Discussion Post | Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews

Today our discussion continues with Magic Burns, and you guys. I am so surprised at what I don’t remember about this series! I guess that’s what happens when you go on a binge. Things blend together and things get forgotten. By the time you get around to a re-read, it’s like you’re reading a brand new to you series! As usual, this discussion post is broken up between my blog and Birdie Bookworm’s. Part one is here, so once you’re done reading, don’t forget to pop by Birdie’s Blog here for part two! Please keep in mind that as this is a discussion post, it will include spoilers for the series.

*Our discussion dates for this series have changed. Please scroll to the end of this post for new dates.


Book Blurb:

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…

| Spoilers Galore Book Discussion |

Consensus seemed to be, even among the two of us the first time reading it, that Magic Bites was overwhelming for the reader in terms of information being thrown out there. How did you think Magic Burns was by comparison?

Angie Elle: The trade off of book one being so heavy with information was that with this second book, it really felt like the series took off. We were still being educated on the world, but it had more to do with the specific beings we were introduced to as enemies or allies. And I like that Kate, while very in the know, doesn’t know everything. We get to learn some things along with her.

Birdie Bookworm: I agree. The upside of the first book giving us everything was how reading the second book felt more natural. We have a feel for the world, and it’s easier to grasp all the different parts that make up Kate’s home.

Another book, so many more secondary characters. Who stood out in this one for you?

Angie Elle: The hyenas. Oh my word, Aunt B, and how she really takes this series by storm was a huge standout for me. She is an epic character. And the whole visual of Kate just sitting down and having tea with them was hilarious.

Birdie Bookworm: Aunt B is DEF one of my favorite characters, but I also love Raphael. I love Kate and Curran, but if I were a woman in this world I think I’d be more drawn to Raphael. I also still really love Derek, and I think it was because of how good he was with Julie.

Angie Elle: Raphael was too much of a Casanova to me with his introduction, but he grew on me as the series progressed! I love Derek, too. But as you know, it’s in spite of Julie. 😉

Birdie Bookworm: I love the whole mouthy, sexy, black wearing, sexy alpha’s. I also thought he was super funny. He’s the type I’m usually drawn to in books. It’s terrible, and I hope my daughter doesn’t take after me, but I like the ones who start as assholes, haha.

What were your initial impressions of Julie and Andrea, vs how we see them later in the series?

Angie Elle: I liked Andrea right off the bat, and I like her throughout the entire series. Julie was another matter. She never really grew on me, and I thought it was a bit odd how quickly Kate referred to her as ‘my kid.’ I can see that happening eventually, but so quickly just felt out of place. Especially when they didn’t know yet what had happened to Julie’s mother.

Birdie Bookworm: I can see that. I think in this book it was more of a sense of responsibility.  She was in charge of Julie, so therefore she was ‘hers’. Kind of like she is with the horse she’s riding. Or how she was in the first book with Derek. They’re under her protection, therefore they’re hers. Whereas in the later books, I think it becomes maternal.  I remember when I first read the book I never expected Julie to stick around the way she did. It seems like in a lot of series, both book and television, they introduce a kid only to have them disappear in the next installment. I was glad she didn’t, because I think Julie (along with Curran) humanize Kate.

I agree with you about Andrea, I liked her too, but I did like her more in the later books when we see more of her vulnerabilities.

Angie Elle: Yeah, that wasn’t how I took it at all. It felt very literal and pointed to me from the beginning. And maybe that’s why Julie never grew on me – because her part in this book felt so forced. But I do agree with the responsibility part; I think Julie is meant to offset Kate’s carefree lifestyle and give her a bigger sense of self-preservation as the series goes on.

Did book two change your feelings about any of the characters we were introduced to in the first book?

Angie Elle: Maybe Jim. I never found him to be particularly likeable, but as the series goes on, I find myself drawn to him more and more. And obviously Crest is even more of a chump thanI originally thought. Oh! And I forgot to mention Saiman in our first discussion. I loved Saiman from the very beginning. His character is just so intriguing. Even more so in this book.

Birdie Bookworm: I love how we’re complete opposites about Jim! I thought he was decent in the first book, but as the series goes on I like him less! I wanted to kick his ass in this one. And how could we have missed talking about Saiman! I love him too! I don’t understand everyone’s dislike of him. I would think it would be more of an occasional annoyed amusement.

Angie Elle: I guess I need to clarify – I don’t like Jim more as the series goes on, I am just drawn to his character more. There’s something alluring about the jerk. And I am surprised – I didn’t know there was a lot of dislike for Saiman. He’s such a fun addition to the series.

How did you feel about the adversaries in Magic Burns?

Angie Elle: I really liked them. In fact, I would go so far as to say that Bram was one of my favorites of the series. Very anti-villain-ish, and had he not met his demise in this book, I can see fans begging the authors for more. Plus, let’s be honest, we got to see Curran’s jealous bone in this one, and that’s always a treat.

Birdie Bookworm: Yes! Bran was one of my favorite characters ever. I loved all of his interactions with Kate, and I loved how he had this mix between ruthless villain and naive youthfulness too. He kind of reminded me of a teenager in a man’s body. I was devastated by his loss the first time I read it, and again this time. Tragic.

The sea people were pretty freaky. Especially the octopus guy with the tentacles. Blech.

Angie Elle: Yeah. I didn’t care for the sea people, either. Especially how they just turned to gel when you took them out. It was a gross visual, but well written.

To read the conclusion to our Magic Bites discussion, please stop by Birdie’s Blog here!

Two books in, you guys! At this rate, this re-read is going to fly right by. If you’ve read this series, we’d love to know your thoughts on Magic Burns!


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Quick note – for those of you aren’t aware, the release date for Magic Triumphs was recently pushed out to August 28th. I don’t know about you, but I breathed a sigh of relief at this announcement. Birdie Bookworm and I made the decision to re-read this series very last minute, so we committed to reading a Kate Daniels book every two weeks on top of our regular review schedules. This has allowed us to spread our discussion posts out to every three weeks, giving us a bit of time before the final books is released. This is good news for those of you who want to jump on the Kate Daniels bandwagon and be all caught up for Magic Triumphs. If you’re thinking about giving this series a go, I highly recommend it. The world building and pacing of the Kate Daniels series can’t be beat!

3 thoughts on “Discussion Post | Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews

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  1. I have to chuckle because I share some of the same likes and dislikes as you, Angie, it started early and stayed that way (Julie was a dislike and still is, Jim was irritating all the way, Saiman is a favorite for me- wow, didn’t know he was so disliked, Andrea was a like and Aunt B was a definite love). I love how you both felt that this book really taking off with the action and showing Kate’s strengths, but also her vulnerability. I don’t remember the villain for some reason- I’ll have to go back to my review notes.

    Great discussion, ladies!

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    1. Thanks, Sophia!

      It’s been so much fun re-reading. I don’t remember a whole heck of a lot about anything besides Kate and Curran’s sexual chemistry. (Always a romance reader first…LOL) Oh, Bram was such a wonderful character in this one. I did love him so much! And Saiman? How can anyone not like him?!???!?!


  2. I know what you mean by not remembering everything. I think there’s just so much to catch up on with this series!. I loved all the characters, but yes, Andrea was more of a “like” on my side. And, I’m still not sure about my feelings for Jim. Even though I read the novellas, I think I love his mate more!


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