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Friday, January 29, 2010

Review: Magic Bites (Kate Daniels #1) by Ilona Andrews


where I got my copy: Library
where to buy: Amazon, B&N, Borders

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…

Ilona Andrews (they are actually man and wife tandem. wow) did not hold my hand while I navigate the first few chapters of Kate Daniel's world. I was not used to it I felt lost. The vampires call themselves as the People (and their face / personality, everything leans more on hideous), Magic Guild Mercenary (this is where Kate belongs, assassin of some sort), The Pack that have seven clans and not all of them are werewolves and the Order of the Merciful Aid (the politicians, lol). Fascinating groups, now all I have to do is get use to them and their terms.

I wasn't really jumping up and down with this book. It is actually hard to review this one. It is complex. Kate Daniel's world is somewhat futuristic. Magic is loose to the world and humans live a long side our favorite monsters. But how did it come to that? Did I miss something? Normally I like this kind of a challenge but I wasn't up for it while reading. So the research to understand more came in later. As a result while I was reading, I almost decided not to finish the book. I was confused and sleepy up until about the last few chapters.

But here's what kept me going: There is a mystery in Kate's blood. When she spills she have to make sure that nobody can get a sample of it so she burns her bloodied clothes or whatever after a fight. Or she kill the person/creature who took samples. Her blood is either something special or she's hiding from someone/something and I'm itching to know. Then there's Curran, not impressed at this point but I will give him a chance he is after all the leader of the Pack, I need to read more of his antics.

To those who read this book already, how many are you out there revel on the goriness of that one scene where Kate cut of a vamp's head and order it to wake up and tell her who his master?
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Patti said...

This is one of my favorite series, but you're right - at the beginning it took a bit to "get into" the world. Once I got it, though, I loved it!

Rex Robot Reviews said...

Uh oh! Three stars, huh? I've had this one here to read forever. I have to jump on this series.

My 5 Monkeys(Julie) said...

oh interesting..

jacabur1 said...

Pat just to say it gets better and easier to navigate Kate's world. Curran is the same for me as for you, not really on his team yet. I like the other 2ndry male characters who are friendly and wish it were more with Kate better!!!
The vamp head scene was yes very gory, not so much rooting Kate on in this one as understood the motivation behind writing it the way Ilona and Gordon did. Kate has to be able to show that she is strong enough to do things that others will not and also she just needed some answers and since the controller of the vamp was talking it worked for me.

jackie b central texas

PeaceLove&Pat said...

jacabur1 - yes that's the impression I got from that vampire head scene too. It kind of solidify Kate's badass nature. LOL There is quite a number beheading in this book, I like gory.

Patti - I'm actually going to read the 2nd book tonight. This series is nagging me to understand it better. LOL

RRR - What?! I really thought that you've read this series already. Read with me :)

Julie - is it on your tbr now? :)

Katrina said...

I haven't heard of this series but it sounds like something I would be into.

I saw you are reading Wings soon, I hope you like it.

Ilona said...

Second book is better. I recommend starting with the second one, but nobody ever listens to me.

This might help a little bit:

This is a growing database of the worldbuilding: factions, people, etc.

Let me know how the second book turns out. ;)

PeaceLove&Pat said...

Ilona - I did check out that website :) not the world of Kate is much clearer :)

Book two gets better, I am about to finishe it.
Thanks for dropping by.

Wrighty said...

I hadn't heard of this before but I'll be looking for it now. I don't need another series to read (I always say that!) but I can't resist!

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