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.
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"!
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