!Download Book ⚕ Magic Bites ☪ 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 Arose, Leaving All Kinds Of Paranormal Problems In Its WakeKate 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 CirclesThe 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
This was a really dry book I mean wow So, I originally read this at the prompting of my BFF back in 2010, and was so underwhelmed it took me 4 years to pick up the second book And, no I didn t bother doing a re read of book 1 beforehand I was simply so sick and tired of all my friends telling me what a great series I was missing out on, that I just snatched up 2 and dove in.I fully expected to hate it.However, Magic Burns was fantastic, and set me on the path of becoming a rabid fan of not only this series, but of anything the Ilona Andrews duo writes And even though I ve pretty much read everything else that I can get my hands on, I d still never attempted a re read of Magic Bites All I could remember was what a chore it felt like to slog through, and some vague Here, Kitty, Kitty, Kitty reference to Kate and Curran s first meeting It was love at first sight for those twoSo Fast forward 7 years, and here I am Finally going back to see what happened to kick off one of my favorite series ever I felt sure it would be awesome And in my mind, I looked a bit like THIS while jumping into the story The reality was a bit THIS Ok So, yes, it was better this time around Now that I know what the world is like, see where all of this is going with Kate and Curran, know what s up with all of the cryptic references to her father and her blood, and recognize characters that will become important staples in this universe in later books it wasn t chore to get through it.However.I still say this is one of the worst intro books ever At least, to such a fabulous series.The first book of a new series should WOW you It should be so delicious that it slaps you across the face, knocks you off your feet, makes you want to come back for ThisThis was dry and crunchy with an oddly unspecific taste to it.This time around, I d give it 4 stars because I love these characters SO much, and seeing them meet and fight was unbelievably worthwhile But there s still a teeny tiny part of my brain that realizes this book was boring enough that it took me 7 years to bring myself to do a re read.I wish I could just be like, Nah, this was great I don t know what you fools are talking aboutAnd admitting that I understand why a lot of people don t continue with the series after reading this pains metruly.Ok, so here s the deal if you read this and thought it sucked, for the love of God, just read the second book before you decide to give up And, NO, don t go back and try to do a re read of this one first Gojust go Move on to book 2, and the recaps will get you through.For anyone who truly did enjoy this book the first time around, know that I m not saying it s crap, just that I don t believe it does a good job showing how awesome these characters or this world will become in the future. Ever ventured out into the world of dating and discovered that it was disproportionately populated with assholes Did you ever look around and say, Where the hell are all these assholes coming from Well, if Curran turned your oven on then the answer is possibly You Yes, that s right Assholes who have the common traits of narcissism, marchiavellianism and pyscopathy according to recent studies, score with the ladies It s called the Dark Triad I know best name ever and in many respects these aspects of a person can be considered partially genetic traits So when ladies hook up with the dirtbags, they occassionally spawn a entirely new generation to fill up a gene pool that obviously NEEDS jerks.I m not going to bag out Magic Bites because I actually really, really enjoyed it I m looking forward to reading the next book in the series, which I m about to start, but either Curran needs to have a major personality overhaul or he needs to be boinking someone else He s aggressive, petty, arrogant, dismissive and violent And yes, I caught myself thinking he was hot on a couple of occasions.I will submit myself for regular beatings with nunchucks later Nunchucks can cure anything.I really loved the concept, I loved the world and its interesting take on vampires and the governing associations that run the world I had just a LITTLE bit of a problem with the characterization Okay, I might get crucified for this, but Kate Daniels actually really reminded me of Anita Blake Paranormal mystery solver Check Daggy clothes and utter disregard to style Check Tough talking super bravado Check Solves everything with violence or an over abundance of natural magical ability Check Obviously when than two men had an overly enthusiastic sexual interest in Kate, my