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)
A bit hard to get into, but the story improves quckly and the narrator does a good job of selling the story with her art. She only misses one accent, but it was a small part and easy to overlook. I enjoyed the story and will be downloading the next one.
For once, a writer who doesn't need explicit, 5 page long sex scenes to sell a book.
I bought two books this time, the other book was an abysmal disappointment. There's some pretty descriptive gore-fits with the story, some nice humorous moments, and a damn good story.
I would've given it a triple 5 star except the narrator had a couple mispronounced words, a little distracting but not awful.
If the other books in this series are this good, I'll be a happy reader. Most books on this site have been pretty awful and a waste of credits.
I have a real crazy in love relationship with books!!!
Absolutely! I would recommend this book because it has a great storyline, awesome characters, and kick....narration.
Well as a whole, I like how the relationship with Curran is evolving. Kate and Curran have this weird mutual respect thing going on and I think it helps to ground the book. So there is no specific boom moment for me but it is pretty memorable over all.
I have to agree with the other reviewers on the "here kitty, kitty" line. That was awesome and I literally laughed out loud!
Hmmm....I don't know...Probably "More than Magic". Yeah I like the sound of that.
I enjoyed reading/listening to this book. I love the writing. I absolutely love Kate's attitudes and Curran's alpha ego. This is definitely a good read for those that like adventure, fantasy, action and a tinch of romance.
I love to multi-task with Audible!
It took a couple of tries to get past the 2nd chapter, I really didn't like the detailed discriptions of the battles fought. Too much blood and guts, and yet... I continued to listen LOL! The story was what kept me going, it hints and eludes to how the book will end and yet the ending is still not what I expected.
After hearing it once, I doubt if I'll listen to it again. That being said...
I enjoyed this book enought to buy the rest of the series when they went on sale.
I have enjoyed this series though I am not finished. It is an easy listen. I often find some stories where either the narrator is too difficult to listen to or the story too complex that you have to pay attention to follow who is doing what.
I decided to read this one because of all the positive reviews I read here and I have read Ilona Andrews, The Edge Series, Im completely addicted to those and look forward to see more come out.
But this one just did not keep me interested. It was a tedious listen for me, the characters and storyline just did not have enough personality to make this a good read . Ill just stick to to The Edge and I rated this as high as I did because of the other books.
So, I Read This Book Today . . .
Atlanta has changed in the last few years. Well, the whole world has, since magic has made life a bit more interesting. And interesting is quite the word for this series.
This is one of the most well-realized series I have ever read - and I read a LOT. This is my area. I started reading Urban Fantasy with Charles de Lint's "Moonheart", back in the 80's, and never looked back. UF is based upon our world, or worlds like it. However, each world has it's own unique set of circumstances, history, and back story. This Atlanta is, in a word, one of the most well realized UF worlds you will find anywhere.
The rules for Kate's world are clearly identified, and well worked out. Magic comes and goes, as it fights technology for superiority over the world. One minute you are cheerfully watching television, the next, with the advent of magic, monsters are crawling in your windows.
Speaking of monsters, Andrews' Atlanta and it's denizens are different than what you would normally find in today's 'fantasy romances'. If you are into the whole 'vampire lust' thing, this is not your 'sexy vampire thang'. Vampires in Atlanta are cold-blooded, literal monsters. Dried up, vicious, mindless monsters, they think only of death and blood. They are controlled (mostly) by "The People" a group of vampire handlers who use their minds to control the vampires - mostly, that is..... You will see, and it will be worth it!
The Shifter population are more typical, the strong, fast, and totally-dedicated-to-control types we have come to know in other UF's, but much more well realized.
