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!
Maddie and I, are a dad-daughter combo who love audible books. She has recently started to write reviews also. I hope you can differentiate.
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?
I have read and enjoyed Ilona Andrews in the past, so with Gunmetal Magic came up on a $4.95 sale, I purchased it without reading the description. I was thoroughly entertained by Andrea's (the main character) aggressive behavior and her explosive relationship with Raphael. The storyline itself was okay, but really the characters and their personal interactions were the most amusing. I later realized that this book is #6 in the Kate Daniels Series. I'm not sure I will go back and listen to #1-5, but would recommend this read for anyone looking for a light-hearted romantic fantasy.
I love that we went into Andrea's world with out mucking up Kate's world. I was worried about how it would affect Kate's world but it did not. I really enjoyed listing to this book and would listen again and again
Love the depth of the characters...the story is funny, suspenseful and fast paced.
His reaction to her "dragon" dress.
Yes, I think this is better than the print version because the narrator brings, life to the characters through her voice
The best part of the story is the fact that it isn't Kate and it is still a great story. I love the character Kate Daniels because she is kick butt, and this showcases the fact that Andrea is kick butt also. I have never read a series where the co stars could be a star on their own like this series. Gunmetal Magic proves that a secondary character can be a primary character and the primary can move to a secondary role.
The narrator helped me imagine exactly what was going on in the whole entire book. She made it easy to imagine that you are right there experiencing the drama.
Lots of movement and action
If you are a fan of Kate Daniels and are upset she isn't the lead in this book don't be upset because this book is just as good as a Kate book.
I enjoyed the read and recommend it to anyone who enjoys alternate reality/urban fantasy. Using a different viewpoint character than stories to date was refreshing.
The current style is strong female lead characters and Gunmetal Magic fits this mold.
Ms Raudman has good voice distinction between the characters in the book. If you listen to other titles in the series her male characters are similar sounding. The book was well read.
The entire series makes great light reading and is a good traveling companion.
It was Andrea's time to be in the spotlight and this book has her front and center. You get to understand her choices and the reasons why they were made and I cheered her on.
Kate Daniels "Magic" series of which this is a spin off book.
Ms, Raudman read the Magic Series and I am so very glad she was selected for this book too. I think she is exceptional.
Yes, when she was able to listen to a recorded message that was made secretly in a meeting with Aunt Bea.
I sure hope more books follow in this series.
This writing duo is always great and this book stays consistent with their style. Rich in mythology, but not just the basic Greek, Roman or Norse - lots of older myths that you may or may not really know much about, so it's much more interesting. I enjoyed the book a lot and thought the narrator was good. I thought I wasn't going to like her at first, but I forgot about it and just enjoyed... Whatever I thought was annoying, obviously wasn't that bad, because I can't remember what it was, haha.