Pavlovian conditioning kicked in and I was half prepared for Kate Daniels to turn into a slutqueen with a magical vagina You have no idea how happy I was when she didn t I did like her better than Anita though as she had moments of maturity when she decided that tough talk and threats of violence weren t really conducive to what she needed and thus backed down and recognized that she can t defeat evil with her badassery alone Anita will never discover this because even if she died, she d just seduce God and steal his powers and then we d ALL be in a lot of trouble Also, when the chips were down, she got drunk, sat on her porch and DARED the world to come and get her I like it Best Fucking Plan Ever I felt true sisterly affection for her then The mystery was painfully easy but I dismissed that because everything else was covered in so much badass awesomeness Besides, right from the start, Kate laid out her very tactical sleuthing plan and I immediately knew that she was definitely NOT Poirot or Sherlock Holmes She was SUPPOSED to be bad at it and thus she gets my seal of approval It s truly aweinspiring when you can suck arse at something and still come out on top I love it.So, over all, THOUGH I only gave it three stars, I actually liked it Funny, fun, a little bit sexy and a good, light read.Except for all the gruesome death, rape, stabbing, decomposing and dying. About twelve years ago, there was a little girl named Danielle who read a book called Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K Hamilton, and was seduced into the dark, enchanting world of urban fantasy She went on to read urban fantasy than she could shake a stick at Over the years, she lost touch with Anita Blake, and mourned the loss of a tough as nails, kickass, urban fantasy heroine to join for exciting, dangerous, and magical adventures Recently, she finally picked up a book called Magic Bites, which had been sitting on her bloated, embarrassingly large tbr pile She read it to find out who this mysterious Beast Lord was, and why everyone thought that Kate and Curran were the best urban fantasy couple That young girl is a very happy camper.Magic Bites is a hard book to describe If you are a genuine, die hard urban fantasy fan, you will like this book At 260 pages, it appears deceptively slim However, there s a lot of information, adventure, description, and incredibly good writing in that relatively small amount of pages I will admit that this book made being confused and baffled fun for me I had a lot of questions as I was reading Still do But that s kind of nice Kate Daniels is one of the best urban fantasy heroines I ve had the pleasure to meet I ve said before that I don t care for arrogant, braggadocious, posturing characters She doesn t posture She simply is a bad ass, but down to earth, at the same time She doesn t run around in bustiers, low riding leather pants, and stiletto heels, climbing out of bed with some random guy long enough to kick butt She wears clothes that facilitate her ability to kick ass and to keep herself alive Being cute is all good and well, but in her world, being cute might get her killed Her only vanity is her long hair, which she keeps in a braid most of the time Lethal abilities aside, Kate is very feminine She can appreciate a cute guy, and she had flaws and weaknesses just like the rest of us armchair kickbutt heroines I like her no nonsense view of the world, her snarky sense of humor, and the fact that she likes to pull the lion by the tail, sometimes literally I thought she was an interesting character She has some emotional wounds that she is dealing with, and tends to keep her own company It s nice to see a thoughtful, almost brooding heroine in this genre.Ms Andrews earned my respect The Atlanta that she has created is a very fascinating place I still don t understand all of what occurred to make Atlanta very much like a dystopic wastleland, but I didn t have to understand that to enjoy this book I do know that magic plays a huge hand in the catastrophe that hit this fair Southern city It seems to surge and ebb, like the electricity brownouts that were hitting California when I lived out there For all the importance that magic plays in this story, Ms Andrews is never heavy handed with the use of magic In fact, she lightly and skillfully builds a storyline that is credible and interesting around the tendrils of magic power wielded in different ways by many of the characters in this novel And better yet, she was able to create a female magic wielder who wasn t a witch I believe there are far too many witch urban fantasy and paranormal heroines It s gotten to the point where it s almost cliche Her use of folklore is clever and well placed She takes a different direction with vampires, shapechangers, and mages I must say I ve