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Friday, January 30, 2015

AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: "Magic Bites" by Ilona Andrews


Magic Bites (Kate Daniels, #1)
Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews; Narrated by Renee Raudman
(Kate Daniels #1)

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For Ages 18+ (Violence, Language)
Urban Fantasy

Ace -- Published in 2007
Audiobook, 9 hours and 6 minutes
Read in January 2015
Purchased from Audible

THEMES
Alternate Universe, Kick-Ass Heroine, Magic, Vampires, Shapeshifters

SUMMARY
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.



FIRST LINE
"I sat a table in my shadow kitchen, staring down a bottle of Boone's Farm Hard Lemonade, when a magic fluctuation hit."

MY THOUGHTS
Ilona Andrews's Kate Daniels is the one series that I have been meaning to start for years.  While I am far from an urban fantasy fangirl, I do enjoy the genre and this one is considered a classic for many readers/bloggers.  I bought Magic Bites a long time ago and just had never had the motivation to jump into it.  But, after finishing and loving the audiobook of Burn For Me, I knew this was the time to get going and it was a hella of a ride!

Magic Bites is told from the point of view of Kate Daniels, a mercenary who is willing to take on almost any job in order to survive.  She does have a small issue with authority that requires her to remain independent for the most part.  But, when her guardian is found dead, she decides to use one of the powerful magical organizations and their resources, to find his killer.  I really liked Kate and can see that I will have a great time seeing her develop.  She does have some annoying habits like smarting off to people/creatures she shouldn't, but they make her relatable and flawed.

Because this is just the beginning of a longer series, there are also introductions of a large cast of side characters.  I liked how different all of these personalities were and how seamlessly they fit into the world as a whole.  Some of my particular favorites included Jim, the werejaguar who often worked as partner for Kate, the clairovoyant Annie, and the head of the Atlanta-area necromancers, Nataraja.  And, course, I can't forget Curran!  The moment he stepped on the page, I took notice and had a blast reading the back-and-forth with him and Kate.

The first thing that I noticed about the setting was how complicated it was.  I actually had a difficult time understanding what was going on due to the fact that readers were just thrown into the action.  But, after awhile, I started figuring out the ins and outs, so I was able to get more immersed into this fascinating mix of magic, vampires, and shapechangers.  I really liked the unique approach to vampires as the furthest thing from the current trend of sexy bad boys.  And, of course I have to mention, the shapechangers who I have a feeling will become a huge part of the series.

In conclusion, while it had a slow start, Magic Bites started the Kate Daniels series with a bang.  It threw a lot of information at the readers, but it works well by the end.  I am definitely excited to read more as soon as I can get my hands on Magic Burns.  I also recommend the audio version if only to get Renee Raudman's amazing narration.


4 STARS


FAVORITE QUOTE
“What kind of a woman greets the Beast Lord with 'here, kitty, kitty'?” 


BOOKS IN THE SERIES
0.5. A Questionable Client
1. Magic Bites
2. Magic Burns
3. Magic Strikes
3.5. Magic Mourns
4. Magic Bleeds
4.5. Magic Dreams
5. Magic Slays
5.5. Gunmetal Magic
6. Magic Rises
6.5. Magic Steals
7. Magic Breaks
8. Magic Shifts (Coming 2015

OTHER REVIEWS
SF Site
Dear Author
Heroes and Heartbreakers
On a Book Bender

1 comment:

  1. LOL oh that quote is good!! I am going to read this book next, so your review got me excited to start it.

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