Kate Daniels #2
by: Ilona Andrews
$7.99 mass market paperback
Released: March 2008
Every seven years, a magic flare hits, leaving technology down for days and allowing all the things that go bump in the night free reign over the city.
Not if Kate can help it.
As if the upcoming flare wasn't bad enough, now she's been tasked with retrieving a set of stolen maps from the Pack, Atlanta's clan of shapeshifters. Add to the mix a street orphan Kate's reluctantly taken under her wing and signs that a coven of witches will try and summon an ancient god to Earth during the flare, it all adds up to a headache of epic proportions.
But if it was easy, it wouldn't be any fun, now would it?
This story heavily focuses on mythology, and it was a bit overwhelming, trying to keep all the different cultural myths separated in my brain. That being said, the story just gets better as Kate becomes a Friend of the Pack to the shapeshifters, and as such is the only human the shifters trust, meaning they go to her when they need help. The necromancers mostly keep to themselves in this story, preferring to sit back and see who's left alive when the dust settles. Kate is now working for both the Order and the Knights, and is still coming to terms with the death of her mentor, who was murdered in book 1. She does an admirable job of keeping herself together, and we are also treated to a bit more of her backstory, giving us a better glimpse of who Kate really is, and how she got to be that way.
This series is pretty easy to get through, despite the overdescriptiveness of some things. Of course, when dealing with a series, there's always going to be the repeat of information you already know if you read the previous book, but has to be put in there in case someone hasn't read the previous books yet.
Carla gives this book a