never seen vampires described in the manner in which they exist in this story They are quite gruesome and almost pitiful in Kate Daniels world I have to say that Ilona Andrews writing is high class She sets the scenes very well, using language in just the right way, to keep the story flowing forward She employs the noir elements that I enjoy in urban fantasy and occult detective novels very well Better yet, she treats the reader with respect, understanding that popular fiction readers like to be challenged and fully engaged She seems to understand that just because we enjoy fantastic, escapist material, it doesn t mean that we want to read something meaningless and without substance In fact, I felt as though I was reading a police procedural with magical and horrific elements a sure sign of a good occult detective novel I thought I had figured out who the killer was fairly early on and was about to be disappointed , but I was way off When the reveal happens, it comes at you in such a manner that you cannot help but admire how skillfully the red herring and clues were laid out As I read this book, my brain, which always tries to make order and sense of things, tried to think of a way to categorize and classify this book and the world within it I never came up with a concrete classification But that s a good thing It s nice to find something new within a well loved genre, and to encounter a novel reading experience at the same time This book delivered that to me If I were to make any literary allusions, I would consider this book to have incorporated the story traditions of the tales of medieval knights, with a modern and often horrific spin If I could describe Kate in any quick way, I would call her a knight mercenary She has the requisite sword, although she lacks the steed that usually goes with the package To my pleasant surprise, there is quite a bit of horse riding in this book, but Kate doesn t have her own horse Unfortunately, we didn t get to see her wearing her armor Maybe in the next books Slasher, her blood thirsty and sentient sword, reminded me of Stormbringer, the vampiric sword owned by Elric of Melnibon , written by Michael Moorcock, whom I became acquainted with earlier this fall.Any urban fantasy heroine has to have a potential spark, if you will That s where Curran, The Beast Lord, comes in He s impressive, let s leave it at that He s not just a potential love interest, but a powerful ally These two butt heads in the most delightful ways As the Beast Lord, and a lion shapeshifter, Curran s used to being in charge, and Kate lives by the you re not the boss of me philosophy I look forward to fighting alongside, and flirting with Curran in the next books.This book is quite dark Blood and blood magic and guts aplenty, dark deeds, dark magic, dark creatures This is a book for a reasonably mature reader, in that regard Being a big fan of Magic Noir thank you, Brad, for letting me steal your fantastic term , I enjoyed those aspects But I did wince at a few particularly gruesome scenes The villain is a very disturbing individual, in ways than one Everything in this story has an edge to it That s not a bad thing to this reader, since she enjoys a little darkness in her fiction But if you tend to enjoy the lighter urban fantasy stories, you d want to be prepared when you read this one Now there is humor, but it s of the drier, wry, and grimmer variety If you like the hero to get banged up and injured quite a bit, you ll enjoy that about this novel Kate definitely faces jeopardy, again and again The stakes are particularly high in this novel, in ways that you need to read to find out.So, after so much rambling, I have to say that this urban fantasy fan has found a new series of which she intends to fully avail herself Kate Daniels is my newest knight in shining armor Let the adventures continue. Curran, where have you been all my life Because he simply stole my heart from the very beginning And I m usually not even into shapeshifters Must be due to his sense of humour, handsomeness and, of course, alpha personality and status His Majesty Curran, The chosen Lord of Free Beasts, Requests your presence at the meeting of his Pack At 22 00 of this night Damn you, lucky Kate I wish I could pay him a visit myself Oh, it s you, Curran s voice said quietly I thought it was an elephant Curran has a really interesting personality And not a single moment of boredom, throughout the read, was present, especially when he was around.Kate Daniels may remind you of some other strong, kick ass, sarcastic and brutal honest heroines in other UF series EXCEPT, this girl is not TSTL or too focused on her work to look for romantic love and, also, doesn t jump on every guy she meets, like many other UF protagonists I have met Why a raven To honor my father