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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Jennifer (An Abundance of Books) March 10, 2011 at 6:14 am

I really enjoyed MAGIC BITES, but must admit, now that there are three other books, I haven't re-read it. Ithought the world building was great and the characters grow throughout the series (even the minor ones), the books just get better. I've read #2 multiple times and I loved #3!


Fiction Vixen March 10, 2011 at 6:33 am

Keep going, this series gets better and better I promise. Great review.


Mardel March 10, 2011 at 9:27 am

I first read Magic Bites when I was looking for something in between Harrison books and Hamilton books. this was written right before the huge explosion of urban fantasy. I know a lot of people say they think Magic Bites is just okay, I loved it, and I've really enjoye how much the series has progressed – I love the dialogue, the pov of the main character and the whole world setting.

But it does just get better and better. :)


Dazzling Mage March 10, 2011 at 4:35 pm

I was book shopping with my friend, and she practically shoved this book at me. I have to admit, I can't wait to start it, and get into it, because it sounds good.


Angiegirl March 10, 2011 at 5:24 pm

I'm glad it held you enough to want to continue on with the series. I felt similarly. Good, but not great. Of course, as everyone else is telling you, it gets freaking awesome pretty fast. :)


Laura Howard March 10, 2011 at 6:43 pm

I completely agree on the review!! I started this series feeling it was a let down, but the deeper you get, the more you can NOT walk away. Curran (The BEASTLORD) and Kate have such an awesome back and forth relationship, that just following those two is AMAZING. Not to mention all the kick-assery! :)


Laura Summers (BCC) March 10, 2011 at 7:55 pm

As everyone else has said, don't give up on the series, they just get better & I love this series :-)


Annabell March 11, 2011 at 12:17 am

I haven't started this series, but I think I have all the books. I'm really excited to read it now though, after reading your review and hearing everyone's comments!


Book Chick City March 11, 2011 at 6:55 am

Thanks for the comments everyone! The consensus is that the series just gets better and better so I think I will begin book two earlier than planned. Thanks for stopping by! :)


Carmen March 11, 2011 at 4:36 pm

Yep I felt the same – on seeing the rest of the comments I really must check out the rest of the books too 😛 Although I had the advantage of having never heard of the book and author so had no expectations.


samantha.1020 March 13, 2011 at 2:56 pm

This is a book that I read a few years back and then never continued on with the series. I'm thinking of rereading it before I try to go any further since I remember very little from it. Great review!


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