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Magic Bites (Kate Daniels, Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Ilona Andrews
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (576 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Mercenary Kate Daniels cleans up urban problems of a paranormal kind. But her latest prey, a pack of undead warriors, presents her greatest challenge.




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"Treat yourself to a splendid new urban fantasy.... I am looking forward to the next book in the series, or anything else Ilona Andrews writes." ---Patricia Briggs, New York Times bestselling author of Iron Kissed

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Splendid...an edgy dark fantasy touched with just the right amount of humor. (Patricia Briggs)


Product Details

  • File Size: 527 KB
  • Print Length: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Ace; 1st edition (March 27, 2007)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000SEH16E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #209 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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823 of 846 people found the following review helpful
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is one of the best-realized fantasy worlds I've encountered in a debut novel. Our heroine, Kate, lives in an alternate Atlanta, where magic and technology come in unpredictable waves. When her guardian is killed, she seeks out the murderer using some hilarious concepts of investigation.

If you are a paranormal romance reader, this book may not be for you. Despite its title, "Magic Bites" falls strongly on the fantasy end of the continuum. "Magic Bites" is both a very good fantasy and mystery and you can get easily drawn in--as long as you are not too disappointed there is not a strong romance line in the novel.

Another warning, if you are someone who thinks vampires are dead sexy, this book does not ascribe to this point of view. Vampires are nobody's erotic fantasy in this novel and that makes them particularly interesting.

World building is critical to the fantasy genre and Ms. Andrews has earned a 5 star rating just for that. The rules for her world are pretty clear and she sticks to them. She's obviously carefully considered the eventualities of phases where magic and technology rule the city and keeps things interesting with the changes she puts her characters through.

Kate is a well-realized and interesting character. She's someone you can empathize with and she's got a pretty darn good sense of humor. I see shades of Raymond Chandler in this book in the humor.

Also, Andrews resolves her mystery in this book, but leaves you with enough questions to want to read her next novel in this series. I, for one, hope the novel comes soon, but I think she will be well worth the wait.
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194 of 205 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb urban fantasy.... April 25, 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Kate Daniels lives in a world in which magic fluctuations are an everyday occurrence. In fact, she makes her living off of these disruptions. However, her world is turned upside down when a vampire delivers a message about her guardian. Kate agrees to work for the Order to avenge the death of her guardian and soon finds herself in the midst of an ongoing conflict between the two major supernatural groups, the People and the Pack. Kate is in for some unpleasant surprises as she delves deeply into Atlanta's magical world.

MAGIC BITES is what urban fantasy is all about! Ilona Andrews has written a tale that is not for the faint of heart as she is not afraid to take risks. There is little, if any, romance in this tale and the gore level is high. However, it is the phenomenal world building that makes MAGIC BITES such a success. Ilona Andrews takes a darker approach to vampires and shape shifters and the complexity of her world is astounding.

Kate Daniels is a great lead female character. She is the ultimate action heroine as she charges right into the thick of things. She is a bit brusque at times but Ilona Andrews does an excellent job at making Kate likeable in spite of her attitude. There is also a bit of a mystery surrounding Kate as tantalizing hints are dropped throughout the novel.

MAGIC BITES is a welcome entry to the urban fantasy genre. It is easy to forget that this is a first novel by Ilona Andrews as the tale is so well done. I can't wait for the sequel as MAGIC BITES is easily recommended!

COURTESY OF CK2S KWIPS AND KRITIQUES
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116 of 130 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Beginning For A New Series May 25, 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Usually in fantasy books magic is a force within a person to be used, good or bad, at will. In this book it's an exterior force that is fighting, and winning, against technology, but also useable by those who know how. Usually werewolves are depicted as aloof creatures involved in their own pack lives; the top of the shape-shifting hierarchy. In this book they are just one of many shape-shifters all living in The Pack, led by a fierce were-lion. Usually vampires are dark and dangerous, powerful, totally amoral blood-thirsty creatures, flashy dressers and sexy, to the non-vamp, as all get out. These vampires, most not even creatures of their own volitions, take the Nosferatu model and degenerate it even more. Ugly, near-skeletal monsters who give true meaning to the term "undead" controlled by Masters of the Dead.

This is the world that Kate, a magic-using mercenary, lives, in the former vibrant, now crumbling under the onslaught of magic, city of Atlanta Georgia. One of these "undead" creatures visits her, and through its master finds out that her mentor/father figure has been murdered. With the unofficial blessing of The Guild, the official fighters against evil magic, she sets out to investigate the murder.

"Magic Bites" is an excellent read. It's fast-paced and all the characters are interesting, regardless of how "fantastic". There's almost a romance, but it takes a big hit along the way. I'm hopeful in later books that Kate, who really keeps her emotions under tight control, can repair the nacent relationship, for her own sake, if nothing else.

