Title: Gunmetal Magic
Author: Ilona Andrews
Series: Kate Daniels #5.5
Publication date: 31 Jul 2012
Format: Paperback | 448 pages
Genre: Adult | Urban Fantasy
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 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, as well as 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 back seat to saving the world…
I was pleasantly surprised by this read because I initially thought it would be another novella type deal and not a full blown novel. I soon noticed the number of pages it contained on goodreads though and immediately got excited - anything more of Ilona Andrews is a good thing in my book.
So…Andrea. I never thought I could like her any more than I already did from her appearances in Kate's life, but reading this book from her perspective was a breath of fresh of air. I loved getting to know her better and I have to say, she seems like a completely new character now - I definitely won't see her in the same light in the next Kate Daniels book. Andrea used to be so much meeker in the past books, partly because of the Order she was a part of, but also because she was so unsure of herself: her identity and who she wanted to become. Everything changes in this book though and her story is not an easy one.
But of course, I still have to mention my favourites, Kate and Curran. I adored seeing their relationship through Andrea's eyes. It was beyond adorable. I also feel a need to mention Raphael - is it just me, or did anybody else start to really dislike him at the beginning of this book? He did redeem himself towards the end, but I find myself unable to really forget what he did and said - he went a little too far in my eyes.
As usual for a Kate Daniels novel, the plot was a perfect mix of humour, romance and amazing action that has you biting your nails in anticipation. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough.
My rating: 9/10