Magic Burns (Kate Daniels, #2)

by Ilona Andrews

4.1 of 5 stars 20 ratings • 9 reviews • 24 shelved
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Magic Burns (Kate Daniels, #2)

by Ilona Andrews

4.1 of 5 stars 20 ratings • 9 reviews • 24 shelved
Mercenary Kate Daniels tries to save her city from divine intervention in this novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling urban fantasy series.

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 shape shifters—she quickly realizes much more is 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, Atlanta may not survive...
  • ISBN10 1436208149
  • ISBN13 9781436208147
  • Publish Date 1 April 2008
  • Publish Status Active
  • Publisher Penguin Putnam Inc
  • Imprint Ace Books
  • Format eBook
  • Pages 272
  • Language English


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Melanie 4 of 5 stars
4.5 stars

Review originally posted at

Kate Daniels is a favorite series of mine. It has been a long time since I revisited this series. I started off reading this series, but once I listened for the first time, I was hooked on the audiobooks. If you’ve never listened to Renée Raudman read this series (or anything really and she narrates all of Ilona Andrews books), I can’t recommend it enough. She really adds to an already amazing story.

So there is a magical flare coming to Atlanta. It has everyone on edge. The Knights of the Order are all out doing their thing to keep Atlanta safe. The People and The Pack are circling the wagons. So Kate is trying her best to do what she does.

We learn more about Kate and her past. We meet more characters that will become indispensable to the series going forward, namely Andrea and Julie, but others too. Derek, Jim, Curran and Ghastek all make appearance. We also get to meet the coven witches and the oracle.

This series is full of so many great snippets. I have to include a few, because how can I not?

The man spread his arms. I didn’t like the way he moved, either, light on his feet.

“What’s with the cute shoelace on your head?”

“What this?” He flicked the end of the cord with his finger.

“Yeah. Rambo called, he wants his bandana back.”

“This Rambo, he a friend of yours?”

“Who’s Rambo?” Julie asked.

If a cultural reference flies over a man’s head, does it make a sound if nobody else gets it? I had never managed to watch the whole movie—magic always interfered, but I had read the book. Maybe after the flare cut out and tech reasserted its dominance for a few weeks, I’d dig the minidisc out and watch the darn thing from start to finish.

Her face fell. “You’re not my mom. You can’t tell me what to do,” she said finally, but her tone signaled the end of the argument.

“I’m a substitute mom,” I told her.

“You’re more like a crazy aunt who only gets called when somebody needs bailing out of jail,” Derek said.

I pointed my finger at him. He grinned.

“Julie, until I find your real mom, I’m in charge of your safety. She loves you and she’s a good person. She deserves to be found and to have you be alright. If I found her, but something happened to you, I don’t know what I would do.” And if I can’t find your mom, she would’ve wanted you to be safe.

“Derek couldn’t pick up Julie’s scent at the scene?” A slight growl of disapproval crept into his voice.

I shook my head. “The shaman used too much wolfsbane. I’ll find her. I just don’t know how yet.”

“If there is anything I can do, I’ll help. Don’t get excited. It’s not because of you. For the child. If it wasn’t for her and the flare, I’d throw your dumb ass out of this window.”

“What does the flare have to do with it?”

“I don’t want it to be attributed to a loss of control on my part. When I throw you out of the window, I want there to be no doubt the act was deliberate.”

Wow, he was pissed.

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Chelsea 4 of 5 stars
This series got loads better. I struggled with the first one but now that we're used to this world and characters it's a lot easier to read. Excited for the next one!

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Re-read time!

Really enjoyed this one, as I did in the first time. At this point though, I got to ask how come no one is looking into Kate and who the fuck is she. I know pack doesn't really involve itself in this kind of stuff, but she showed some crazy powers in this one and no one is too surprised or anything.

I am recalling first-read frustration of Kate and Curran not being together. The closing scene of this novel was so otp it was crazy.

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Silvara 4 of 5 stars
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“You don't cause problems. You cause catastrophes.”

I really do love snarky characters. Kate has a lot of really funny lines in this book, and I like that a bit of mythology was also included. The book was fast paced, without it being so fast that you miss anything important, or feel like it needed to slow down.

I liked Curran a lot better in this book than in the first one. There were quite a few scenes with him and Kate trading snark, and flirting to embarrass her. I also like how it seems to be a slow build romance (if in fact, it's supposed to end up with them together?)

We got to learn a bit more about the city, and how magic works in the world. The way the various plots weaved through the story was well done, and the character who was only in things for themselves got what they deserved at the end.

I loved Derek and Julie, I hope we get to see more of both of them in the next books. I'm guessing at least Derek will be around since he helped Kate out in the first book. I wasn't sure how I'd like the series, since the first book didn't grab me as much as I expected it to (though I still liked it!) But this one was better and sucked me right in. I'll be picking up the next one, and if you haven't read this yet you need to!

This review was originally posted on Fantasy of the Silver Dragon

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Magic Burns the second book in the Kate Daniels series has solidified this audio series as a favorite. While still gritty, Andrews’ added depth smoothed out some of the rougher aspects and endeared me to Kate. If you have not tried the Kate Daniels series, I urge you to do so. Magic Burns is fresh and original with a storyline and characters that will have you casting the real world aside and losing yourself within its pages!

Squee! I am almost at a loss for words. Andrews’ world and its characters are complex and kept me engaged. Narrator, Renée Raudman brings Magic Burns to life and her interpretations of the characters are brilliant.