Unlike some books which reveal everything in the first volumn, this book leaves many things to learn in future stories, including the mystery of Kate herself.
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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Poor start to a great series February 12, 2010
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First off, I am now a big Kate Daniels fan. Second, it was a rocky start for me.

Kate Daniels lives in a alternate futuristic Atlanta. We learn later in the series that the year is 2040 (only after doing math with a few of the markers given us.) In this world, magic and technology come and go in waves. During a Magic Wave, you will see banshees outside your window, large monsters coming out of the sewers, and all sorts of mayhem. During a Technology Wave, telephones work, cars function, and you can even watch a movie. Kate works for a Mercenary Guild doing what work comes her way. When she finds out her estranged legal guardian has been killed, Kate goes on the offensive to get details and kill whoever did this. Along the way, Kate goes from a 'No-Name Merc' to the appointed representative by the legal forces that be to solve this case, putting her in the big leagues playing along side the Pack (shapeshifers) and the People (Vampires.)

What I liked:
1. Kate--a lot of reviewers didn't like Kate, and I can see why. Me? I liked her. She is fiercely independent, but insecure on the inside so she puts on a front. She's never had friends (you find out why in later books) but is incredibly loyal. She is pretty snarky in her inter-thoughts.
2. Choice--I love how in this world, everyone still has their free agency. In so many other Urban Fantasy books, the "werewolves" MUST obey their leader. They physically and mentally can do nothing other than what their leader commands them. Here? It is a choice. Shifters can either choose to join a pack or not. They can defy their leader if they want....it might be the last thing they do, but they can.
3. Family--Shifters have families....they have kids.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magic Bites
Kate finds herself not only grieving an old friend, but right smack in the middle of the investigation. Read more
Published 1 hour ago by Linda Larsson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Debut novel, looks to be a great series start
I really liked this debut novel. Most of us find life to be the endless responsibility of having to get past our fears and the drudgery of chores we cannot put off. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Bj Cox
4.0 out of 5 stars World-building questions answered here!
This is my F-A-V-O-R-I-T-E series.

And that's kind of a big deal. For example, if you asked me what my second favorite series was, I'd have to give you a top 5 list... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Jessica Haluska
5.0 out of 5 stars good
Very enjoyable. Kept my attention. Couldn't put it down. Really enjoyed and looking forward to the next in the series
Published 6 days ago by Jo
4.0 out of 5 stars great!
female lead, great!
Published 6 days ago by Mrs. Kelley McMunn
5.0 out of 5 stars Best read in this genre
Great characters, awesome background of magic versus technology, funny, great fight scenes, I love the whole series and I've read them all........waiting till new one comes out.
Published 15 days ago by C. Braly
4.0 out of 5 stars fun characters and an action/adventure story
Interesting world, fun characters and an action/adventure story. All in all, I enjoyed this book.
Published 21 days ago by Jessica
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this series.
This series is so engaging. The world building is top notch and you end up loving so many of the characters. The only complaint I have is the switch in the cover art. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Janet
4.0 out of 5 stars How Urban Fantasy should be!
Why in the heck did it take me so long to discover this book series.

I mean to be honest. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Future Slayer Girl (aka: kitten)
5.0 out of 5 stars finally a mage-detective series with a female lead
The set-in-a-major city, magic flavored formula works well enough for Jim Butcher's Dresden files, of which I am also a fan of, also works for this series. Read more
Published 1 month ago by mktgurl
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More About the Author

New York Times Bestselling author Ilona Andrews is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. Ilona is a native-born Russian and Gordon is a former communications sergeant in the U.S. Army. Contrary to popular belief, Gordon was never an intelligence officer with a license to kill, and Ilona was never the mysterious Russian spy who seduced him. They met in college, in English Composition 101, where Ilona got a better grade. (Gordon is still sore about that.)

Gordon and Ilona currently reside in Portland with their two children, three dogs and a cat. They have co-authored two series, the bestselling urban fantasy of Kate Daniels and romantic urban fantasy of The Edge.

You can read more about their work on their website: http://www.ilona-andrews.com

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How unfair to Kate...
I agree! I love, love this series, but when I reread this book, that one part drives me insane. It almost seems like something else was supposed to happen and that section didn't get changed. The Kate I know would have never taken that when it wasn't her fault at all and was just going along to... Read More
Apr 15, 2012 by Amazon Customer |  See all 6 posts
Is there any romance in this series?
There is a romantic sub-plot running through the series between Kate Daniels and another character. It might play a bigger part later on, but right now it's a small thread.
Apr 17, 2009 by Rebecca Goodwin |  See all 12 posts
If you are a fan of Patricia Briggs and Charlaine Harris, this is where...
Thanks for your assessment. I was looking at this author because Magic Bites was recommended to me. I've read Patricia Briggs and Charlaine Harris.
Jul 11, 2007 by WriterGal |  See all 3 posts
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