The writing under it, is that Cyrillic Yes What does it say Dar Vorona Gift of the Raven I am my father s gift The raven is holding a bloody sword I never said it was a nice gift What is interesting about this main character is that, for the first time in my life or so, I actually never predicted what she would say or answer She was completely unpredictable, a little reckless sometimes I admit, but definitely entertaining and intelligent too.The world building is one of the things I liked best about this first book in a series, along with every element composing it, such as the characters, the different types of supernatural creatures, the magic which was fitting the plot well, the mystery which held me captive until the very last page, the pacing that was at a perfect speed and the little bit of romance that the author aloud us to witness You will tell me what you know now, he said Or He said nothing, so I elaborated See, this kind of threat usually has an or attached to it Or an and Tell me and I ll allow you to live or something like that I saw some reviewers complaining about the writing style which they mostly found not of their liking, but I truly thought it was good I do admit that the author s way of describing characters wasn t impressive at all and could get pretty boring since it consisted a lot of doing an enumeration but, since it doesn t happen that often, it didn t come to actually bother me.You know, truth be told, I regret a bit not starting this sooner, since I absolutely ended up LOVING IT The atmosphere was likable, the protagonist perfectly right for this kind of story and everything inside it had a meaning and wasn t there to just fill some empty space So, I would highly highly recommend this story to you, if you normally enjoy urban fantasy books. These were unsafe times But then in safer times, I d be a woman without a job The safe tech world had little use for a magic touting mercenary like meWelcome to a world where magic and technology fight to gain the upper hand Where necromancers control vampires and every nightmarish mythical creature turns out to be real, eager to devour human flesh.Welcome to Atlanta The storyMy name is Kate Daniels Greg Feldman was my legal guardian and the closest thing to a family I ve had for many years I want to find the scum who killed himKate Daniels is a mercenary, hired to take care of supernatural problems When her guardian is brutally murdered but no one seems to know by whom and why, she takes matters in her own hands and crosses paths with shapechanger lords, necromancers and vampires trying to get answers But when she is targeted by a creature devious and ruthless than anything she s ever encoutered, she has to make choices that will affect others and decide who is worthy of her trust and who deserves to be run through by her magic blade Thoughts Magic Bites was the introduction to an action packed, drama free and gruesome saga I must admit there were many times I felt confused and my brain hurt from the effort to understand, because the world building was slow with many questions unanswered, and that s the reason I rated it with 4 stars That being said, I immensely enjoyed this book Despite being difficult to get into, it kept me hooked and I was eager to learn , to dive into magic adventures and bloody fights I ve read my fair share of urban fantasy but this series was different from my regular YA ones More mature, darker, crueller and slightly disgusting unless you are unfazed by mutilated corpses and a huge variety of body fluids , yet fascinating and extremely engaging The charactersWhat kind of a woman greets the Beast Lord with here, kitty, kittyThat s Kate Sarcastic, confident and smart ass, she ll face danger without blinking and she ll slay anything that gets in her way She s not a team player and she can t tolerate any form of authority She doesn t have any friends, her life evolves around blood and magic And she has a sword named Slayer That s what we call badass.But Kate isn t the only badass here How about a shapechanger whose beast form is a lion, sexy as hell, arrogant and stubborn alpha male asshole Meet Curran, also known as sex on a stick.While romance isn t the main focus of Magic Bites, you can sense that things will get intimate between Kate and Curran because holy.hawt.chemistry.Batman They barely tolerate each other because they re so much alike, and they constantly bicker and that s why when they finally get together I expect explosions and fireworks If you re in the mood for a darker urban fantasy book full of blood and gore, then don t hesitate to grab the Kate Daniels series Instagram Twitter Facebook BookNest The Adventures Of A Brave Little Kitty Buddy Rerererereread TAOABLKBR with the IA Addicts And the moral of this particular rererererereread