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Magic Burns (Kate Daniels #2)

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  57,326 Ratings  ·  2,768 Reviews
Atlanta is threatened by a magic tsunami: monsters rise, magic runs deep, and a little girl is hunted by demons.

Down in Atlanta, tempers—and temperatures—are about to flare...

As a mercenary who cleans up after magic gone wrong, Kate Daniels has seen her share of occupational hazards. Normally, waves of paranormal energy ebb and flow across Atlanta like a tide. But once eve
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Published February 10th 2009 by Tantor Media, Inc. (first published April 1st 2008)
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Anzu The Great Destroyer

Hmmm I wonder what this Magic Burns book will be about

What?? I mean.. What?? This can’t be right

Why isn’t she being stupid?? Wha- How???

She’s going to fuck up

Any second now

Aaaaany second now


This book is perfect!!

I mean, amIrite? AM-I-RITE???

One thing I love about Ilona Andrews is the fact that she didn’t make Kate a sappy character. Not once did she have a "love" thought about any of the hot dudes in the book. Not once. Sure, she thinks about banging them but that’s the normal thing to do.
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
The Grand IAA™ KD Buddy Rerererereread Extravaganza (GIAAKDBRE™), aka the yellow brick road to Magic Triumphs

Presenting Episode 2, or How Kate Daniels Learned Being a Toy Mouse with Raging Hormones isn't as Easy as Chopping People into Tiny Little Pieces.

» And the moral of this particular rererereread is: Psych.

» And the other moral of this particular rererereread is: someone call Desandra ASAP! Bran wants to show her his pork sword!

» And the other, other moral of this particular re
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads
4.5 stars

After the trial by fire world-building of MAGIC BITES, any leftover questions are quickly answered in KATE DANIELS #2 by virtue of the shifts from magic to tech and tech to magic occurring with alarming frequency as a result of one of this book's Big Problems, the magical Flare.

SIDENOTE: that's "Flare" as in flare-up, not "flair" as in you need at least 15 pieces on your uniform. FYI.


Right. SO a magic Flare has happened every 7(ish) years since tech fell, and during a Flare, not only ar
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ (of badger and SNAKE)

3.5 stars ← See that .5 stars? It means that I liked Magic Burns more that Magic Bites. WOOT!


✘ It does not mean that I wouldn't volunteer as tribute for slapping Curran in his face. I would, because alpha-males have just that little *something* that makes me want to snarl (even if, to be fair, he's not the worst but far from it). To each their owns, okay? Even Barrons never won me. That asshole (I know, I know, *GASP* *But BARRONS!* /SNARL/). Kate's pretty amazing, thoug
Jul 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone who likes fantasy and kick-butt women
I've procrastinated forever in writing this review. Magic Burns is one of my frequent re-reads, and I'm not sure I can do it justice.

What keeps drawing me back? An interesting heroine that is confident, skilled in her field, funny, occasionally lonely, caring despite herself and lives according to an ethical code? Action that builds from the somewhat ridiculous (a salamander pyromaniac) to the tragic (spikey dogs) to epic (a battle between shapeshifters and gods)? Relationship building that giv
Robin (Bridge Four)
Kate Daniels Buddy Read/Reread on May 11 with the gang at Ilona Andrews Addicts (IAA)

4.5 Stars bumped up a half star from first read

Revisited review after Re-read on Jun 30, 2014

Ilona Andrews is an author I think I can re-read time and time again. I liked this book even more the second time around. The magic and mythology drew me in and the plot and story were even better the second time around.

I got excited when new characters, which will be around throughout the series, were introduced and the
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
Kate Daniels, could you be more awesome? Nope. This book rocked my world! I loved the first book, but I loved this one even more. Kate Daniels is such a cool heroine. She's not only kickbutt, independent, and snarky, but she's utterly likeable. She's down to earth, and one of those heroines I think a guy or a girl could get along with equally well. I like her quick thinking and her ability to get out of some pretty nasty spots. And her willingness to do the right thing, even at personal cost to ...more
Rereading this with the lovelies at the Ilona Andrews Addicts group.

Here's my original review from a year ago:

"Rambo called, he wants his bandana back."
"This Rambo, he a friend of yours?"
"Who's Rambo?" Julie asked.
If a cultural reference flies over a man's head, does it make a sound if nobody else gets it?

rambo photo: rambo 1171199-Rambo-Penticton.jpg
(This is Rambo, for all of you youngsters)

I'm still loving Kate. As a matter of fact, I like her better in this book than the first one. She is more human, but still hilarious an
Rachel Reads Ravenously
4.5 "I'm really starting to love this series" stars

“You don't cause problems. You cause catastrophes.”

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While investigating a mysterious bowman who killed her mark, mercenary Kate Daniels finds herself in the custody of a pre-teen girl. Turns out the young street girl has some magical powers, the kind of powers that 1 in 10,000 people get and there are creatures coming after her. Kate must go to the last person she wants help from, Curran, and together they fight to help the girl.

