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Magic Bites Mass Market Paperback – March 27, 2007
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About the Author
Ilona Andrews is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. Together they are the coauthors of the #1 New York Times bestselling Kate Daniels urban fantasy series and the romantic urban fantasy novels of the Edge. They currently reside in Texas with their two children and numerous pets.
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It took me awhile to grow to appreciate this book. At first I kept negatively comparing it to Urban Shaman but finally decided it was different enough that the comparison wasn't entirely valid.
The world-building is quite complex and imaginative. The plot was pretty convoluted and had me guessing wrong several times. And altho it was a bit more violent and bloody than I generally like, the story grew on me, especially as I met some characters I really came to care about.
I'll probably read at least the next in the series, and decide if I'm going to read the rest after that.
The romance in the series is a slow burn. Depending on your preference that could be annoying or very satisfying. I really enjoyed where she took the relationship (which one??? READ MORE BOOKS TO FIND OUT! :) in the later books. The slow burn ends up being more realistic than many book relationships and the tension between the two while they figure it out is SEXY and HOT. This book is pretty clean of smut but one of the next books things... heat up... :) :) ;) so if that's not your thing, beware.
Illona Andrews is a really good world builder and this book is no exception. I found the world building in the Hidden Legacy books a little more understandable and easy to follow than the Kate Daniels series. Although it is a little harder to follow in Kate Daniels, it is no less interesting. The idea of magic and tech is really cool I just wish I understood it a little better. This is helped by the following books which explain things a little more in depth.
All in all it was a really good first book with clever writing, lovable main characters, and a really interesting plot. The following books get better because the things that make this book good are allowed to grow and develop. I would definitely recommend it if you enjoy authors like Sarah J. Maas, Sarah Maclean, Kresley Cole, etc. I hope you enjoy it!
Ms. Andrews has an excellent command of words and drew us pictures as well as scenes as the pages fluttered by. The dialog was snappy and lively and also gave great momentum to the tale. The characters were believable, even though this was urban fantasy. The murder mysteries were solid and held all the components plus more of a good traditional murder.
I found myself liking Curran and Derek and, not least, Kate herself.
I would have liked to have more history on Kate but perhaps that will come in future books. I wanted to understand Kate's relationship to Greg in a more full manner. I also was a bit confused on what is Tech vs Magic times? And, why they happen? Of course, if I had my way the novel would have been 700 pages and that is just too heavy for one sitting, as this book had me reading it in one sitting. I look forward to future episodes of Kate Daniels.