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Ilona Andrews
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Book Description

9 Sep 2010 Kate Daniels (Book 1)

Future Atlanta is an interesting place to live: one moment magic dominates, and cars stall and guns fail. The next, technology takes over and the defensive spells no longer protect your house from monsters.

Here skyscrapers topple under the onslaught of magic; the Pack, a paramilitary clan of shapechangers, prowl through the ruined streets; and the Masters of the Dead, necromancers driven by their thirst for knowledge and wealth, pilot blood-crazed vampires with their minds.

Kate Daniels likes her sword a little too much, and she has a hard time controlling her mouth. The magic in her blood makes her a target, and she's spent most of her life hiding in plain sight. But when Kate's guardian is murdered, she must choose to do nothing, and remain safe, or to risk her life by pursuing his preternatural killer. Hiding is easy, but the right choice is rarely easy . . .

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (9 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575093935
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575093935
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,416 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kate Daniels is about to enter a new world of gritty magic and dangerous mystery!

About the Author

Ilona Andrews is the pseudonym of the husband-and-wife writing team of Ilona and Gordon Andrews. Ilona was born in Russia and went to America on a scholarship. She dropped out of her biochemistry degree course when she fell in love with a sailor fresh out of the US Navy and married him, despite opposition from both families. They now live in the Smoky Mountains with their daughters and write bestselling books together.

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117 of 121 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended Urban Fantasy 18 July 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Kate Daniels lives in a world where magic and technology struggle to exist together. As a mercenary she makes her living clearing up magical problems but as she investigates the murder of her guardian she's about to find herself caught between The Pack (shapeshifters) and the People (necromancers).

One of the best urban fantasies I've read this year. Kate is a feisty no-nonsense heroine, who doesn't let the fact she's not as strong as some of her adversaries stop her from doing her job. Although this is written in first person we only know what Kate tells us. A part of her is kept hidden, not only from the other characters but also from the reader. It suggests Kate has a secret she mustn't even think about - but intriguing hints are dropped that I hope will be followed up in the next book.

The book is peopled with interesting creatures and characters. Saiman a problem-solver (I'm not quite sure what he is) who charges $26 a minute for his time, the Lord of the Beasts a shapeshifter alpha you believe could rule - uncompromising and ruthless, he's prepared to do what is necessary to protect his people. This is not a romance but he and Kate have quite a chemistry together. :)

There's an intriguing new take on vampires, rather than sentient beings they are driven by appetite and are controlled by necromancers. They reminded me slightly of the monsters from Resident Evil. It's mentioned that they are constantly evolving (or maybe devolving) from a human base form and are an 'abomination in progress'. Scary.

Whenever a character says "I missed something" it makes me think as a reader I have too. I love stories where you want to think about the mystery and aren't 100% sure about who did what.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars loved it! 27 Sep 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I really enjoyed this book. I sometimes think that urban fantasy kind of books over-explain things, but here, the magic/tech waves, the city in ruins, the magical beings etc were all presented in a straightforward way. It's nice to see vampires as something other than the coolest kids in town. I like the relationship potential not being guaranteed and the general emotional distance of the heroine felt right. I hate hate hate the title, so much so I wouldn't have read the book if it hadn't been particularly recommended to me. And the cover didn't help either, I thought it and the title both screamed young adult, so then I was a bit unprepared for the blood and gore (but not unwelcoming!).
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magic DOESN'T Bite!!! 9 Sep 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
'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 rose, 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 bizzare killings-and the death of Kate's guardian may be part of the same mystery. Pressured by both sides to find the killer, Kate realises she's way out of her league-but she wouldn't have it any other way...'

I LOVE it! 'Magic Bites' is the first novel in a terrific action packed, intriguing new series (so-far a confirmed duo).
Kate is a stubborn, tough, witty 'heroine'. I love the fact she feels the need to keep everyone at 'arms length', but makes friends and allies constantly. Amongst the interesting plot, you gradually learn some of Kates background and it makes you want to learn more.
Kates growing powers, 'love interest potential' with the Beast Lord-pack king of the shapechangers, a series of interesting characters are just some of the things that make you want to go back to visit this 'bloody' brilliant world!!! I cannot wait for the sequel 'Magic Burns', in March 2008.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So enjoyable!! 2 Sep 2009
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I really loved this book. I didn't expect to, thought it might be a bit overdone and boring but not at all. I really like the first person narrator protagonist, Kate, who's a mercenary with a lot of the traits you can imagine coming along with such a job and with a very no-nonsense, butt kicking attitude though not in a cheesy annoying way. The great thing about Magic Bites is the density that is fit into such a short novel - there are loads of minor characters that I can't wait to see more of, a world that whilst it uses the usual magic/urban fantasy elements manages to do it with a unique idea (technology and magic waves, the crumbling city setting, etc), plus a gripping mystery and action based plot.
Yes, there's a lot packed into it, which makes it quite an onslaught of info/characters/ideas, but I think Andrews manages to do this without any of the fluffy info-dumping many authors get caught up in, which makes it a book you need to concentrate pretty hard on, but it's so exciting that it's well worth it.
The romance is also so well done, since it is barely romance at all (no actual sex in Magic Bites) but the guy who's the main romantic interest is extremely hot (yes I do get crushes on characters in books, sad but true)!
I can't wait to read the sequel (it could easily be read as standalone but there's lots of setup for another storyline in the future).
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Ok read but more for the girls i think
Published 1 month ago by Mark Dunleavy
5.0 out of 5 stars Leader of the pack
It's a real pity about the naff cover and title; This series shows the overcrowded ebook werepack genre how it should be done. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Apionid
5.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't put it down.
This book was amazing. Full of action and intense subtle romance, I loved it.
Published 1 month ago by FanaticReader
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Very creative setting, interesting and well developed characters. Dark and gritty, with a touch of humour thrown in that will definitely make you chuckle. On to book 2 now.
Published 1 month ago by LadyJade
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Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable
Fairly standard Urban Fantasy. Interesting world, though a little weak on the ins and outs of it. Fun heroine and enough variety in side characters to keep it interesting. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sadie Forsythe
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
I am not one for writing reviews but as this is my favourite book in this genre I just felt it deserved 5 stars. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ellie
5.0 out of 5 stars fast paced
I really enjoy the 'Kate Daniels' series. Fast paced and humorous with enough character interaction and romance to keep everyone satisfied.
Published 6 months ago by MRS D S GETTY
2.0 out of 5 stars Fantasy addict fodder
Is there a template somewhere for writers of fantasy thrillers? This is, sadly, better than most, but still in the mould of a sort of Micky Spillane fantasy churn-out. Read more
Published 8 months ago by BarbaraM
3.0 out of 5 stars book
I don't remember this book so it couldn't have been that good to be honest. I couldn't recommend it a i don't remember it.
Published 11 months ago by Nats
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