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Magic Bites Mass Market Paperback – March 27, 2007
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Splendid...an edgy dark fantasy touched with just the right amount of humor. -- Patricia Briggs
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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There were too many men's names, it was hard to follow, and it just took way too long for the story to gel, the love interest was introduced as such toward the end-- if the intent was to make a mysterious/ambiguous as to who she would end up into, it didn't really work. It was just an big US and ill-defined. I actually like the switcher is at Cetera, this one wasn't executed well though.
However, the reason why I am giving is for stars is because, now that the set up has been really thoroughly established, and the ending early awesome, satisfying and well done, I assume the remainder of stories in this series will not filed to the same problems, not only because of my awesome friends recommendation, but because there's no way there needs to be more at this point.
I'm excited to read the rest of the books, we'll see how it goes.
At the end justified the crazy sad beginning.
I also very much liked Kate, the main character. She's a tough cookie, and when she is feeling a little unsure of herself she hides it behind false bravado and bad jokes. She wields a mean sword and is a killing machine when she needs to be. She's also hiding some sort of secret regarding the extent of her magical powers. I also liked Curran, the male lead and Lord of the Beasts - King of the sane shapeshifters - those that haven't succumbed to the Lyc-V virus and gone completely animalistic. Curran is wonderfully obnoxious and arrogant and clearly taken with Kate, seemingly much to his dismay.
The story is a nice blend of action/adventure, urban fantasy/paranormal, relationship building/romance and horror. Magic Bites has a little bit of everything. It's a nice, fairly light, entertaining, fun read. The general premise is Kate's estranged guardian is murdered while investigating a mystical murder case. Kate feels compelled to avenge his death and annihilate the murderer and discovers that the situation is more complicated than she thought. Someone is making a power play and her guardian was a casualty meant to lure Kate into the fray - which also involves setting off a war between the People (which near as I can tell are mystical necromancers who "pilot" zombie like vampires as part of their security system in times of magic, and to do their evil bidding) and the Pack (the sane shapeshifters).
The reason I didn't give a 5 star rating was because of a major plot inconsistency that really aggravated me. SPOILER: at one point in the story they are looking for the bad guy and Curran says "I think it's so and so"; then all the shapeshifters question Kate about "so and so" and she comes across like "you guys are out of your minds". So they all trot off to question "so and so" and conclude he's not guilty and Curran then looks at Kate "disgusted with her" and says something like "next time you get one of your hunches, don't tell me" LIKE IT WAS HER IDEA?!?!?! WTH? Then the plot device is followed through the rest of the novel with Kate later saying "I want to call the shapeshifters and warn them about something but now they won't believe me after I was wrong before. And again WTH???? I read the passage in question like 10 times. My head hurt. I thought I was going crazy because I couldn't understand how something so blatantly wrong would be allowed to go unchecked in a mass market, professional publication. I got on the internet and read reviews and only relaxed after several other reviewers noted seeing the same thing and I realized I wasn't either senile or a complete idiot.
In preparation for reading Magic Bites, I first read the short story pre-quel "A Questionable Client" that is free on the author's site. This tells the story of how Kate came to meet Saiman - a secondary character in Magic Bites. It was a fun short story - but again in terms of inconsistency - in Magic Bites Kate briefly recounts the details of their meeting - and it is not consistent with what unfolds in the short story. Again...WTH???? END SPOILER.
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.