Kate Daniels is kick-ass as a mercenary. Her job cleaning up magic gone wrong is dangerous, unappreciated and intense. Kate resides in an alternated Atlanta where magic ebbs and flows. In this installment, Kate does battle with a divine one and the tale that unfolds held me tightly in its grips. What starts out as a simple task of retrieving stolen maps for a shape-shifting clan quickly becomes complicated. Kate soon finds herself in a battle to save them all.

As a heroine, Kate is fantastic. The girl has tude and her snarky; quick-witted comments had me smiling like an idiot while I listened. What makes it so epic is that most of the time she does not do this deliberately. It is just Kate pure and simple. Her interactions with the smexy alpha male Curran are among my favorite. Anytime these two shared scene time, I was completely smitten.

The storyline is intense and action packed with a heaviness that weighed on my heart. Death, loss, and change all affect the tone. Andrews continues to flesh out the world and the characters. We gain insight into Kate’s past and see growth in her powers. There is so much more to Kate and her gift. Magic Burns is fast paced, and with the magic flare that is occurring we see many fascinating creatures. Andrews’ world is utterly fascinating and complicated without overwhelming the reader. In fact, they only make me crave more. The ending was nail-biting and climatic making me immediately download the next audible, Magic Strikes. Eeep!

Magic Burns is a fantastic urban fantasy and lives up to its massive following. Ilona Andrews is brilliant, absolutely brilliant and I cannot wait to listen to more.This review was originally posted at Caffeinated Book Reviewer

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elysium 3 of 5 stars
3.5 stars

Someone stole maps from the pack and Kate promised as a favour to retrieve them. Some mysterious guy just keeps getting into her way and tries to stop her. Kate meets young girl and helps Julie to find her missing mother. And sparks continue to fly between Kate and Curran.

I really like Kate and she’s a great heroine. She can seriously kick ass and she stands up to Curran, the Best Lord of Shapeshifters. They annoy the crap out of each other but you can see there’s something between them. I love that it’s not love/lust at first sight-kind of thing between them.

I can see myself becoming total Curran fangirl but I can’t help myself! I wish there was more Curran and I love the interaction between him and Kate.

“Not only will you sleep with me, but you will say ‘please.’”
I stared at him, shocked.
The smile widened. “You will say ‘please’ before and ‘thank you’ after.”

Pg. 184

More Curran for me, please!

I was happy to see Derek again. It will be interesting to see how far he will climb because he showed power growing.

And I hope we learn more about Kate and her powers. Things are hinted but never explained and I hope we get some answers at some point.

I liked the book and can’t wait to see what way the books will go. I’ve heard the books get only better so can’t wait!

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Amanda 4 of 5 stars
Joint review with Kelly

Original review:

Kelly: When we originally made plans to read book 1 together, I had no idea that I’d be consumed by this world. Sure, I’ve been known to get a little obsessive before *looks everywhere but at my BDB books*

Amanda: *laughs because it’s SO TRUE*

Kelly: But I really wasn’t expecting the level of awesomeness that I found. The worldbuilding is just phenomenal.

Amanda: I really like the worldbuilding, too. Though I don’t know that I felt fully comfortable until over halfway through this one. Now that I do, though, I’m loving these books even more. And I like that we finally got more explanations about the world. It’s really starting to come together for me now, and I’m achin — yes, ACHING — to get to the next book.

Kelly: I have a soft spot for broken cities but this takes things to a whole new level. I mean… whoa. I can see the Honeycomb and the buildings that are sliding into dust. It’s frightening and chilling and I pretty much love it.

Amanda: It is very frightening. You know what else is kind of frightening?

Kelly: Clowns?

Amanda: Um…no. Curran.

Kelly: That was my second guess. Maybe my third. The whole food thing. THE FOOD THING! OMG! *swoon*

Amanda: I loved the food thing! I may have also swooned a little right at the end, too. I love that Kate is the one who is resisting everything, and Curran is slowly staking his territory.

Kelly: I know! He’s working that predatory beast angle like a boss, isn’t he?

Amanda: Rawr. I’m hoping for an epic showdown of some kind in the next book between Kate and Curran. And by showdown, you know I mean sexy times.

Kelly: I bet you Curran’s a beast in bed. -pause- Yes, I went there. I couldn’t stop myself.

Amanda: I’d be more surprised if a) you hadn’t gone there or b) you stopped yourself. You have expectations to live up to, you know. I also want to find out who Kate’s father is.

Kelly: As long as it’s not Curran, I’ll be happy.

Amanda: o.O Yeah, I’m guessing we’re safe on that one. I mean, we still haven’t learned who daddy dearest is, but I’d put money down that Curran isn’t it. We are also slowly starting to learn just how powerful Kate is. Of course, we usually learn more about Kate through all of the things she should not be able to do if she was just a human, but actually can do.

Kelly: She’s keeping such a tight leash on herself you have to figure that she’s like a powder keg waiting to explode. I feel for her.

Amanda: I would really like to learn more about Kate in the coming books. Do you know what else I like about these books, Kelly?

Kelly: The possibility of giraffe shifters popping up?

Amanda: I do like when giraffe shifters pop up. I just plain love my stalking giraffe shifters. Can I have a giraffe shifter demesne in addition to my #NakedWerewolf demesne? But uh, that wasn’t what I was going to say. Stop distracting me with thoughts of giraffe shifters! Anyway. I was going to say that I like the side characters. Especially Derek, the teenage werewolf.

Kelly: OMG! Yes! I love Derek! His story killed me. I want to cuddle him and feed him chicken soup and tell him that everything’s going to be all right.

Amanda: All of them are so much fun, and have enough depth to make them real and integral to Kate and her story.

Kelly: I absolutely agree. This is one series that feels multifaceted and HUGE between the worldbuilding and the secondary characters. LOVE!

Amanda: *falls over in a puddle of love for this series*