June 20, 2014

Review of Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews ( Book 1 of Kate Daniels series)

Magic Bites in a fantasy book that won't quite fall into the category of romance.It has got a a lot of gore and fights and takes place in an awesome world.

I love a good kickass heroine especially if she is a sword wielding one and has a good sense of humour.
And Kate Daniels fits the bill.She is very independent and fights the bad guys on her own.
That's the one thing I admire the most in her.She is no damsel in distress.

But before analyzing her character further let's hear what Ilona Andrews says about the magical city of Atlanta.

The world has suffered a magic apocalypse. We pushed the technological progress too far, and now magic returned with a vengeance. It comes in waves, without warning, and vanishes as suddenly as it appears. When magic is up, planes drop out of the sky, cars stall, electricity dies. When magic is down, guns work and spells fail.
It’s a volatile, screwed-up world. Magic feeds on technology, gnawing down on skyscrapers until most of them topple and fall, leaving only skeletal husks behind. Monsters prowl the ruined streets, werebears and werehyenas stalk their prey; and the Masters of the Dead, necromancers driven by their thirst of knowledge and wealth, pilot blood-crazed vampires with their minds.
In this world lives Kate Daniels. Kate likes her sword a little too much and has a hard time controlling her mouth. The magic in her blood makes her a target, and she spent most of her life hiding in plain sight.  But sometimes even trained killers make friends and fall in love, and when the universe tries to kick them in the face, they kick back.
Her world building is quite good but many people doesn't like it because it's not very rich in details ,like how exactly it came to be and how it can be predicted.
But,magic can't be predicted. If it can be then the abilities acquired by the people have to be explained in a whole different way. I love the secondary characters who are very likable and intriguing at the same time.
The main characters Curran, who himself is quite bad-ass and no less smart mouthed than Kate and Kate herself makes for a formidable pair.Kate is stupid sometimes but it's great flow and makes the character more real and Curran has got flaws of his own.
Like I said before it's not a paranormal romance book.The book contains vampires but are not the ones you will fantasize about.That I can guarantee.
The book in itself is a murder mystery which is solved in this book itself but we are provided an overarching plot line.
 I really hate the cover art.That's why even though many times I had thought buying it, I didn't.It was the sixth book's cover that had got me hooked.Otherwise I would've missed this wonderful series.
See the difference for yourself.
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But there was one place this book definitely falls behind.It's in showing the emotional connection between the murdered person( who Kate considered as family) and Kate. It was a huge minus point for me.
And I reduced a point for that.
So, my rating is
RATING : 4/5
If you are looking to start a series .I recommend this because it get's better with each book.
Hey, why don't you check out this free prequel. It's one of the best out there.
Questionable client-prequel to Kate Daniels series.
Click on the covers to get to their amazon pages.
Hope you enjoy it.

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