Review & Giveaway: Gunmetal Magic by Ilona Andrews

Gunmetal Magic by Ilona Andrews
Mass Market Paperback, 448 pages
Expected publication: July 31st, 2012 by Ace
Source: Publisher
The New York Times bestselling Kate Daniels novels have been hailed as “top-notch urban fantasy” (Monsters and Critics). Now, Ilona Andrews delves deeper into Kate’s world, and reveals its untold stories…
After being kicked out of the Order of the Knights of Merciful Aid, Andrea’s whole existence is in shambles. She tries to put herself back together by working for Cutting Edge, a small investigative firm owned by her best friend. When several shapeshifters working for Raphael Medrano—the male alpha of the Clan Bouda, and Andrea’s former lover—die unexpectedly at a dig site, Andrea is assigned to investigate. Now she must work with Raphael as her search for the killer leads into the secret underbelly of supernatural Atlanta. And dealing with her feelings for him might have to take a back seat to saving the world…

Kick ass characters, fabulous world building, and witty dialogue, Gunmetal Magic ended up being a heart racing story that completely won me over. 

This is a spin-off from the Kate Daniels books and can be read without having read any previous books.  As a matter of fact, I am embarrassed to say that I have not read the Kate Daniels books.  I started the first one but that was years ago and I got distracted.  I have met the husband wife writing team that makes up ‘Ilona Andrews’ and they are fabulous people!  And now I have officially read a book by them!

So I was immediately in love with this world.  It’s sort of been an apocalypse of sorts caused by magic (years past).  And there are loads of magical creatures and things.  And apparently lots of shifters of all sorts.  I think I would like to know more background about the world and so I need to go back and read the Kate Daniels series, but this book had enough info I wasn’t ever confused.

I really enjoyed the characters.  Andrea is pretty kick ass and straight away we see that she’s ‘finding’ herself, discovering who/what she really is.  And coming to terms with it.  Her relationship is also in upheaval and straight away I got all emotional about it because I was so FURIOUS with Raphael and what he did.  In the end he redeemed himself though.  I can’t say that I was blown away with the romance, but I liked it well enough and enjoyed the ‘fighting’ and banter between the two.

There was one side character that I desperately want a story about.  Roman is a dark priest.  You know, someone who deals in evil and all that jazz.  He should be all dark and scary, but he has this personality that is just, I don’t know, AWESOME.  He says things that just had me in giggles and he just seems to bring out the funny in people (except mated male shifters…).  For a dark priest he was basically the opposite personality wise, though power wise he wasn’t.  I am putting out a plea here though- I want Roman to have his own story!

This is a larger size book but I never had a hard time keeping with it.  I enjoyed every crazy moment in this world and with these fabulous characters.  I can see that the authors definitely have a talent with world building AND characterization and I can’t wait to devour more of their work.

I labeled this as adult, and not adult 18+ because while there’s quite a lot of violence and cursing, of course, there’s not any heavy sexual activity or description.  It’s definitely an adult urban fantasy, but more mature YA readers shouldn’t have much problem with the content.

Disclosure: I received this book for review purposes.  All opinions expressed are my own and I was not paid or influenced in any way.

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  1. Great review! It doesn’t look like something for me since you said it was for mature YA readers and I’m still at the very cusp of being YA so I’ll probably pass on this one, but it sounds really gripping and full of action! :)

  2. LOVED THIS BOOK!!! So fabulous, the perfect addition to the Kate Daniels world. I hope she does a book with Roman–you’re right, he’s awesome. As a dark priest, you’d think he’s this super-baddie but he’s cool and funny.

  3. The Kate Daniels series is my all time favorite urban fantasy series. I love the world & the characters. I’m so excited to read more about Andrea (and hopefully Raphael). Thanks for the chance to win!

  4. Ok this is totally a book I want to read. I have read so many good things about the Magic series but have not had a chance to read. This would be an excellent way to introduce me! I am curious about this priest Roman you talk about! All in all this sounds like and exciting book! Thanks for the giveaway!

  5. So excited to read this book Candace! I love, love, love the Kate Daniels books, though I’m one behind and need to get caught up, so I can’t wait to read this spinoff. I remember reading a snippet or first chapter or something and I was absolutely fuming on Andrea’s behalf, I just wanted to reach in and punch Raphael. Bastard. Glad to know he redeems himself though, and I’m super interested in meeting Roman!

  6. This sounds like a really great urban fantasy! Thank you for sharing that you enjoyed the characters. Now I know what to look for the next time I browse the urban fantasy section in my local bookstore :)

  7. Ahh I have the first book waiting to be read and I need to get to it soon! There is so much buzz for this series and I’m glad it’s still good as long as it goes. :) Thanks for the review, Candace!

  8. I haven’t read any of the Kate Daniels books, but I do have some of them and keep moving them around my TBR pile. I keep hearing how great they are, I must get to them. This one sounds really good, too.

  9. I am looking for a new author to add to my list of favorites. Finding a new author that I enjoy is like meeting a new friend; I look forward to each encounter and each journey. I think Ilona Andrews could be a new friend of mine!

  10. You’re not alone that you haven’t read the Kate Daniels series yet. It’s been on my TBR shelf for a while now. I’m just swamped! Thanks for a chance to win! :)
    DeAnna Schultz

  11. Oh wow I didn’t even know this was a full length book! Most of the time when there is a middle book between say books 5 and 6, the book is just a novella to connect the storyline. I’m glad that this book could be part of the series yet focus in on different characters. I have yet to read this series but I have book one on my shelf waiting to be read! I hope I enjoy this series as much as you seem to.

    Thanks for the great review!

    • Yeah, it looks confusing on goodreads. It has a Kate Daniels novella at the end of it but the book itself (the regular portion before the novella) is full length.

  12. Omg! I absolutely LOVED all books written by Ilona Andrews. I can’t wait to read Gunmetal Magic, Andrea is definitely one of my favorite characters :DDDD

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