Magic Bites (Kate Daniels #1)
by Ilona Andrews
What is it about:
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…
What did I think of it:
This is a nice read.
I must say I didn't really connect with Kate, there wasn't enough told about her and her past to understand who and what she is. And I'm not even talking about how inconsistent she was with her own rules. The story and the world building however were intriguing enough to deal with a heroine who felt a bit one dimensional to me.
There were some really cool other characters who felt a bit more real to me. I really liked Curran, the Lord of the Beasts and Jim, another shapechanger.
The story is cool and action packed. There were some minor annoyances like people throwing out whole theories just because one small part of it didn't seem to fit, but overall it was an entertaining read.
I'm not completely sold on this series I'll confess, but I might give other books in this series a chance if I come across them. To be honest I like Ilona Andrews' Edge series more than this series so far.
Why should you read it:
It's a nice Urban Fantasy with an intriguing setting.