Magic Bites

Magic Bites

Kate Daniels Series, Book 1

eBook - 2007
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New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews invites you to experience the first novel in the "intriguing world" (Locus) of Kate Daniels with this special edition of Magic Bites...Kate Daniels is a down-on-her-luck mercenary who makes her living cleaning up 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. Pressured by both sides to find the killer, Kate realizes she's way out of her league—but she wouldn't want it any other way... This special edition includes in-depth information about the world of Kate Daniels, with descriptions of its characters and factions. Explore Kate's Atlanta like never before with answers to FAQ and a quiz to find your place there. And don't miss the prequel story "A Questionable Client," as well as scenes of events in Magic Bites from Curran's point of view.
Publisher: 2007
ISBN: 9781101041970
Branch Call Number: DOWNLOADABLE E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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I just read Curran POV, and made me want to read this series over again. Enjoying it just as much. Usually with a strong female lead the males tend to be bumbling messes, not the case here. They complement each other to get the job done. These books aren't oversexed like some series I can name.

Enjoyable, quick read, nice universe to take a break from the real world. Looking forward to seeing the relationships/people grow. I love that the main characters aren't all knowing, all powerful, they get bruised and battered in each fight thats it more realistic, more plausible. There aren't any "oh, come on are you serious moments" Great read!!

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jac523
Sep 12, 2018

Just finished re-reading this one (and the rest of the series) in preparation for the final book. Still as great as I remember!

kelcy1517 Aug 31, 2018

I struggled to get into this book, but it really picked up in the second half! I loved the contradictions between magic and tech and how that influenced what the characters were able to do. It was a great ending and now I want to read the next book.

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AlitaConejita
Jun 21, 2018

I wasn't happy with the character of Kate. She seems to be based on the popular tough, butt-kicking, no bs, not pc, but still justice seeking, emotionally vulnerable and caring/protective action heroine prototype. I enjoy that prototype and therefore have other fictional characters to compare her too. In comparison, I found Kate lacking. At the beginning of the book she has the thought of Texas existing because of cowboys and Mexican sluts. That rather broad brush stroke painting a whole group of people in such a disparaging light was a slap in the face when I was just starting to get to know the character. I think that thought was meant to highlight the not pc, tough outer-shell part of the character. I wasn't happy with it because it takes away from the caring/protective and justice parts of the character. There is a difference between being rude/"telling it like it is" and broadly labeling/stereotyping a slew of people. Beyond that, Kate wasn't as awesomely kick-butt as I originally expected. She made a bunch of blunders that made things harder for herself. That I guess makes her more 'human' and relate-able. Definitely more plausible than other infallible action heroes though it aggravated me a bit.

Anyway - The world building was good. The world itself, interesting. Would it be considered post-apocalyptic? It's on the gray line for me on that point. The other characters were compelling, and since multiple GoodRead people whose reading taste/opinions I respect and/or agree with like the Kate Daniels series I read the next two books in the series back-to-back. The books [and Kate's character] improve as the series progresses :)

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Lanitoo
Mar 03, 2018

I would really love to read this title. Bummer that there are only 2 copies with 12 holds. That means I probably won't be able to borrow this title in this format for at least 3 months.

ArapahoeDagmar Jan 21, 2018

First in Kate Daniels series. Amazing world building, great character development throughout the series and a complete escape from reality. Highly recommended!

LPL_LaurenT Apr 21, 2017

Firmly in the Urban Fantasy camp, Magic Bites is a rollicking read. Set in the not-too-distant future Atlanta, Magic is real; it has taken over, and technology only works periodically. Therefore, swords and guns are both practical tools for mercenary Kate Daniels. Filled with lesser known myths, gods, and magic systems, Magic Bites will start you on a journey with shifters, swordplay, and a badass heroine hiding in plain sight.

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nidofito
Dec 29, 2015

I enjoyed the action sequence, and the no-nonsense attitude of the heroine. The book actually reminded me of Anita Blake series. But unlike Anita Blake, Kate Daniels can reign in her temper and back down which is much appreciated.

The writing is not that good unfortunately. I'm still convinced that there's a prequel book or series that I should've read before starting this one. Things are not explained well. I don't understand the magic specifics and hope they will be answered in the next book.

JCLHebahA Jul 17, 2015

A decent bit of urban fantasy, but not much earth-shattering or new here. I did like her world, where magic fluctuates and wreaks havoc with tech. Kate herself was a solid contender in the smart-mouthed-loner protagonist camp (her encounters with Curran are entertaining). I do wish the question of exactly what powerful blood flows through her veins had been answered, but I reckon that is supposed to be a hook to get me to read the rest of the series. I might give them a try someday, but as of this volume, I'm not deeply invested.

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sra963
Jun 04, 2015

I really enjoyed the start of this series and am anxious to read the others. I am holding myself back from binge reading.

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Oct 01, 2012

“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."
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Mar 27, 2012

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