is Kate Bloody Shrimping Daniels Bloody shrimping QED and stuff The Grand IAA KD Buddy Rerererereread Extravaganza GIAAKDBRE , aka the yellow brick road to Magic Triumphs Presenting Episode 1, or How Kate Daniels Learned Not all Cats are Kitty Kitty Kitties Previous rating 10 stars New rating I have been asked by GR support not to reveal my rating The IT team thinks the site might implode if I do And the moral of this particular rererererereread is have a thing against a certain plastic surgeon The Anti Toothpaste Coalition ATC is actively recruiting PM me for details.P.S Let s dance I m the short one in the middle, in case you were wondering The inconspicuous, the nefarious and stuff. KD is the Cure to All of Life s Problems Buddy Read KDitCtAoLPBR with my dear wife Ange, and the poor souls who have fallen into our deathly KD Surprise Reread Trap KSRT Last reread April 27, 2016 Original rating 5 stars Rating after xxxxxx rereads 10 stars Up up up the rating goes. And the moral of this particular rererereread is one tiny little KD fix and all is right in the world again Bye now Original reviewPost Shift Productions proudly present Just Another Day in the Life of Kate Daniels 8.00 a.m Chilling at home Looks like there s something on your wall Well hello there you friendly neighbourhood spiderman Throw a knife, slice a throat Today s going to be a good day 8.30 a.m Greg Dead Shit 9.00 a.m Pay the Knights of Merciful Aid a visit Meet Scumbag Ted of The Debatable Fashion Sense Discuss your investigative techniques annoy the people involved until the guilty party tries to make you go away. Always works wonders 9.30 a.m Meet a hot guy with a toothpaste name Try to radiate integrity and decency of character Doesn t work Give him your knockout smile Misfires Damn 10.00 a.m Talk to Anna She just had a vision of you sitting cross legged on the grass, eating a corpse Nice 10.30 a.m Oh look A big cat Here kitty kitty kitty Give the beast your best cryptic smile Try to impress him with Slayer s useless but very cool white glow Fail miserably 11.00 a.m Pay Saiman a visit Watch him go from bombshell blonde to barbarian king in less time than it takes to blink Throw up in your mouth a little 11.30 a.m Finally manage to get some rest Head to shower The phone rings Step out of shower It s Mr Hot Toothpaste asking you out Wow, did you just say yes to a date Yes you did Head back to shower The phone rings Damn Step out of shower It s Maxine letting you know Scumbag Ted of The Debatable Fashion Sense wants to see you ASAP Oh goody Head back to shower The phone rings Somebody kill me now Step out of shower It s Jim Gives you hell but puts up with your shit He doesn t have a choice Who else is going to help his furry ass anyway 12.00 a.m Put on your Thugs Are Us outfit Pay your new Pack friends a visit Piss His Furry Majesty off a little He better get used to it 12.30 a.m Get yourself a teenage werewolf sidekick Go visit the People s shithole Look at lovely vampire family pictures intestines, brain, heart, bladder, colon, oesophagus, lungs, liver, kidneys It s like a build your own vampire Ikea kit Very cool 1.00 p.m Cut a freakish, ancient vampire s head off Take it home to try a new recipe Add some herbs A drop of blood Chant a little Wakey wakey vampire head 1.30 p.m Surprise visit from Mr Hot Toothpaste Chat about tattoos, ravens and the odds of getting an orgasm with a blind date Hey, it looks like someone is trying to take advantage of an injured, naked woman About time 2.00 p.m Time to finally get some rest Someone knocks on your door What now Oh look, the Beast Lord And here you were thinking it would be someone important 2.30 p.m Field trip to Unicorn Lane with your furry friends His Fussiness compares you to an elephant Try and refrain from kicking his ass 3.00 p.m Meet a lovely Mistress of the Dead Cut cut cut, slice slice slice, cleave cleave cleave Play the disembowelment game Fun times 3.30 p.m Oh look A blanket of undead on the ceiling Rip a heart out, mix a blood cocktail, pilot a few vamps, play with fire, pass out Same old, same old 4.00 p.m Witness the Beast Lord soaking in all his naked glory Want to jump in Err, no thank you Places to go, things to do and all that 4.30 p.m Get ready for a date with Mr Hot Toothpaste Dress up Fancy restaurant Boring, boring, BORED Well if that isn t His Furry Highness sitting across the room from you Here, have some milk kitty cat 5.00 p.m Home at last Get some sleep Wake up feeling refreshed Err, is that a human head on a stick In your yard Will this day never end 5.30 p.m Oh look A giant bone puzzle It s just like sorting out dirty laundry Vamps on the right, shifters on the left Good times 6.00 p.m Wrongly accuse an innocent man Feel like shit Get drunk Uh oh, bad idea Looks like you re on the menu