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!
this story gets better and better! Love the interaction with the characters and the narrator is excellent! I blazed thru this book and ready for more!
This has got to be one of my favorite reads. If you like Hamilton, Briggs, Harrison, or Moning you will love this. No, it's not filled with sex but it will grab you and not let go. The only thing that could make these audios perfect is if they used a guy's voice.
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I am absolutely obsessed with this series and at only 2 books in! Magic Burns was everything I hoped it would be and more!
With the skepticism I faced in giving Magic Bites a second chance I'm tickled that I jumped into Magic Burns without a thought, heck I even bypassed the library and used a credit on Audible so that I can keep it with me for-virtual-ever.
In the way things ended in Magic Bites I was completely blind, somewhat on purpose, to what would be in store for Kate and the gang in Magic Burns. I knew that with how close the true nature of Kate was to the surface in Magic Bites that Magic Burns was either going to expand on that or add another puzzle piece to the puzzle about who/what she really is. The mystery behind Kate's origin and power base is so fascinating to me that it's not even funny.
I'm not sure if Kate mentioned any magical spikes(?) in Magic Bites (wasn't trying to rhyme lol), but I initially thought that they wouldn't be a bad thing for Kate; to be honest I'm all for something coming along to make her unleash all of the power I know she has inside her, talk about a badass moment waiting to happen. When I got pass my nerdness I remembered that having magical spikes happening all over the place would not work so well for the other beings that made up Atlanta. My prediction about what this magical surge could do for Kate was both right and wrong, things did not work out as I thought they would...not at all.
The relationship Corran and Kate in this installment of the Kate Daniels series was utterly delicious. Magic Bites hinted of the sparks flying between these two, but in Magic Burns those sparks were tamped down into a slow burn and oddly I appreciated that. A lot was going on in Magic Burns that I felt having a ramped up romance between Corran and Kate would've been a deterrent instead of an blessing to this story.
I'm really looking forward to the rest of the books in the Kate Daniels series. The only challenge I find is if I should continue listening to them on audio or begin to read them myself because this series has me wanting to do both. Maybe in the future I'll read them myself and stick to the audio for now.
Magic Burns blew me off my feet, now on to Magic Strikes.
I love this series. my only complaint about the audio book is the narrator makes Kate seem like less than she is. Kate as a heroine is a very strong character and what comes off in the books as wry inner dialogue here sounds like fainting damsel in distress. Completely not Kate's personality.
This is a really good second novel in the series. I am not sure how this novel falls into the writers' overall bibliography, but it demonstrates a growth and development of the authors' story craft and overall was a really solid second book in the series. Character development continues to improve and impress. Overall, this was a 4.5 star book. Narrator is amazing.
I love the story, its characters and the narrator. But I have to admit that I liked the first book a bit more. And 'Magic Burns' had too much near-romance story line for my taste. Still can't wait to listen to the sequel!
After shying away from this series for so long, I am so glad I gave it another try. I love having an audiobook & e-book combo because I can read the book when I'm relaxing, and I can listen while on my commute.