Monday, February 3, 2014

Audio Review: Gunmetal Magic by Ilona Andrews

By: Ilona Andrews
Published: July 31, 2012
Published By: Ace

Description: The New York Times bestselling Kate Daniels novels have been hailed as “top-notch urban fantasy” (Monsters and Critics). Now, Ilona Andrews delves deeper into Kate’s world, and reveals its untold stories…

After being kicked out of the Order of the Knights of Merciful Aid, Andrea’s whole existence is in shambles. She tries to put herself back together by working for Cutting Edge, a small investigative firm owned by her best friend. When several shapeshifters working for Raphael Medrano—the male alpha of the Clan Bouda, and Andrea’s former lover—die unexpectedly at a dig site, Andrea is assigned to investigate. Now she must work with Raphael as her search for the killer leads into the secret underbelly of supernatural Atlanta. And dealing with her feelings for him might have to take a back seat to saving the world…

My Thoughts: I pretty much love everything by Ilona Andrews, and especially her Kate Daniels Series, so when I saw she had released this companion novel with MC Andrea, I just had to have it.
Believe it or not, this one sat on my shelf for a bit, collecting dust until I picked up the audiobook during one of Audible’s sales, and I hopped on it right away. BEWARE!!! SPOILERS AHEAD……. 

It’s told from the POV of Andrea, the gun toting ex Agent of the Order of the Knights of Merciful Aid right after she’s been “retired” and right after the stuff with Raphael went down the tubes. She’s trying to get her life back together, but when she’s called to help with a pack issue that deals with Raphael, they’re forced to cooperate with each other, and what results is explosive.

Though the events in this story directly coincide with events in the other Kate Daniels novels, it’s a completely  different story, and Andrea is working on a completely different case. I enjoyed the fact that it was a completely new story, and that we weren’t merely seeing things from someone else’s perspective. It gave everything a fresh, new feel and I loved it. As for the narration, it was great as the same narrator for the entire Kate Daniels Series also narrated this.

I don’t want to give too much away, so all I’ll say is that this is intense and wonderful and action packed. A bit of it is predictable, but most of it isn’t and the ending is absolutely perfect. We learn a bit more about Andrea and the reason she is the way that she is, and we grow to love her as a character even more.

I would suggest this book to fans of the Kate Daniels Series. It’s not best for those who haven’t already read the regular Kate Daniels series though because the whole world may be a bit confusing. I give it 5 stars.


Lan said...

It's been so long since I've read the Kate Daniels series that I'm having a hard time remembering whether I liked Andrea! I do remember a distinct lack of strong females besides Kate so I'm assuming there's a reason I haven't really remembered her. Will give this one a try.

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