Magic Bites (Kate Daniels, #1) by Ilona Andrews


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.

I don’t know if it is because I am reading these so soon after Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series or if there is really a resemblance, but I keep confusing Kate and Mac in my mind.  Both of them are loners who are expected to save the world from a magical disaster.  Both of them have alpha males who try to control them.   Hey, they’re even both from Georgia!

Having said that, I much prefer this series.  Kate is a smart mouth, but she is also smart.  She has a serious attitude problem, but she also has the skill and training to back it up.

I didn’t think I was going to like the book to begin with, but halfway through I ordered the rest of the series.  Unfortunately, they won’t be here for a couple of days.

My only complaint is that there are so many characters, I feel like I should keep notes.  When the “bad guy” is revealed, I had to go back and figure out which one he was.  It made me want to re-read the book again just to get things straight.

Regardless, I can’t wait for UPS to come tomorrow.


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