Down in Atlanta, tempers—and temperatures—are about to flare...
As a mercenary who cleans up after magic gone wrong, Kate Daniels has seen her share of occupational hazards. Normally, waves of paranormal energy ebb and flow across Atlanta like a tide. But once every seven years, a flare comes, a time when magic runs rampant. Now Kate is going to have to deal with problems on a much bigger scale: a divine one.
When Kate sets out to retrieve a set of stolen maps for the Pack, Atlanta's paramilitary clan of shapeshifters, she quickly realizes much more is at stake. During a flare, gods and goddesses can manifest and battle for power. The stolen maps are only the opening gambit in an epic tug-of-war between two gods hoping for rebirth. And if Kate can't stop the cataclysmic showdown, the city may not survive.
Four and a half stars: Solid world building, exciting action and an unforgettable heroine!
Kate is startled awake by a phone call. The phones shouldn't be working during magic. The caller is Jim, a member of the pack, who wants to hire her. Kate finally agrees, and ends up being dragged into a mystery that is dangerous and unexpected. Kate will battle old gods in order to save a little girl. Will Kate and her sword Slayer conquer all?
What I Liked:
- Wow! This series took off with book two. While I liked book one, this book is far superior. This time around, the world building is solidified. All the questions I had regarding the mysterious magic waves are answered, and I felt like I had my feet firmly planted in this world. The action is outstanding, the characters terrific and the story complex and smart. If you have not yet started this series, jump on board, now is a good time to start!
- Kate Daniels is awesome. She is formidable, deadly, smart and she can hold her own. However, there is definitely something mysterious about her and her origins, and I am itching to know what that is. In the meantime, I continue to admire her kick butt nature and I can't wait to see what she does next time.
- Curran, The Beast Lord, is back and I am falling in love with him. Even though his role was smaller in this one, there is just something sexy and awesome about him. At times he is ferocious and deadly, and others, he is funny and sarcastic. I have my fingers crossed for a romance.
- Speaking of romance.... the series continues to be romance free at this point, but I am seeing the seeds of one being planted, slowly and subtly and I can't wait to see it come to fruition. I love a long, slow building romance. Right now it is a relationship of sexy innuendos and gestures that leaves me wanting more and more.
- The plot once again is intricate and intelligent. This is a many layered book with lots of story lines to follow. I love that this series is never dull and that it continues to be smart and exciting.
- New characters are introduced, and I am a big fan of Andrea, and I am hoping she will continue to play a big part as the series progresses. I am also curious about Julie and her gifts. Loved seeing Derek back as well.
- I am loving that so far there aren't any cliffhangers and that the each installment wraps up the main story line will leaving plenty of dangling threads to follow up on in the next book.
- The audio book narrated by Rene Raudman is terrific. I have completely settled in with Raudman's narration, and I think she does a top notch job. I find her voice soothing, and I think her accents are terrific.
And The Not So Much:
- My hesitation with the audiobooks is that this is a complex storyline and if you aren't completely focused on everything, you might get lost. If you are a visual learner you might be better suited to read this series, I am very much a visual learner and I am struggling a bit with audio even though I love it.
- I am still a bit confused with the whole vampire thing and the People. I hope that is better solidified next time out.
- I thought the whole final scene with Bran was a bit out of character for Kate. She all of sudden had deep strong feelings for him when early she didn't seem to like him? That part was a little weird for me.
Magic Bites was an excellent second book. I thought the series grew by leaps and bounds in this installment. The world building notches up, the characters grow and the plot thickens. I am very much enjoying this series, and I am kicking myself for not reading it sooner.
I borrowed a copy of this book from the library. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.