Monday, March 18, 2013

Review: Ilona Andrews - Magic Bites

Kate Daniels Series:
Book 1:
Magic Bites: Kate Daniels
Magic Bites (Kate Daniels, #1)
Purchase on Amazon: Ilona Andrews - Magic Bites (Kate Daniels, Book 1)
When the magic is up, rogue mages cast their spells and monsters appear, while guns refuse to fire and cars fail to start. But then technology returns, and the magic recedes as unpredictably as it arose, leaving all kinds of paranormal problems in its wake.
Kate Daniels is a down-on-her-luck mercenary who makes her living cleaning up these magical problems. But when Kate's guardian is murdered, her quest for justice draws her into a power struggle between two strong factions within Atlanta's magic circles.
The Masters of the Dead, necromancers who can control vampires, and the Pack, a paramilitary clan of shapechangers, blame each other for a series of bizarre killings—and the death of Kate's guardian may be part of the same mystery. Pressured by both sides to find the killer, Kate realizes she's way out of her league—but she wouldn't have it any other way…
I’ve been meaning to get started on reading this series for it has to be around a year. I kept promising myself that I would clear a block of time to be able to get to this series and finally I found some time. So was the wait worth it? For the series as a whole, ABSOULTELY! While I am not quite finished with the series I am whipping through it reading the books back to back and I haven’t gotten sick of it yet!
This is the first book in the series and I have to say it’s not the best of the series, but thankfully I was warned that the first book is not the best so I wasn’t expecting it to the best book I ever read from the start. It has the potential to be up in the top of the series, but what’s holding it back is there is a LOT of world building in this book. It is absolutely necessary to the series, as this is a complex world and without taking the time to build the world the rest of the series probably wouldn’t be as good. There is a ton of new terminology and while the speicies are familiar to paranormal readers there are slight twists. Vampires are not your typical vampires, were’s where are basically the same, they have some differences. There are a lot of new magic’s and the world takes place in a basically ruin Atlanta. Throughout the day it will switch between “magic and tech” so when the magic is up technology doesn’t work and when the tech is up magic is not as influential. So, you have to get used to a lot of differences and at first it’s a lot to take in, but one you got it, it’s a lot smoother sailing.
The series as a whole and this book include is very violent. There is lots of action, blood and death. It is kind of like Jeaniene Frosts Night Huntress series, where action reigns supreme. Another similarity to Night Huntress would be our heroine. Kate like Cat is a kick ass female, she has a sword and she knows how to use it. She takes on all sorts of badies and keeps on kicking. I liked Kate from the get go, she is not whinny, insecure or immature. Her upbringing made sure of that. She knows what she is capable and doesn’t hesitate to do what needs to be done, plus she has a strict moral code that anyone would approve of.
Our villain is a read son of a *itch, almost impossible to kill and it wants Kate. Because of its killing spree, the Pack has become interested in taking out the villain which puts Kate in the path of the Lord Beast, Curran. Kate and Curran do not get off to a good start, but there is the makings of something there. Overall, this book was entertaining with lots of potential, while not the best of the series it is a good start. I highly recommend getting through the first book and continuing on with the series. I promise it gets better!
3.5 Flames

Amanda darkkind

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