Monday, January 20, 2014

Gunmetal Magic A Novel in the World of Kate Daniels

I was really missing the World of Kate Daniels.  I have been buying books from places that have discounted prices, but the Kate Daniels novels were different.  After buying the first on a Discount rack at the local Dollar General I bought the next books in the sequence from Barnes & Noble.  I was pleasantly surprised at the local Goodwill when I saw the name Ilona Andrews shining like a beacon from the shelves.

Now Gunmetal Magic is not a Kate Daniels story.  The is a cool novella called Magic Gifts that is included.  It is about Kate and runs alongside the main novel.  No, this is about Andrea Nash, Kate's long-time friend and new business partner in an investigative endeavor.  Andrea was kicked out of the para-military group the Order of the Knights of Merciful Aid once they discovered her secret.  She is beastkin.  Not a WereHyena  like her love interest Raphael Medrano, Andrea has a different blood line.  Her mother was a WereHyena but her father was a Hyena that could transform into a man.  This produced a beastkin.  They are not looked kindly upon by the other Shapeshifters.  Andrea has issues and this is as much a story of her finding her place in the world as it is investigating murders.

For those of you that have never read this line of books, the setting is really cool.  It is a world where Magic returned and the results were violent.  Set in Atlanta we are given a vivid landscape where tall buildings were brought low and Magic bred strange and dangerous mutations on the world.  Living glass and other types of substances now could flare up and kill a person.  Creatures long thought myths were suddenly returned to the Earth.  What is a twist is that Magic and Technology switch places.  Sometimes Tech is dominate and everything we take for granted works.  Like a change in the weather Magic shifts to the world and electric things go bye bye and supernatural stuff works.  Cars have two engines to work, but as Kate and Andrea comment, having a mule or a horse is best.

I love this world and eagerly await each new installment.  I have a new Kate book to find.  You should check this series out.  They are AWESOME!