Loved the story, and was waiting for the Novella about Kate and Curran that's in the book, but it's not there on the audio. It should be, but perhaps they'll release it separately.....heavy sigh.....
I think the author is talented but the profanity was just kind of much after a bit. There are more descriptive words that add to the story. The world building was the most interesting part of this story but it was not enough to get me to finish the story.
I did not notice her detract from anything.
At first I was interested in the potential, (I enjoy paranormal fantasy usually) but the profanity and characters were trying to be gritty but it was a miss. It came across as needlessly over the top macho.
Almost gave up after the first chapter, very hard to start.. Settles down a bit after that. OK, but nothing special.
Bankruptcy attorney residing in South Florida. Love fiction and fantasy books, salsa dancing, writing and spending time with my husband
This book comes before Magic Raises in the Kate Daniel's story line and in retrospect, I wish I had read it in order. I tend to be very skeptical of spin-offs since more often than not I am simply too immersed into the main story line to want to be sidetracked with the sub-stories of secondary characters. Therefore, I read all of the Kate Danie's books through Magic Rises and months later grabbed this book as part of a sale. It knocked my socks off!! Nor only did it fit perfectly into the main story line by helping fill out some gaps about Andrea's disappearance and her choosing of the Order over the Pack by providing some insight into her childhood and journey to the Order in the first place. Furthermore, it added a third person's perspective to Kate Daniel's character that helped better understand her modus aperendi. There was never a dull moment or non-sensical fillers with this book. There was action all throughout as opposed to things unraveling and becoming exiting at the very end. This is so much more than just a love story about Andrea and Rafael (not that that was not a great bonus). Must read!!!
Love to read!
I enjoyed this book overall. It had enough action in it to keep it interesting, but also had some decent character development. The characters had enough depth to to pull you into their lives. I will definitely get another book in the series.
The narration was okay, but narrator has some speech quirks that get on my nerves a little. After I got into the story I was able to ignore them.
I think my favorite part was listening to the narrator do the character's voices in warrior form. You can't get that reading a book!
I freaking love Andrea! She is such a great character with a really heart-wrenching past. We got to see so much more about her, her previous life, what it's like being beastkin, and how she really feels about Raphael. Awesome!
The narration for Gunmetal Magic ended up working quite well. A lot of the characters have southern accents, which makes sense given the Pack is based in the south. I ended up being quite happy with Andrea's voice and all the other characters'.
Gunmetal Magic brings in Egyptian mythology! .>.
The narration worked for me in the end, but it did take getting used to!
Geeky painter girl who loves all things Whedonverse. Audio book addict. :D
Badass, smart, and hilarious.
Andrea is the main character of this installment (Kate Daniels is the central character of the series). She is smart, a badass fighter, and won't let anyone getting the better of her if she's investigating a mystery. Ascanio, the teenage bouda who helps her when hunting down clues, is hilarious, and I'm glad he's getting his time to shine as well and isn't just an empty teenage Casanova trope.
Renée's narration of this, as well as all of the other Kate Daniels' books, is spot on. She gives each character a distinctive voice and does female badass really well, whether its Kate or Andrea. Not too strident, not too soft. Ass kicking, just right!
The whole Kate Daniels series is exceptional, my absolute favorite urban supernatural fantasy. The balance of action, adventure, mystery, sex and romance is just right. The females leads are written very well - smart and dark without being maudlin. Their relationships are important to them, without ruling their lives. The action and mysteries are the main focus of the series, rather than how to get the hot guy (even if they do get him in the end). I love it!
What is there to say, I am a 40-something professional man with kids who like to listen to light books while on the bus to work.
First off, I have to get it off my chest, it has to be said that the cover art is moronic...all I can think is if she fires that gun she will be smacked in the face by the recoil, and fails to convey the "hard sharpshooting" mystic that is supposed to be Andrea. But oh well, who cares about that anyways.
The story: The story is a little aggravating, even annoying at times. I think that Ms. Andrews is trying to explore the ramifications of shape shifters who are subject to becoming mated, a condition that is supposedly a great deal more intense than just married and apparently consists of a biological attachment as much as a romantic attachment, and how it affects a person who also possess a human mind that is capable of deciding against the mating. Basically what I am trying to say is that half of this book is about how Andrea and Raphael fight this "mating" and the emotional and intellectual angst this creates in Andrea's mind. Unfortunately is makes Andrea come across a bit like a dimwitted teenage girl. I did not like the whole "irresistibly drawn to him" subplots and "what the hell is wrong with me" angst that permeates much of this novel. But the overall story/plot line was not bad. Andrea investigates a murder, said investigation leads to major bad guy that needs to be defeated. (I don't want to give away any spoilers). When Andrea is not whining about Raphael, she is an interesting character whom I came to root for. It helps that the Narration was quite good. If, like me, you have come to really enjoy the Kate Daniels series, of which this is an offshoot (pun intended), you will probably enjoy the novel. But if this is your first foray into Ilona Andrews novels, I suggest you read the Kate Daniels series first (Magic Bites is book 1).
I found this one a little on the average side, although I did enjoy it for the most part. Of course if you LIKE listening to the whiney ramblings of a teen-age like women pine after an ex-boyfriend whom she "just can't seem to call" to discuss the issue, and then wonders why that is not working. So she spends all her time getting angry and... well, acting like a jilted teenage girl ..then hell… you will probably love this book. I just can't bring myself to believe that rational, real women act like that so I find it annoying.
A stand alone in a fantastic series..
She is the best! Each voice is perfect in it's characterization and she's consistant all the way through.
Andrea parading around town in her beast form is hilarious.
Why wasn't Magic Gifts inclulded with the audio?