Note: I think it would be good if the short story Magic Gifts is read first. It's in Kate's view and roughly coincides with Gunmetal Magic. It's not a...moreNote: I think it would be good if the short story Magic Gifts is read first. It's in Kate's view and roughly coincides with Gunmetal Magic. It's not a must and doesn't subtract to the story if not read, but I think it'll give some context to some parts of the book. My copy of Gunmetal Magic had it, so yeah. xP
I've always liked Andrea ever since she was introduced in the Kate Daniels series. This book expanded more on her beastkin circumstances and her experience with her old pack, which when revealed, her reluctance to join the Bouda Clan made all the more sense.
When the book opens, Andrea and Raphael are still not okay. Far from it, in fact. They just go through all sorts of drama with their relationship. Even Kate Daniels described it as a 'Latin-american soap opera', which is not that far off. It was a hilarious, sometimes exasperating sort of drama. Then there's the whole mess of Aunt B wanting Andrea to join Clan Bouda and Andrea being all obstinate and stubborn. Throw in some annoying, power-hungry god and that's when you realise, "Yep, this is Kate Daniels's best friend no doubt about it."(less)
Ahaha, I just LOVED Dali here. I mean, she's not a physical badass like Kate Daniels but she has her own strengths as well. Then there's Jim. Honestly...moreAhaha, I just LOVED Dali here. I mean, she's not a physical badass like Kate Daniels but she has her own strengths as well. Then there's Jim. Honestly, he did not endear to me in the late Kate Daniels books mainly because he often gets her into crappy situations. I liked him here well enough because the dynamic between him and Dali was really good (and hilarious). I get that this is a short story and therefore there's not enough space to expand on their relationship, so I hope we'll be able to read more about them in the next Kate Daniels books.(less)
Strong Heroines don't always equal smartass and kickass. Cry Wolf demonstrates this with Anna Latham. At the beginning, she's frightened and almost br...moreStrong Heroines don't always equal smartass and kickass. Cry Wolf demonstrates this with Anna Latham. At the beginning, she's frightened and almost broken due to the hell she'd been forced to endure during her first few years as a werewolf. After being rescued from her situation, she doesn't spend most of her time wallowing in misery. Instead, she makes do with what she currently has and tries to move on. It takes strength to do that. This book is as much about her romance with her mate Charles as it is about her journey to recovery and learning to be herself again.
The book starts right after Anna is removed from her old pack. The way it started confused me for a few pages because it delved right in the middle of everything. I had to check whether I was, in fact, reading the first book because there were so many names and terms that I immediately had to remember and know. It settles down to a good pace after a chapter or two, so it wasn't /that/ bad.
I like the world Patricia Briggs built and I especially found the dynamic between wolf and human to be interesting. (less)