I have enjoyed this series though I am not finished. It is an easy listen. I often find some stories where either the narrator is too difficult to listen to or the story too complex that you have to pay attention to follow who is doing what.
I decided to read this one because of all the positive reviews I read here and I have read Ilona Andrews, The Edge Series, Im completely addicted to those and look forward to see more come out.
But this one just did not keep me interested. It was a tedious listen for me, the characters and storyline just did not have enough personality to make this a good read . Ill just stick to to The Edge and I rated this as high as I did because of the other books.
So, I Read This Book Today . . .
Atlanta has changed in the last few years. Well, the whole world has, since magic has made life a bit more interesting. And interesting is quite the word for this series.
This is one of the most well-realized series I have ever read - and I read a LOT. This is my area. I started reading Urban Fantasy with Charles de Lint's "Moonheart", back in the 80's, and never looked back. UF is based upon our world, or worlds like it. However, each world has it's own unique set of circumstances, history, and back story. This Atlanta is, in a word, one of the most well realized UF worlds you will find anywhere.
The rules for Kate's world are clearly identified, and well worked out. Magic comes and goes, as it fights technology for superiority over the world. One minute you are cheerfully watching television, the next, with the advent of magic, monsters are crawling in your windows.
Speaking of monsters, Andrews' Atlanta and it's denizens are different than what you would normally find in today's 'fantasy romances'. If you are into the whole 'vampire lust' thing, this is not your 'sexy vampire thang'. Vampires in Atlanta are cold-blooded, literal monsters. Dried up, vicious, mindless monsters, they think only of death and blood. They are controlled (mostly) by "The People" a group of vampire handlers who use their minds to control the vampires - mostly, that is..... You will see, and it will be worth it!
The Shifter population are more typical, the strong, fast, and totally-dedicated-to-control types we have come to know in other UF's, but much more well realized.
As Kate, the main character in the book, takes a day off to sip Boone's Farm (yes, Boone's Farm, I know, right? LOL) and takes time to relax from her job as a magical mercenary, she learns that her mentor/foster father has been slaughtered. What goes down is a fascinating story. If you like your Urban Fantasy with a strong dose of suspense and mystery, a very strong female lead, well developed secondary characters, a strong, solid story line, and exceptional world building, this is the story for you. If you are one of those people who only read UF for the sex, though, this may not be your book series. The romance comes in, spread over all the books in a well developed manner, but this isn't your "I see you, I fall into bed with you, I have to have my ashes hauled out of the fire by you, you big strong man, take me now!" sort of story. Instead, this is a kick-ass series, with a kick-ass heroine, great stories, and strong development. Overall? One of my favorite series of all times.
I bought this book and the second during a sale. I have to say, this first book didn't really draw me in that much. I think there was a lot of building and set up of Daniels' world, which really is carefully crafted. The magical shift that occurs several decades earlier brings magic to the forefront, and magic tears down anything that's
These books are completely different than the following authors. I only compare the Kate Daniels series to these works simply for the storytelling and the way the books drew me in. If you like this series, you probably will also love Jim Butcher's Dresden Files, Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thomas series, Kim Harrison's The Hollows series, and Nicole Peeler's Tempest series
My favorite characters were Kate, Curran, and Derek
One of the most emotional moments is when Kate's werewolf
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Listened for Fun (Audible)
Original Thoughts: March 18, 2013
Overall Rating: 3.75
Story Rating: 3.50
Character Rating: 4.00
Audio Rating: 4.00 (not part of the overall rating)
NOTE: I listened to this book to prep for #ArmchairAudies and Gunmetal Magic. This used the same narrator though and I liked her.
First Thought When Finished:The last half of Magic Bites really hooked me and now I see why everyone raves about this series.
Story Talk: I am one of the last people I know to get to this series so my review could be "what she said" :) However, I want to say that I loved the action, the emotion, and the world of Kate Daniels. The first of the story took me a bit to get into but by the end I was in the mood for more. I see why everyone loves this series.
Character Talk: Kate was AWESOME! I love her brass, sass, and her being a little unusual looking. I like that she isn't a beauty queen and she is quite OK with it. I am still warming up to Curran but I am sure I will get there. Overall,the characters hooked me and I can't wait to read more.
Narrated by Renée Raudman / Running Time of 9 hrs and 6 mins
This is the first book that I have listened too by Renee but it won't be my last. I enjoyed her emotions, pacing, and most of her voices. Curran's voice is the only one that I am still getting used too. All of the other voices I think she nailed! I would recommend this series in audio format.
Final Thought: Great beginning for a new to me series. I am glad that I am finally knocking some things off my TBR.
ReListen Thoughts Jan 10 2015
ReListen Thoughts: Overall I pretty much feel the same way. I am glad I relistened as it was a good refresher of the characters. Now I am on to book 2! If it rocks then I will continue the series :)
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Yes, I enjoyed the book, and the fact that I it took awhile to get into makes me want to re-listen with a new perspective.
