When several shapeshifters die unexpectedly at a dig site, Andrea and her former lover, Raphael Medrano, must work together to investigate the crime.
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 . . .
Four and half stars: This is Andrea's turn to shine in her own full length novel.
Andrea Nash is still floundering. Just when she thought she was getting her life on track, her rug is pulled out from under her. Andrea is dismissed from the Knights of the Order after it is discovered that she is Beastkin. This is how the Order pays her back for her years of service, not to mention, she sacrificed her relationship with Raphael to stay with the Order. Luckily, she still has her friend Kate Daniels. Kate at least was able to give her a job. When several shapeshifters die while working for Raphael at a dig site, Jim assigns Andrea to find out who or what was behind the murders. This forces Andrea to work with Raphael, and either they will come to an agreement regarding their failed relationship, or they will strangle one another. In the meantime, can they catch the killer?
What I Liked:
- While reading the Kate Daniels Series, I have become a big fan of Andrea. I was thrilled to find that this is actually a full length novel from Andrea's point of view. So if you are a fan of the series, do not miss this one thinking it is a novella. This is everything you wanted to know about Andrea. I loved digging deep and getting to know Andrea.
- You would think it would be a bit difficult to suddenly switch to Andrea's point of view after getting settled in with Kate for the last five books, but I had no issues. Andrea is just as interesting as Kate. She has her own brutal and messed up past, and her own obstacles and romantic stumbles to hurdle over. I loved peeling back all of Andrea's layers and seeing who she was. This is also a book of growth for Andrea as she finally gets comfortable in her Beastkin form, breasts and all. Andrea is just as complex as Kate, and I was completely invested in her story.
- The romance between Raphael and Andrea is a bit like Kate and Curran's in that you have two stubborn, pig headed people, who fail to communicate. When they do get it right they have amazing chemistry, but when they are on the outs, heaven help those who run across their paths. I loved the dynamic between the two, and even though, I got a bit irritated with them for being stubborn and not communicating, once the purple shag carpet incident occurs, everything moves in the right direction.
- Just like an installment of Kate Daniels, this book has a complicated plot full of mythology and several story lines. There is always a lot going on, not to mention plenty of riveting action scenes and Egyptian lore, with a few snake people tossed in for added danger. If you are a fan of the series, you won't be disappointed.
- I love the humor and snark in this series, and this book is no exception. I love that I can laugh in between all the action scenes.
- The cast of secondary characters shines in this book. I am loving watching Aunt B and Andrea square off. Not to mention, I am taking a strong liking to Ascanio, and I am enjoying watching the developing relationship between he and Andrea. Kate and Curran make a few appearances, but this is mostly Andrea and Raphael's story. I was most surprised by Roman the Black Vole. He plays a large in this one, and I am now a fan of him.
- The ending is an edge of your seat thrill ride to the breathtaking end. Prepare for a life and death battle and non stop action. Luckily, everything culminates to a nice finish, leaving Andrea in a better place. I am looking forward to seeing Andrea and Kate in action again in the next Kate Daniel's book.
- I am continuing my journey through the Kate Daniels Series via audiobook, and Renee Raudman knocks it out of the park. Her voices have improved tremendously since the first book. I think her narration is fantastic and I am thrilled that she continues to narrate everything Ilona Andrews puts out. If you get the opportunity to listen to this series, I highly recommend it on audiobook.
And The Not So Much:
- I get that this is Andrea's book, but I was a touch disappointed that Kate didn't have a larger role. I absolutely love the hilarity that ensues when Kate and Andrea are working together. Not having that dynamic in this story was a bit of a let down. Yes, Kate makes appearances, but her presence isn't strong, and when they are together, there isn't a lot of the witty banter I love.
- Even though I like the romance, I felt like it was a bit too similar to Kate's and Curran's because Raphael and Andrea behave much like Kate and Curran. They act stubborn and refuse to discuss things through. Not a big deal, but I just felt like I had been there done that a bit with the romance.
- As always with a book in this series, there is so much going on and a lot to keep track of. I didn't think this one flowed as well and it felt a bit disjointed. I still wasn't sure how the first scene with the webs and spiderlike creatures fit into the story.
Gun Metal Magic is a not to be missed book in the Kate Daniels Series. This is not a novella, but rather a full length novel that features Andrea, Kate's best friend and sidekick. I loved uncovering Andrea's history and seeing her overcome her issues and conquer her past. Not to mention there is, as always, lots of danger, action and plenty of legend and mythology sprinkled in. If you are a fan of The Kate Daniels Series be sure to grab this one.
I borrowed a copy of this book from the library. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.