Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Musings on Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews
I skipped the first book in Ilona Andrews' Kate Daniels series for no particular reason other than I mistakenly thought that Magic Burns was the introductory book to the series. By the time I realized that I was wrong, I was so deep into the story and wanted to know how it ended that I didn't bother with putting it down in favor of Magic Bites, which really is the first book in the series.
The story opens during a magic wave. Kate is called upon by the Pack (shape-shifters) to retrieve their stolen maps from a cunning bowman. Not one to pass up a challenge, Kate takes the gig and sets out after the sniper. She runs into a teenage street urchin she's familiar with, Red, and his tween girlfriend, Julie, whose mother has gone missing.
Kate's run-in with the teenagers ends up leading her into the Honeycomb, a section of the city that is a dangerous maze of twisted trailers, unfriendly people, and magic. She soon finds that a misfit group of witches have tampered with the natural order of things in a big way. Now the salvation of the Atlanta depends on Kate and her eclectic band of shifter, vampire, and sniper friends. They'll have to come together to restore magical order and take down a restless god that's intent on killing them all.
I'd been in a reading slump when I started Magic Burns and credit this book in helping me to come out of it. There's lots of action, character development, and nicely done world building. Got to say, as an Atlanta native, I love that the story is set in my city. It's fun envisioning the city I was born and raised in complete magic upheaval.
Even though I started on the second book before reading the first, I never felt like my reading enjoyment suffered from loss of back story as previous events were neatly explained throughout the book. I'll find out if I'm completely right about that soon enough, when I go back to read Magic Bites. But before that I'm moving on to Magic Strikes because I'm anxious to know exactly what happens next in the series. Grade B.
Visit Ilona Andrews here. Read an excerpt of Magic Burns here.