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)
I'm usually a little wary of Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance books because so many of them are full of fluff but Magic Bites is pure steel! The plot is filled with twists and turns and lots of mystery. The ending leaves a feeling of closure, yet still has you wanting more! Kate, the main character is a strong female lead with issues and integrity. Ilona Andrew's Atlanta is unique and more than a little bit sinister.
So why did I give this book only 4 stars? The narration. Renee Raudman does do an excellent job narrating but she mispronounces a lot of words which made the narrative jarring. The most noticeable example being the way she said wolf. Woof.
I own all three audio books of this series and find them very enjoyable. There is a nice balance of action and character development and it's refreshing to see a tough heroine with other motivations than just being tough and catching the fancy of the lead male. That being said, the first audio book is the weakest of the lot. I was very surprised to hear the amount of mispronunciations throughout the book. It didn't make me hate the book or the narratior, just wonder if anyone bothered to edit it afterwards. Characterization and narration picks up in the next book and if you enjoyed Magic Bites at all I highly recommend the others as there is much more world building, plot development and most of the narration annoyances are hammered out.
I think for people who enjoy good urban fantasy such as Harry Dresden series would love this series. The characters/species are well developed, the world interesting, and the main character Kate is just superb as wise mouthing, tough swords woman who has a penchant for serious trouble. All the ingredients for a great story is there and Ilona Andrews cooked and made it into a great series. In the audio books Renee Raudman offers a great performace as Kate and stirs up our imagination!
I loved this series, if you like paranormal stories, with magic and all the wacky stuff in between, then you"ll love these 3 books..this is the first book of 3, and the main character Kate Daniels is a funny, kick your butt kind of girl, I loved her..
Renee Raudman narration is great through out all three book, she does a great job with all the characters..
I can't believe it took me this long to start this series. What was I thinking. Excited to get on to the next books. I've heard so many good things about this series and for some reason I just kept putting it off. This is a great start though. Most series have a rocky first book and so much is wasted on explaining that the reader has a hard time getting drawn into the world. Not this book. I was drawn in and the story and world building just flowed for me.
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 loved this book! The narrator is extremely adept at voices which makes it very enjoyable. The story itself draws you in, I just couldn't stop listening. What I liked best about it though was the mixture of magic/sci-fi with mystery. Also, the main character Kate reminds me of Stephanie Plum - a kick ass and take names version but one still stuck with all her inherent problems, tough love life and a strange ability to find herself in bad situations.
This is undoubtedly the most cumbersome of all this series. It is slow disjointed and almost unbearable at times. However, if you can trudge through the magical meanderings of places you don't know and people you don't yet care about you will find an interesting door at the end, metaphorically speaking. The plot is spattered with mythological beasts and people which ground the interest in the series which compare to other magical series like the Nicholas Flamel books. The action sequences are set clearly and will engulf you. The consecutive books continue to improve so trudge on and it will pay off. I recommend this for people who love to read series of books rather than the one-shot novel.
I have a 40 minute commute each way and with out Audible, I'd go crazy! My fav genre is fantasy and I love a great series!
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.
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.
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.
"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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