Publication Date: July 2012
Reviewer: Amber I.
Includes a free bonus: a Kate Daniels novella, "Magic Gifts"
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...
I was pretty sure I was going to enjoy reading this book from Andrea's POV but I had no freaking idea that I would LOVE LOVE LOVE it!
Andrea's story was heart breaking. Her past is full of horrors and her life has never been easy. She has tried her whole adult life to never go back to the way things where before and she keeps part of herself locked away. But now that The Order has abandoned her and Raphael seems to have moved on she is done trying to play human, she finally frees herself and it was amazing to watch that progession.
I loved seeing Kate and Curran from someone else perspective. That was a treat for me. But sometimes when they would walk out the room I was like wait I want to know what you two are doing or saying. We see all our old favorites Derek, Dolittle, Jim and Julie. But I really loved Ascanio in this book. When I first met him he irritated me, but now I love him. I think he is a great addition to the already awesome characters. Oh lets not forget Roman, I was afraid we would go into love triangle mode but that is just not the case, hes also one of my new favorite characters in the series.
I almost feel like I might love this spin off series as much as I do the original. I was going to say more but I just don't know if I can do that. Andrea's story is every bit as good as Kate's. I loved it every minute of it. Ilona Andrews knows how to grab us into a story. Gunmetal Magic was a freaking fantastic book, I am just so glad I started this series. Whether Kate's telling the story or Andrea is you can sure count on one bad ass read, these books are going down in my favorite Urban Fantasies ever!!