Review: Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews

28 December 2013

Magic Bites (Kate Daniels, #1)Title:Magic Bites (Kate Daniels #1)  
Author: Ilona Andrews  
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 My Rating:

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'm hooked!
When i started reading this book i had no idea it would suck me in so much that I'd sacrifice my precious sleeping time to gobble them all up.

Kate Daniels is unapologetic, smart, snarky and tough.  Order Academy dropout she makes a living as a   no-name mercenary taking care of the magical mishaps that occur around Atlanta . She keeps to herself and is a "lone wolf" with a few exceptions.
That all changes when her guardian (Greg) is murdered and she is trust again in the Order of Merciful Aid  spotlight. They hire her to investigate his case and that lands her right in the middle of two most powerful supernatural groups. The People with its Atlanta boss, Nataraja and the shapechangers and its Lord of The Free Beasts, Curran.

I still cant get over the fact that the Ilona Andrews duo is able to make such a breathtaking world. Masterfully written it sucked me in withing the first 30 pages.
 The concept of enraged magic that retaliated on the technology loaded world is most unique thing i read in a while. A world where gods are real and  myths are true and words have power.
Characters where realistically portrayed flaws and all.
 And Kate is not a wishy washy heroine either. Snarky and smart mouthed she charges head on trough the fire even with fear crawling down her spine.
I didn't like Curran in this part( I'll like him later) he came of as obnoxious throughout most of the book and didn't understand Kate at all (or didn't want to). He frustrates me.
There was no insta-love in fact it was more insta-hate. Neither of them wanted to have anything to do with each other. She opposed him head on, challenged him. And he was to dangerous for the and her secrets.
Oh and then there was Derek, the teenage (ware)wolf. I fell in love the moment Kate used his body as a shield (piqued your interest didn't i), smart mouthed as she is they got along great, i only wished there was more interaction.

The mystery part was solid it didn't fall in the background of character development and world descriptions.
 There where some loose ends and part confusions but i liked everything else well enough not to hang on to small details.

You need to read this book, the whole series in fact. 
After i read Mercy Thompson series every other UF i tried was falling short. 
I'm glad  to report that this one is equally good and will keep you entertained.

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