Friday, March 16, 2012

Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews / My Review

Magic Bites (Kate Daniels, #1)

Magic Bites

Mass Market Paperback, 1st Edition, 260 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Ace Books
0441014895 (ISBN13: 9780441014897)
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Magic Bites

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.~goodreads


My Review-  
Urban Fantasy with an appeal for likable characters and relationships, Action infused, magic, and shape shifting creatures.

Kate Daniels a mercenary type with a no holds bar attitude who wields a wicked, magically, enhanced sword.
Can I borrow it sometime?

Kate's longtime family friend and guardian has turned up dead alongside a vampire and the who did it questions unfurl.
Think of Kate as a tough as nails cop or pi, only enhance her and the story with magic, mystery, a cool magical sword, and creatures of all kinds.
Throw in the fact that Kate lives in a magical world where buildings are a facade of what lies behind them, shape shifters who come in all shapes and packages, necromancers, who control the evil vampires who are ghastly creatures that can and will tear your throat out, other mysterious creatures, and of course lowly humans. Its hard to trust anyone in this book, and as the mystery unravels, alliances are formed.

Curran being one of those alliances, comes in as sexy, strong, shape shifting, leader who just happens to be just as hard nosed as Kate.
Curran is just as determined as Kate to find out who is behind the killings that are going on. He is losing members of his own kind and will not tolerate another killing if he can help it. Throw in the fact that he is Kate's very own hero(though she doesn't enjoy it) their love/hate relationship is  tolerable, and playful at times. 
Curran seems to be smitten by Kate more than she is him.
When we finally find out the culprit behind the savage deaths, it takes Kate by surprise. Can this ancient killer be killed, and will she finally take the help that is offered to her?
One thing is certain she will not go down without a fight and stands up to anyone and everyone she comes across with  fierceness and voracity.

Who and what is Kate Daniels? I don't know, but I'm going to find out... in the next book Magic Burns book #2 in the Kate Daniels series. 4/5 Stars





  1. LOVE this series soooo much. Curran is the MAN. Gotta love me some Sexy Beast Lord. Kate is an amazing heroine and she only gets better each book. Happy you liked this book.

  2. Oh you are going to have so much fun reading this series! The books keep getting better and better with some awesome characters and character development. Enjoy!

  3. Thank you for this wonderful review. It's actually on my TBR list! I can't wait to read this.