Jeaniene Frost's, Night Huntress novels and Patricia Briggs Mercy Thompson novels. All of these series' have badass female main characters, and it's not dripping with romance like some other action fantasy novels with female lead characters.
Yes and no, it was her reading style I really had to warm up to. She chose an odd accent and for the main characters, and all the rest had a similar accent. She does subtly differentiate between the character, and by halfway through the book it became a lot easier to tell who was speaking. Not the best I have heard though.
The book's action was great, and after warming up to the voice and ignoring the terrible cover art I definitely got into the action and slight mystery of the story and I like that the main female character is strong and willing to take action. Although I love the Rachel Morgan novels Rachel is a weak character and I listen to them for everything else. With Magic Bites, I like the main character and also the supporting characters quite a bit. Also I enjoy the interpretation of the modern magical fantasy world and creatures, and that it is written for adults and people who like some action, violence and horror and rooting for the good guys to win. I do hope there is a little bit of a romantic relationship in the books to follow, without turning into a sappy romance novel.
Nice beginning to a series. A little slow learning about all the different characters and the world they live in and the author can get a little wordy at times. They have flares of magic where the modern conveniences don't work so they have to resort to horses or magic-driven cars to get around. Buildings have been destroyed because of the magic. Kate Daniels is the lead character and cleans up after the magic flares. There's plenty of action, wise cracks and interesting characters.
Normally, I'm a guy who reads/listens to stories of war, adventure, crime and law. Occasionally, I'll dip into some science fiction or fantasy but have only done so when the works were mainstream. Harry Potter, Timothy Zahn's Star Wars, Enders Game, The Hunger Games to name a few. So when I came across these books I weighed heavily what the reviews had to say against what I'd normally (safely) be looking for. I'd seen the titles pop up before and had dismissed them. Each with their picture of a woman in no special pose holding a sword, a stock photo of a lion, with the generic backdrop of a city. The book covers are so vanilla I'd made the terrible mistake of not looking into the books any further. I couldn't have been more wrong.
On the surface Kate Daniels is a stubborn, sarcastic, tough-acting, pain in the ass -yet all woman. And I love her for it. As I read on and absorbed the complete world Ilona Andrews (a husband and wife team of writers I understand) had created I soon realized I was in for much more of a complex ride than I'd originally gave the books credit for. Oh, I'm now hooked. There's no doubt about it. I've listened to four books so far and have started the fifth. To coin a phrase Kate might use, the whole series is preternaturally good. Kate Daniels has quickly become one of my all time favorite protagonist due to her sharp wit, sarcasm and the way she views the world around her. The interaction between her and the bevy of rich characters (especially Curren the shape shifter were-lion) is magic in itself.
Each book is written in a stand alone fashion but you'd really be doing a discredit to yourself not starting with book one. I wouldn't have wanted to miss a moment of the special nuances which made and built upon the relationships of everyone and the magical/technological (or the lack thereof) world around them. The books are well researched concerning the magic, godlike beings and fabled creatures come to life. The stories are action orientated and the writers capitalize on this world of magic having the characters in one intriguing situation after another. And most importantly, like any good science fiction or fantasy piece, each book is rooted in a full spectrum of complex human emotions and characters that, at their core, anyone could relate to.
Renee Raudman is to Kate Daniels as Dick Hill is to Jack Reacher. I'm glad she's voiced all the books. She is very versatile for both male and female voices, old and young, normal and under duress and all phases in between. I don't know if there are awards given for voice-over acting/reading but if there are, she deserves to win one.
The Kate Daniels series is one of the best urban fantasy series available. Ilona Andrews creates a compelling world, engaging, interesting, complex without being too derivative or convoluted. As of this review there are 6 books published in the series. This first installment is certainly the roughest of them. Like many extended series, the author's are still feeling there way through the world and characters. That said, it's still a superb start. Kate Daniels is an utterly likable heroine. Her interactions with other characters are sharp. Her internal dialog is consistent and witty. Like most heroes and heroines, she has a tendency to take on too much responsibility for bad things that happen and carry a lot of guilt for things outside of her control. Unlike a lot of characters in her position, it doesn't cripple her or slow her down. For all her skill and power she's still very human and relatable.
I can't recommend this series strongly enough. Renee Raudman captures Kate's voice so eloquently, it's hard to imagine anyone else ever reading this series (and as of book 6, she remains the sole narrator for the core novels).
Funny Witty Engaging
Strangely enough this book (series) reminds me of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series. There is a strong cast of characters with strengths and weaknesses and personalities that have you connecting with them right away.
It may take a chapter or three to get used to such a new and different paranormal world, the authors have their own twist on Shifters and Vampires. Completely worth the read! (and for those of you wondering.... Yes to romance but it's not the center of the plot and I'd describe it as adult but rated PG).