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Magic Burns door Ilona Andrews
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Magic Burns (editie 2008)

door Ilona Andrews (Auteur)

Reeksen: Kate Daniels (2)

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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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Titel:Magic Burns
Auteurs:Ilona Andrews (Auteur)
Info:Ace (2008), 272 pages
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Magic Burns door Ilona Andrews

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In the second installment of the Kate Daniels series, Kate is up against even steeper odds than in her entry adventures. She is asked to investigate who stole city maps from the Pack - an incredible feat, as the Pack guards its maps with the same intensity as treasure. Kate soon realizes that something a lot more complicated than theft is underway. Her sleuthing leads her to a rogue with crossbows, presumably the same man that killed the pyromaniac Kate and Jim were taking down at the start of the book. The man's name is Bran, and he alternates between flirting with Kate and trying to kill her. He's quite handy in combat, but not as good as Kate; however, since he can also teleport, he has an unfair advantage and manages to escape. Knowing about teleportation clears up the mystery of how he was able to sneak the maps out from under Jim's nose, though.

Kate can't immediately pursue Bran, and a lot of that has to do with the preteen girl that she finds at the same location where she and Bran have their throw down. Julie is a street kid that is hiding her vulnerability under a tough shell. Julie's mother is missing. Kate realizes that Julie's mother's coven is mixed up in the same business that Kate's investigating, and Kate suspects that Julie herself may be in trouble. Kate decides she has to take the girl back to her own apartment, in the interests of keeping her safe. And it's a good thing she does. Shortly after, Kate's place is sieged by tentacled undead creatures with prehensile hair, strange mermaid like ghouls that are after Julie. Kate fights them off, and confronts their master, who she deduces is some kind of god, but the conflict nearly costs Kate her life. Julie has the good sense to call someone, managing to get Curran on the line. The Beast Lord arrives in time to scoop both of them up and take them back to the Keep, where the pack's doctor is able to save Kate's life.

From there on out, Curran and the Pack are inextricably involved in the affair, despite Kate's protests. She may not want to acknowledge it, but she needs these allies, because the undead mermaid monsters are just one part of an evil god's army, a dark entity that is trying to use the intense magic of a flare to take over the world and reshape it according to its twisted and malicious beliefs.

I loved this book as much as its predecessor. Kate continues to be my new favorite heroine. She's a wicked fighter, has a a sarcastic sense of humor, a deep heart that compels her to save any lost soul she comes across, and yet is still vulnerable despite how deadly and tough she is. The action has the perfect pace - it keeps things moving with surprises and great fight scenes, but slows down enough to explain necessary backstory and world building in the right places, and it never feels like the story stalls. Julie is a great addition to the character roster. The developments in Kate and Curran's relationship set my little fangirl heart aflutter. I read through this novel with the same excited delight as I feel when I eat a perfect dessert. It's the ultimate book candy. I can't wait to read more of this series. ( )
  nmhale | Jan 13, 2021 |

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  ayoshina | Oct 2, 2020 |
I have to say that I am glad that I stuck with this series. When I read these first two books I was not impressed. My re-read has not changed my impression at all. The world building in book #2 needs improved. We had a lot of new characters and we get information dumps galore. Curran, still acted like an ass and we still have Kate version #1 that seems to just blunder around.

"Magic Burns" has Kate working for the Pack again to retrieve some stolen maps. Along the way she also gets involved in an investigation about how a coven of witches goes missing. She ends up meeting on of the leaders daughter's (Julie) and ends up doing what she can to keep the girl safe from harm. Include in a mysterious man that is able to disappear at will and two gods that seem to be at the center of this, and we have Kate doing what she can to keep Atlanta from being destroyed by demons.

We still know that Kate is keeping some big bad secret about herself, and it's still not been revealed (2 books in btw). She mentions that she has stopped drinking, which it never made any sense to me why book #1 Kate had a drinking problem. Why would she even be that sloppy to put herself in harm's way if a fight breaks out? If this isn't enough, Kate sticks her nose in when her ex-whatever and Curran's ex-girlfriend want to marry. Kate does some sad story about her life and man oh man the self-pity made me roll my eyes. It doesn't even match up to what we know about Kate's early life. Also how was this Kate ever going to beat the big mysterious bad that she only alludes to in this book based on how she is acting?

The only things I really liked was Kate's back and forth with Bran, Derek, and the Oracle. There is that smartass Kate we all know and love. I do have to say her sudden friendship with Andrea doesn't really work since this is the first book we even meet Andrea. It was still nice to meet the Bouda Clan though and we get our first looks at Aunt B and Raphael.

I really don't like the whole way that Curran's Pack leadership was set up. He sounds like a tyrant and an asshole in the first couple of books. He isn't that way in the later books and actually listens to the other alphas and those around him. I think there is even a scene when Doolittle of all people bows to him. .Slight spoiler: The same Doolittle who went HAM on Raphael's ass when he thanked him and it could have cost Andrea her life and doesn't put up with Curran or Kate's BS when they are hurt.

Also I think in this case we have two or maybe three instances of Curran threatening to kill Curran and then telling her that she will beg to sleep with him (it was gross and awful and I wanted it to stop). He even tells her that she will thank him afterwards. Gag.

Derek is vaguely okay in this one. Still fighting besides Kate and seems to have a mind of his own. Julie was a fool. One wonders why Kate pinged on her so hard. Julie in later books comes into her own. This one though, I went eh about.

The worldbuilding is a bit of a mess in this one. We hear about beastskins for the first time and then we also get into the goddess Morrigan and her myths along with the Maiden, Mother, and Crone archtypes in this book too. We also still have vampires and shapeshifters running around. And this is the first time the name Roland is used and we know that the Order is worried about him.

The ending leaves things with Curran trying to trap Kate into dating him. I don't know. I just rolled my eyes and finished this thing. ( )
  ObsidianBlue | Jul 1, 2020 |
This was a wonderful addition to the series. Narration was good. Seeing a different side to Kate and Curran was awesome. ( )
  audraelizabeth | Jun 30, 2020 |
Surprisingly entertaining and it feels like a serious step-up from the first book.

I mean, witchy adventures and seven-year solar-magical catastrophes aside, who doesn't love a battle between gods? Oh, Morrigan! I've seen you in other series, how beautiful to see and you again!

I liked the mystery and the movements through the UF, and now that we're in the middle of character development, rather than just the opening sequences, I'm enjoying the play between Curran and Kate. Nothing is quite smooth sailing, but what did we really expect?

Drama, action, super bloody blades, wild magic words causing damage to the wielder, and chaos? Well, yes. That is what we expect, and I'm really happy with it. :)

I'm getting a hint of what the series is to become, I think, and I do like it. :) On to the next!
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  bradleyhorner | Jun 1, 2020 |
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AuteursnaamRolType auteurWerk?Status
Ilona Andrewsprimaire auteuralle editiesberekend
Gordon, AndrewAuthor's real nameprimaire auteuralle editiesbevestigd
Gordon, IlonaCo-author's real nameprimaire auteuralle editiesbevestigd
del Rosario, KristinOntwerperSecondaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
Fiore, AnnetteOmslagontwerperSecondaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
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