Welcome to Really Really Short Reviews were the name is long and the reviews are short! Because sometimes short is that much sweeter. (Also, because I’m really lazy!) And there might be quotes too (lots and lots)! (Because everyone loves quotes, right?)
Publisher: Ace (April 1st 2008)
Paperback: 260 pages
Series: Kate Daniels #2
Add on: Goodreads
Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Down in Atlanta, tempers – and temperatures – are about to flare…
As a mercenary who cleans up after magic gone wrong, Kate Daniels has seen her share of occupational hazards. Normally, waves of paranormal energy ebb and flow across Atlanta like a tide. But once every seven years, a flare comes, a time when magic runs rampant. Now Kate’s going to have to deal with problems on a much bigger scale: a divine one.
When Kate sets out to retrieve a set of stolen maps for the Pack, Atlanta’s paramilitary clan of shapeshifters, she quickly realizes much more at stake. During a flare, gods and goddesses can manifest – and battle for power. The stolen maps are only the opening gambit in an epic tug-of-war between two gods hoping for rebirth. And if Kate can’t stop the cataclysmic showdown, the city may not survive…
“Nothing kills a party like an oversize metal hedgehog.”
So I enjoyed the first Kate Daniels (Magic Bites), but Magic Burns totally and truly turned me into a Kate fan.
Kate is forever sassy.
“The vampire stared at me, his mouth slack as Ghastek assessed his options. I took a couple of forms from my desk, put them into the vamp’s mouth, and pulled them up by their edges.
“What are you doing?” Ghastek asked.
“My hole puncher broke.”
“You have no respect for the undead.”
And she was such a loner before but now she’s making friends and relationships and it makes me ridiculously happy. I love, love her friendship with Derek (teenage werewolf and boy wonder).
“What would I do without the moral compass of a teenage werewolf.”
And with Julie! It made Kate less of a slightly crazed mercenary and more of an awesome person with a huge heart.
Kate Daniels, deadly swordswoman and rescuer of hungry orphans.
And than there’s Andrea… (I can’t wait for more Andrea and Raphael!). Kate’s got a best friend nooow~ yay. Oh and there’s Bran. Definitely an interesting relationship there.
The book is super action-packed. There’s a good amount of Celtic mythology to go with some witchcraft. And holy cow, the super battle! A god trying to take over… shapeshifters, vampires, witches battling it out! So crazy.
Oh and the Kate and Curran banter. Still wonderful. And the use of food for courting, muahahaha. Love it. This is seriously the best build up to the most hilariously awesome relationship. Can’t wait.
“How much are you lifting?”
Alrighty then. I will just stand over here, out of your way, and hope you don’t remember to kick my ass.
He grinned. “Wanna spot me?”
“No thanks. How about I just scream verbal encouragements at you?” I took a deep breath and barked, “No pain, no gain! That pain is just weakness leaving your body! Come on! Push! Push! Make that weight your bitch!”
“You’re not going to die?”
“Not right this minute.” And of course, saying something like that usually resulted in immediate dying. I braced myself for a stray meteorite falling through the roof to crush my skull.”
“He raised his hand in a peaceful gesture. “You need to relax a bit, dove. Like Mouse over there. You trust me, don’t you, Mouse?”
“Ahhh, I’m hurt. Nobody likes me.” – Bran
a bum a student again. A master’s student…oooh. procrastinator. reader. eater. sleeper. music listen-er. movie go-er. Loves food too much.