Publisher: Ace (March 27, 2007)
ebook: 276 pages
Series: Kate Daniels #1
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Rating: 4 of 5 stars
One moment magic dominates, and cars stall and guns fail. The next, technology takes over and the defensive spells no longer protect your house from monsters. Here skyscrapers topple under onslaught of magic; werebears and werehyenas prowl through the ruined streets; and the Masters of the Dead, necromancers driven by their thirst of knowledge and wealth, pilot blood-crazed vampires with their minds.
In this world lives Kate Daniels. Kate likes her sword a little too much and has a hard time controlling her mouth. The magic in her blood makes her a target, and she spent most of her life hiding in plain sight. But when Kate’s guardian is murdered, she must choose to do nothing and remain safe or to pursue his preternatural killer. Hiding is easy, but the right choice is rarely easy…
Sometimes you just need to read a story with a kickass heroine. There’s nothing better. Kate Daniels is the protagonist in Magic Bites, the first book in a series by Ilona Andrews, and she’s awesome. She’s got this snark and straightforward attitude, and isn’t afraid to fight back.
When in doubt and in need of information, find a snitch and squeeze him. That was one of the very few investigative techniques I was aware of. As a matter of fact, that and the “annoy principals involved until the guilty party decides to kill you” pretty much summed it up for me. (ebook, 16%)
We also meet a quite a few other characters during this book. One of them is Curran, the Beast Lord, who is a swoon worthy character. He and Kate don’t seem to get along very well, but there’s something there that screams that there’s a potential romantic future there. Even though I want there to be romantic things happening, what’s nice about the book is how romance takes a backseat to the bigger issues at hand.
When it came to the magical, mythical creatures that appear in the story, Ilona Andrews didn’t hold her punches. These are the creepy beings that are the stuff of nightmares, and not just the sparkly, teenaged heartthrobs that appeared in Twilight. Even for people who are easily frightened, Ilona Andrews walks a fine line between being too creepy and just creepy enough.
The idea behind how magic works in this urban fantasy was unique. The magic ebbs and flows. Sometimes magic will be accessible. Other times technology will be functional. Sometimes the two are able to work at the same time, but it is rare. It’s fun to see the characters riding horses and mules on the off chance tech stops and their cars no longer run while they’re chasing down leads. There’s so much more that could be explored with the magic system in this world, and I’m hoping that in the later books Ms. Andrews goes into a bit more.
Overall, despite the overused nature of the many pieces that go into an urban fantasy, Ilona Andrews does good making them seem fresh, interesting, and fun. This is a good start to what should (hopefully) be a great series. I recommend this for anyone who isn’t afraid of reading an urban fantasy with a cool heroine and some creepy creatures.
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