Gunmetal Magic

Gunmetal Magic

Book - 2012
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Includes a free bonus: a Kate Daniels novella, "Magic Gifts"

The New York Times bestselling Kate Daniels novels have been hailed as "top-notch urban fantasy" ( Monsters and Critics ). Now, Ilona Andrews delves deeper into Kate's world, and reveals its untold stories...
After being kicked out of the Order of the Knights of Merciful Aid, Andrea's whole existence is in shambles. She tries to put herself back together by working for Cutting Edge, a small investigative firm owned by her best friend. When several shapeshifters working for Raphael Medrano--the male alpha of the Clan Bouda, and Andrea's former lover--die unexpectedly at a dig site, Andrea is assigned to investigate. Now she must work with Raphael as her search for the killer leads into the secret underbelly of supernatural Atlanta. And dealing with her feelings for him might have to take a back seat to saving the world...
Publisher: New York : Berkley Pub., 2012
Edition: Ace mass market ed. --
ISBN: 9780425256138
0425256138
Characteristics: 433 p. --
Additional Contributors: Andrews, Ilona
Alternative Title: Magic gifts

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Mtrey
Aug 09, 2016

Without a doubt, Andrea & Raphael are my favourite non Kate/Curran couple. The leeway given to being a bouda and the overall badass feel of Raphael coupled with Andrea's love of all things that use bullets or arrows are great.

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nidofito
Jul 05, 2016

Read my other reviews for the Kate Daniels series if you wanna know how I feel about them.

I'm a bit surprised though that out of all the books that I've read of this series, this one took the cake with the 5-star rating. And it deserves every single one of them.

NB: 4 stars for Magic Gifts.

Kate and Curran are still the best thing ever. We're finally getting some development in Andrea's relationship. The storyline was one heck of a thing, just as detailed and interesting and funny! as the full-length novels.

Saanich Feb 26, 2013

Good read while waiting for next Kate book....author's website also has free short stories to read on-line.....check it out at http://www.ilona-andrews.com/

They recently signed a deal for more Kate books, and a new series!

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ladymac
Feb 11, 2013

Even though the story is not centered on Curran, the Beast Lord, and Kate Daniels it is still great. This story focuses on Andrea, Kate's friend, and Raphael, Andrea's boyfriend.

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ShamaBole
Oct 19, 2012

I really enjoyed Andrea's character - she is competent and not macho. And the book is funny! Roman had me grinning. Raphael seems almost extraneous; that's how fulfilling Andrea's character is, as written.

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irenelaf
Aug 20, 2012

It IS as good as they say ... nothing short of top-quality UF! I’m so glad Andrea got her own book and would be thrilled to see a few more. BTW...attention Kate Daniels fans - this book reveals something important about Curran!!! It's very brief but it's there in black and white.

While reading this I’m reminded why they are my favorite authors! I love how they always find a great balanced between no-holding-back action (in this case with some mythology), meaningful relationships, romance and humor. The Kate Daniels world is full of characters that I love to sit back and spend some reading time with.

Since Kate is my fav I didn’t expect to love Andrea as much as I did but she sure is just as easy to admire. This book imo has a Kate-Daniels-book feel to it so it’s helped ease some of my pain over the ever-so-long wait for the KD #6 in 2013!

Andrea is just as smart, funny, intense and confident as Kate except she’s more of an investigator, has this volatile rage issue when attacked, and grows furry breasts! I loved Andrea from the very first chapter and enjoyed how courageous she was even when owning up to her own mistakes and insecurities.

Since this is not PNR I loved the inclusion of the many scenes with supporting characters and the relationships she has/forms with them. It was also great seeing Kate through her eyes because I will just never get enough of Kate. Roman, Ascanio, Barabas provide a lot of comedic lines. Especially Roman ... and isn’t he a delectable mystery! Definitely leaves readers wanting MORE of him for sure!

Highly recommend. Always look forward to more and more from these great authors!

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firebirdfire
Aug 18, 2012

Ilona Andrews does it again! It was great seeing Andrea have a chance to be front and center. The dynamic Andrews builds between her characters is alway intriguing and engaging. I loved seeing Andrea go at it with Rafale. Expect to see lots of passion, hurt feelings, mini "revenge" schemes, and smashed goods. What's not to love?

I gave this book 4.5 stars because there were a few instances were I lost interest and put the book down. I never stayed away for long though :)

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anisoz
Aug 08, 2012

Nice to see Andrea getting some play. She's a good character, and nicely reflects the schism happening in their world. Combining the two stories (there's also a Kate and Curran novella that ties in with the story) was an effective move to bring the multiple storylines together.

As usual, the Andrews team does a great job of fleshing out the back story-- with a wonderful little twist for Andrea near the end.

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Aug 04, 2013

“Did those nice church ladies come by again?"
He nodded. "I asked them if a man died and then the woman remarried, and then the three of them met in heaven, would it be a sin for them to have a threesome, since they were all married in God's eye. And they decided they were late to be somewhere else.”

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