Review: Gunmetal Magic by Ilona Andrews

October 25, 2013 2013, A-, book rating, reviews 0

gunmetal-magicGunmetal Magic
by Ilona Andrews
Series: Kate Daniels series, #5.5; Kate Daniels World, #1
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Published by Ace, 2012
e-book, purchased
326 pages
Grade: A-
Synopsis: Some people have everything figured out—Andrea Nash is not one of those people. After being kicked out of the Order of the Knights of Merciful Aid, Andrea’s whole existence is in shambles. All she can do is try to put herself back together, something made easier by working for Cutting Edge, a small investigative firm owned by her best friend, Kate Daniels.

When several shapeshifters working for Raphael Medrano—the male alpha of the Clan Bouda, as well as Andrea’s former lover—die unexpectedly at a dig site, Andrea is assigned to investigate…and must work with Raphael. As her search for the killer leads her into the secret underbelly of supernatural Atlanta, Andrea knows that dealing with her feelings for Raphael might have to take a back seat to saving the world…

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How is it that I could run into a gunfight against overwhelming odds and put myself between bullets and civilians, but I couldn’t scrape together enough courage to speak to the one person who mattered the most to me?

What I like about this book:

  • It was good to see this world (and Kate) from a different point of view.
  • Andrea is a great character. Learning more about her backstory shows why she makes decisions about her life. And how she changes during the course of the book–how she has to learn to live with the fact she’s beastkin.
  • Raphael and Andrea are a good couple. Some of their behavior made me laugh and lightened up the book. The romance between the two of them is wonderful!
  • The reasons for spoiling Clan Bouda children–few of them grow to adulthood.
  • The characteristics of Clan Bouda–especially the excited or nervous laughter.
  • Aunt B is a great character as the alpha of Clan Bouda. Andrea’s interactions with Aunt B are pretty funny and give insight into both of their characters and the job of the alpha.

What I don’t like:

  • I guess I would say I don’t like that it took me so long to start this book since I thought I didn’t want to read about Andrea!

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My thoughts: 

I didn’t want to read about Andrea. I wanted more about Kate and Curran! I ended up really liking this book and liking the different viewpoint in the Kate Daniels world.

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  • Gunmetal Magic also has Magic Gifts, a Kate Daniels series (#5.4) novella at the end of the magic-giftsbook. The novella is about 100 pages and I liked having a bit of Kate and Curran to read.
  • I  gave it a B+, because while the story is great I wished I had read it before Gunmetal Magic since the action in the novella happens before or at the beginning of Gunmetal Magic.
    • From some of the events in the novella it seemed more time should have passed before Gunmetal Magic takes place.
    • However, it was evident to me that the events in Gunmetal Magic–Andrea investigating the deaths of several of Clan Bouda’s shapeshifters–occur because of the investigation by Kate and Curran in Magic Gifts.
  • I do like the story though and was happy it was included with Gunmetal Magic. Oh, and I really like the cover which is shown at Goodreads! This is how I picture Kate!

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