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I've actually read/listened the entire series already, within a week's time. So I'm a little late with this review, but I couldn't put the books down!
First off I really like the world aspects that Ilona Andrews (husband/wife team) introduced. Basically, technology and magic fight for a balance, so like a tide or storm they come and go, only one in control. So when tech in control people can use electricity and cars. When magic is in control, fairy lights and wards are used. And each magic or tech "wave" can last anywhere from 10 minutes to over a week, and no one can predict the length of time. There's much more to it then I'm mentioning so it's definitely an interesting magic system that I've never really seen used in this way before. Another interesting aspect is that vampires are actually dead bodies ridden and controlled by a necromancer, they have no true personality of their own.
I love the main character Kate and as she has grown through this series. In the first book, she's a typical strong, confident female with a secret backstory (as in a lot of Urban Fantasy) but she won me over in the scene where she's meeting the head of the Shapeshifters for the first time, who happens to be a lion. When she whispered, "Here, Kitty, Kitty" into the darkness, I lost it.
There is a touch of romance in this series but I don't mind romance in my Urban Fantasy if it's handled correctly. Relationships are part of life, you can be a strong woman and still need someone. Since this is a husband and wife team-up, they get that, adding the relationship in a realistic way through the entire series without descending into "campy romance novel" or over the top. And for future books, yes there are sex scenes, which I think are very well done.
The narrator is also top notch. Her voice took a few chapters to get used to but now I can't imagine Kate sounding any other way.
Although the adjectives were a bit clunky, I found the story moved quickly and characters developed very well throughout. I loved the humour and look forward to the next in the series. Narrator was excellent and added a lot to the experience.
I am so happy I discovered this book on audible.com offers! Even though I was never a big fan of urban fantasy genre but now I am starting to think it was a mistake. This book has a great story, an interesting world building, and, most importantly, a strong heroine who is clever, funny and has a loose tongue that really makes you laugh. I can see the Kate's world clearly in my mind, as the story is well told (does not always happen).
And Renée Raudman is superb, I am now a big fan! She has really made the characters alive.
I am looking forward to the next book in the series.
I have read all the kate Daniel novels and love them. Unfortunately, I dislike the narrator so much that it makes me think less of the author for allowing her to keep reading the books. Is that how she meant us to hear her literary voice? I have tried several times to finish it, and I just can't. After 3 tries, I made it until Kate meets Curran. Ugh. I cannot see it getting better.
The forced southern accents, the awful male voices (especially Curran, Jim, and Bono) and the timing of the reading makes this painful. I really wish I had another option for a reader. There are so many good voice actors out there. Sadly, Renee Raudman isn't one of them, and she has killed my joy in the series. I could continue to rant, but I'll cut it off here. Just read the books.
I'm not sure how to review this book, on the one hand the story is interesting, definitely interesting enough to have kept me going froward with the book, wanting to know how it will progress and where will it go. On the other hand, something about the writing is just lacking, it feels flat in a way, the heroine's inner dialog the description of this new and different world just seem to come up short, and in some points I found myself drifting away (even falling asleep).
I don't think this is a bad book, but I think you would need to be a lover of the fantasy genre to enjoy this book.
Well now of coarse I am 65, but still a great fan of Audible
I loved this book, so much in fact I purchased the next two, without even checking them out. I have never been a big fan of werewolf and vampire books, oh I love fantasy it is my main listening thing, but I just have not had the urge for paranormal stuff. Until now, just on a whim I tried a sample of this book, the voice of Renee Raudman hooked me, have you ever heard a voice that just sent chills up your spine, well this woman does that to me. But that is not all, the story had me in five minutes, and kept me listening until the early morning. This is not your usual story of suave vampires and beastly werewolves, this is a story of what the world could have been if there was magic that came and went in waves.
Truly I have not enjoyed a book so much in ages, try it, I am sure you will be spell bound too.
Perhaps younger fantasy fans.
In trying to make old creatures (vampires, shifters, etc.) unusual, she made them less enjoyable to those of us who prefer the classic portrayals.
Her voice is too wispy and childlike, almost lisping.