Saturday, November 24, 2012
This novel is a spin-off set in the unique world of Kate Daniels, but featuring her best friend Andrea as the main character. Usually I'm resistant to narrator changes, because I feel attached to the one I've come to care about, but I've always really liked Andrea, and since Kate is in a pretty good place right now, I was quite happy to follow along with Andrea's adventures.
Andrea is called in to work on a case in which several workers at a construction site are mysteriously killed. The workers happen to belong to the shapeshifting clan that her ex belongs to, which drags him into the case as well, to Andrea's acute discomfort. They are still clearly attracted to each other, but there are some pretty big issues between them that cannot be addressed as the search for the killer progresses and becomes increasing tricky and dangerous.
This is a tightly-paced mystery that features a likable heroine and and an intriguing mystery, as well as romance and a healthy dash of humor. There are laugh-out-loud moments, and it was the kind of book that left me itching to get back to it when I had to put it down. There is an excellent novella that's included at the back of the book, too. So what's not to like? I suppose just the wait till the next one comes out.
Books in the Kate Daniels series:
1. Magic Bites
2. Magic Burns
3. Magic Strikes
4. Magic Bleeds
5. Magic Slays
6, Gunmetal Magic (spin-off featuring Andrea)
Gunmetal Magic (series spin-off set in world of Kate Daniels) by Ilona Andrews (Ace Books, 2012)