I love this writer team. I love the series. They call this book a spin off because it does not feature the main romantic couple from the other books, but for those who have read any of the books after book 1, these are characters who have constantly been there and have independent, unique, and non-flattened personalities. This book is simply another great example of the solid writing style I expect from this author.
As for the reading, I enjoyed the entire performance. I love the consistency of having the same reader throughout the series. There is a wholeness, a consistency, with the performances that makes it easy to want to listen to the whole series everytime I think about listening to one of the books.
I love to read, but I am time-limited. Audible allows me to keep up with all my favorite authors while on the hiking trail. Thanks, Audible!
Gunmetal Magic is a fun journey. Andrea Nash is hired to investigate some pack deaths. To investigate the murders, Nash must interact with Raphael. Some of the truly great characters in this series such as Barabas, Roman, and Aunt B also return. If you like other books by these writers, you will like this book, but I do not suggest starting the series with this book. You should read the Kate Daniel's series first to get full enjoyment out of this book. Renée Raudman is still great.
My name is Irene and I'm a lifelong bookaholic. A few years ago, I started adding audiobooks and I'm so happy I joined Audible in 2015 :-))
Andrea & Raphael's story set in a conflict against gods Anubis & Anapa. We learn about Andrea's background & why the Order was so important to her. She fights against one of the last ghosts of her past, and chooses the pack. We also get to see Roman's "good" side & find out a little more about him. Raudman, as always, is the voice of the series.
I think this would have worked as a longer novella or special ebook better than a full book. The story was disjointed and choppy, even though there were several dynamics going on. Andrea coming to terms w herself. Andrea and Rafael working on relationship issues. Andrea finding a place in the pack. The rest of the story should provide the framework that the other issues can be processed from.
Reading is my passion, happy endings the greatest gift an author can give me.
Ilona Andrews can do no wrong in my books. Their heroines are utterly amazing. Andrea Nash deserved another story and her happily ever after which of course had to be won with sweat, blood -lots of blood- and love. Raphael got under my skin for a bit, however, little by little he earned my respect. This is a story about Andrea coming to terms with her painful and horrible past as well as her acceptance that it is okay to belong.
Raphael and Andrea had broken up in a previous book and how they finally mended their relationship was a thing of beauty and this is why I love Ilona's take on relationships. Andrea and Raphael had to first, rant and vent for a time, then play and flirt and lastly they had to talk about how they hurt each, why they both reacted and did the things they did and finally they accepted each other as they are. So not only did they had to kill a god but they had to fix themselves. All in the day's work for Andrea and Cutting Edge. Oh, and Kate and Curran graced us with their presence and that was awesome.
Ms Raudman is one of my favourite narrators. She has different voices for all characters and does it superbly. She is now part of Kate Daniels universe and hope it never changes.
I bought this book because the premise sounded interesting.
I read/listen to a lot of scifi/fantasy & I'm usually pretty quick about grasping the "rules." But Ilona Andrews assumes the reader is familiar with this world & doesn't give a lot of foundation, s/he just plunges into the story & tosses out a few breadcrumbs here & there. I haven't "read" any of the Kate Daniels stories this is spun off from, so I spent a fair amount of time trying to figure out how this universe worked - Boudas are hyena shapeshifters, but they don't have to completely shift, they can partially shift into a hybrid "warrior" form, but there are shapeshifters whose parents were animals that shifted to human & mated with a human and those Beastkins are lower class freaks....What?.
I think I would have enjoyed it more, if I could have understood the rules & who the players were earlier in the story.
As for the narrator, I'm not a fan. The voice she used for Andrea was irritating, both in her human & beastkin forms. A lot of the male characters sounded alike; which would be fine, except she was clearly trying to make each character different. And, at one point, she completely forgot how she had made two characters sound; so, later in the story, when a recording is played of a conversation, the voices were completely different from their previous appearance.
I might try one of the Kate Daniels stories, but at this point, I'll probably go back to a tried & true author & narrator. (I highly recommend Wil Wheaton or Susan Erickson as narrators - both are excellent)
The series keeps getting better and better. This Book has only entertaining value but also deeper themes. I love the way the series is continually developing characters and they grow in nuance and depth. Having a whole novel told from Andrea's point of view is delightful. Definitely one of my favorite books so far this year. The narrator continues to impress. I will definitely find more books narrated by her.
This was a great book, but buy it through ITunes not through Audible as the Audible one is missing the free novella - Magic Gifts.