With the new book, Gunmetal Magic, out today (which I will go read now), I think now is a good time to talk about this urban fantasy series, including who I think would or wouldn’t like it.
The protagonist is Kate Daniels, a mercenary in a world where magic and technology come in waves, and when one of them is dominant, the other isn’t working. Kate lives in Atlanta, and the series follows her as she becomes embroiled in the problems of the shapeshifters, necromancers, and magical police of the community, among others.
This series is interesting in that it takes all of the usual tropes of the genre and does them well. If you’re looking for a series with unusual character types for the genre, then this might not be what you want to read. But if you’d like to see the archetypal characters of the genre made into actual three dimensional characters, then you might want to check it out.
Another plus is the worldbuilding. There are numerous factions, and a variety of supernatural creatures present in the series. In fact, here’s a list of them on the series wikia. I’ve mentioned before that I like it when research and creativity goes into the supernatural worldbuilding. This series has that. Also, the vampires are written as mindless creatures controlled by necromancers. Which means no sexy vampires here, thus eliminating one point of contention between me and the genre within these books. Sorry for the people who like sexy vampires. But the good news is, I’m sure you’ll find them somewhere.
Yet another upside to following these authors (Ilona and Gordon Andrews) is that they blog a lot. They also blog extras to the series and snippets of their writing to keep the fans engaged and interested. I think it’s really nice of them to throw out bonuses for their readers in between book releases.
For the romantics out there, I feel obligated to mention this: this series probably has the most sexual tension between the main couple that I have ever encountered in print (though keep in mind that I don’t really read paranormal romance, so my standards might be skewed). Especially in the third book. Regardless of how much you like the characters–I can admit that the alpha male hero type isn’t my favorite, please don’t throw things at me for saying so–the tension is pretty much undeniable. End obligatory mention.
Altogether, this is a well executed series in the urban fantasy genre with creative worldbuilding and a favorite of mine. I have to say that it’s refreshing to see the usual archetypes of the genre handled well and built upon.