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Magic Bites: A Special Edition of the First Kate Daniels Novel Paperback – December 31, 2012
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“Splendid…an edgy, dark fantasy.”—Patricia Briggs, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“Kate is a great kick-ass heroine.”—Locus
“Simply amazing. The Kate Daniels series honestly gets better with each new release.”—Night Owl Reviews
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Gordon and Ilona currently reside in Texas with their two children and many dogs and cats.
They have co-authored several NYT and USAT bestselling series. They are currently working on urban fantasy of Kate Daniels, the paranormal romance of Hidden Legacy, and thjeir independently published series, Innkeeper Chronicles.
You can read more about their work on their website: http://www.ilona-andrews.com
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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.
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!
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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.Read more ›
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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Ilona Andrews has a very beautiful way of creating a compelling story that leaves you wanting more. You slowly get sucked in until you want more and more. Read morePublished 57 minutes ago by Amazon Customer
A pretty good read. There was a lot happening with a lot of characters it made it at times, for me, a bit like huh and who?? Read morePublished 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
My full review can be found on my blog, Reader Rayna, as well as on my Goodreads.
I found myself confused a lot at the beginning, not understanding who this person or... Read more
The first book in a unbelievably awesome series! Once you start reading, you won't be able to put it down. Best of all, 8 more full length novels to read!Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
Very good book. They main character was exciting and remains a mystery even after the book ends.Which got me to get the next book quickly. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Kindle Customer
I enjoyed this book. But I have to admit I started this series with Magic Breaks, which I received at a Christmas party book exchange. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Debra J. Davis
The world view that is the background of the book is very creative. The plot is tried and true but is handled in a fresh way.Published 11 days ago by Rebecca Luther