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Recommend A… First Book in a Series

July 30, 2012

Recommend A… is a weekly meme hosted by Shanyn at Chick Loves Lit.

Today I’m recommending the first book in the Kate Daniels urban fantasy series – Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews.

Magic Bites – Ilona Andrews (Kate Daniels #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’m incapable of reviewing Magic Bites on its own. I’ve reread the books in this series so often, that they are all one story in my head. All I can say is that I adore this series. I’m a big fan of strong female characters and Kate Daniels is a fine example of one.  She’s brave, strong and caring but also sarcastic, rude and brazen. The world is populated with great characters who are also really fun. There is some fantastic dialogue and the world building is terrific. Magic Bites is probably the weakest entry in the series, but the Kate Daniels series gets better with each book.

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. cortchan permalink
    July 30, 2012 3:36 pm

    I never heard of this but it sounds great! Thanks for the recommendation!

  2. July 30, 2012 4:42 pm

    NIce, I’ve heard nothing but good things about this series, I’ll have to pick it up eventually. 🙂

    • July 30, 2012 4:51 pm

      If you get a chance, do pick them up. I really adore this series:)

  3. July 30, 2012 10:47 pm

    I’ve heard good things about this series. Urban fantasy is not my favorite, but maybe this can be my start into this genre. 🙂

  4. July 30, 2012 10:53 pm

    I haven’t heard of this seris, but it sounds incredibly exciting, and I tend to love anything with magic and kickass heroines. I’ll definitely be adding this to the TBR. Thanks for the reocmmendation! 😀

  5. July 31, 2012 3:37 am

    Oooh, I haven’t heard of this series either. It sounds really good and I’m always up for a strong female lead!

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