Book 5.5 of the Kate Daniels series
Genre: urban fantasy
About Gunmetal Magic:
Some people have everything figured out — Andrea Nash is not one of those people. After being kicked out of the Order of Knights of Merciful Aid, Andrea's whole existence is in shambles. All she can do is try to put herself back together, something made easier by working for Cutting Edge, a small investigative firm owned by her best friend, Kate Daniels.Source: Info in the About Gunmetal Magic was taken from at http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12288282-gunmetal-magic on 09/03/2012.
When several shapeshifters working for Raphael Medrano — the male alpha of Clan Bouda and Andrea's former lover — die unexpectedly at a dig site, Andrea is assigned to investigate ... and must work with Raphael. As her search for the killer leads her into the secret underbelly of supernatural Atlanta, Andrea knows that dealing with her feelings for Raphael might have to take a backseat to saving the world ...
Gunmetal Magic is just a novella in the Kate Daniels series. This is the story of Andrea, Kate's bestfriend. Included in this book, is a bonus story which is another novella in the Kate Daniels series, titled Magic Gifts. I've read Magic Gifts as an ebook about last year, I think, and is one of my favourites of the Kate Daniels novellas. Together, these two short stories make a good reading, specially for old time fans of the series like me. But really, I was looking for another installment of this series as a full book. A continuation of the story, not side trips. In fact, I thought I was buying one. And that was a bit of a disappointment! However, having said that, I was still happy to re-read about Ivar, my favourite dwarf, in Magic Gifts.
Gunmetal Magic managed to present a full story with a solid story structure and a good plot despite it being a short story only. The build-up to the climax was gradual and nicely orchestrated. But for some reason the story telling quality in this short story is not as compelling as previous works were that I found it rather odd. However I did like the author's excursion attempt into the realm of investigative crime fiction genre. It melded well. I think with a little bit more work, Ilona Andrews can shift genres with this series rather smoothly, into crime fiction.
Story telling quality = 4
Character development = 5
Story itself = 4
Ending = 4
World building = 4
Cover art = 4
Pace = 3
Plot = 4
Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 cherries
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