Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews
Series: Kate Daniels #1
Published by Ace/Penguin
Publish Date: March 27, 2007
Source: Book – Library, Audiobook – Library
Find It: Goodreads / Amazon / B&N
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… (from Goodreads)
My Thoughts: I’ve seen so many people rave about the Kate Daniels Series! There are a couple of things that I really liked about Magic Bites (Kate Daniels #1) and a couple of things that I am not really so sure about…SO! I’m going to make a short list and hopefully this will help me decide if I should keep going with the series…
1. Main character Kate Daniels is awesome. Kate is a mercenary that is out for justice. She will not only tear your arm off and beat you up with it — she will show her vulnerable side and weaknesses! She is a great mixture of strong and weak, and she knows how to go after what she wants. She is also very cheesy, and she wears it like it is glamorous. I really like her for who she is. Plus she makes that updated book cover look AMAZING.
2. I like the crazy world that Kate Daniels lives in. It’s like this super-neat futuristic Atlanta metro-area that goes a little haywire depending on how magic ebbs and flows. Basically magic and technology can’t reside in the same space all that well, so when magic flares up, technology shuts down for a while.
Things that I didn’t love about Magic Bites:
1. You know, I began reading and listening to this book and found myself drowning in information. After I got about halfway through it, I realized that I was lost in what was going on beyond the first scene or two. I actually went to the author’s website and spent some time reading about the world and the two main characters…THEN I restarted the book. This helped and the second time, I was less confused.
2. Even though I liked the world that Kate Daniels lives in, I can’t say that I think it was built really well for me. Does that even make sense? I can visualize the world as it is, but I cannot admit to having much knowledge about WHY it is that way or HOW it came to be that way. This frustrated me throughout the entire story, probably because I loved the idea behind the world so much.