Liked It1 of 1 members found this review helpful
“Life has hit rock bottom for Andrea. After finding out she was a shapeshifter, the Order of Knights of Merciful Aid kicked her out with prejudice, leaving her without the stability of the only real family and loyalty she has ever known. Even worse is the fact that she lost the loyalty of her...”see full review » see other reviews »
“Follows Andrea Nash a secondary character from the Kate Daniels series. Andrea has been kicked out of the Orders of Knights Merciful because she is a shape-changer. Now she is caught in a web of deceit surrounding death at a dig site. She must work with her ex-lover to uncover the truth in the underbelly of Atlanta’s supernatural community.
A good read in the Daniels universe.
“Feaking amazing”Amanda W wrote this review Thursday, April 18, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Y”J.W. Stephens wrote this review Wednesday, April 10, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“urban fantasy, kate daniels series, fiction”N wrote this review Sunday, March 24, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Andrea's harsh past is resurfacing in her sleep, dreams or nightmares. Andrea's neighbor knocks early asking her help as Darin was missing from taking their dog out and Andrea notices the white residue on the walls. Andrea's day starts with magical creatures creating havoc at home and on the streets. Jim calls Andrea at the office of Cutting Edge Investigations, with troubles at one of the Pack's businesses being hit during the night and four pack members are dead. However, the business is run by Andrea's ex-mate, Raphael Medrano - Medrano Reclamation. The relationship seems to have ended on a sour note, and Andrea tries to figure out who she is in relation to her shifter side and human side. Andrea will be strong, as she always is, and carry through with the case for the Pack. She will solve this case on her own, and with a few friends along, even if it kills her in the end.
Gods, snakes, and all sorts of magical creatures are present in this twisting tale while Andrea learns who she is and what position in the world she wants.
Wow! We learn of the harsh past Andrea lived through and when she grew up how she cured those troubles, or most of them, with a gun. We all know by this point, Andrea is the guns specialist, and amazing at what she does whether with knowledge or aiming. This past is haunting Andrea, always has but recently getting worse.
You could read this one without reading the others in Kate Daniels series. There is mention of Kate and whats happening but not enough to spoil Kate's story. Maybe even make you curious more than anything of her happenings. We see why Andrea doesn't trust shifters. We also see she loves Raphael deeply and misses him, but that fight they had about not leaving the Order to help Pack was ugly for them. And what he does to torment her is cruel, leaving a rift in Andrea's heart. Andrea's world is the one and only place that Kate also resides in, but we see her neighbors and familiar parts and new parts of the city, and Andrea's ways of dealing with things. A shifters way, and a shifter with a gun.
Everyone we've meet with Kate is here. Ascanio, the teen bouda working for Kate at Cutting Edge as an intern, is present for much of the first half of the book. He kind of becomes an assistant to Andrea for a short time. Jim, Curran's head of security, makes an appearance as well. Andrea also has Aunt B hassling her to join clan Bouda, sending people her way while trying to get through a strainous and dangerous investigation along with Aunt B's son driving Andrea insane. Andrea goes Beast!! Yes, the one thing you don't expect her to do, she does early on.
My only little complaint about the book, I felt in the first half of the book Andrea and the characters around her were another version of Kate and her top secondary characters. Almost a Kate equation here. But in the second half of the book Andrea became her own person, and took on her own personality 100%.
Kate does make an appearance, along with Curran, that is brief. We get to see her through Andrea's eyes and it's interesting to hear her first thoughts on Kate.
This book did bring one secondary character into a brighter light for me. I do believe I love Roman! The volko. Even though he's of the dark and death, he's opposite in personality. The volko is a job to him, but he's full of life and fun. He has a soft spot I really enjoy and a sense of humor. He's a good man with a crappy job and full of powerful magic.
Curran takes Kate out to eat after her long day chasing a large jellyfish. When they get to the restaurant Curran has in mind, there are two vampires chained outside, their owners inside eating. While on their date the male necromancer gives the female jewelry, a gold necklace...that kills her, unleashing her vampire and her date going into shock looses control of his. When all is calmed and the dead girls mother arrives, she removes the necklace from her daughter and places it on her son more curiosity stirs. Curran and Kate take the now necklaced boy to the Keep curious how to get it safely removed. The mom lets the boy go, and Gahsket want's the necklace because it killed his journey-woman.
