Magic Burns is the 2nd book in Andrews' Kate Daniels series. The first book, Magic Bites, rocked my world this past summer, and I encourage everyone to run out and buy both books and read them right away.
The first book introduces an edgy world where magic seems to have a mind of its own. This world is filled with weres, vampires, knights, witches... all in a gritty urban setting. Kate Daniels is a mercenary packing a lot of steel and magic, kicking asses, taking names, and fending off would-be suitors. Book two keeps up the pace, bringing some Celtic deities, sex-crazed werehyenas, and a smart-mouthed orphan into the mix. I can't wait to see what book three, Midnight Games, will offer. The world is fascinated, the characters are entertaining, and the writing is pure art. It's so exciting to find a new author/series this good.
At last, there's a new series to fill the void left by earlier Anita Blake books.