Hemning Sternberg (moonshadow) wrote,
Hemning Sternberg
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Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews

This book is the sequel to the urban-fantasy, alternate-history title Magic Bites.

Formerly a freelancer, Kate, of violent upbringing and mysterious ancestry, now works as a liasion between the Order she no longer belongs to and the magical community she's never left. The werewolves owe her a favor, she has a place to live, and life is looking kind of okay. Then a routine collection of stolen property turns into a very big deal indeed, with a threatened girl, a missing coven, ominous flaring of the magical tides, and perhaps worst of all, impending nuptials for Kate's ex-boyfriend. Well, maybe not quite ex-boyfriend, but ex-something, and a girl has her pride, doesn't she?

I found it frustrating that Kate's heritage is not discussed further in this book. Or maybe it was just too subtle for me to pick up on. But I wanted to find out what her deal was, and I didn't. I was also a little frustrated that the plot was still so focused on weres - aren't there lots of other supernatural communities we could focus on, places for Kate to make new friends and enemies? On the other hand, the plot moved along quickly and I liked the ending a lot, as well as the moral debates within the book. Three stars - fans of urban fantasy should try this series.
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