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Magic Bites Mass Market Paperback – March 27, 2007
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“One of the best urban fantasy series ever written!”—RT Book Reviews
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About the Author
- Publisher : Ace (March 27, 2007)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 260 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0441014895
- ISBN-13 : 978-0441014897
- Item Weight : 4.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.13 x 0.88 x 6.75 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #152,325 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I had read the Hidden Legacy Series by Ilona Andrews and fell in love with the writing, so I figured I would pick up the Kate Daniels Series. Magic Bites is book one, and you can tell this is the first book from this author, as it wasn't as polished as the new books.
In Magic Bites we meet mercenary Kate Daniels who finds out a loved one has died. She pushes herself into the investigation and has to make nice with people and creatures she never wants to deal with. Being pulled into politics and evil she never wanted to get involved in puts her into dangerous territory and as the story progresses we learn that Kate is hiding something, but we never truly find out what exactly Kate is.
I really did enjoy how headstrong and snarky Kate is, but sometimes this was her downfall. She wouldn't willingly accept help and that got her into trouble a lot. She's not very trusting, and that's understandable with the world she's living in, but when she's dealing with the world she's living in, she has to trust someone and accept help when it's offered. Unfortunately she learns that lesson a bit too late in this book. Kate goes through a lot in this book, and at times it became overwhelming for her and for me as the reader, I had a hard time keeping up with what was going on and who was who and what exactly was going on.
I did enjoy Kate's relationship with The Pack and I have a feeling this is going to be an interesting relationship going forward. Curran and her have a bond that isn't going to go away, they push each other too much for it to be ignored, and they kind of did save each other a few too many times. The Pack's dynamic is interesting and that part of the book was some of my favorite parts to read. I really enjoyed those characters and hopefully I'll get to see more of them in future reads in this series.
There was a lot of build up and craziness to get to the who, what, when, where, and why of what was going on in this book, and the climax of the book was awesome, but then it was just over. Thankfully we had a pretty awesome epilogue that gave us a glimpse into Kate afterwards and maybe what's in store for her next. I was just sad that it had all of this build up and then BAM it was over! I did love the characters in this book, but at times the writing was choppy and the story line was a bit hard to follow, hence the 3 1/2 stars. I am intrigued by this story line though and will be picking up more in this series to see what lies ahead for Kate and the rest of the beings we met in Magic Bites.
I was able to make it through the book however, mostly based off the strength of the main characters. They were interesting enough to keep me reading, even though I didn't always understand what was going on.
Top reviews from other countries
The heroine Kate Daniels is a tough girl with killer instincts, she is hiding from a powerful enemy but finds its time to stand up for something when her guardian is murdered in a messy fashion.
The characters are well written, there is quite a bit of humour in the story and there is also a lot of fight scenes. The series explores a lot of the myths in history and I have to admire the amount of research undertaken by the authors.
This book will appeal to anyone that likes urban fantasy with wry humour thrown in. I mainly recommend it as the start point to the rest of the series.
Here skyscrapers topple under the onslaught of magic; the Pack, a paramilitary clan of shapechangers, prowl through the ruined streets; and the Masters of the Dead, necromancers driven by their thirst for knowledge and wealth, pilot blood-crazed vampires with their minds.
Kate Daniels likes her sword a little too much, and she has a hard time controlling her mouth. The magic in her blood makes her a target, and she's 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 risk her life by pursuing his preternatural killer. Hiding is easy, but the right choice is rarely easy.
The book is written in 1st person with Kate as our narrator. It's written in a easy manner and I found it very easy to get on with. There is a lot of violence in this book, also a lot of body parts and dead bodies. However, I don't think the author indulges in it. The descriptions are simple, such as "there was blood on the floor," or "his intestines weren't in his body." So, its not overly descriptive. There are also mentions.of sexual violence, one of the characters talks about its several times. The book is split into 10 chapters and an epilogue, so the chapters themselves are long - most range from 20-50 pages long.
I really liked this book, I think the world building was great. Just the right amount, without info dumping a load of information at random puts. I liked the characters, I felt as though they all had depth, without being overly tragic as often happens in these type of books. The plot was great, I really enjoyed the twist and turns it took and I understood exactly what was happening. I also, didn't see the ending coming, which was a nice surprise.
There wasn't anything I disliked about the book. I'll definitely read the next one.
(Also, on a completely superficial note: the cover is hilariously awful and will definitely scare off people that might actually like it. I assume the lion is Curran, but Curran is a preternatural werelion—described as being significantly bigger than an actual lion, and, I think, largely bipedal during these moments.)
Kate Daniels lives in a world where magic and technology struggle to exist together, and frequently throughout the day they swap places causing havoc.
She is a mercenary - and spend her time clearing up magical problems. Her guardian dies and she begin to investigate how he died but get herself caught between the pack ( the shapeshifters - who are led by the beastlord Curran ( and you can feel the electricity between Kate and Curran) and the people ( necromancers)
Great characters all with depth and interesting backgrounds (including Kate herself) . I would say this is my least favourite of the series but still a good read - it takes until book 2 to really get into the flow of the books - but I would highly recommend the series.
This book is a very different book with some definately unique qualities to it and I think that's why I liked it so much was because I found it so original.
I loved Kate's character, she is definitely in a class of her own. I love her fierceness and her complete confidence in who she is and the abilities that she has got! My favourite in the book has to be Curran. He really surprised me throughout the book, she does not turn out how I expected him too and I really enjoyed reading that!!
This is a must read and I can't wait to start on the next one to see where her adventures will take us readers