Yes. I love this book. It was a bit confusing because of the introduction of all the magical characters and the fact that Kate is human but also magical. You forget that you are dealing with vampires, shifters, and humans. The story is exciting but has the caring of the Beast King and Kate. You'll get hooked so be sure you're ready for the next seven books.
Kate is similar to Mercy Thompson, both are strong and connected to shifters. Kate doesn't shift but she understands the issues. I'm sure there are other series with strong females but none come to mind. Suffice it to say, if you like Mercy and like Max in the St. Mary's Chronicles, you'll like Kate.
Renee is superb. She takes on Kate's persona and carries it well. I like that she changes her voice to accommodate the other characters. She even sounds like a growly lion. She is good and brings the books to life. When given the chance, I much prefer audible books to eBooks.
Lions Are Still King
Love the series.
Professional Geek and Book Aficionado
I like the reader a lot. She has good voice and she perfectly set the mood. I was given this recommendation by people who have read almost the whole series. They said that this was written when Ilona Andrews was still pretty green. All I can say about that; is that if this is green, I can't wait to see what they do next
A magical whodunnit in a world of vampires, shape changers and other supernatural creatures. Kate Daniels is a spunky merc with a magic infused sword (and blood) in a fast moving, entertaining adventure on the streets of Atlanta.
art impresario, wonder afficianado and avid reader.
Since I really enjoyed Kim Harrison's Hollow series I thought this would be a similar adventure. What a total disappointment. What a flat group of caricatures. Replacing good character development and rich story lines with uber violent visualizations is not going to work for me. Our for any reader who is interested in hearing good stories.
To start if with, I'm a fan of the Dresden files, the Alex Verus books, and the sandman slim series. I have enjoyed the kingslayer chronicles too. I had high hopes for this series... I normally go through books quickly and have a hard time stopping the audio... Not with the magic bites. Too often I had to stop and turn on music instead.
The story is very shallow, non-engaging and overall boring. The action sequences cannot compare to the Dresden files.
The reader though was overall good. She managed a southern drawl since the story is set in Georgia, which to some may be disconcerting.
I doubt that I'll be going through the second book.
Action, drama, suspense
I didn't really have one
I didn't have one, but they're all very good
I feel a little guilty giving any book by the writing team of Ilona Andrews anything less than a full 5 stars. This series does start out as a solid 4 star territory for me though. The rating is based on the story and not the narration. I loved this book the first time I read it and I liked it just as much the second time.
This book is the first in the Kate Daniels series and there is a lot of world building which slows things down just a bit. The characters that I have grown to love first appear in this book and it was a lot of fun to go back and see how they started. I actually forgot quite a bit of the overall story so I found everything just as exciting as I did the first time. Every once in a while my fading memory works in my favor.
The narration of the story was okay. I have listened to the first two books in this series and I liked the narrator better on this first book than I did the second but that is basically just because of character voices that were not present in this book. I don't like the narrator's voice for Curran. He sounds too growly in opinion. Yes, I know that he is a lion but that is my take on it anyway. I thought that the narrator did okay with everything else in this book and I could deal with the Curran voice because I know that I am probably really hard to please with that one.
This book has one of my favorite scenes in any book and I know that I will read this series many more times during my lifetime. I love every scene with Curran and Kate and really any scene with Curran period because I love Curran. My only real complaint about this book would be that I would have liked more Curran. Ilona Andrews knows what they are doing and every time Curran graces the page it feels special.
If you have not read this series, what is stopping you? Seriously, this book should be on everyone's must read list especially if you are a fan of Urban Fiction. I would probably recommend that this book is best if you read it instead of listen to it. I can't wait to get my hands on more Kate Daniels!