Joint Review with @soulswallo: Gunmetal Magic by Ilona Andrews

Posted 3 September, 2012 by Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal / 16 Comments

Gunmetal Magic by Ilona Andrews
(Kate Daniels World #1)

Genre: Urban Fantasy
Format: paperback
Read: 8/6/2012 — 8/7/2012
In Six Words: MOAR Ilona Andrews, and MOAR ROMAN!


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Book Order

  1. Gunmetal Magic

Why We Started Reading This Series

Duh. I think everyone is pretty well acquainted with our mad love for the Kate Daniels series. It should come as a shock to NO ONE that we also had to read Gunmetal Magic AS SOON AS IT CAME OUT. It should also surprise no one that we enjoyed the heck out of this book, too. And that we want more.

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A must read for fans of the Kate Daniels 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 …

Thoughts on Book 1

Kelly: OMG!OMG!OMG! Annnnndrea! Who’s happy that she gets to play in all the crazy again??? I AM!

Amanda: *blinks* *covers ears*

Kelly: Oh, c’mon! This book was exciting! Shenanigans! Mating pranks! Death! Blood! ROMAN!

Amanda: This book WAS exciting! I’m just trying to protect the integrity of my eardrums. Gunmetal Magic had all the elements of a typical Kate Daniels book, but with ANDREA! and RAPHAEL! instead, which, honestly, was just as good as having Kate and Curran. And we can’t forget about Roman, though I strongly suspect Kelly may steal Roman for her own devious purposes.

Kelly: Roman fascinated me. I’m not ashamed of my undying love for strong, snarky men who wield a lot of power. Literally, in this case. The guy has some magical chops!

Amanda: Not only that, but it was pretty clear that there was a lot more to Roman than what meets the eye. I see lots of layers with that one. But if we can *kind of* get back to the review here, rather than moon over Roman, I think we should discuss what it’s like to see Kate from someone else’s perspective. Having read all the Kate Daniels books, we truly know Kate because she’s narrated and brought us into her world, but now we actually get to see Kate, and that was a fun experience, too. In fact, it made me anxious to dive back into her story soon.

Kelly: *thinks fondly of Roman for a moment* Very well. I did love seeing Kate from an outsider’s perspective. Spending so much time in her head in the other series, I had forgotten how CRAZY some of her actions must look to others. I think Andrea referred to her “crazy look” on more than one occasion. Speaking of Andrea, her past kind of killed me. The things she suffered through as a child… it makes some of her decisions in the later KD books make a little more sense.

Amanda: Oh, Andrea! It is hard to imagine the kind of brutality she went through as a child. Some of the dreams she had and what happened to her when she had those dreams slayed me. But you’re right. Seeing what she suffered through as a child definitely makes her actions understandable. And I think we needed that understanding, because Andrea became a very important part of Kate’s life in the later KD books.

Kelly: I really enjoyed Andrea’s interactions with Raphael. Well, once I got past the jaw drop in the beginning. They had that whole push and pull thing working overtime as they fought against their attraction for one another. I would LOVE to see more of them. Absolutely love it!

Amanda: OMG! When Raphael was being a total ass, and Andrea goes a little bat shit crazy (or should it be bouda shit crazy? I don’t know), I just about died. Watching Andrea embrace her beastkin side was actually a lot of fun to watch. I mean, it was poignant, too, because I think she reached a point where she realized she had to accept ALL of herself, but how she does it is quite entertaining.

Kelly: YES! The whole wandering the city as her beastkin self pretty much rocked! Let’s talk about the bad guy here. This was one of those sticky books where you’re never quite sure who can be trusted and who’s preparing to stab someone in the back. What did you think of the baddie?

Amanda: Random aside, when I read “sticky books” it looked like “sticky boobs” because of Andrea’s beastskin self. The baddie was a very typical Kate Daniels-ish baddie, especially toward the end, almost to the detriment of Andrea’s story. But the entire investigation leading up to it was absolutely fabulous, and I loved seeing Andrea in action.

Kelly: *giggles at the idea of sticky boobs**focuses at the task at hand* Andrea in action was pretty fantastic. I was glad she got to use her investigative skills. And her sharpshooting. Nothing says fun like pinpoint accuracy!

Amanda: I think Andrea’s story really opened up and expanded the Kate Daniels’ world. I mean, we’ve learned a lot of from the Kate Daniels’ books, but seeing the Kate Daniels world through Andrea’s eyes just continued to add to the world, and I like that. I like that a lot. I hope future KD World books do the same.

Kelly: I hope we get to see more Roman in future KD and KDW books. LOTS more Roman!

Amanda: You just want to see more of Roman so you can do dirty things to him.

Kelly: I hear he has a tattoo. I *am* partial to tattoos, you know. Rawr!

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16 Responses to “Joint Review with @soulswallo: Gunmetal Magic by Ilona Andrews”

  1. MUST READ THIS! I’m a book behind in the Kate series, so I want to read that so I can know what leads to Raphael and Andrea’s separation in this book. I did read the first chapter or a snippet from the beginning or something like that when Raphael shows up at her office? I’ve never wanted to junk punch a fictional character more in my entire life. *shakes fist threateningly at Raphael* Can’t wait to see how things end up for them. Oh, and I’m excited for Roman too:)

  2. You guys crack me up! You make me want to read I.A. : She is on my list for next year of authors I haven’t read :)

  3. OMG What is wrong with me??? I don’t remember who Roman even is!!! I’m going to have to look through the book again. lol

  4. Well I’m glad that you both are enjoying this spinoff from the original series. I swear one of these days I’m going to push my review pile to the side and read the first book in Kate’s series. Sounds like there are sexy men to fall for in this series so I need some sexy sexy men in my reading life. :)

  5. *laughs* You two are fawesome.

    I have this one waiting patiently for me to begin it. I was more anxious to read it than I was when I actually had it in my hand. What excites me most about the book (from your review) is seeing Kate from the outside. That sounds like a lot of fun. Well, that and obviously I need to meet Roman.