Title: Magic Bites
Author: Ilona Andrews
Genre: Urban Fantasy/ Romance/ Adventure
Publication date: 2007
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 wake.
Kate 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 circles.
The 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…
Magic Bites by the duo Ilona Andrews is a book long overdue in my reading list. First one from the series about Kate Daniels, it is supposed to be interesting, action-packed and make me fall in love with and/or want to be Kate. Or at least that’s what Asya’s Adventures ORL keeps telling me.
I started reading Magic Bites in my short break from ‘The Sword of Truth: Stone of Tears’ and I didn’t realize when I finished it in a single breath (okay, maybe two). Rather short but full with events and action, it is easy to read and so entertaining every time I look at the page count I am 30+ pages in.
So let’s see if Asya was right. Interesting: check. Action-packed: double-check. Make me fall in love with Kate: triple-check. I guess I will be waiting for her ‘I told you so!’ now.
The story revolves around Kate Daniels – a young woman in all kinds of trouble, mainly because of her big mouth. Living in a world where magic is part of everyday life, coming and going in waves, a world plagued by all kinds of supernatural creatures, she is a mercenary with nothing to her name but a bit secret. After her Guardian, who is also a knight-diviner (still trying to figure out what exactly this entitles) is killed, she takes on the task to find his killer. Her investigation keeps getting more and more confusing with every new clue and her mouth put her in situations varying from comic to dangerous with the most powerful supernatural creatures in Atlanta.
As you probably know there are two main types of stories: plot-driven and character-driven. For me Magic Bites is definitely the latter. There is no doubt in my mind that Kate is entertaining, funny and exciting. And so are all other characters – this is one of the few books where each character is unique and outstanding. And thank god for that since the plot and the world are extremely confusing. I mean, I know the words, I know their meaning but the new concepts are not properly explained – or it is done on purpose to confuse the reader. Not sure which may be worse.
There are moments where the author(s) stops and send us an avalanche of information. And there are other moments where a character say something and don’t even bother to explain it as if it is painfully obvious. Maybe it is, maybe I didn’t pay enough attention – either way it is bad for the book. If it is not explained well the reader is confused and can’t enjoy themselves. If the reader didn’t pay enough attention then the bit where it was explained was boring/too dense and they skipped it. There is a third option, of course, that is that the reader is a dumbass but we pay for those books (in most cases) so the author(s) can’t say that to our faces 😀
Although the idea of vampires vs werewolves(and other were- things in this case) is rather overused I like what they did with the concept. I am still struggling to image and not to shudder when I think of a were-rat or were-turtle but don’t mind me, I’ll get there 😀 A big plus for me was the humor – a step up from my favorite ‘Skulduggery Pleasant’ with a serious adult note, language and jokes 😀 I learnt to enjoy those immensely.
Even though it is kind of a cliche I am kind of shipping Kate and Curran 😀 Funny enough, I am shipping her with half of the male characters since they all seem so interesting, so alluring or funny or sexy. The whole book gives this sexy vibe, a note of desperation for intimacy while Kate keeps her head in the game easier that I would expect 😀
I laughed my ass off at the end when they were fixing her roof, I did not see that coming 😀 I can’t wait to read more and see in what kind of awkward or dangerous situation will she get herself in. I also want to note that I have a growing suspicion who Kate’s real father is (yeah, I got the faint hint) but I won’t ruin your thinking process by mentioning names – I’ll let you get your own theories in check.
I would give it 4/5 rating but I would definitely recommend the book – it is fast-paced, exciting and it would definitely make you turn the page again and again(or swap with your finger if you read the ebook) until you’re surprised to see the ‘END’ 😀
What about you? What rating would you give? What are your thoughts and takes on Magic Bites?