As Kate, the main character in the book, takes a day off to sip Boone's Farm (yes, Boone's Farm, I know, right? LOL) and takes time to relax from her job as a magical mercenary, she learns that her mentor/foster father has been slaughtered. What goes down is a fascinating story. If you like your Urban Fantasy with a strong dose of suspense and mystery, a very strong female lead, well developed secondary characters, a strong, solid story line, and exceptional world building, this is the story for you. If you are one of those people who only read UF for the sex, though, this may not be your book series. The romance comes in, spread over all the books in a well developed manner, but this isn't your "I see you, I fall into bed with you, I have to have my ashes hauled out of the fire by you, you big strong man, take me now!" sort of story. Instead, this is a kick-ass series, with a kick-ass heroine, great stories, and strong development. Overall? One of my favorite series of all times.
I bought this book and the second during a sale. I have to say, this first book didn't really draw me in that much. I think there was a lot of building and set up of Daniels' world, which really is carefully crafted. The magical shift that occurs several decades earlier brings magic to the forefront, and magic tears down anything that's
These books are completely different than the following authors. I only compare the Kate Daniels series to these works simply for the storytelling and the way the books drew me in. If you like this series, you probably will also love Jim Butcher's Dresden Files, Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thomas series, Kim Harrison's The Hollows series, and Nicole Peeler's Tempest series
My favorite characters were Kate, Curran, and Derek
One of the most emotional moments is when Kate's werewolf
Every good book. Have to love the comedy between Kate and Curion. If you like Kim Harris, Jim Butcher and Patricia Briggs I would highly recommend this series. The books get better and better.
This ended up being a good series with a decent narrator with good inflection and consistent voice variation for different characters.The Series itself has a good plot and character development which continues and improves with each subsequent book better than the last! At first the whole mercenary/killer for hire seemed a bit "overdone", but as the plot develops you learn more about the main character's history and her training makes more sense. An enjoyable "listen"!
"A good listen..."
Unlike the earlier reviewer I enjoyed this, and found it to have a gentle, unexpected humour that made me smile at quite unexpected times. It took me a while to get used to the accent of the narrator, but I found it to be well read, with clarity between the various characters. It must be difficult to read nasty bad vampires, wererats, and mad knight crusaders without descending into oohh-arr-me-heartiness, if you see what I mean, and this narrator does okay. Story - well I must confess this is a book I've read and love, so listening to it was great fun for me. I'm a speedy reader, and tend to miss subtleties, which being forced to go at the narrator's pace forces me to hear, so I learnt bits, discovered new bits, and generally enjoyed myself.
"Kate Daniels is one heck of a kick ass chick!"
I have read this series and I am a big fan of Ilona Andrews. I was recommended to try this in Audio, though I often find I don't bond with the narrator, but didn't find this one that infuriating. The great joy of audible is to listen to a sample to see if you can 'handle' the narrator.
I am a new mum, with a 5 week old and finding audiobooks a thing of joy. It's easy to listen and do 'things', stick it on at home and do the housework, driving about, going for walks to make the baby fall asleep, up at all hours trying to calm a screaming baby.
I often found the little one listening in and would often quiet when the sound is on.
As far as the book goes, it's great Kate Daniels, is a heroine with a kick ass streak. I love the plot, the world and the mystery. Well worth picking up if you are into Urban Fantasy with a penchant for kick ass chicks.
"A recommended Sookie Stackhouse replacement"
Don?t let the covers from this series put you off, like most books from the Paranormal Romance genre they are terrible but hide an addictive read/listen, I pretty much listened to it in one go!
After competing Charlaine Harris?s Sookie Stackhouse series and needing a funny, romantic, fantasy replacement. I read the Must Love Hellhounds anthology (not available on Audible at this time), in which Charlaine Harris featured. The anthology also featured a Kate Daniels spin off story by Ilona Andrews that I really enjoyed.
Magic Bites, book 1 in the Kate Daniels series, is very inventive, funny and action packed however there is not a lot of romance in this book, but I expect this will develop over the series.
"Can't get all the series in the UK"
A heads up on these great books, which I got happily hooked on - you can only get the first 3 in the series if you're in the UK because of publication agreements. There are another 3 books, and more to come, but they're very difficult to get hold of. So look into this before you spend your money on this book or you'll just end up being frustrated, or spending a lot on continuing with the series.
