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)
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I looked the book but it hasn't completely captured me yet. Definitely going to buy the next one to give it another go. I am a paranormal romance nerd so I wish there was just a bit more romance but that's not a deal breaker. I love the author's"Edge" series and her writing style in general. LOVE the humor!,
...minus interesting character development. a bunch of dudes. a female protagonist. some supernatural stuff. a mystery to be solved. I just couldn't bring myself to care.
All the books in the Kate Daniels series are well-written and love the voice for the audio books. This series has become one of my favorite audio books. I have listened to this book and others in the series several times and can't wait for more books.♡ ♡
I had heard that this was NOT a paranormal romance novel so I gave it a try. It is not a romance but I still didn't like it much. It starts off promising. I like the initial alternative near future world build. Bad ass female protagonist. Sweet! Murder mystery. Powerful forces in play. Check. Set up complete. I'm in.....and then it all goes south. The characterizations and dialogue just become eye rollingly (is that a word?) dumb. Typical bad writing where the bad ass lead character threatens and insults other powerful individuals who are clearly trying to help her. Why intentionally piss off someone you need help from? It happens over and over in this book. I guess it is supposed to make us think Kate is a super bad ass but it just comes off as childish and dumb. The plot is clunky and haphazard. The final reveal and battle seems pretty random, could have been anyone with no way to connect the dots. Also the end battle is WAAAY too long and cheesy. I did finish the book so I'll give it 2 stars.
Yes! My favorite type of character is a strong, independent female who doesn't take anyone's crap. Add 'magic theme' to that and you have the perfect book.
It wasn't cliche. At times when I was worried it would be, the author took a turn that even took me by surprise.
It was easy to imagine what the characters looked like with her narration. And mind you, she had to voice non-human monsters, but did a pretty damn good job. I can imagine her laughing after takes of some of the characters she had to voice, but Renee Raudman does a fantastic job.
I definitely laughed out loud which costed me a couple of odd stares at the gym. I didn't cry, but some parts I could feel the pain the character was feeling in my gut.
If anyone is a anime fan, this character is basically Revy from Black Lagoon. (If you're unfamiliar with this show, look up clips on youtube of Revy. You'll understand what I mean.)
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.
I bought this book in 2010. I have tried to read it a few times since then and could never finish it. This time I finally did. I can't say I didn't like it but I can't say that I did. I've read other reviews that say the next one is better, but, I'm not sure if I want to find out. I didn't feel a connection to the characters and I really didn't care how it ended. I don't think I will get the next in the series.
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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.
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