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Magic Bites: Kate Daniels, Book 1 | [Ilona Andrews]

Magic Bites: Kate Daniels, Book 1

Atlanta would be a nice place to live, if it weren't for the magic. When the magic is up, rogue mages cast their spells and monsters appear, while guns refuse to fire and cars fail to start. But then technology returns, and the magic recedes as unpredictably as it arose, leaving all kinds of paranormal problems in its wake.
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Publisher's Summary

Atlanta would be a nice place to live, if it weren't for the magic. When the magic is up, rogue mages cast their spells and monsters appear, while guns refuse to fire and cars fail to start. But then technology returns, and the magic recedes as unpredictably as it arose, leaving all kinds of paranormal problems in its wake.

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

What the Critics Say

"Andrews's edgy series stands apart from similar fantasies...owing to its complex world-building and skilled characterizations." (Library Journal)

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    Laura Dearing, GA, United States 02-07-12
    Laura Dearing, GA, United States 02-07-12 Member Since 2010

    Yardtigress

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    "Do you believe in magic?"
    Would you listen to Magic Bites again? Why?

    Yes, I love the story, Kate and all the characters.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Magic Bites?

    Gee, there wasn't just one.


    Which character – as performed by Renée Raudman – was your favorite?

    Kate


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The part where Kate is remembering her guardian made me cry.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Maddox Eatonton, GA, United States 09-12-11
    Maddox Eatonton, GA, United States 09-12-11
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    "Here kitty kitty."

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 05-27-11
    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 05-27-11 Member Since 2012

    I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)

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    "A strong heroine shouldn't whine all the time"

    hmmm... I think this story would have been better in paper format because every time the protagonist gets into a fight (or recalls a fight/emotional moment) - and there are a lot of these scenes - the narrator whines her communications - making Kate sound weak and complain-y rather than strong and kick-butty. It was so bad after the first 5 hours that I actually fast-forwarded through the fight/emotional moment scenes because I got sick of listening to the supposedly strong female protagonist being narrated with whine and whimper and squeak.

    And I'm not sure if there are too many fight scenes or just that the fight scenes each last too long - I'm not a teenage boy and don't need pop-bang-pow over and over and over again to keep my attention. (Not that I think teenage boys would even read this book.) Kill a dozen monsters and move on with the plot, don't go killing another dozen in case I missed the first batch of gore. And if it's a necessary fight scene, please, it doesn't need to go on and on and on - more plot, less... whiny fighting? (Sorry, I think the issue is that I can't determine if the fighting would have been as annoying if I had read it, or if it was just the bad (whiny) narration that tainted the whole thing.)

    The narration of the story, excluding the emotional/fighting points, was not bad - it's just that Kate ended up sounding like she was crying anytime she should have sounded like she was killing something.

    The story itself is good, and the magic is cool, and the characters are interesting. If I had read this in paper format, it'd be a 4 star. I will read the next book, just won't get it in audio.

    15 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Cynthia Whitewater, CO, United States 12-18-09
    Cynthia Whitewater, CO, United States 12-18-09
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    "Good worldbuilding"

    The slightly darker, gruesome world here was the kicker for me - I really like this series and I've since gotten the other books. A good balance of humor, snark, action and sacrifice.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Bainbridge youngstown, OH, United States 09-15-11
    Bainbridge youngstown, OH, United States 09-15-11
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    "Good plot, great characters, good narrator"

    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.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 05-11-09
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    "Story line good but narrator bogs it down"

    It's rare that I come accross a narrator that bogs a story down so much that I just can't get into the book. But this is one of them. I have tried listening to it at least 4 times and had to stop because my mind wandered away or I just flat out feel asleep! I've listend to the majority of the first half but that took several weeks and I kept having to back up and figure out where I lost the story line. I think if I could have sped up the pace it might have worked but since that is not an option on either my computer or my curent mp3 player it was a total drag! I've listened to atleast 5 other books before trying this one more time. At this point I'm not sure I'll ever finish this. As one other person pointed out the voice does not match the main character at all. Sorry the story may be good but I think I'd rather read it myself than listen to this narrator any more.

    20 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    Ashley SAINT LOUIS, MO, United States 05-14-13
    Ashley SAINT LOUIS, MO, United States 05-14-13 Member Since 2013

    I have a real crazy in love relationship with books!!!

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    "Definitely awesome!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! I would recommend this book because it has a great storyline, awesome characters, and kick....narration.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Magic Bites?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I have to agree with the other reviewers on the "here kitty, kitty" line. That was awesome and I literally laughed out loud!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Hmmm....I don't know...Probably "More than Magic". Yeah I like the sound of that.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda El Paso, TX, United States 11-28-12
    Amanda El Paso, TX, United States 11-28-12 Member Since 2015

    Disciple of the written word and Audible fanatic. I am an Urban and Epic Fantasy Fan. I also enjoy some Paranormal Romance.

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    "Perfect Author/Narrator combo"

    I'm writing this review after having read all Illona Andrews books to date. And there's 1 thing I can promise you and that is no matter what this author writes you will never be disappointed.
    Her (I know it's they but Illona is how they choose to be called and it's female) since of humor shines through everything she writes.
    When I first picked up the story I thought to myself that I was going to regret another vampire werewolf story.
    I'm happy to say the vampires are not hot they are nasty twisted things. The were-beasts are hot though.

    This alternate Atlanta is so interesting and fun I can't stop with just 1 of her stories.
    The narration it's Kate perfectly. She has a passion and emotion that comes through every time.
    I highly recommend this series to anyone and everyone.
    For those of you thinking that you don't want another series full of paranormal sex. Don't worry that's not what this series is about. That's not what Kate is about. You're not going to be hit in the face with naked bodies and heaving breast.

    This story is the action adventure and killing the bad guy.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra 11-13-12
    Sandra 11-13-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Blood and gore overload!"
    Would you listen to Magic Bites again? Why?

    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.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer NEWBERG, OR, United States 09-03-12
    Amazon Customer NEWBERG, OR, United States 09-03-12 Member Since 2015
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    "an easy listen"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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