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  • Mass Market Paperback: 433 pages
  • Publisher: Ace Books; First Printing edition (31 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425256138
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425256138
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 10.8 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 90,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Seren Ade HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 30 July 2012
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Firstly, if you've been waiting for 'Magic Gifts', the Kate Daniels story promoted at the end of The Magic Graves anthology and have been disappointed to find it unforthcoming: don't be! The story is here, in the shape of a 100+ page novella included at the back of this book. 'Magic Gifts' - told from Kate's perspective - overlaps with the timeline of the first part of 'Gunmetal Magic', and has a plot which feeds into it. This being the case, you might prefer to read it first... if so, skip to page 329! 5/5

And for the main event... 'Gunmetal Magic', which sees shapeshifting former Knight of the Order Andrea Nash handed the narrator's role is generally an entertaining, action-filled, fantasy yarn. Andrea has lots of issues to resolve: her own shapeshifting nature, her discomfort with the idea of Pack status, and of course the wreckage of her relationship with Raphael Medrano - the Alpha male of the bouda pack.

Everything you could ask from Ilona Andrews is present - action, adventure, mythology, humour... shapeshifter courtship rituals! Andrea has had enough of being beaten down and trying to hide from herself. She's back, and she's kicking butt.

However, while Andrea makes an interesting narrator and has a clearly different voice and outlook, Kate (cast in a secondary role) is hugely diminished - relegated to little more than a few wisecracks for many of her appearances. Much as I enjoyed Andrea (and Raphael)'s story, I did find the vision of Kate a little disappointing. Even so, overall there's much to enjoy. 4.5/5
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A. REYNOLDS on 17 Aug 2012
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I'm a huge fan of the Kate Daniel's series of books - the humour of Kate's thoughts and her interactions with Curran et al always makes me snigger, and this was mostly missing in this book, because Gunmetal Magic is about Andrea and the various life choices she needs to make, with Kate only making an odd appearance.

From the end of the previous book in the series (Magic Slays), and the hype, I had expected there to be much more regarding Raphael's competition in the love stakes - Roman. But there wasn't and in fact he makes 3 appearances in total, and none of them really noteworthy, even the "love scene" was just a few lines long. In Magic Slays Roman had shown quite a quirky personality, someone willing to fight for the lady of his choice. This book we got a wet rag in the love department (ripped body but still a wet rag!), so I was terribly disappointed with how both he and their relationship progressed in the book. Don't get me wrong, I knew who she was going to choose, but still I was expecting there to be more suspense regarding it, rather than blatantly obvious all the way through.

Having said that, the book is a good read. the Ilona Andrews pairing pulling their skills together to create completely different personalities to write about - unlike other book series by different authors where all the stories and characters feel the same, just the names are changed. As I like Andrea, it was great to see her point of view on the world and her friends, plus it was fun to see more of Ascanio and see his character develop further.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By N. Fallon on 12 Aug 2012
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Gunmetal Magic gives the reader a chance to get to know Andrea Nash with Kate Daniels taking a cameo role in the main book although she takes front stage again in the novella Magic Gifts at the back of the book.

I absolutely loved this book and have enjoyed the development of other characters which makes for a more rounded experience of the World of Kate Daniels. In fact I've already downloaded Magic Dreams about Dali and Jim which I will be reading next :o)

The writing of this book is as good as I always expect from this fabulous husband and wife writing team including their wonderful sense of humour :o)
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An absolutely brilliant series, if you read one you'll have to read the rest. I can't get enough of Kate Daniels and her beast lord (here kitty kitty ) lol. A strong female lead with attitude who tries not to draw attention to herself but has little choice being dragged into events that do just that.
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By Keller on 9 May 2014
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I would give this book more stars if I could. I've read it twice now and the only reason I haven't read it more is because I insist on reading it in order with the rest of the Kate Daniels series. Technically this is a standalone book from the rest of series but because Andrea and Raphael feature so strongly in the main series, it's worth reading it in order. It's brilliant. The authors are not a one-trick pony, they have created just an interesting story with lots of character-depth for Andrea as they have for Kate. And this is a stand-alone book so technically it's not like they really needed to. But it is so worth it!

Andrea is interesting, her back-story is brilliant (if gruesome) and the story-line is well thought out and well written. If you are a fan of the Kate Daniels series, definitely buy this book (but you probably already have!). If you have never read any of Ilona Andrews before then this is a good starter book. Even though you'll be reading it out of order with the main series, it still stands alone just fine, so it would be a good way of finding out if you liked the author's style before starting another new series. I discovered this author by reading a short in an anthology, all it did was made me want to read the whole back-catalogue! Well worth it.
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