“Magic Burns” by Ilona Andrews

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Okay, this is the second book in her series and while I wouldn’t call it her best, you can definitely tell that Ilona Andrews is warming up. It’s a really good book, and it definitely showcases one of her greatest strengths as a storyteller, which is her ability to make an epic story. The final battle at the end? Awesome! And Curran’s battle speech at the end? Awesome! Totally inspiring and blood stirring. I mean, it’s also totally stolen, or at least directly inspired by Patton”s speech, but whatever! And the addition of Andrea, while clearly an afterthought on their part, was definitely a good move since it gave Kate a very- needed best friend and the series a second strong female character.

The flare was very cool and gave a further insight into how this whole Shift thing works. I’d be interested to know how long it will take for the world to fully shift over to magic, if Kate will one day always be that powerful, or if she’ll only have the time during flares.

And the progress, if it can be termed that, of Kate and Curran’s relationship in this book is cute. There’s a short story where you see everything from Curran’s point of view from different parts in the books, and knowing that, makes rereading this book lots of fun, especially the part where he feeds her the soup. I’m still not sure what to make of the Bran part, since I was never all that sold on him, but he was Kate’s friend, so I guess that’s okay. And him poofing in and out of existence, pissing Curran off and stealing things is pretty fun. And the introduction of Raphael, speaking as someone who accidentally started the series later where he’s kind of important, was a lot of fun, considering how he was introduced.

Anyway, as always, I can’t recommend this series enough since, as far as I can tell, it only gets better and better.

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