The action grabs you in this book, but don't plan on getting attached to Kate (the main character) until book three. She hints to her past and for some that is enough to get to the next book, but I struggled with not knowing more about Kate and felt like i had just seen an anonymous video...same with book two!
charming, complex plot
the performance was the weakest part, in that Narrator whined, questioned and generally weakened the heroine's character and made a bad ass into a weakling.
felt like director/narrator thought that heroine was too strong and systematically weakened her into almost nothing. too bad because having read the book I thought she was a massive bad ass.
Love reading. Love listening.
Setting: Atlanta, future
Genre: Urban fantasy
Narration: Renee Raudman does a good job of differentiating characters. It's great when a good narrator is combined with a good production team.
The protagonist, Kate Daniels, is a mercenary who deals with paranormal problems. Her guardian, the Knight Diviner in the Atlanta Chapter of the Order of the Knights of Merciful Aid, was killed by someone or something, and she decides to investigate the murder. Though she expects to be discouraged by the Knight Protector, he actually sanctions her activity in that endeavor. Over the course of this adventure she deals with The Masters of the Dead, who control vampires; the Pack, a band of paramilitary shapechangers; a queen of the Undead; an ancient evil being; and a nice doctor.
I have to admit that I burst out laughing many times. The kind of laughter generated by the surprise of unexpected dialogue or actions. Like when she first goes to meet with The Lord of the Pack, a werelion, and calls "here kitty, kitty."
This is the first in a series, I got it on sale, and I figured "eh, why not?". I was pretty sure this would the only book in the series I would listen to, since urban fantasy is not my usual read. Now, I'm not so sure. I didn't expect to enjoy it this much.
Definitely worth the read.
I'm a 30-something paranormal, mystery, and humor enthusiast. For me, the main character is the most important part of a book.
It took me a while to get into this book. There wasn't a whole lot of world building for me to get used to all of the different ideas/creatures in the series. I may give the next book another try but I'm not in a big hurry.
Ilona Andrews thinks she can write the next neo-noir fantasy detective story, she can't. Everything that happened in this book is near identical to Jim Butcher's Dresden. I can't even find a distinction between the characters besides gender and personal taste. Every twist and turn I called several pages earlier. I cannot recommend this to anyone expecting a unique urban fantasy story.
Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.
The story line had potential, even if it took forever to get anywhere. The second half was way better than the first half. I debated giving up on the story, but I stuck in there and the story turned out to be okay. I couldn't get invested into the character, I knew some events that happened in her life but I felt like she was just going through the motions. I felt that the story was missing vital details such as when did the story take place, was this the future or an alternate time/place? If it was futuristic it should have explained how magic changed things to the current world better. I felt like the story line jump some and I was sitting there trying to figure out what was going on. The narrator sounded like she was forced to slow down and make her voice sultry/dangerous which was annoying. It didn't work out instead I was nodding off wishing I had a better book. In a way this book reminds me of Jennifer Estep Elemental Assassin series, so if you liked that one this series may be for you. The story was interesting enough that I will try the next book, especially since other reviewers say the series only gets better.
This is not a book you can listen to without concentrating. There are a lot of different types of species/witches/creatures and I found that you need to pay attention or you can get lost. Also I wish I could flip back and forth to remember who was who. This was more difficult with the audible book. I like paranormal books but I wish this one had a little more of a romance between Kate and Curran. There is potential and this may happen in the next book but it left me wanting some sort of romance. I like that Kate is kickass and that she doesn't take shit from anyone. Curran is also an Alpha male and I just want him to grab her and make her his. Overall this is a really unique concept for a book and I did enjoy listening to it. There are a lot of twists to the story. Good start to a series and I am sure as it goes along I will get more familiar with the characters. Remember this is not an easy listen while you do laundry or make dinner. I had to rewind a few times to say hey who was that guy again? Is he good or bad? Overall I will continue to read the series.
Renee Raudman's performance, well five stars across the board. The story line is great and Renee does an excellent job, so much so that there isn't anything I can complain about. How she makes all the character's voices so different amazes me. I couldn't believe it was the same woman! She adds to the series not like some other narrators which could make you want to stop listening entirely.. Overall great job!
I have only good things to say about this series. I've actually listened to it repeatedly and it hasn't got old yet. My husband has even started listening to it! He asked me when the next one would be out, yeah he's hooked. Make the buy you won't regret it. It's different and interesting.
I'm visually impaired and I'm adicted to reading! I'm 19, and have been reading since I was 12. I love all things fantasy. Some of my favorite authors include but are not limited too Margaret Weis, Mercedes Lackey, Yasmine Galenorn, Christine Feehan, and many more.
A lot of urban fantasy in my opinion these days is focused too much on romance, and not on other things. But not this one, Kate Daniels is an amazing character--one of my new favorites--and is kick butt. The romance isn't like in your face and I like that the story has romance in it but isn't all romance. Has amazing fight sceens! And Kate isn't afraid to stand up for what she believes in, even when she'd do better to keep her mouth shut--in my opinion. LOVE this book! Also, this is one of the most interesting worlds I've come across in my reading. Its well thought out, and its interesting how it switches between magic working and tech working.
I like the way grows into a more rounded character.
Kate because we learn the most about her.