This short story has so much happening! Not only is the story about the necklace now slowly strangling the boy, but we have the Guild still divided into two groups trying to decide which should rule. This is still happening from the fall from an earlier book. Jim wants Kate to vote, the Guild wants Kate to make the deciding vote, but Kate doesn't want involved. Eventually, she'll have to being in the position she's in how with the Pack.
We see Kate and Curran as a couple working together. I know, hard to believe. They have their disagreements or different views still and the fun banter, now all is flirty too. But when they start their fun comments as a TEAM on others, oh do watch out!
This story does coincide with Andrea's story in time. It explains a few things as to where Kate's been and why there, which is briefly mention in Andrea's book. And the connection from Andrea's book like wise relates here. Will it spoil to read this first? No way. This is it's own story with Kate and Curran. And do love seeing so much Curran!
“It's Andrea, bitch!
I have to admit, I wasn't sure how much I would enjoy Andrea's POV; I thought I would miss Kate more, but it turns out that Andrea's just as much of a badass as Kate, just with different weapons selection.
Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for her ex, Raphael. He is no Curran. Not that I would have expected him to match up to my book husband, but he didn't even come close. He ticked me (and Andrea) off quite royally at the outset and acted like the spoiled baby he's been brought up to be, and never really recovered. There was progress made with him throughout the book, of course, but I'm still only luke warm about him at this point. Naturally, as a die hard Ilona Andrews fan, I'm more than happy to keep reading until they convince me to change my mind. But it was disappointing that the bantering dynamic they're so good at, was absent in this first book.
Back to Andrea for a second. There was a wealth of information provided on her back story. Up until now we've known she'd had a terrible time with her first Bouda clan, but the details we garnered in this book were still shocking. We also find out where she went and why during her absence in Kate's books right after dear Aunt Era came a-visiting. All of which only endeared her to me and made me root for her all the more. And want to slap Raphael all over again!
The plot, which was mostly easy to follow (although I did get a bit lost in the details on occasion) focuses on yet another branch of mythology—Egyptian. The Andrews writing team seem to like focusing on one per book. Lucky for me, Egyptian is on of my faves.
So, to sum up, I enjoyed this a lot but not quite as much as a Kate and Curran book, mostly because of Raphael's failure to impress. But it's still a solid UF read with all the fun stuff you've come to expect from this duo I like to call Team Awesome.
4 Stars ★★★★
“Gunmetal Magic is a tale that takes place in the Kate Daniels world. Featuring her best friend, beast-kin, Andrea Nash. Like Kate, Andrea is a woman with a difficult past and one who can handle herself in a fight.
This book gives us a deeper look into Andrea's past, bouda pack/Pack politics, bouda courtship and there's a mystery involving an Egyptian god that requires waking a Norse dauger (pissed off Viking ghost that eats people) to steal something he owns. Otherwise, fun & adventure!
Following GUNMETAL MAGIC is a Kate Daniels novella, a cool extra, spanning the days just before Andrea's tale. (If I'd known this I'd have read the novella first as it would've flowed better.)”
“Andrea Nash is rebuilding her life after being removed from the Knight of the Order. Her relationship with Raphael Medrano has taken a turn into unknown and not so great territory. Aunt B is pushing her to join the Clan Bouda. To top it off, Andrea is called in by Jim to investigate 4 murders that have taken place on Raphael’s job site. To say her life is a little complicated right now is an understatement.
Let me start by saying, I’m a huge fan of the Kate Daniels’ stories but was unsure how’d I like a full novel about Andrea. What was I thinking??? Ilona Andrew proves once again that no matter what she writes she will blow you away with an action packed adventure filled with brilliant characters, a great story and a riveting mystery… LOVED Andrea’s tale and her transformation into her real self. Without a doubt, another BIG 5 stars for a wonderful read by Ilona Andrews.”
“Andrea finally gets her day! ”Dianne wrote this review Wednesday, October 17, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This seems to be part of a new trend among my favorite paranormal authors. This volume is about "the world of Kate Daniels," but is not a Kate Daniels book. Kate does show up near the end but the focus is on Andrea Nash, Kate's partner, a bouda, in their PI/Security business.While there are some similarities to Kate's character, Andrea is drawn out completely as her own character. We also meet some very nasty characters along the way. The book is action packed, well-plotted and very much belongs in your library if you are a fan of Kate Daniels.”Superb Curmudgeon wrote this review Tuesday, October 2, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No