Gunmetal Magic, par Ilona Andrews

Andrea a tout perdu: l’amour de sa vie et le job de ses rêves. Il ne lui reste que sa meilleure amie, Kate, et ses capacités de sniper hors pair. Heureusement, cela suffit à lui redonner du travail: elle est choisie pour mener l’enquête sur la mort de quatre Changeformes, apparemment attaqués par des serpents géants. Dans l’Atlanta post-apocalyptique rongée par la magie, rien n’est jamais simple.

J’ai adoré cette plongée dans la tête d’Andrea Nash. Avec la saga principale centrée sur Kate Daniels, on ne connaît de ce personnage que sa propension à mettre du plomb dans la cervelle de sa meilleure amie, à grands coups de commentaires sarcastiques.

Avec cet opus, les auteurs nous donnent un aperçu direct du monde qui vit sous leur monde. Même un personnage secondaire comme Andrea a sa propre histoire, une histoire riche et complexe à l’aune de son caractère. C’est à mes yeux la meilleure preuve de qualité qui puisse être.

J’ai adoré suivre les réflexions d’Andrea, son combat pour remettre sa vie sur le droit chemin. En plus de tout cela, on a des pelletés d’action et une intrigue riche en suspens – malgré quelques moments de déjà-vu.

En bref: un moment de pur plaisir en présence d’un personnage secondaire qui s’avère tout aussi génial que les personnages principaux.


Andrea (narratrice à la première personne) vient de recevoir Nick, le mari de l’une des victimes assassinée. Ascanio est le stagiaire de service.

“You’ll tell me when you know?” Nick asked.
“I will.”
He went out the door. I slumped in my chair.
Ascanio came over and sat on my desk. “Man, that was heavy.”
“That’s the other half of the job,” I told him. “You are accountable to the victims of the crime you’re investigating. You accept responsibility for it. They place their trust in you and they expect you to bring them justice. You must never forget that it’s about people. It’s about suffering and loss.”
“That sucks.”
“Congratulations—you’re catching on.”
He frowned. “But I thought you were supposed to be detached. So it’s not personal.”
I sighed. “You can’t let it get to you, because you still need to focus. You need some distance to be objective. But it’s personal. It’s always personal. You can’t ever forget that there are people involved. You also can’t let your compassion for the wronged cloud your judgment, because there are more important things at stake than getting Nick his vengeance.”
Ascanio studied me. “What can be more important than that?”
“Making sure that the guilty never do it again. The people who killed Rianna and the other shapeshifters broke the most sacred of laws— they murdered. Since they did it once, they will probably do it again. First and foremost, we have to make sure we keep them from destroying another life.”
Ascanio pondered it. “Nick doesn’t see it this way.”
“Nick doesn’t need to. It’s our job to worry about that, not his.”
“I think he wanted you to tell him you would find the killer and solve the whole thing.”
“Yes he did.”
“So why didn’t you?”
“Because I don’t make promises I can’t keep. Now get off my desk and bring me Doolittle’s report.”
 (chapitre 6)

Une autre citation, juste pour monter le niveau de détails de ces bouquins :

“To understand chaos, you have to understand mathematics. A lot of your civilization—most of any civilization, really—is built on mathematical analysis, the guiding principle of which is that everything can be explained and understood, if you just break it into small enough chunks. In other words, everything has an end. If you dig deep enough into any complex system, you will eventually unearth its simplest parts, which can’t be broken down any further. That sort of thinking works for a great many things, but not all of them. For example, the fractal. It doesn’t end.”
[…]

Left to its own devices, nature defaults to a fractal. A human settlement is a fractal. It is a complex system with randomly interacting components that is adaptive on every level. The pattern of the evolution of a single cell to complex organism is a fractal. The way man approaches his quest for knowledge is a fractal. Think of it: biology, the study of living things. A simple concept.”

Avec cet opus, je coche la saga n°5 du baby challenge Bit-lit