tonight 6.30 p.m Make a pact with the devil Piss His Furriness off So what else is new 7.00 p.m Time for a costume party The Beast Lord wishes you good luck I What You Huh Concentrate Kate, concentrate 7.30 p.m Rotting flesh, putrid juices, swarms of flies, half animals on a telepathic leash Why me 8.00 p.m Cut cut cut, slice slice slice Make a little magic, speak a few power words, play with fire again Oh look A see through villain Take that you vicious bastard Feel like you re dying a little 8.30 p.m Regain consciousness Unexpected hellish nursemaid No nails New job The Beast Lord can t hammer shit Oh boy Book 2 Magic Burns Book 3 Magic Strikes Book 4 Magic Bleeds Book 5 Magic Slays Book 6 Magic Rises Book 7 Magic Breaks Book 8 Magic Shifts Book 9 Magic Binds Book 10 Magic Triumphs Another second chance reread Another DNF I can t believe I put some much work into ranting about this book All I can say today is that it bores me Original reviewI ve read enough urban fantasy to know that the genre is extremely formulaic, just like, let s say, the genre of historical romance Basically, you are aware of what exactly you are going to get from the get go The difficulty here is to find a series whose standard mix of ass kicking heroine amusing cast of secondary characters lore mystery paranormal hunk that suits your personal preferences Unfortunately, I will have to put Magic Bites into the pile of urban fantasy I doubt I will ever get back to, along with Richelle Mead s Storm Born and Patricia Briggs Moon Called The weakest part of the book is definitely the writing I can see how Ilona Andrews might have lost numerous readers within just the first couple of chapters She throws us in the middle of her world without explaining anything at all Only pages later do we get enough information to understand previous events A perfect example is the opening scene of Magic Bites where Kate throws a knife into a vampire s throat and then this vampire starts talking to her in a voice of some other character Finally two chapters later you find out that in Andrews world vampires are basically brainless zombies who are operated by necronavigators This kind of thing happens repeatedly Some readers might enjoy such cryptic type of writing based on extensive withholding of information I personally don t find it enjoyable, unless it s written by Margaret Atwood or Megan Whalen Turner However in this case I don t think the effect is intentional, it seems to be indicative of poor writing skills I might have overlooked the bad writing after all, you do eventually get a better understanding of the world and start keeping up with the events , if only I felt attached to the world or the characters No luck here unfortunately.Patricia Briggs calls Magic Bitesan edgy, dark fantasy, touched with just the right amount of humorin her blurb on the book cover The novel is not particularly or at all humorous, but it is dark indeed In fact, Magic Bites is probably the darkest and goriest urban fantasy I ve come across so far Andrews doesn t shy away from incorporating split open chests, exposed colons, dead flesh eating monsters, etc in her novel So if you are not into this kind of thing, you might want to reconsider reading this book.I appreciate the author s attempt to reshape traditional werewolf vampire lore with a touch of Slavic mythology added in Sometimes it works I liked the shapechanger concept , sometimes it seems ridiculous feeding your sword a mixture of wheat with some iron bits I personally find this world ugly and very vaguely defined For instance, I still have no understanding of what exactly magic is Is it some kind of energy force Who can be in possession of magic How is it used I ve seen it operate cars, I ve seen it applied telepathically, through incantation, via a sword, with the help of herbs in this book I still have no idea what it is I would also love to gain a better understanding of the relationship between the human and magic world Do they co exist How much are they aware of each other What is humans attitude towards the magical creatures and vice versa Or I would love to know what exactly the Guild and its diviners and protectors do Or what Kate does as a mercenary And finally, the main character Kate Daniels will appeal to you if you like your heroines tough, very gloomy, with no sense of humor and irresistibly appealing to all the males in the vicinity to be fair, this is a common theme in urban fantasy I would have liked her if Andrews didn t write her so ever defiant and in constant need to get confrontational with every person man of power around her She softens up a little bit towards the end of the book, but unfortunately too late in the game for me to change my opinion about her.Overall, Magic Bites didn t quite work for me The mystery kept me turning pages, but I finished the book without a desire to continue on with the series It doesn t mean, however, that this novel will not work for you It might, especially if you like your urban fantasy dark and gory and your sword wielding heroines tough and defiant. 