Early Review: Gunmetal Magic (Kate Daniels #5.5) by Ilona Andrews

July 24, 2012 Review 18

*This title will be released on July 31, 2012*

Cover Art: Tony Mauro

Gunmetal Magic

(Kate Daniels, #5.5)
by Ilona Andrews

Genre: Urban Fantasy | Excerpt: Yes
Book Trailer: No
Reviewed by: Abigail| Source: Publisher

  • Reading level: Ages 18 and up
  • Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Ace Books (July 31, 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 0425256138
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425256138


Near Perfect – Buy two copies: one for you and one for a friend.

Sexual Content

Scenes of sensuality. References to sex


A novel in the world of Kate Daniels

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…

Also includes Magic Gifts, a novella featuring Kate Daniels and Curran.


What’s better than a new Kate Daniels book?  How about two!  That’s what we get in GUNMETAL MAGIC.  Not only does Andrea get her first–of hopefully many more to come–full length novel, but Kate and Curran take the lead in a bonus novella, MAGIC GIFTS, that is included with the book.  It’s a total win win since both stories are excellent additions to one of the best urban fantasy series ever!

Andrea is pretty much the only character who can stand next to Kate Daniels and not get overshadowed.  Her personality is just as strong, just and intriguing, but she’s not a Kate in training.  She’s a little more reserved, a lot less hot-headed, but when pushed too far, a lot more volatile.  It was great to see how she survived in the magic/tech torn Atlanta.  She’s a weapons expert, but unlike Kate, she doesn’t possess an encyclopedic knowledge of world mythologies.  She has to seek out experts like the hilarious flirt Roman–is he truly an evil mage or is it an act?–and of course, her on again/off again love Raphael.  These two make Kate and Curran’s bumpy relationship look a piece of cake.  Dealing with two shapeshifters, the crazy fun mating etiquette rules were at an all new high for the series, and I enjoyed every bit of it.

Some of the trademarks of this series are in fine form in GUNMETAL MAGIC, including new and fascinating mythologies and creatures.  We get just enough detail to make the plot work without ever feeling like we’re reading a history book.  The humor is also razor sharp and sly.  I especially enjoyed reading the one scene that overlapped in both stories.  Kate and Andrea have such different ways of seeing the situation–in this case Raphael’s latest insult–that it really provided a richer understanding of their characters.

Bottom line, the Kate Daniels world with it’s waves of magic, it’s various factions of vampires, shifters, Knights and more, it’s richly developed characters, and fresh take on ancient mythologies is one I hope never runs out of stories.  I can’t wait to read the next Kate, or Andrea, or maybe even a YA take from Julie down the road.  GUNMETAL MAGIC proves that in the hands of Ilona Andrews, they’d all be amazing.  Modern urban fantasy can be described in two words: Kate Daniels.  It really doesn’t get any better.

Titles in Series

1. Magic Bites – N/A
2. Magic Burns – N/A
3. Magic Strikes – N/A
3.5. Magic Mourns – 4/5
4. Magic Bleeds – 5/5
4.5. Magic Dreams – 4/5
5. Magic Slays – 4/5

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18 Responses to “Early Review: Gunmetal Magic (Kate Daniels #5.5) by Ilona Andrews”

    • Abigail

      You will absolutely love it. I’ve always liked Andrea, but I didn’t expect her to hold her own this much compared to Kate, but Andrea Rocks!

  1. Mary @ Book Swarm

    LOVED this installment! I really like the world of Kate and Andrea was a great addition to this series–love that she got her own book. This just has me panting for more

    • Abigail

      I would love to see more Andrea books. And After liking this one so much, I’d be up for a Julie book too. I mean, how cool would an Ilona Andrews YA be?

  2. Kt.

    Awesome review Abigail. You and I have extremely similar tastes in books. It amuses me to see how many time our reviews hit on the same favorites/issues.

  3. Danielle

    ARGH! You’re making me hyperventilate, I want this book soooooooo bad!

    Reading about Andrea in ‘Magic Gifts’, the Kate Daniels #5.4 novella had me getting teary-eyed, when she recounts her confrontation with Raphael and his new woman. Ack! I was struggling to read that, so don’t know how the water-works will go with the whole long, drawn out affair of them …. but I am SO EXCITED!

    Fantastic review.
    Stay golden 😉

  4. Lexi

    Nice review, I love this series. UF at its finest, full of great characters. =)

  5. Chinyere (Ezinwanyi)

    I have been waiting for this book for awhile. I love andrea, Kate’s BFF. I also like her tough attitude, but it is time she worked out her issues with Raphael. She has been fighting her feelings for him for a long time. It’s going to be interesting to see how the Bouda comes into play here. They are so meddlesome. I am sure it was a great read. Good job on the review.

    • Abigail

      I love the dance Andrea and Raphael go through in this one…the Bouda part makes it fantastic.

  6. Edna

    Thanks for the review. I’m even more excited to read this. And let me say, I completely agree that a YA view from Julie would be fantastic!

  7. BevQB

    Thanks Abigail, as much as I ADORE the Kate Daniels books, I’m not a fan of the Edge series so I wasn’t sure what to expect with Gunmetal Magic. Thanks to you, I now know it’s a must-have and just pre-ordered it.

    • Abigail

      I love both series, but if you’re not fully sold on the Edge books, don’t worry. This is every inch a Kate Daniels book, even though she’s not the protagonist this time.