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In the second book in number-one New York Times best-selling author Ilona Andrews' Kate Daniels series, tempers - and temperatures - are rising!

A mercenary in magic-torn Atlanta who cleans up after magic gone wrong, Kate Daniels has seen it all - and some things she couldn't even have imagined. Normally, waves of paranormal energy ebb and flow like an ocean current. But once every seven years, a paranormal flare comes and brings magic like a tidal wave. Now Kate faces 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 organization of shapeshifters, she quickly realizes the stakes. During a flare, gods and goddesses can manifest and battle for power. The stolen maps are only the first contest in an epic tug-of-war between two gods hoping for rebirth. And if Kate can't stop their cataclysmic showdown, the city may not survive.

©2008 Andrew Gordon and Ilona Gordon (P)2009 Tantor Audio

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Great Book Brilliantly Read

Whilst the first book in this series was good - this one is excellent, probably because the scene setting was all done in book 1 this one just kicks off and you are hooked from page 1
Renee Raudmans narration is perfect and I would give it 6 stars if possible

My only moan is the rest of the series is all recorded - for example I can buy book 3 on Audio CD from Amazon UK for £25.00! but its not on Audible - in fact none of the rest of this series is on Audible UK (though all but books 3 and 4 are on the US site) so having to resort to Kindle for the rest which is fine when I have time to sit and read but not so good when I want to listen whilst doing other things.
Also the Narrator is one of those rare ones whose performance is actually better than just reading the book so its a bit annoying.

I wouldn't let it put you off the series though as long as you dont mind reading rather than listening

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Good Story, Not So Much The Narration

I liked the story, the mosters, the characters etc but I'm sorry to say the narrator's choice of voice for some of the characters drove me nuts. Two male characters were described as handsome or good looking but she gave one a dopey voice and the other started as a Dick Van Dyke impression from Mary Poppins then I really couldn't understand what his accent was supposed to be after that. Spoilt the audio for me. Some reviewers from the first book didn't like her character voices but it wasn't an issue for me with that book but this one I almost gave up on. I'll download the next one to see if it improves, if not I will sadly have to abandon this series.

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narrator should be changed

i have read these series n this time decided to listen to them. narrating voice is disappointing.

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Excellent book

More from our hero Kate, the characters are developing. The dialogue continues witty and informative. The quality of the descriptive text leaves no blank spots inthe pictures that are painted. Brilliant book.

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FANTASTIC STORY

As usual, Ilona Andrew's does NOT disappoint. Looking forward to the others in the series.

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  • Carole Rae
  • 26-07-20

So good!

I had issues with the first book, but this did not deter me from checking out book 2. People love this series and so I decided to give the series one more chance and since I had my monthly freebie from Audible, I decided to get this one.


Kate is a mercenary who cleans up after magic goes wrong. Well, this time a tide of magic is coming that will boost everyone's powers. She has to retrieve a set of stolen maps that was stolen from the Pack. Well...nothing can be simple or easy. She has to deal with a lot in this one.


I'm actually liking Kate. I wasn't a huge fan in the last one, but we get to understand her more. Personally and her powers. We got to see more of the world and it connected a lot of dots for me. I'm slowly liking Curran...a bit. He's still an asshat, but I understand him more now.


This was SO much better than the first one. I could hardly step away and turn off the audiobook. I had to listen to more. I was hooked from the first page. The narrator was really, really good so I think this helped me like the story and characters more. The writing and the narration were amazing.


I do want to see what happens next, but I was content on how they ended this book. No cliffies. Just some promise and a question. I am curious, but I don't feel forced...which is a huge plus and the way to end a book in a series.


So yessssss, if you did not like book 1, do not stop. Read or listen to book 2. So good. I'll stamp this with 5 stars. I had zero issues.

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  • LexiLikesLiterature
  • 12-07-20

"Glad you made it... Sike!" - The Beast Lord

I like the way the romance in this series is developing. Such a good pace. Not the instant, love at first sight type crazy stuff. Instead, I think we are going to get to see a real journey of two people learning to love each other.

One thing about Kate Daniel's so far is that she isnt tormented by being a kick-butt chick. So many female characters are weighed down by authors who want a kick-butt character but are too distracted by making her fit into a female heroine box. Girls can be bad. Females can be fierce. Chicks can be cruel. We dont fit into boxes.

The world building for this begins to make more sense to me in this one. I sorta kinda wasnt sure in the last book, but I get the whike Tech/Magic world now. Not until this book did I fully understand the whole "The People" thing too. The vampire section of the first book just didnt hit the A
-Ha button for me either. If you are like me and didnt a bit more explanation then you'll get that in Book 2.

There is something suspicious about Crest wanting to marry such a submissive shapeshifter... if they've been engaged for two months and it's been 4 months since book 1 then they had only known each other 2 months before getting engaged.

A sad thing about this is that I'm half way through the next book while writing this review. This means I wont have time to review them all. It also means they are so good I cant wait to start the next one.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-12-18

enjoyed the reading

this is the second audio book purchased and the story is solid. real character development. thoroughly enjoyable

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  • Suzanne
  • 22-10-17

These are such great Audible books!

Action, drama, romance, magic, gratuitous violence, shapeshifters, witches and monsters... What else do you need? Oh there’s heroes and heroines too! This series rocks! Excellent delivery by the narrator.

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  • Mannyswife
  • 17-12-20

great listen again and again

winter of 2020 seemed like a perfect time to step away from this weird world and back into KD world. At least there, I know the good guys will eventually win. Great story performed very well. All the snark and humor is perfectly done.

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  • BLM
  • 11-10-20

Smdh

“Per-Seuss”!?!??! You mean Perseus? Oh my god, hopefully it will get better. Never in my life.....

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  • Luis
  • 04-02-18

horrible narration

The narrator had a breathy voice for every sentence. Women do not talk like that and if a person talked like that they would have no friends because people would get tired of hearing it. The world building is top-notch, the narration ruins it completely and utterly.

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  • Ink on my wings
  • 06-07-21

Keeps you on your toes from start to finish

A brilliant second book in the Kate series. I can’t wait to listen to the next one. It’s rare to find a series, where you want to stay up focused on it, until you are finished with them all. Too bad, I have to eat, sleep and work. The narrator are utterly brilliant too. Renee Raudman now one of my favorite narrators

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  • Ronja
  • 15-06-21

Heartbroken

I wasn’t a fan of book 1 in this series.
I only finished it because I already bought book 2, and I had read the series gets better.
I agree it does get better (especially the world building), but alas for me it was too little too late.
I’m still not invested in the main character or engaged in the story enough for me to want to continue and to compensate for my strong dislike of book 1.
I still have an hour to go and I can’t get myself to finish it. I’ve put enough effort into trying to like this series, I’m done and exhausted now.

Like in book 1, I did really like Kate’s feistiness and I think the narration is excellent.
If this series was written in a more personal/ engaging manner, I would have loved it. (and I’m a bit heartbroken it isn’t)

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  • Deborah
  • 13-06-21

great listen

Excellent narration and good story. Lots of action and a few tears. Looking forward to the next book.