5 5 18 Still love it if that wasn t evident by virtue of having read it SIX times If you haven t read this, you should Immediately This is my F A V O R I T E series And that s kind of a big deal For example, if you asked me what my second favorite series was, I d have to give you a top 5 list BUT KATE DANIELS is unquestionably my 1 favorite I m rereading the series, b c the new book is out next Tuesday, and I think this is my fifth or sixth time I typically can t reread a series every year b c I get bored, and I thought that might be a problem this time, but, NOPE, it s not.This is also the series I immediately suggest when asked for a reading recommendation, and it s hooked every person that s taken that advice When I m harassing people for feedback, they ve all liked MAGIC BITES enough to read the next book, which is good b c unlike most series, this one just keeps getting better There have, however, been a few complaints that this first book is a little confusing on the world building front I can t be completely objective, b c looking back after reading the series five times hindsight is, after all, 20 20.The basic premise is brand new the world began with magic and technology existing in a harmonious balance The analogy made is of a pendulum swinging only slightly back magic and forth technology But over time man developed magic, causing the pendulum to swing increasingly wildly until the pendulum crashed to the other side, leaving only a minimal amount of magic behind and flooding the world with the ability to use technology in magic s stead I pictured it like that boat ride at theme parks at Carowinds it s called the Frenzoid that starts out swinging slowing back and forth, gaining momentum, until finally, after a nerve wracking several seconds held completely upside down, it crashes to the other side This happens approximately every 4000 ish years, most recently about 40 years prior to the present time in the book The changeover from magic to tech, or in the book s case, tech to magic, is not immediately complete Like the Frenzoid, after the initial shift from back and forth to completing a full circle, the momentum keeps the boat or magic tech swinging wildly back and forth until it settles down in the middle, or magic in MAGIC BITES As man develops magic to replace the lost technology, the process begins again, and in another 4000ish years the reverse shift will occur.I honestly can t remember how well this is explained in book 1, but I do know that if it wasn t fully explained, I did not care It was secondary to the plot and the characters I knew that sometimes magic worked and sometimes it didn t Same for technology I knew that when magic worked, guns wouldn t fire, and that spells didn t work when tech was up I also knew this was why Kate carried a sword b c a sword always works Kate is KICK ASS.And that was enough information for me, b c who cares about world building when you have a main character like Kate Daniels Not me Kate is the perfect heroine On the surface, she s the standard Urban Fantasy MC she s super special magically and snarktastic Oftentimes this can get old, but not Kate Daniels, who after numerous rereads only gets fantastic Unlike other UF heroines, Kate s brand of special kept her truly isolated She didn t feel alone, she was alone Anything else meant death And yeah, her mouth is always getting her into trouble, but Kate often reveals her vulnerability right before she attacks Curran turned to me Take one of mine again and I ll kill you He said it in a conversational manner, matter of fact and flat, but in his eyes I could see a simple certainty If he had to, he would kill me He would not lose any sleep over it He would not give it a second thought He would do it and move on, untroubled by ending my existence.It scared the shit out of me, so I laughed in his face. She was scared So she laughed In his FACE And that, ladies and gentlemen, is why I love Kate She doesn t bitch and moan about how life isn t fair, why her She does what needs doing, and she often does it hilariously She s my favorite.Teenage girls everywhere wish that they were Katniss Everdeen I wish I was Kate Daniels.My other reviews for this series A Questionable Client Kate Daniels, 0.5 Magic Burns Kate Daniels, 2 Magic Strikes Kate Daniels, 3 Magic Mourns Kate Daniels, 3.5 Magic Bleeds Kate Daniels, 4 Magic Dreams Kate Daniels, 4.5 Magic Slays Kate Daniels, 5 Magic Tests Kate Daniels, 5.3 Magic Gifts Kate Daniels, 5.4 Gunmetal Magic Kate Daniels, 5.5 Retribution Clause Kate