Magic Bites (Kate Daniels #1) by Ilona Andrews

Magic Bites (KD #1) by Illona Andrews

Rated: 5 flaming stars        Recommended to: People who enjoy the Urban Fantasy genre.

Goodreads blurb

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 had a feeling this would be an awesome read before I flipped the digital pages. I was right, oh boy, was I. I read all kinds of books, I’m not very particular, this series was my  introduction into UF and since then I began leaning in this direction. Only a little bit more that any other.

Kate Daniels is a smart mouthed, kick ass, sword wielding mercenary with a very interesting but still mysterious (at this point) past. When one hears the word ‘mercenary’ usually one comes to the conclusion that their only in it for money, and frankly one would be right, but Kate has a conscience, she’s got integrity, decency and she’s often stubborn, could-teach-a-mule-lessons kind of stubborn and that’s sometimes good and other times … not so good but I like her.

The stage of this story is set in post-shift Atlanta, a time where the reign of technology has crumbled, grasping at straws to stand shoulder to shoulder with the magic that’s risen up once again to stake it’s claim on the earth. I believe it was at this concept that I was sold. That and the shape shifters. But they weren’t the only critters in here, you’ve got a plethora of gods and monsters from various civilizations, cultures and what have you and I’d like to believe that Andrews did some good research. It adds spice to the standard variations of vampire and werewolves.

Okay that was a long intro. When her guardian was found brutally murdered next to a beheaded vampire (these aren’t the Twilight types, nothing near ’em). Shape shifters are also turning up dead. None of the above were easy targets. Kate makes it her mission to get to the bottom of things and in the process she get in a sort of tangle with the Pack (shifters) and the People (vampire controllers). Not good, but if makes for an interesting story.  Each crime is related: there was one killer, something with weird magic.We meet a few very interesting and important players that will turn up in the other books (Having read all so far I’ve liked what I’ve seen). All in all I think it’s a awesome book.

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