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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 moment 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 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 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 easy


10 thoughts on “Magic Bites

  1. says:

    35 stars10 Reasons to Love Kate Daniels1 She doesn't take any crap from anyone2 She's sarcastic and occasionally rude and always hilarious Who else would greet a snarly Beast Lord with Here kitty kitty?3 She knows all the rules of diplomacy when dealing with shapeshifters vampires and other supernaturals4 She knows how to break all those rules and commands respect in spite of it5 She admits when she makes mistakes6 She's comfortable with herself and who she is But she's lonely too and she isn't afraid to acknowledge it7 She has a lot of men in her life that she likes for different reasons But she won't hesitate to call them out if she thinks they're crossing the line8 She has a huge amount of decency and integrity Exhausted hurt bleeding and hungry she'll still stop eating when she thinks someone else is being slighted9 She wields a mean sword that she calls Slayer that she uses to kill all kinds of vicious creatures10 She kicks serious ass with or without magicI have a hit or miss track record with most urban fantasy books that I've tried but I think Kate and I are going to get along just fine Can't wait to read the next book And the one after that and the one after that


  2. says:

    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


  3. says:

    Ever ventured out into the world of dating and discovered that it was disproportionately populated with assholes? Did you ever look around and say Where the hell are all these assholes coming from?Well if Curran turned your oven on then the answer is possibly YouYes that's right Assholes who have the common traits of narcissism marchiavellianism and pyscopathy according to recent studies score with the ladies It's called the Dark Triad I know best name ever and in many respects these aspects of a person can be considered partially genetic traits So when ladies hook up with the dirtbags they occassionally spawn a entirely new generation to fill up a gene pool that obviously NEEDS jerksI'm not going to bag out Magic Bites because I actually really really enjoyed it I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series which I'm about to start but either Curran needs to have a major personality overhaul or he needs to be boinking someone else He's aggressive petty arrogant dismissive and violent And yes I caught myself thinking he was hot on a couple of occasionsI will submit myself for regular beatings with nunchucks later Nunchucks can cure anythingI really loved the concept I loved the world and its interesting take on vampires and the governing associations that run the world I had just a LITTLE bit of a problem with the characterization Okay I might get crucified for this but Kate Daniels actually really reminded me of Anita Blake Paranormal mystery solver? CheckDaggy clothes and utter disregard to style? CheckTough talking super bravado? CheckSolves everything with violence or an over abundance of natural magical ability? CheckObviously when than two men had an overly enthusiastic sexual interest in Kate my Pavlovian conditioning kicked in and I was half prepared for Kate Daniels to turn into a slutueen with a magical vagina You have no idea how happy I was when she didn'tI did like her better than Anita though as she had moments of maturity when she decided that tough talk and threats of violence weren't really conducive to what she needed and thus backed down and recognized that she can't defeat evil with her badassery alone Anita will never discover this because even if she died she'd just seduce God and steal his powers and then we'd ALL be in a lot of troubleAlso when the chips were down she got drunk sat on her porch and DARED the world to come and get her I like it Best Fucking Plan Ever I felt true sisterly affection for her thenThe mystery was painfully easy but I dismissed that because everything else was covered in so much badass awesomeness Besides right from the start Kate laid out her very tactical sleuthing plan and I immediately knew that she was definitely NOT Poirot or Sherlock Holmes She was SUPPOSED to be bad at it and thus she gets my seal of approval It's truly aweinspiring when you can suck arse at something and still come out on top I love itSo over all THOUGH I only gave it three stars I actually liked it Funny fun a little bit sexy and a good light readExcept for all the gruesome death rape stabbing decomposing and dying


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    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


  5. says:

    This was a really dry book I mean wowSo I originally read this at the prompting of my BFF back in 2010 and was so underwhelmed it took me 4 years to pick up the second book And no I didn't bother doing a re read of book 1 beforehand I was simply so sick and tired of all my friends telling me what a great series I was missing out on that I just snatched up 2 and dove inI fully expected to hate it However Magic Burns was fantastic and set me on the path of becoming a rabid fan of not only this series but of anything the Ilona Andrews duo writes And even though I've pretty much read everything else that I can get my hands on I'd still never attempted a re read of Magic Bites All I could remember was what a chore it felt like to slog through and some vague Here Kitty Kitty Kitty reference to Kate and Curran's first meeting It was love at first sight for those two So Fast forward 7 years and here I am Finally going back to see what happened to kick off one of my favorite series ever I felt sure it would be awesome And in my mind I looked a bit like THIS while jumping into the story The reality was a bit THIS Ok So yes it was better this time around Now that I know what the world is like see where all of this is going with Kate and Curran know what's up with all of the cryptic references to her father and her blood and recognize characters that will become important staples in this universe in later books it wasn't chore to get through itHoweverI still say this is one of the worst intro books ever At least to such a fabulous seriesThe first book of a new series should WOW you It should be so delicious that it slaps you across the face knocks you off your feet makes you want to come back for This? This was dry and crunchy with an oddly unspecific taste to it This time around I'd give it 4 stars because I love these characters SO much and seeing them meet and fight was unbelievably worthwhile But there's still a teeny tiny part of my brain that realizes this book was boring enough that it took me 7 years to bring myself to do a re readI wish I could just be like Nah this was great I don't know what you fools are talking about And admitting that I understand why a lot of people don't continue with the series after reading this pains metrulyOk so here's the deal if you read this and thought it sucked for the love of God just read the second book before you decide to give up And NO don't go back and try to do a re read of this one first Gojust go Move on to book 2 and the recaps will get you throughFor anyone who truly did enjoy this book the first time around know that I'm not saying it's crap just that I don't believe it does a good job showing how awesome these characters or this world will become in the future


