Gunmetal Magic by Ilona Andrews
I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Series: Kate Daniels #5.5
on July 31, 2012
When several shapeshifters die unexpectedly at a dig site, Andrea and her former lover, Raphael Medrano, must work together to investigate the crime.
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 . . .
Yes! Gunmetal Magic was everything!! Who would’ve thought that a story featuring the secondary characters of the Kate Daniels series would be the refresher it needed to let me know that this series is a BEAST in and of itself.
I will admit that Andrea wasn’t a beloved character of mine simply for how she flaked when both Kate and Raphael needed her loyalty at such a crucial time. When her side of things was given in Gunmetal Magic, though, I can now say that I understand why she did what she did, but man the grudge holder in me doesn’t want to let it go. I think it’s easier to forgive her break from Kate because their friendship was built to withstand anything so I knew that they would be able to bounce back from Andrea’s actions, but what she did to Raphael really chafed and it took ’til about the halfway mark of Gunmetal Magic before I could accept that things for Andrea, at the time, was hard and she didn’t have a whole lot of room to maneuver into making a play to both protect herself and Raphael and Kate. But within this story she really grew both in character and in her maturity level.
When it comes to Raudman’s narration I feel like I’m starting to sound like a broken record, but the new observation I think I can lend to her awesomeness is how articulate she was when switching between characters. One fear I had when listening to Gunmetal Magic was that Andrea would end up sounding like Kate and I wouldn’t be able to tell them apart. But the way this husband and wife writing team writes constantly shows me that they have no boundaries, so when the perfect opportunity was given my fears were put to ease. To be quite honest I’m not sure why I focused on Raudman’s narration more within Gunmetal Magic than I did the previous Kate Daniels books, but it was like something within me knew that this story was going to be special and I wouldn’t want to miss a single thing about it.
Going into Gunmetal Magic I had a few reservations, but by the time the audiobook was over I was one happy camper, although I felt like the ending was a little too predictable – well not predictable in the sense that I knew exactly what was going to happen, but that I knew Andrea wasn’t going to have to share her body and powers with a God wannabe. I seriously can’t wait to listen to the other books in this series, I don’t know what’s next but all I have to say to that is “BRING IT ON!”