My copy of Gunmetal Magic arrived in my sticky little fingers a couple of days before we went on holiday. It was a little birthday pressie to myself and I wanted to open the shiny. But I also wanted to read it on holiday. I may have stroked the cover a couple of times. After much harassment from my eldest child it was put away (read: forcibly).
To say I had expectations regarding this book is like saying some people were looking forward to London 2012.
Be aware though this is not a stand alone book click here for the order of the series.
“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.
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 …”
It starts with Andrea, perhaps, at her lowest. If she isn’t quite in as bad a shape as she was in her childhood then she relives those ‘happy’ days through nightmares while she sleeps in her closet with a knife for company. It was sad to see the proud Knight brought so low. But if you thought that was bad, worse was to follow in the form of her maybe ex-boyfriend/mate; the beautiful Bouda Prince, Raphael.
What follows was quite simply superb writing. No one was all to blame. Usually I unashamedly fall heavily on one side or the other of break-ups, but Ilona Andrews did a pretty good job of evening out the culpability. Although what Raphael did after was a twist of the knife too far and justified Andrea’s temporary loss of control and acted as a turning point for her own personal development.
Aside from the running drama and chemistry between the delicious romance plot there was also a mystery to solve, people to save and scores to settle. All set amid the usual Andrew’s mythology based story.
Fave minor characters;
Ascanio who shone as the troublesome teen lackey and Roman who was hilarious. He is simply a good bad-guy and what gal doesn’t love one of those?
Page 115 – “That’s classified.’ Roman winked at him. “I could tell you, of course. But then I would have to kill you and chain your soul, so you would be my shadow servant for all eternity. Come on it’s right this way.”
Page 245 – “What is it girl?” Raphael asked, his voice coaxing. “Did Timmy fall down the well?”
This one made me laugh out loud when I was on the beach. Unfortunately a rather large lady was changing under a rather small towel at the time and it earned me a glower.
Rating; Five out of five stars.