It's so frustrating seeing a book available on audible.com, but you can't buy it simply because you're no in the USA - talk about 20th century rules.
Magic Bites is the 2nd book of the Kate Daniels series and is just getting better and better. Kate is looking for a young girl's mother who has mysteriously disappeared along with the rest of her coven. There is also a flare (intense magical activity) which is causing all sorts of problems with her relationship/or not with Curran the Beast Lord. The narrator for this book Renee Raudman is fantastic she is the voice of Kate. I loved every second and have listened to this many many times. All the characters are brought to life and you really think that someday you are just going to run into one of them at the supermarket!!! I have all the books too the audio is just an added bonus.
"An interesting beginning"
The heroine, Kate Daniels, is a brilliant character. Strong, wisecracking, powerful - I found her very engaging, not at all a cliched damsel in distress - quite the opposite in fact.She actually takes control of her life and situation, not depending on anyone else to make her decisions for her!
I think Bitten, by Kelley Armstrong, would be a good companion - that book features a female werewolf who makes her own life outside of the Pack, but returns when it is threatened. She too is a strong female protagonist, more than capable of handling herself.
Any scene with Curran - he sparks off Kate brilliantly, they really push each other's buttons! Maybe this will be explored in future books in the series?
My favourite moment was when Kate discovers a "gift" her guardian has left for her in his office - it is great to hear the emotion in her voice as she reminisces, it is nice to have a moment of reflection in between the blood!
I did get a bit lost in places - it is a large and complicated that Ilona Andrews has created and I did find it a little difficult to follow at times. The combination of magic and the modern world is very interesting, especially the magical CSI part, I found that a brilliant mix of natural and supernatural. I will definitely be listening to more in this series.
I love this book series they are all truly outstanding.absolutly superb.full of magic,shifters,vamps and more even more spellbinding themes .
the world spun around the story is fantastic .An amazing world is created with so many amazing charactors andthey grow as the series continues.A strong female lead with intertwining fantastic supporting characters .So interestingand imaginative.
she is fantastic .She brings the characters and story to full and abundant life.
if you like the Rachel Morgan books or Mercy Thompson books I think you will love this seris as much as I do.
"A fun read!"
I like the way the narrator brings across the characters of Kate and Curran. conveying her wit and his arrogance. I think I've now listened to this audiobook three or four times now, it still makes me smile.
Kate is my favourite in this book, she is kick ass and mysterious.
Kate again, brings across the right tone.
I looked back at the review I wrote when I first read this, back in July 2009, and it was full of enthusiasm for this new series, I was Ill and managed to read the first two books over a few days. I must admit my enthusiasm hasn't waned. Magic Rises comes out in a few days and I am super excited.
I bought these books in audio as I really enjoy this series and it kept me awake during night time feeds.
I wish Audible would stock more, as I had to buy some elsewhere to fill in the gaps and bring me up to date.
"Not enough thrills and spills"
this is the first of an intended sci-fantasy series. The challenge for authors of this type of series is to balance the introduction of characters and description/explanation the fantasy background with keeping the plot going with plenty of thrills and action, the idea being of course to get you hooked on the series and not just the one book. Humour helps too as it doesn't do to take it all too seriously. It is not an easy trick to pull off and I think more authors fail than not.
Unfortunately, this has to be accounted as one of the failures, I think. The author spends far too much time on developing character/background etc, the result being that the book drags terribly - virtually no action in the first half of the book, and the characters do not greatly appeal - two dimensional for the most part. To be fair, the book picks up in the second half but there is still a distinct lack of tension and momentum - and virtually no humour. I wont be tempted to get the next book.
Narration is OK but lacking in colour and a bit one-paced; and a bit on the earnest side too which tends to underline the lack of humour.
Incidentally, if you want to see this sort of fantasy series writing done well, get Jim Butcher's "Harry Dresden" series. They are terrific reads. I am delighted that Audible have got the first four in the series and I am looking forward to listening to them.
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