Review – Gunmetal Magic by Ilona Andrews

gunmetal magicGunmetal Magic is part of the Kate Daniels series (#5.5) but focuses on Andrea.

Several shifters working for Raphael, Andrea’s ex, are killed at a job site and she is tasked with the investigation by Jim, the pack’s security chief.  This means she will have to deal with Raphael and that isn’t high on her list of priorities.

As with all Ilona Andrews novels, this is well written with strong female characters and a lot of action.  You know you are going to get a good story.  Plus, I like Andrea and Raphael as a couple and have since day one.  This really was a ‘can’t miss’ book for me.  And, miss it didn’t.  4/5 stars.

You may be asking why it wasn’t 5 stars.  The truth is that I’d have a hard time answering.  After thinking about some of the scenes for several days, I’ve decided that a few of Andrea and Raphael’s actions seemed out of character.  I believe it was intentional on IA’s part but I was still left feeling a bit unsettled.

Slight spoilers ahead:

At the end of Magic Slays, Andrea and Raphael break up (sort of – it doesn’t seem official but as Ross Gellar would say ‘We were on a break!’)  My opinion then was that they were both wrong but that’s beside the point.  We find in GM that they haven’t seen each other in a while.  Andrea is coming to terms with all the changes in her personal and professional lives and she does want to make it work with him.  But, Raphael is a man scorned.  This is the point where the story lost me a for a little while.  Raphael comes into Andrea’s office with another woman who says that they are dating and about to become engaged.  For reals?  This from the man who worked his butt off to get on Andrea’s radar and under her skin?  In a few short weeks he bounces back with someone else?  The part of my brain saying that he was doing this to make Andrea jealous was getting very angry.  Not cool, Raphael.  Not cool.

And then…Andrea.  I get it.  She’s a bit lost right now and unsure where she belongs.  But shifting into her beastkin form when Raphael pulls his new girlfriend stunt and then traipsing all over town?  All the while knowing that she has now drawn a line in the sand with the pack.  Within a few days she will either have to join the pack or get the heck out of dodge.  Curran can’t and won’t put up with it.  I don’t know guys.  I felt like this was so out of character for her that it was a bit jarring.  Yes, I did start to understand and accept this new Andrea more as the book progressed but for a while she lost me.

I’ve already started Magic Rises, the next in the main series and am having some of the same feelings about Curran in that one.  Out of character decisions that are making my tummy hurt.  Where is Ilona Andrews taking us?  Is this a permanent change in the direction of the series?  I’m having a tough time coming to terms if it is.  This is my favorite UF series and I do not want to give it up.  Wish me luck.

Has this ever happened to any of you?  Can we commiserate for a while?

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