Another g
Nov 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“This was hell and I was its fury.”

Celtic mythology,witch covens,lots of ass kicking and HOT shapeshifters?

Kate Daniels is worried.A powerful wave of magic known as the flare is going to strike Atlanta and make possible for malevolent deities to walk among the humans,spreading chaos and death,and somehow in the center of the crisis is the street urchin Kate's looking after.And the world's gone mad.
“I needed to find Julie,find her mom,convince a sociopath to donate some blood for the good o
Mar 24, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to julio by: MostlyDelores

no poets, these two—sometimes the prose reminded me of chunk from the goonies inquiring about the possibility of some rocky road—but fuck my life can they write a Finerr Batturr or what, amirite?

ladies? can I get an amen?

*icy, shunning silence*

no? too busy drooling over curran?


*gaze darkens lustily* too.
Helen 2.0
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Better than the first book! Curran is man-candy supreme.
Simona Bartolotta

"Welcome home. I'm glad you made it. There is coffee in the kitchen for you."

I think that a fair number of my neurons just melted.

No time for the review, must jump on book three. And at any rate, what I have to say is exactly what I said in my review of Magic Bites, less the 'introductory book' issue (though the world-building can still get better, in my opinion), plus the 'So Curran will get hotter from book to book, uh? Because my system can sustain just as much oestrogen release' issue. Al
Karly *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)*
Buddy-read with the amazetastic Casey to commence July 20th..... because I can't seem to read anything I am supposed to right now!

Review, such as it were....

A Kraft Dinner review of a Kate Daniels novel.

3.5 Stars

I liked Magic Burns a little bit better than the first one in the series. Honestly, I don’t know that it will ever match the mania I felt picking up the Fever series last year but I’m totally okay with that. This series is fun. It doesn’t take itself too seriously, the way the books ar
Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
Fourth re-read: 27.04.17
I really like the slow burn between Kate and Curran, however, damn, I just want to skip all the in between... I really do love Curran.
Third re-read: 16.09.16
I still like it. I don't love it, but it's damn well close. Curran still remains one of my favorite heroes, and Kate, with all her awesomeness, is still one of my favorite heroines.
Second re-read: 06.08.15
Awesome, even still.
Re-read: 28.07.14
Man, I can't get enough of Kate and Curran.

This series get better and better
Sophia Triad
Sexually frustrated Kate Daniels is being pursued by every interesting male creature in this book:

a) Saiman (With a magic store body, a Polymorph i.e. he changes human forms):
“Can you dance? Dance with me Kate!”,
“Stay with me. It will be fun.”

b) Ghastec (One of the People, a Master of the Dead i.e. he creates vampires)
“A pleasure to see you, as always”,
“You are in an excellent physical shape and you are well proportioned.”

c) Bran (A goddess' hound, a scoundrel, a thief, a brigand, a human pre
Melissa (Ever So Mela)
I just realized the last 40% always saves these books for me.

I had the same problem with this one as I did with the previous Kate Daniels.
It's slow
And sadly, sometimes glacially slow, more towards the beginning with a crescendo in the middle. But thank the heavens this ending rocked millions over the last one.

I do have to say that if they had explained the world in the last book like they did here, I would've rated it a lot higher.

Kate, at least for me, just got better by the second. She
Maria V. Snyder
Jul 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yes - I'm hooked on the Kate Daniels series. For now. Don't know how many books I'll read before I lose interest if I even do. I stuck with Ilona Andrews Edge series to the end (need more!) and enjoyed the spin-off novel of Gunmetal Magic with Kate's best friend so I'm thinking I'm in for the long haul. Good thing I have six novels left to read :).
♔ Jaela ♊ Killer ⚔ QUEEN
First read July 2014
Second read May 2016

I liked this more than the first one. We get to see the real Kate, all her aspirations and insecurities. She broke my heart so many times. Everyone around her dies. She's so alone.

"You have the Pack. You're surrounded by people who would fall over themselves for the pleasure of your company. I have no one. My parents are dead, my entire family is gone. I have no friends. Except Jim, and that's more of a working relationship than anything else. I have no
Mar 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I knew by page 2 that I would love this book. Here's why:

"Alright Jeremy. Give me the salamander and I won't cut your head off."

When I first started this series I was definitely holding myself back a little from letting myself love it. First of all I'd been traumatized by a past relationship with a series (Anita! Why!?). Secondly this series reminded me of the one that broke my heart. But not anymore!

I was so entertained while reading this book that my earlier annoyance at the whole magic vs
Aug 14, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Buddy read with Armina, Eilonwy, and Asya.

