Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Review: Gunmetal Magic (Kate Daniels #5.5) by Ilona Andrews

Release Date: July 31, 2012
Source: Library Copy
Publisher: Ace
Author Links: Goodreads | Website | Twitter

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…

Since I decided to hop on the Kate Daniels train a few months ago, I've gobbled up every book in the series.
Now what do I do?
Sit patiently, and wait till some unknown time in 2015 for the next book to come out?
I don't think so!
There are a plethora of novellas to keep me occupied in the meantime. I will read them ALL!

Gunmetal Magic is listed as Kate Daniels #5.5, so when I requested this one from my library, I was fully expecting to get handed a shorty. You know, something I could read in an hour or two.
A little sumpin' sumpin' to take the edge off...
Whoa! This sucker was HUGE!
All this shock goes back to my refusal to read blurbs properly. 
300 plus pages does not equal a novella.
Anyway, I did my awkward Happy Dance, and the librarian (God bless her) didn't call security, so I was able to walk out of there with my prize.

This story takes place before Magic Rises (Kate Daniels #6), so you finally get to find out how Andrea and Raphael kiss and make up.
I lovedlovedloved them both in this one! They have that over-the-top psycho shifter thing going on, and while it got a bit crazy at times, it was never dull.

The plot is just as good as any of the books about Kate. Same high-energy pace, and filled to the brim with magic, mystery, and mayhem.
Andrea is such a solid female character! She goes about doing her job to the best of her abilities, regardless of the mess in her personal life. Yes, it has an effect, but it doesn't stop her.
*fist pump*
There's a few cameos with Kate and Curran, but they don't steal the limelight away from Andrea.
Along with the mysterious deaths, you'll get the skinny on her childhood. And while it's touched on it the series, this time around you get the full story.
Trust me, it's totally worth it!

The breakout star of the show is Roman, though.
Where is his book? Cause I'd certainly read more about that guy!
Dark, mysterious, and funny as hell! As far as I'm concerned, he's the highlight of the story, and not to be missed. I know I've seen his character around in some of the other books, and liked him, but this took things to a whole new level. I'm really hoping Team Andrews decides to do a spin-off with this guy!

Awesome characters, interesting plot, and great writing.
And Roman. Don't forget Roman....
Highly recommended for fans of Kate Daniels!


Melanie Simmons (mlsimmons) said...

Don't feel bad I did the same thing, thinking that since this was a .5 book it would be a novella. I was just as excited as you when it was a full length book. Great review. :)

Jo said...

I loved this book, and I really hope Andrews decides to continue this as an off-shoot series. I was always amused by Rafe in the Kate books, but holy hell - he was hot in this one!

Talk Supe said...

I'm not a big novella reader, Elemental Assasin has a lot too but never bothered with them. This series however makes it imperative one reads them as well

Judith Cauthan said...

Roman!! I know, right? Roman is the volhov that Kate kidnaps and locks up in the cell in their office. The son of one of the Oracle Witches... the one with the duck/bunny/cat. And HEY, let's not get so excited about a book for him just yet. Right now he is single.. SINGLE. That means there is no love interest, and I don't have to feel guilty about him being MY book boyfriend. *wink*

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

Haha, I've been a Roman fan for a bit now. Can't wait to have him in a story. lol. Yes, this one was a weight to pick up! LOL! And I am loving this series as well. Glad you enjoyed it.

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