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Product details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (9 Sept. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575093935
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575093935
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 325,779 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for the Kate Daniels novels

"Splendid...an edgy, dark fantasy."--Patricia Briggs, #1 "New York Times" bestselling author

"Kate is a great kick-ass heroine."--"Locus"

"Simply amazing. The Kate Daniels series honestly gets better with each new release."--"Night Owl Reviews"

Praise for the Kate Daniels novels
"Splendid...an edgy, dark fantasy."--Patricia Briggs, #1 "New York Times" bestselling author
"Kate is a great kick-ass heroine."--"Locus"
"Simply amazing. The Kate Daniels series honestly gets better with each new release."--"Night Owl Reviews"

Praise for the Kate Daniels novels
"Splendid...an edgy, dark fantasy."--Patricia Briggs, #1 "New York Times" bestselling author
"Kate is a great kick-ass heroine."--"Locus"
"Simply amazing. The Kate Daniels series honestly gets better with each new release."--"Night Owl Reviews"

Praise for the Kate Daniels novels
Splendid an edgy, dark fantasy. Patricia Briggs, #1 "New York Times" bestselling author
Kate is a great kick-ass heroine. "Locus"
Simply amazing. The Kate Daniels series honestly gets better with each new release. "Night Owl Reviews""

Praise for the Kate Daniels novels
Splendid an edgy, dark fantasy. Patricia Briggs, #1 New York Times bestselling author
Kate is a great kick-ass heroine. Locus
Simply amazing. The Kate Daniels series honestly gets better with each new release. Night Owl Reviews"

Praise for the Kate Daniels novels
"Splendid...an edgy, dark fantasy."--Patricia Briggs, #1 New York Times bestselling author
"Kate is a great kick-ass heroine."--Locus
"Simply amazing. The Kate Daniels series honestly gets better with each new release."--Night Owl Reviews --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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

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It's a real pity about the naff cover and title; This series shows the overcrowded ebook werepack genre how it should be done.

Kate Daniels is a talented human mercenary with a secret, working in a world that has gone to hell, turned upside down by the return of magic and ferocious mythical creatures. When her best friend and mentor is found dead, she vows to find the perpetrator and make him pay, preferably slowly and painfully. Her investigation leads to an edgy alliance with the shapeshifters as they hunt the murderer through the ruined city of Atlanta. Kate is principled, self reliant and extremely dangerous. There are no cupcakes but plenty of black humour, entertaining dialogue and more intelligence and originality than usual for the genre.

If you don't warm to the idea of an aggressive, sword swinging heroine and her furry friends, or are looking for something highbrow, this isn't the book for you. But if you do, sit back and enjoy the ride.
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I absolutely loved this book. It's so good to find a new 5 star series. I already am planning to recommend it to anyone and everyone.

It is an Urban Fantasy, so for anyone who needs a romance storyline all wrapped up neatly within the first book, you might not enjoy it for that reason alone. But I, for one, am quite happy to have a slow burning love story, cast over several books. It's all in the anticipation people! And there is a clearly a potential love interest here. Just as soon as they both get over themselves, and stop annoying the hell out of each other. Love it! I think it's great when they start off hating each other, it makes it all the sweeter when they finally concede defeat. In this case. I'm not sure who will break first. There was a kiss, but that was only really done for distraction, to stop the other person from thinking about how scared they were.

There are oodles of weird creatures in this book. It makes a refreshing change to have some new ideas in this area. There were Shapechangers, Necromancers and various other magic users. There were hints left here and there that Kate herself has some big secret concerning her genealogy. Although we know she has magic right from the offset, she, for some reason has to be really careful about her blood. Always making sure that if she bleeds anywhere, she cleans it up or burns it. Like as if someone were to smell or sample her blood, they would find out what bloodline she came from, and I'm guessing this would be bad. As I said, there were only clues to this so far, no actual answers, so I have no idea what the big deal is, but I am very intrigued at this point.
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This is the most novel book I have read in years. Has magic, shapechangers and other fantastical creatures but, more importantly, has a great plot, wonderful characterisation and storyline.

A must read. 5 stars!
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By Jeannie Zelos TOP 500 REVIEWER on 2 Dec. 2010
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Having recently discovered the urban dystopia genre i'm avidly searching for books and authors I might like. Ordered this one and halfway through ( next day!!) had to order the rest of the series so far, to have ready to follow on. Kate is great - heroine with a hard shell and soft centre and the interaction between her and Curran is just right - teasing the reader, tempting us to want to see their relationship develop further. If you like the worlds of fantasy, shapeshifters and gutsy heroines this book is for you.
Fabulous series!
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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. I got bored a quarter of the way through and skipped my way to the end.
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Well written, enthralling characters, delivered with wit and humor.
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Held my attention, found it hard to put the book down. I liked the interaction between the characters. Good storyline.
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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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