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  • Magic Bites
  • Ilona Andrews
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  • 09 September 2017
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Magic Bites

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Ment 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 onslaught of magic; werebears and werehyenas prowl through the ruined streets; and the Masters of the Dead necromancers driven by their thirst of knowledge and wealth pilot blood crazed vampires with their m Completed an audiobook reread of this book in July Here are my thoughts on this reread Most of the meat on the bones is in my first reviewI am glad I reread this It was a great book but I forgot uite a bit of what happened It's pretty edgy even today A hefty dose of the horrific in the type of villain it features and the highly heinous deeds he commits Kate Daniels is badass She is snarky but has the ability to back it up I enjoyed her dialogue and I appreciated being inside her head and seeing the world through her eyes For an urban fantasy this book is highly dystopian A near future setting where Atlanta is devastated by a magical cataclysm In the time of COVID 19 it seems very prescient I liked the 'flirting' with Curran if you want to call it that I appreciate that Kate doesn't compromise who she is just because he's the Beast Lord And he's very scary tbh I really like Derek as Kate's sidekick Renee Raudman is a very good narrator She has a great way of making Kate sound lethal but also deliver's her snarky lines perfectly She's also good at male voices as well I would recommend checking out this Audiobook even if you're read this beforeAbout 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 camperMagic 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 uestions 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 genreMs 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 uite 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 uick way I would call her a knight mercenary She has the reuisite sword although she lacks the steed that usually goes with the packageTo my pleasant surprise there is uite 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 Melniboné written by Michael Moorcock whom I became acuainted with earlier this fallAny 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 booksThis book is uite 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 uite 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 outSo 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

Summary ñ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ↠ Ilona Andrews

Inds 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 when Kate’s guardian is murdered she must choose to do nothing and remain safe or to pursue his preternatural killer Hiding is easy but the right choice is rarely eas 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 shapeshiftersMust be due to his sense of humour handsomeness and of course alpha personality and status His Majesty Curran The chosen Lord of Free Beasts Reuests your presence at the meeting of his Pack At 2200 of this night Damn you lucky Kate I wish I could pay him a visit myself “Oh it's you Curran's voice said uietly 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 aroundKate 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 tooThe 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 meYou 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

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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 failAtlanta would be a nice place to live if it weren’t for magic One mo 5518 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 unuestionably my #1 favorite I'm rereading the series bc 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 bc I get bored and I thought that might be a problem this time but NOPE it's notThis 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 bc 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 bc looking back after reading the series five times hindsight is after all 2020The 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 4000ish 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 magictech 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 occurI 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 bc a sword always works Kate is KICK ASSAnd that was enough information for me bc 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 existenceIt 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 favoriteTeenage girls everywhere wish that they were Katniss Everdeen I wish I was Kate DanielsMy other reviews for this series A uestionable Client Kate Daniels #05 Magic Burns Kate Daniels #2 Magic Strikes Kate Daniels #3 Magic Mourns Kate Daniels #35 Magic Bleeds Kate Daniels #4 Magic Dreams Kate Daniels #45 Magic Slays Kate Daniels #5 Magic Tests Kate Daniels #53 Magic Gifts Kate Daniels #54 Gunmetal Magic Kate Daniels #55 Retribution Clause Kate Daniels #56 An Ill Advised Rescue Kate Daniels #58 Magic Rises Kate Daniels #6 Magic Steals Kate Daniels #65 Magic Breaks Kate Daniels #7 Magic Shifts Kate Daniels #8 Magic Stars Kate Daniels #85 Grey Wolf #1 Magic Binds Kate Daniels #9 Iron and Magic Kate Daniels #95 Magic Triumphs Kate Daniels #10 Curran POV Collection


About the Author: Ilona Andrews

Ilona Andrews is the pseudonym for a husband and wife writing team Ilona is a native born Russian and Gordon is a former communications sergeant in the US Army Contrary to popular belief Gordon was never an intelligence officer with a license to kill and Ilona was never the mysterious Russian spy who seduced him They met in college in English Composition 101 where Ilona got a better grade