Publication Date: July 31, 2012
Number of Pages: 326
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The New York Times bestselling Kate Daniels novels have been hailed as “top-notch urban fantasy” (Monsters and Critics). Now, Ilona Andrews delves deeper into Kate’s world, and reveals its untold stories…
After being kicked out of the Order of the Knights of Merciful Aid, Andrea’s whole existence is in shambles. She tries to put herself back together by working for Cutting Edge, a small investigative firm owned by her best friend. When several shapeshifters working for Raphael Medrano—the male alpha of the Clan Bouda, and Andrea’s former lover—die unexpectedly at a dig site, Andrea is assigned to investigate. Now she must work with Raphael as her search for the killer leads into the secret underbelly of supernatural Atlanta. And dealing with her feelings for him might have to take a back seat to saving the world…
AMAZING! I can't believe I've put this book off for so long. I almost love it more than Kate Daniels books. Seeing as it's set in the same world with pretty much the same characters, there is nothing wrong with this book. If you haven't read Magic Gifts and were planning on it, you should read it first. Especially since it's a special feature in the book. And that the short story and this story takes place about the same time.
Andrea has had a tough life. Trying to keep the fact that she's a shiftshapers is hard work. But after the Order found out they kicked her out. Not to mention the breakup with Raphael. But when she gets assigned a case where she will be working close with Raphael, she may just have to face her feelings sooner than she thought.
I know that everyone was sold on an Andrea series, but I found her to be amazing. And love seeing more of some of the characters that we haven't before. I've fallen completely in love with Roman and I adore Ascanio. I'm hoping we will see more of them two in the future.
Some of my favorite quotes:
“Did those nice church ladies come by again?"
He nodded. "I asked them if a man died and then the woman remarried, and then the three of them met in heaven, would it be a sin for them to have a threesome, since they were all married in God's eye. And they decided they were late to be somewhere else.”
“You will not pass!” Roman thundered.
Great. Now he had decided he was Gandalf.”
“You’re the most experienced investigator I’ve got who’s not tied up in something, and I can’t ask the Consort to look look into it, because A) she and Curran are working on something else and B) when the Consort gets involved, half of the world blows up.”
"I can shoot you right here, on this road, and nobody will ever find your body.” “It’s never a good thing when the black volhv says “Uh-oh” and then runs for his life.”
“I was so happy to be out of there. “Barabas, if you weren’t batting
for the other team, I’d marry you.”
He grinned. “If I weren’t batting for the other team, I would accept your
proposal. You had me at ‘No comment.’ If all my clients were this smart, my
life would be much easier. Much, much easier.”
Overall I fell in love with this book. And I'm glad to see Andrea finally joining a pack and hopefully overcoming some of her childhood traumas. And that she and Raphael got back together. I'm hoping they won't become mushy and boring. If you love Kate Daniels but haven't decided about this series, read it. Trust me, you'll love it.