2008, Ace Books
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 every seven years, a flare comes, a time when magic runs rampant. Now Kate’s going to have to deal with problems on a much bigger scale: a divine one.
When Kate sets out to retrieve a set of stolen maps for the Pack, Atlanta’s paramilitary clan of shapeshifters, she quickly realizes much more at stake. During a flare, gods and goddesses can manifest – and battle for power. The stolen maps are only the opening gambit in an epic tug-of-war between two gods hoping for rebirth. And if Kate can’t stop the cataclysmic showdown, the city may not survive…
When I read the blurb on the back of the book, I thought the book would centre mostly around the gods and goddesses (and Kate's involvement in fighting them). To a certain extent it did - but not quite as I expected. I love this installment because Kate has a huge responsibility - she becomes a guardian of a volatile person heavily connected (Kate doesn't know all the details for quite a bit of the novel) with the gods and goddesses. It was clear that Ilona Andrews (well, Ilona and her husband Gordon) are parents - the way Kate deals with Julie, how Julie reacts to Kate are realistic.
Because of Julie, I think Kate fights even harder to put the world right. It's a bit difficult to track a thief who literally goes poof into thin air. It's even more annoying when the goods he steals are recovered - then stolen by him again. I really enjoyed how as a reader I got to learn more about how both the Order and the Pack work - all the little details which were touched upon in book one.
This is a series filled with action, magic and many fabulous concepts.
Like this? Make sure you've read the first book in the series, Magic Bites.