Daniels, 5.6 An Ill Advised Rescue Kate Daniels, 5.8 Magic Rises Kate Daniels, 6 Magic Steals Kate Daniels, 6.5 Magic Breaks Kate Daniels, 7 Magic Shifts Kate Daniels, 8 Magic Stars Kate Daniels, 8.5, Grey Wolf, 1 Magic Binds Kate Daniels, 9 Iron and Magic Kate Daniels, 9.5 Magic Triumphs Kate Daniels, 10 Curran POV Collection Nov 7, 2017 is the start of my reread of this series at Sale Alert This is one of my all time favorite UF series and books 1 and 4 are currently on sale 9 30 17 at 2.99Kate Daniels Buddy Read Reread starts April 27 with the gang at Ilona Andrews Addicts IAA Let the fun and games begin, Yes it is still only a 3.5 star read but I really enjoyed it all over again There is a little plotting issue that is fuzzy but overall great start to one of my favorite UF series Only beaten just slightly by books 1 5 of Karen Marie Moning s Fever Series.3.5 Stars Re read 25Jun2014 before the release of Magic BreaksI forgot the entire plot to this book and it was like reading it all over again Sure I remembered ALL the interactions between Kate and Curran and I remember meeting Derek for the first time But I had totally forgotten who the bad guy was and why I guess we all know what I really cared about I even forgot there was a Zombie Dragon A freaking Zombie Dragon and I had totally forgotten about it.bad Robin Bad.This was my first Ilona Andrews IA book I ve read 14 now, including the novellas and it is also my lowest rated IA book It all just gets better from here They have come a long way as a writing team and I enjoyed this book maybe even a little the second time through.I love the early Kate and all the posturing she and Curran do to prove who is top dog or cat as the case may be The humor is still there but it gets so much better in the later books I enjoyed the beginning a little because I understand the magic or this world and I could focus on other details this time around.The 7th book Magic Breaks will be out the end of July and it completes an entire plot arc so if you are looking for a fun PRN UF series I highly suggest this one, cheesy Narnia esk cover not with standing Initial Review 21Sept13 I m going to admit that I put off reading this based solely on the cover for a long time I saw the lion and thought, shades of Narnia, no thanks, I ll pass But, I was assured that couldn t be further from the truth and was talked into reading it So thanks to all those who peer pressured me, you know who you are Kate Daniels takes a different approach to solving mysteries and getting things doneAnnoy principals involved until the guilty party decides to kill youNow in most books that is how the story works but the characters never use it as an actual strategy That was the first reason I liked this book Warning the world in this book is really different from any other UPF I ve read and it takes a little getting used to The author doesn t ever succumb to the info drop and just trusts the reader to wait as the world is uncovered bit by bit It takes time to do it this way but in the end I like the result a lot better.This is a world where magic and technology sort of shift like the tides When one is in full swing the other doesn t really work People have learned to live in two worlds that are together and separate all at the same time Although somewhat confusing while you are figuring out the world that is being presented by the author it is fascinating and was almost as much a draw for me as the story line.Kate Daniels is a girl shrouded in some mystery and I can see from this first book that she is going to kick some butt throughout the series She is not a damsel in distress although she is vulnerable at times Magic Bites has started to set up her character quite well and while we get a glimpse at who Kate Daniels is I do have a feeling we have only scratched the surfaceSo you admit to being a walking stereotype It s safer that way, I said honestly. There is plenty going on as Kate tries to figure out who killed her guardian She has been alone for so long that it is difficult to play well with others Even though she is defiant of authority and often does or says things she knows she shouldn t, Kate remains very likable which not every heroine can pull off Diplomacy was never my strong suit and my patience had run dry I crouched and called out, Here, kitty, kitty, kittyTeaming up with the local were pack has some hardships of its own especially for Kate who can t just lay down and show her belly to the alpha of the pack no matter how hot he is A battle of wills at hand and Kate might just be in over her head.Overall the story was entertaining, I enjoyed getting to know Kate, Curran definitely has some possibilities and the world captured my imagination I will definitely be reading on in the series to see where the larger story arc goes.