Overall: This is a great series and I feel like it is just getting better! ( )
  Kiki870 | Feb 7, 2017 |
Binge read begins. ( )
  moonlight_reads | Dec 11, 2016 |
Magic Burns
4.5 Stars

An exciting and fast paced plot with well-developed characters and intense world building.

The Kate Daniels books are rapidly becoming my favorite UF series. Kate is a kick-ass heroine who inadvertently finds herself looking out for a young girl whose mother has disappeared. As she follows the bizarre clues, Kate must contend with Celtic Gods and their minions who are determined to gain a foothold on Earth while at the same time fighting her feelings for Curran, the Beast Lord of the shape-shifters.

The post-apocalyptic world established in book #1 is fleshed out more in this installment as magic grows in power due to the Flare, which occurs once every seven years. The dark and gritty descriptions of modern civilization's gradual decay as a result of succumbing to the power of magic are original and absorbing.

The incorporation of entities from Celtic mythology adds an extra layer of suspense to the mystery surrounding the disappearance of the witch coven. While this storyline is exhilarating and action-packed, the resolution is only partially complete as it is never 100% clear what happened to Julie's mother and the other members of her coven. That said, the villains are suitably disgusting and disturbing, and the ultimate confrontation between the forces of good and evil at the climax of the book is well-written and thrilling.

More information is also provided regarding Kate's past and her mother's death but numerous questions remain unanswered, such as the precise origin and nature of her powers and the reasons for her animosity toward Roland (the leader of the People). It will be interesting to see how this plays out in future books.

Finally, the interactions between Kate and Curran are another highlight of the book. The slow build up of tension between them is captivating and their push-pull dynamic is very entertaining - it is great to see the Beast Lord put in his place every so often. ( )
  Lauren2013 | Nov 19, 2016 |
"You will say please before, and thank you after." - Curran

I don't bloody think so. If I were Kate his bits would shrivel up and fall off before I said either. I don't care if he is a hot man who changes into a Lion. With that much ego, his bed does't have any extra room anyway.

With the exception of that ass-tastic comment, the story was another winner. The author does a very good job of stringing out the mystery of just what Kate actually is (I have a pretty good idea, based on a comment in the first book) without beating the reader over the head with "I know something you don't know!" writing.

The plot was good although at least two of the fight scenes lasted longer than my attention span; they were very well written, bringing the reader into the scene wonderfully but there's only just so much fighting I can personally take before I start thinking "somebody die already so we can move on".

The themes didn't feel quite so dark in this one, although some of the dialogue is raw and wow, and avoiding hyena weres seems like a good idea if ever I'm caught in the Andrews' alternate reality. ( )
  murderbydeath | Nov 13, 2016 |
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To the late David Gemmell. You have inspired me with your books. It was my dream to meet you, and I deeply regret your passing.
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Kate goes up against Celtic gods, finds an orphan in need of protection, and fends of the Beast Lord -- all while trying to stay alive.
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 is 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.
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As a mercenary who cleans up after magic gone wrong, Kate Daniels knows how 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. When Kate sets out to retrieve a set of stolen maps for the Pack, Atlanta's paramilitary clan of shape shifters, she quickly realizes much more is at stake. 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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When mercenary Kate Daniels is hired to retrieve a set of stolen maps for the Pack, Atlanta's paramilitary clan of shapeshifters, she is plunged into the middle of an epic battle between two gods hoping for rebirth.

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