Thursday, December 19, 2013

Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews

Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews
2008, Penguin
Series: Book 2 of Kate Daniels

Synopsis: 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…

The Good: I'm really loving the dynamic here between Kate and Curran, especially given that Kate is oblivious to everything others notice when it comes to the beast lord. I really liked the magic and mythology in this book as well.

The Bad: The farther I get into this series, the less I like the way vampires are portrayed. Unique is good, but at some point it gets strange and hard to believe. I think I've hit that point. It also felt weird that Katie would take custody of a child as opposed to handing her over completely to someone else. It just didn't feel right for her seeming distance.

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