Thursday, October 11

Audiobook Review: Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews

Author: Ilona Andrews
Narrator: RenĂ©e Raudman 
Title: Magic Burns
(Kate Daniels #2)
Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy, & UF
Pages: Audiobook
Published: 2008 
Where I Got It: My shelf (Audible)

As a mercenary who cleans up after magic gone wrong, Kate Daniels has seen her share of occupational hazards. Normally, waves of paranormal energy ebb and flow across Atlanta like a tide. But once every seven years, a flare comes, a time when magic runs rampant. Now Kate’s going to have to deal with problems on a much bigger scale: a divine one.

When Kate sets out to retrieve a set of stolen maps for the Pack, Atlanta’s paramilitary clan of shapeshifters, she quickly realizes much more at stake. During a flare, gods and goddesses can manifest – and battle for power. The stolen maps are only the opening gambit in an epic tug-of-war between two gods hoping for rebirth. And if Kate can’t stop the cataclysmic showdown, the city may not survive…

I had issues with the first book, but this did not deter me from checking out book 2. People love this series and so I decided to give the series one more chance and since I had my monthly freebie from Audible, I decided to get this one. 

Kate is a mercenary who cleans up after magic goes wrong. Well, this time a tide of magic is coming that will boost everyone's powers. She has to retrieve a set of stolen maps that was stolen from the Pack. Well...nothing can be simple or easy. She has to deal with a lot in this one. 

I'm actually liking Kate. I wasn't a huge fan in the last one, but we get to understand her more. Personally and her powers. We got to see more of the world and it connected a lot of dots for me. I'm slowly liking Curran...a bit. He's still an asshat, but I understand him more now. 

This was SO much better than the first one. I could hardly step away and turn off the audiobook. I had to listen to more. I was hooked from the first page. The narrator was really, really good so I think this helped me like the story and characters more. The writing and the narration were amazing. 

I do want to see what happens next, but I was content on how they ended this book. No cliffies. Just some promise and a question. I am curious, but I don't feel forced...which is a huge plus and the way to end a book in a series. 

So yessssss, if you did not like book 1, do not stop. Read or listen to book 2. So good. I'll stamp this with 5 stars. I had zero issues. 


Anachronist said...

Nice to hear you are listening to Ilona Andrews! The series is quite good - up to a point.

Blodeuedd said...

Yes Ilona herself even said that book 1 was not that good ;)

Carole Rae said...

Ana, I'm glad I gave it another chance.

B, really? Too funny.

Anna (herding cats-burning soup) said...

Yay! I'm so glad you stuck it out. Book 1 I didn't hate but wasn't wow-d. But yeah the series is a favorite:)

Carole Rae said...

I'm glad too!