I am a "Life is Awesome! Strive to be Worthy of it." student of life kind of guy. Feeding on Chaos and Empowering the Good. Group Hug!
I like that Kate is touch, there is a love story building but it not all hugs and kisses. It is always a struggle for me to get through that. Also I really thing they should work on the book cover because the Lion on the cover is so misrepresenting of Beast-Lord.
This is an awesome book. Listening to it for the second time I picked up on a lot of things I missed on the first go around. Good storyline, great characters, and an excellent narrator.
Long term book junkie only recently addicted to audio books. Now my iPod and I are inseparable.
"Magic Burns" does exactly what book two in a series should do, it delivers even more impact that book one: "Magic Bites"
In "Magic Burns" Ilona Andrews moves her focus from the creating an alternative Atalanta, devastated by waves of magic that neutralize tech and strengthen the powers of magical creatures, to developing her main character, Kate Daniels.
The picture of Kate that emerges is a compelling mixture of aggression, vulnerability, deeply rooted ethics, ferocity, loneliness, empathy, isolation and a dark, intoxicating, power that could save or destroy her.
In other words, Kate is someone you want to know more about, who is likely to surprise you, but who doesn't walk through the world unscathed, killing those who piss her off.
"Magic Burns" starts small with Kate trying to capture a crazy arsonist using a magical salamander to burn things down and escalates through encounters with a Celtic warrior, to a Fomorian controlling Wraiths, to a full-scale battle between the Weres and a demonic army.
Along the way we learn a lot more about how Were society functions, including a fascinating visit to the Hyena Clan that gave an original and plausible view of their... proclivities and lifestyle choices. We see Kate adopting a surrogate mother role to an abandoned child, working closely with an Order member with a secret, and slowly starting to understand the meaning of Curran's behaviour towards her. I know that the Kate/Curran love interest attracts a lot of attention but I don't see it as central to the series in terms of being a romantic interest. For me, it is more about showing that both Kate and Curran need to constantly to exert control to remain who they want to be and not be overwhelmed by what their power might make them.
I thought the most memorable relationship in the book was between Kate and the Celtic Berserker. As Kate spends time with him, she sees that he is not really human any more. Perhaps he never was. He has spent centuries in the service of God, killing her enemies and counting his success by the number of enemy heads he has stored in his home. He has no contact with people, no understanding of how to talk to women, no concept of right and wrong. In seeking to become the ultimate warrior he has allowed himself to become his God's attack-dog. This by itself is an interesting idea. I used to be fascinated by the unromantic brutality of "Slaine", the Celtic Berserker in "2000AD". Ilona Andrews takes that brutality to it's logical conclusion. What lifts the encounter is that Kate, who could so easily become a modern, wittier, sexier version of the hollow-souled Berserker, feels empathy with the warrior and engages with him in a way that, by the end of the book, enables the warrior to reclaim some of his humanity.
It is the thought that sits behind this kind of plot-line that makes this series so strong... together with witty dialogue Curran to Kate “You don't cause problems. You cause catastrophes.” , Kate's bravado - using a vampire's fangs as a hole punch, great action scenes from one-on-one combat to full-scale battles, constant playful (I think) disrespect for the ability of males to think and a pace that is perfectly judged.
That's the second five-star read in the series. I may have to invent a whole new rating just to deal with what happens when this series gets even better.
Great series and Renée does and outstanding job narrating. ... Grabs you from the first chapter! !! won't be disappointed. . highly recommended. ..
Love this series! And I readily like the narrator, she's perfect for the part even though I haven't heard her on anything else
Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is way better than the first book and I'm glad I gave this series another chance. I bet there was a new editor because this book flowed much better than the first. I only liked the first book okay, which got better toward the end which was why I gave this series another chance. Magic Burns on the other hand was good and makes me want to read more of Kate Daniels. I like a strong heroine who doesn't think she is the best at what she does so when she gets hurt it isn't shocking and annoying. I also like to see characters who care about others. Kate taught Bran how to be a real hero, which was cool in my book. I'm also intrigued with how the relationship with Kate and Curran might develop. This book had me laughing out loud several times. Narrator was okay, she was a little over dramatic at the end.
Lions, Mercs, and Bears oh my! I'm digging it the more I listen.
Every character (in their most appropriate way) talks the best smack.
This one is right on par with her growing skill. Appreciate the accents, the sound effects, and the vocal acrobatics she incorporates...
The Kate Daniels series is a series that has consistenlty gotten better and better as it's gone on. Book 2 takes the world and characters introduced in Magic Bites and expands in a big way. We learn a little bit more about Kate's history and motivations. We learn a lot more about the world she lives in and the chaos that constantly just around the corner. We meet a number of new characters and get a little more insight into a few of the main characters from book 1. Overall, the story is well crafted, setting the stage for some big reveals and moments not only in this installment, but in future installments.
I'm visually impaired and I'm adicted to reading! I'm 19, and have been reading since I was 12. I love all things fantasy. Some of my favorite authors include but are not limited too Margaret Weis, Mercedes Lackey, Yasmine Galenorn, Christine Feehan, and many more.
Kate Daniels is a mix of compassion and tough. In this book we get to see more of her caring side, and more of her vulnerability. One of my favorite things about her is that she will go through hell for someone she cares about. She and her world continues to be one of my favorites. Also the narrator is a favorite of mine. She reads at a good speed, and does good accents and emotions for her characters.
Her performance grew on me as the book went on. She wasn't a narrator I clicked with immediately, but by the end she really was Kate's voice.
This was a great second book in a series, building on everything I loved about the first book and rounding out characters and adding new characters. I like the first person narrative style of Ilona Andrews a lot.