Audio Review: Gunmetal Magic by Ilona Andrews

Posted October 4, 2012 by Jennifer in Book Review | | 3 Comments

Audio Review: Gunmetal Magic by Ilona AndrewsGunmetal Magic by Ilona Andrews
Series: Kate Daniels
Narrator: Renée Raudman
Published by Tantor Audio on 07-31-12
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Format: Audiobook
Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins

Rating: A+
Narration: A

Some people have everything figured out—Andrea Nash is not one of those people. After being kicked out of the Order of the Knights of Merciful Aid, Andrea’s whole existence is in shambles. All she can do is to 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.

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…and must work with Raphael. As Andrea’s search for the killer leads her into the secret underbelly of supernatural Atlanta, she knows that dealing with her feelings for Raphael might have to take a back seat to saving the world…

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I’m going to go ahead and say it and I know I will get a few things thrown at me but I liked Roman more than Raphael. I hope that he gets his own book. Yes, yes, Raphael is sexy and I like him with Andrea better but I want to find out more about Roman.

Ok, so Gunmetal Magic is a spin-off of Kate Daniels series, set in the same world. Much like what Jeaniene Frost did with her Night Huntress series. It can be read as a stand alone if you have not read the KD series but I highly recommend reading it if you have not. You will get some background on the Andrea and the world if you do. Gunmetal Magic follows the same rules and flow of that of Kate’s series and fans will love it. If you are not a fan yet you could use Gunmetal Magic as your introduction into Ilona Andrew’s writing style.

Andrea is Kate’s best friend and Gunmetal Magic is told through Andrea’s POV and the timeline is parallel to that of Magic Slays. Kate and Curran make a few short appearances.

One of Kate’s appearances is the office scene that took place in Magic Slays where Kate walks in to see Andrea in her warrior beast form is played out again in Gunmetal Magic but through Andrea’s eyes this time. But my favorite Kate and Andrea scene is the one where Kate helps Andrea get revenge on Raphael for the B&E he did to her apartment. I was laughing and smiling the whole time while I listened to that scene. GREAT STUFF!

Andrea spends the span of the book finding her place in the world after loosing her job because of you being outed as a shifter. She finally comes to terms that she can no longer ignore the Pack. She and Raphael work through their relationship issues. All in all Gunmetal Magic is a great addition to the Kate Daniels world and is a must read for fans. And I dare say that Andrea gives Kate a run for her money in the bad ass department.

Did those nice church ladies come by again?” – Andrea

He nodded. “I asked them if a man died and then the woman remarried, and then the three of them met in heaven, would it be a sin for them to have a threesome, since they were all married in God’s eye. And they decided they were late to be somewhere else.” – Ascanio


About Renée Raudman

Renée Raudman is a multi-award-winning audiobook narrator. A multiple Audie Award nominee, she has earned a number of AudioFile Earphones Awards, including for The Last Secret by Mary McGarry Morris and Wesley the Owl by Stacey O’Brien, as well as a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award for Joe Schreiber’s Chasing the Dead. She has also performed on film, TV, radio, and stage, including the recurring roles of Jordon on ABC’s One Life To Live, Phyllis on NBC’s Passions, and guest-starring roles on prime-time TV. She has been heard in cartoons (The Simpsons, Billy & Mandy), videogames, and on the E! channel. Her narration of Homer’s Odyssey by Gwen Cooper was selected by Library Journal as one of the best audiobooks of 2009, and her reading of Marthe Jocelyn’s Would You was selected by the ALA as one of the best young adult audiobooks of 2009.

About Ilona Andrews

“Ilona Andrews” is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. Ilona is a native-born Russian and Gordon is a former communications sergeant in the U.S. Army. Contrary to popular belief, Gordon was never an intelligence officer with a license to kill, and Ilona was never the mysterious Russian spy who seduced him. They met in college, in English Composition 101, where Ilona got a better grade. (Gordon is still sore about that.)

Gordon and Ilona currently reside in Texas with their two children and many dogs and cats.

They have co-authored two NYT and USAT bestselling series, the urban fantasy of Kate Daniels and romantic urban fantasy of The Edge and working on the next volumes for both.

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3 responses to “Audio Review: Gunmetal Magic by Ilona Andrews

  1. I bought the Kate Daniels series a while ago but havent had a chance to read it yet. I’ve heard good things, but I need to find the time. Excellent review.
    -Selena Mc

  2. The scene where they’re in Raphael’s place was hilarious. I was really glad to see Kate and Curran without feeling like they took over Andrea’s book.