Series: Kate Daniels #2
Published by Ace on April 1, 2008
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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…
MAGIC BURNS is the second book in the Kate Daniels urban fantasy series. This series is full of magic, shapeshifters, vampires, other supernatural beasties, and a really cool world. And I can’t forget Kate: ultra badass heroine, ultra skilled with her sword Slayer and other weapons, always ready with a witty, sarcastic comeback, and relatable and likable.
After the events of MAGIC BITES, Kate’s now working as a liaison between the Order and the Guild, toeing the line between law-abiding citizen and mercenary. Naturally, within chapters, she’s in the middle of a real mess. While helping a street kid named Julie find her missing with mother, she’s also hunting down a guy who stole something important from the Pack. A guy who can disappear into thin air. Oh, and Kate’s dealing with a flare, which equates to a very powerful wave of magic taking over the world for a while.
In MAGIC BITES, I wanted more worldbuilding as to how waves of magic or tech alternatively ruled. The author delivers on the worldbuilding in MAGIC BURNS, and even better — the reasons make sense! I can get behind just about any fantasy premise, but it’s even better for me when the author has a good reason for why the world is the way it is. Here, the idea is that tech and magic once coexisted, but when technology boomed, magic waned. I like.
The bad dudes in MAGIC BURNS? I’ve seen them before, but never have they been so scary. I like how the author is pulling from different pantheons of mythology with each book. It’s quite cool — I enjoy seeing her version of Celtic mythology, including Morrigan and the Fomorians.
I think my favorite thing so far about this series is how much is packed into each book. MAGIC BURNS is only 260 pages, but I felt like I read a longer book. Which made me happy, because I like watching events through Kate’s eyes, from putting clues together to epic battles to bickering with Curran. I can’t get enough of Kate and her world.
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