Kate Daniels' occasional partner and shape-shifter Jim asks her to help him apprehend a mad arsonist. They got him, but a mysterious sniper kills the culprit right in front of their eyes. Kate starts looking for the guy and becomes tangled with a teen girl looking for her missing mom, bad-ass monsters from Celtic mythology coming to life, and magic flares which make shape-shifters struggle to keep their bestial part in check. Non-stop action ensures.

I fo
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I finished this last night just before sleeping, so of course Kate followed me into my dreams.
The last battle was so visual and I kept seeing her running in with both swords flying. I mean, that was awesome!
She is an excellent character! Although she's powerful and brave she is also lonely and frightened. In this book she goes from one problem to the next like a fairy tale. Almost every person she encounters wants her to complete a task before they will help her. All the while she has this h
Sh3lly ✨ hates the holidays - bah humbug! ✨

This was my second time reading this and I am absolutely keeping my original rating. FIVE STARS! I would add 50 stars if I could. It was way better the second time around! (And I can't often say that with books I've read more than once.)

It was kind of like reading it for the first time, I had forgotten so much. Like how much Kate and Curran's tension and chemistry SIZZLED. How did I miss this before. In this book, they are right about here:

LOL But there are so many stand-out scenes. Ilona Andrew
Surprisingly entertaining and it feels like a serious step-up from the first book.

I mean, witchy adventures and seven-year solar-magical catastrophes aside, who doesn't love a battle between gods? Oh, Morrigan! I've seen you in other series, how beautiful to see and you again!

I liked the mystery and the movements through the UF, and now that we're in the middle of character development, rather than just the opening sequences, I'm enjoying the play between Curran and Kate. Nothing is quite smoot
1st read - June 2013
2nd read - May 2015
3rd read - May 2016
4th read - November 2017

Original Review

I had forgotten how much I enjoyed Magic Bites until my friends encouraged me to join them on a group read of this series and I re-read it recently. Now I can't for the life of me figure out why I never carried on reading the series! Magic Burns had everything I loved about Magic Bites and then some, you have more of kick ass Kate, more action, more world building, fantastic character development and
Apr 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
Before I begin, I’m going to evoke my 13 year old alter ego…
Curran loves Kate, Curran loves Kate! Okay, so he didn’t say those exact three words, what he actually said was “As you wish” but he said it after reading The Princess Bride and everyone knows that is how Wesley told Buttercup he loved her. SQUEE!!!

Okay, now that I have gotten out of the way, this book and this series are so awesome! God, I still sound like a fan girl, but it doesn’t make what I say any less true. Look into the eyeballs
*** 4.65 ***

The Great Kate Daniels Buddy Read/Reread of 2017 with the gang at Ilona Andrews Addicts (IAA)!

I did have to bump the rating with .65 since the first read, since this book is truly awesome!!! I know I tried to be conservative about it the first time I read it, but it is a shame not to acknowledge how much I really enjoy this book. It is the one we get to meet the urchin Julie and her pathetic crush on the other street kid, the shaman Red. Julie's story breaks your heart, while Kate is
Jun 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Let's face it: His Furryness is a giant fluffball - unless he has to rip demons, gods, vampires or other stuff apart. And still, Kate is quite ... careful around him. She might have been hit over the head one too many times. I hope that although Kate has a hard life and not too many bright sides, she won't become a little crybaby (inner monologues full of self-pity / self-loathing) while not opening up enough to those she should open up to (Curran). But I do like the fact that there is no insta-
Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life.

This is a really hard review to write. I have been putting off writing this review for a month that is going to help me in any way. I absolutely LOVE this series and everything that the writing team of Ilona Andrews writes. I had some problems with the narration of this audiobook even though I have enjoyed this narrator on other works. I am rating this book based on the story and not the narration.

This is one of those series that
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Ilona Andrews is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. Ilona is a native-born Russian and Gordon is a former communications sergeant in the U.S. Army. Contrary to popular belief, Gordon was never an intelligence officer with a license to kill, and Ilona was never the mysterious Russian spy who seduced him. They met in college, in English Composition 101, where Ilona got a better grade ...more
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Kate Daniels (10 books)
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  • Magic Strikes (Kate Daniels, #3)
  • Magic Bleeds (Kate Daniels, #4)
  • Magic Slays (Kate Daniels, #5)
  • Magic Rises (Kate Daniels, #6)
  • Magic Breaks (Kate Daniels, #7)
  • Magic Shifts (Kate Daniels, #8)
  • Magic Binds (Kate Daniels, #9)
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“The vampire stared at me, his mouth slack as Ghastek assessed his options. I took a couple of forms from my desk, put them into the vamp's mouth, and pulled them up by their edges.
"What are you doing?" Ghastek asked.
"My hole puncher broke."
"You have no respect for the undead.”
“Not only will you sleep with me, but you will say 'please.'"
I stared at him, shocked.
The smile widened. "You will say 'please' before and 'thank you' after."
Nervous laughter bubbled up. "You've gone insane. All that peroxide in your hair finally did your brain in, Goldilocks.”
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