Cherry Mischievous

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Gunmetal Magic by Ilona Andrews
Book 5.5 of the Kate Daniels series
Genre: urban fantasy

About Gunmetal Magic:

Some people have everything figured out — Andrea Nash is not one of those people. After being kicked out of the Order of 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 Clan Bouda and 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 backseat to saving the world …

Source: Info in the About Gunmetal Magic was taken from at on 09/03/2012.


Gunmetal Magic is just a novella in the Kate Daniels series. This is the story of Andrea, Kate‘s bestfriend. Included in this book, is a bonus story which is another novella in the Kate Daniels series, titled Magic Gifts. I’ve read Magic Gifts as an ebook about last year, I think, and is one of my favourites of the Kate Daniels novellas. Together, these two short stories make a good reading, specially for old time fans of the series like me. But really, I was looking for another installment of this series as a full book. A continuation of the story, not side trips. In fact, I thought I was buying one. And that was a bit of a disappointment! However, having said that, I was still happy to re-read about Ivar, my favourite dwarf, in Magic Gifts.

Gunmetal Magic managed to present a full story with a solid story structure and a good plot despite it being a short story only. The build-up to the climax was gradual and nicely orchestrated. But for some reason the story telling quality in this short story is not as compelling as previous works were that I found it rather odd. However I did like the author’s excursion attempt into the realm of investigative crime fiction genre. It melded well. I think with a little bit more work, Ilona Andrews can shift genres with this series rather smoothly, into crime fiction.

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 4
Character development = 5
Story itself = 4
Ending = 4
World building = 4
Cover art = 4
Pace = 3
Plot = 4

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 cherries

Books In The Kate Daniels Series:


18/08/2012 - Posted by | book review, Cherry's reviews, Ilona Andrews, Kate Daniels series, review, urban fantasy


  1. I am going to read this this coming week. So excited!!! 😀

    Comment by Blodeuedd | 18/08/2012 | Reply

  2. Blodeuedd – Looks like you got a wonderful reading time to look forward to! Enjoy!! 🙂

    Comment by Cherry | 18/08/2012 | Reply

  3. Short but solid. That's awesome!

    Comment by Juju at Tales of | 18/08/2012 | Reply

  4. Juju at Tales of – Yes, it was awesome!! 🙂

    Comment by Cherry | 18/08/2012 | Reply

  5. I need to get a this one and read it asap, I love everything by Ilona Andrews!

    Comment by Kristina | 18/08/2012 | Reply

  6. Kristina – If and when you get your hands on this book, Kris, you have a wonderful reading time waiting for you! 🙂

    Comment by Cherry | 19/08/2012 | Reply

  7. I'm currently reading this book and it's great. 🙂 But what do you mean by short story? It's around 300 pages long, which is pretty much the same length as most Kate Daniels novels.

    Comment by Mervi | 19/08/2012 | Reply

  8. Mervi – The entire book is 433 pages long divided into two stories. Gunmetal Magic is from pages 3 to 326. Magic Gifts is from pages 329 to 433. Maybe I just gotten used to reading a Kate Daniels book which is a 400 pages long, thus a 300-page one is rather short for me 🙂

    Comment by Cherry | 19/08/2012 | Reply

  9. Gunmetal Magic is only a novella? Wow, that is one long novella. lol. It's the length of all the books in the Kate series. Huh, I forgot Magic Gifts was in there as well. Cool! Thanks! I have it here on the shelf and look forward to reading it soon.

    Comment by Melissa (My words and pages) | 20/08/2012 | Reply

  10. Melissa (My World…in words and pages) – It felt like a novella, maybe because I read it through too quickly 🙂

    Comment by Cherry | 21/08/2012 | Reply

  11. That's a wonderful sign Cherry! 😀 To read through that fast. 🙂

    Comment by Melissa (My words and pages) | 21/08/2012 | Reply

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