Title: Magic Bites (Kate Daniel’s #1)
Author: Ilona Andrews
Publisher: Gollancz (UK) | Ace (US)
Publication Date: Sept 2010 (UK) | March 2007 (US)
Paperback: 260 pages
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: Own Copy
Reviewed by: Carolyn
RATING: 6/10 – Good
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…
‘Magic Bites’ is the first book in the ‘Kate Daniels’ series. I’ve heard lots of fantastic things about this series and read some very positive reviews, so with such high praise floating about I knew it was time to begin this series myself.
I must admit I started this book with very high expectations indeed. And it’s probably because of this I was somewhat disappointed. But as with all first books in a series it’s more about the laying down of foundations and it took me a while to connect with the characters. For me urban fantasy is all about the characters and I did see something in Kate that I liked – I’ve also been told the series just gets better, so another reason to continue with this series.
Kate’s Guardian, who she’s known for a very long time, is murdered and she decides to find out who killed him. There’s lots of atmosphere and action, which I liked, and of course her investigations gets her into all sorts of trouble and awkward situations. One in particular is with a shifter king called Curran. He’s a great character and I’m looking forward to reading more about him in book two.
There’s a hint of romance between Kate and Curran but I liked that it wasn’t too heavy, although there’s a lot of sexual chemistry, which makes this pairing really exciting – I like when we’re not given too much too soon.
This is a good start to a series, but it’s not brilliant. However, there’s enough intrigue regarding the characters and the story which makes me want to read book two, so look out for the review coming soon!
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