(Kate Daniels, #2)
By: Ilona Andrews
Published: April 1, 2008
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Down in Atlanta, tempers – and temperatures – are about to flare…
As a mercenary who cleans up after magic gone wrong, Kate Daniels has seen her share of occupational hazards. Normally, waves of paranormal energy ebb and flow across Atlanta like a tide. But once every seven years, a flare comes, a time when magic runs rampant. Now Kate’s going to have to deal with problems on a much bigger scale: a divine one.
When Kate sets out to retrieve a set of stolen maps for the Pack, Atlanta’s paramilitary clan of shapeshifters, she quickly realizes much more at stake. During a flare, gods and goddesses can manifest – and battle for power. The stolen maps are only the opening gambit in an epic tug-of-war between two gods hoping for rebirth. And if Kate can’t stop the cataclysmic showdown, the city may not survive…
I found this story a little more entertaining than the first book. In this story Kate finds herself the protector and guardian of a 13 year old girl with immense powers. She’s basically a walking, talking, living, M-scanner. She can see auras and can tell what exactly a person is. She’s highly sought and not for good reasons. Add on top of that a guy who can turn into mist and disappear, who’s reeking havoc with the Pack. Pretty soon, Kate finds herself asking Curran for help.
I liked that this book had new characters thrown in. I really liked the addition of Julie since it showed Kate’s softer side, which we don’t seem to see much of. Plus there was the added bonus of Curran as well. In the first book the two of them just bantered back and forth, and even though they still do that, Curran seems to be staking his claim on Kate. Even though Kate isn’t overly aware of it.
“I glanced at him and saw a lion. He didn’t change, his face still fully human, but there was something disturbingly lion-like in the way he sat, completely focused on me, as if ready to pounce. Stalking me without moving a muscle. The primordial urge to freeze shackled my limbs. I just sat there, unable to look away.”
I think the primary focus was all the kick-assery that was taking place throughout the book though. We got to see some more of Kate’s awesome yet unknown skills in action. I still have no idea what she is but it seems like we may be getting closer to the truth. I will have to pick up the next book to see if we get any farther in knowing what Kate is. Plus, I’m kinda hoping to see what all the hype of Curran is about.
“You know what I like about you? You have no sense. You sit here in my house, you can barely hold a spoon, and you’re telling me ‘no.’ You’d pull on Death’s whiskers is you could reach them.”
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