Review: Gunmetal Magic by Ilona Andrews

Title: Gunmetal Magic {Kate Daniels World/Andrea Nash #1}

Author: Ilona Andrews

Published: Ace Fantasy July 2012

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Status: Read from December 19 to 22, 2013 — I own a copy- A fabulous birthday surprise from Jackie!

My Thoughts:

Gunmetal Magic is a spin off from Ilona Andrews Kate Daniels series featuring Andrea Nash. It begins a few weeks after Andrea was summarily dismissed from the Order of the Knights of Merciful Aid, her shape shifter status having been revealed in Magic Slays. Having spent some time metaphorically licking her wounds, mourning not only the loss of her career but also the messy demise of her relationship with Raphael, she is working for Kate at Cutting Edge when she is assigned to investigate the deaths of four Pack members. The murders uncover the theft of a priceless artifact that leads Andrea to an Egyptian God determined to rise again, and suddenly Andrea is fighting for her life and the lives of those she loves.

The world building is phenomenal as always, of course I am familiar with most of it having read the Kate Daniels series but Andrea’s character offers a slightly different perspective. The action is frantic, and often violent given the nature of the were’s. Andrea is kick ass and doesn’t shy away from any physical confrontation.

Much of the character angle of the novel involves Andrea coming to terms with her werehyena (bouda) nature. As a beastkin she endured a horrific childhood and has avoided the Pack as much as possible, but now she is outed she has to find a way to make peace with who she is and the Clan that claims rights to her.

There is romance too of course with Andrea and Raphael’s relationship in a mess to begin with. It takes some sorting for these two stubborn characters to work out their differences, providing both some hilarious and achingly tender moments.

Many of the Kate Daniels series characters make appearances including Kate, Curran and Ghastek. Though Gunmetal Magic is technically the start of a new series, familiarity with the Kate Daniels series would definitely enhance the reading experience of this debut.

I loved Gunmetal Magic and I am impressed that Andrews has been able to continue the momentum of her well established world into Gunmetal Magic. I can’t wait for the next installment.

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. melliane
    Dec 29, 2013 @ 22:17:48

    oh I loved this one as well, it was great to follow Andrea even if I prefer Kate lol.



  2. Kailana
    Dec 30, 2013 @ 05:52:40

    I really need to get back to this author. I finally read book 1 this year, so just a matter of working her in. 🙂



  3. thebookdate
    Dec 30, 2013 @ 12:29:04

    Hmm I must go and track this series. Obviously for me it would be best to begin at the beginning.



  4. Lisa
    Dec 31, 2013 @ 02:48:38

    I really need to read the Kate Daniels books! I’ve heard only good things, and this new book sounds terrific. Thanks for reminding me that this is a series I’ve been wanting to check out!



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