Atlanta would be a nice place to live, if it weren't for the magic. 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.
Three and a half stars: A strong UF book that introduces you to a fantastic heroine and plenty of paranormal beings.
Kate leads a solitary life. She is strong, determined and able to hold her own. When news that her guardian has been murdered, Kate finds herself drawn into solving his murder. That means Kate must deal with the shapeshifters and vampires, paranormals she prefers to avoid. Quickly, Kate realizes the stakes are deadly, and she is forced to make an alliance with the mightiest of shapeshifters. Can Kate catch a killer?
What I Liked:
- I finally dove in a read Kate Daniels. This seems to be the series that everyone is reading these days, and I wanted to jump on the bandwagon. I can tell you that this is complicated read, and it takes awhile to get your feet on the ground in this world, but once the story hits its stride, I was hooked. I am eager to continue this series. So if you are like me and have been putting this off for far too long, get going and read this.
- Let's talk about Kate. She is the type of heroine that we all love in a good Urban Fantasy series. She is capable, smart, strong and able to hold her own whether in a fight with hungry vampires, or dangerous shapeshifters. I admired Kate and I enjoyed getting to know her. She is the perfect heroine for this UF series.
- The story is intricate and complex. There are many characters coming and going, and a lot to keep track of. It takes a bit of patience, but once everything clicks into to place and starts to make sense, I was in awe of the author's talent. I love a smart story, and this definitely fit the bill. Not to mention there are some good twists and lots of action and danger.
- No romance.... I know many readers might be disappointed that there wasn't a romance, but I for one, appreciated that this book refrained from a love story. There are some hints that something is in the works, but I am one who prefers my UF books to be more about the world and the story instead of a romance.
- Even though this is the first in the series, the book does not utilize the dreaded cliffhanger. Instead all the main story lines are concluded and I wasn't left without a bunch of nagging questions. So nice to enter into a series and get a complete story.
- I listened to the audiobook version narrated by Renee Raudman. This is the second book I have listened to by Ms. Raudman, and now that I have gotten used to her, I think she does an excellent job. My only complaint is I wasn't sold on her male voices.
And The Not So Much:
- This is a dark and complex story. I struggled a bit to get into it early on, but by the time I reached the half way point, I was invested. Like any good UF series, the first book can require a bit of patience as the author takes time to introduce the world and develop the characters. I know that it will only get better from here. So if you are contemplating taking the plunge, remember to be patient.
- The world building wasn't as strong as I had hoped. I struggled a bit with the whole concept of the magic and how it breaks everything down. I still am not clear on where the magic comes from and the whole world. I am hoping it will be clarified in the next book. The author just throws you into the story and you must either learn to swim or sink.
- This was definitely dark and gory, so if you have a weak stomach and don't like blood and guts, this may not be for you.
Magic Bites was a solid read, and though it took some time to adjust to the world and all the characters, I found that by the end, I was invested. I am eager to continue this series, and I cannot wait for more bad assery from Kate and the rest of the gang. If you are on the fence, give this a go, I don't think you will be disappointed, just remember to be patient.
I borrowed a copy of this book from the library. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.