Kate Daniels is a down-on-her-luck mercenary who makes her living cleaning up these magical problems. But when Kate's guardian is murdered, her quest for justice draws her into a power struggle between two strong factions within Atlanta's magic circles.
The Masters of the Dead, necromancers who can control vampires, and the Pack, a paramilitary clan of shapechangers, blame each other for a series of bizarre killings - and the death of Kate's guardian may be part of the same mystery. Pressured by both sides to find the killer, Kate realizes she's way out of her league - but she wouldn't have it any other way.
©2007 Andrew Gordon and Ilona Gordon; (P)2008 Tantor
"Andrews's edgy series stands apart from similar fantasies...owing to its complex world-building and skilled characterizations." (Library Journal)
Renee Raudman did a wonderful job voicing these characters!
Kate Daniels is a badass with an attitude bigger than an elephant.
The whole book was amazing and kept my attention the whole time.
I don't want them to make it into a film because they would probably butcher the story.
I enjoyed this book. More then I thought I would, personally it had been on my to read list for a while but I just never got around to it then I saw it on sale and was like "what the hell".
The plot was painfully slow but good. I really don't care for the magic out of the closet/bag books. I like books about secret magic and supernaturals living among unsuspecting humans.
Good universe building and a character with depth and complexity. She does not over explain but reveals the world slowly. A three star because there was one event which made no sense to me. I am, however going to buy book two as soon as I post this review.
I felt that this book spent time building up the background and did not have as much of the love interest as in later books in the series. I did enjoy it very much though because events movie quickly and there were funny senses. It was good enough too to keep my interest all the way to the end and to get the next book. I highly recommend reading the whole series. I can't wait for the next 3 the writing team is contracted to write. 😊
I like a good read with mystery and romance
I liked this book
It held your interest
The storyline flowed
The characters felt realistic
I will read the next book in the series
I enjoyed this audio book. It has an originality within these type of fantasy magic books. I will buy more books in theKate Daniels series.
Ilona Andrews's Kate Daniels is the one series that I have been meaning to start for years. While I am far from an urban fantasy fangirl, I do enjoy the genre and this one is considered a classic for many readers/bloggers. I bought Magic Bites a long time ago and just had never had the motivation to jump into it. But, after finishing and loving the audiobook of Burn for Me, I knew this was the time to get going and it was a hella of a ride!
Magic Bites is told from the point of view of Kate Daniels, a mercenary who is willing to take on almost any job in order to survive. She does have a small issue with authority that requires her to remain independent for the most part. But, when her guardian is found dead, she decides to use one of the powerful magical organizations and their resources, to find his killer. I really liked Kate and can see that I will have a great time seeing her develop. She does have some annoying habits like smarting off to people/creatures she shouldn't, but they make her relatable and flawed.
Because this is just the beginning of a longer series, there are also introductions of a large cast of side characters. I liked how different all of these personalities were and how seamlessly they fit into the world as a whole. Some of my particular favorites included Jim, the werejaguar who often worked as partner for Kate, the clairovoyant Annie, and the head of the Atlanta-area necromancers, Nataraja. And, course, I can't forget Curran! The moment he stepped on the page, I took notice and had a blast reading the back-and-forth with him and Kate.
The first thing that I noticed about the setting was how complicated it was. I actually had a difficult time understanding what was going on due to the fact that readers were just thrown into the action. But, after awhile, I started figuring out the ins and outs, so I was able to get more immersed into this fascinating mix of magic, vampires, and shapechangers. I really liked the unique approach to vampires as the furthest thing from the current trend of sexy bad boys. And, of course I have to mention, the shapechangers who I have a feeling will become a huge part of the series.
In conclusion, while it had a slow start, Magic Bites started the Kate Daniels series with a bang. It threw a lot of information at the readers, but it works well by the end. I am definitely excited to read more as soon as I can get my hands on Magic Burns. I also recommend the audio version if only to get Renee Raudman's amazing narration.
Long term book junkie only recently addicted to audio books. Now my iPod and I are inseparable.
If you're an Urban Fantasy fan and you don't already own this book, buy it now. It's everything the first book in an Urban Fantasy series should be and more.
This is not one of those "Maybe the second book will be better" novels where you sense that the author is finding their way and you feel like you're in episode one, season one of a show that SyFy may take off the air. This is a book that feels like it starts in the middle of something complex with a thought through back-story and a clear sense of direction.
Kate Daniels, the kick-ass, leather-clad, sword-wielding, does-not-play-well-with-others, heroine who has a problem with authority, is saved from being a cliché by an awareness of how much of her own image is for show; a very human experience of fear and an acknowledgement that bravado such as making first contact with the feared were-cat leader of the shape-shifters by saying "Here kitty kitty..." while it may be witty, is also stupid and counter-productive.
I was excited by the possibilities of the future world that Ilona Andrews imagines, where magic literally bites. Waves of magic wash across the world, eroding technology with the relentless energy of a tide undermining a cliff-face, then ebbing and letting technology stand proud for a while. This creates a hybrid environment where people swap between using technology or magic to take care of business as routinely as if they were moving from gas to electricity to cook with.
In this context, Ilona Andrews re-invents vampires to be revenants piloted by necromancers and has shape-shifters enabled by a virus that can sweep away their humanity unless they live by a code of discipline.
There is a bad guy. A REALLY, stomach-churningly-awful bad guy. There are murders and abductions and political rivalry between powerful supernatural factions. There are fights and then more fights. Fights were you can taste the sweat and smell the blood and feel the fear.
There is, of course, unresolved sexual tension between our heroine and the uber-alpha male. Perhaps more interestingly there is a lack of sexual tension between Kate and a nice guy who, in any normal world, might be a future husband. These two experiences combine to show Kate as more than a smart-mouthed bravo with healthy physical appetites. She is someone who has a secret to hide. Someone with integrity to protect. Someone who is only slowly realizing that she is more alone than she would choose to be. In other words, she is someone ripe for change. What more could you ask for in a heroine?
The only thing I would change about this book is the cover art. I'm glad I was listening to this as an audiobook. This is not a cover I'd want to be seen with in public. The design looks like it was slapped together by someone using a Simcity avatar for Kate and an Aslan rip-off for Curran. Kate has the wrong colouring, her sword is the wrong shape, and the lion looks less dangerous than the average house cat. This kind of sloppiness is insulting to the author and to the readers.
I'm kicking myself for being eight years late discovering this series. The upside is that there are six more books in print, waiting to fill my imagination with strong characters working through conflicts and challenges in this complex future world
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