Ilona Andrews did not disappoint with her second book, Magic Burns. Kate Daniels continues to be a compelling character, and the story is fast-paced, action-filled, and full of fun things to quote to my family and pique their interest. This book is actually one I had a hand in, though whether she took any of my suggestions I don’t know seeing as I don’t even remember what they were ;). Still, it’s fascinating to read the final version and recognize some of the big changes she’s made. Even more so, it’s wonderful to finally get to read the end :), a downside of critting when the whole novel doesn’t make it to the crit site.
Like Magic Bites, Magic Burns is set up as a mystery in framework, but most of the information we need to figure things out doesn’t come into play until the character discovers it. That could be considered a weakness, but it hardly detracts from the fun read , and I’m a stickler for that sort of thing. There is one well-seeded item that I can’t describe without spoilers, but I did enjoy having figured out one bit before the character, though Kate ran a close second. I did feel the reason for another aspect of the book ended up on the cutting room floor, but it was not a key element, and I can posit a reasonable enough explanation as much as I’d prefer a provided one, so this little hiccup didn’t spoil my enjoyment.
There is no question about whether I’ll be buying the next one in this series, or whatever else she decides to write. The only real question is when the next comes out :).
I’m not sure whether I read your blog because you think like me (lol!!!!) or because you have such incredibly honest reviews, but I agree with you. I just finished this book, and I loved her first–it made me think, and I loved this–after reading other books in between, it made me realize how much depth she puts into her work. She “resonates”.
LOL! And here I thought no one thought like me anywhere :D. I just put my opinion out there, but I’m glad it’s entertaining someone.
And resonates is a good word for it. There are some authors that just grab you and never let you go. Ilona is definitely one of those :).