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    “These were unsafe times But then in safer times I'd be a woman without a job The safe tech world had little use for a magic touting mercenary like me” Welcome to a world where magic and technology fight to gain the upper hand Where necromancers control vampires and every nightmarish mythical creature turns out to be real eager to devour human fleshWelcome to Atlanta The story “My name is Kate Daniels Greg Feldman was my legal guardian and the closest thing to a family I've had for many years I want to find the scum who killed him” Kate Daniels is a mercenary hired to take care of supernatural problems When her guardian is brutally murdered but no one seems to know by whom and why she takes matters in her own hands and crosses paths with shapechanger lords necromancers and vampires trying to get answers But when she is targeted by a creature devious and ruthless than anything she's ever encoutered she has to make choices that will affect others and decide who is worthy of her trust and who deserves to be run through by her magic blade Thoughts Magic Bites was the introduction to an action packed drama free and gruesome saga I must admit there were many times I felt confused and my brain hurt from the effort to understand because the world building was slow with many uestions unanswered and that's the reason I rated it with 4 stars That being said I immensely enjoyed this book Despite being difficult to get into it kept me hooked and I was eager to learn to dive into magic adventures and bloody fights I've read my fair share of urban fantasy but this series was different from my regular YA ones More mature darker crueller and slightly disgusting unless you are unfazed by mutilated corpses and a huge variety of body fluids yet fascinating and extremely engaging The characters “What kind of a woman greets the Beast Lord with 'here kitty kitty'?” That's Kate Sarcastic confident and smart ass she'll face danger without blinking and she'll slay anything that gets in her way She's not a team player and she can't tolerate any form of authority She doesn't have any friends her life evolves around blood and magic And she has a sword named Slayer That's what we call badassBut Kate isn't the only badass here How about a shapechanger whose beast form is a lion sexy as hell arrogant and stubborn alpha male asshole? Meet Curran also known as sex on a stickWhile romance isn't the main focus of Magic Bites you can sense that things will get intimate between Kate and Curran because holyhawtchemistryBatman They barely tolerate each other because they're so much alike and they constantly bicker and that's why when they finally get together I expect explosions and fireworksIf you're in the mood for a darker urban fantasy book full of blood and gore then don't hesitate to grab the Kate Daniels seriesInstagram | Twitter | Facebook | BookNest


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    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 Adventures Of A Brave Little Kitty Buddy Rerererereread TAOABLKBR™ with the IA Addicts 🐈➽ And the moral of this particular rererererereread is Kate Bloody Shrimping Daniels Bloody shrimping ED and stuff⚔ The Grand IAA™ KD Buddy Rerererereread Extravaganza GIAAKDBRE™ aka the yellow brick road to Magic Triumphs ⚔ Presenting Episode 1 or How Kate Daniels Learned Not all Cats are Kitty Kitty Kitties· Previous rating 10 stars· New rating I have been asked by GR support not to reveal my rating The IT team thinks the site might implode if I do➽ And the moral of this particular rererererereread is have a thing against a certain plastic surgeon? The Anti Toothpaste Coalition ATC™ is actively recruiting PM me for detailsPS Let's dance I'm the short one in the middle in case you were wondering The inconspicuous the nefarious and stuff❣ KD is the Cure to All of Life's Problems Buddy Read KDitCtAoLPBR™ with my dear wife Ange and the poor souls who have fallen into our deathly KD Surprise Reread Trap KSRT™ ❣➽ Last reread April 27 2016· Original rating 5 stars· Rating after xxxxxx rereads 10 stars Up up up the rating goes» And the moral of this particular rererereread is one tiny little KD fix and all is right in the world again Bye nowOriginal review ☆☆☆ Post Shift Productions proudly present ☆☆☆Just Another Day in the Life of Kate Daniels►800 am Chilling at home Looks like there's something on your wall Well hello there you friendly neighbourhood spiderman Throw a knife slice a throat Today's going to be a good day► 830 am Greg Dead Shit► 900 am Pay the Knights of Merciful Aid a visit Meet Scumbag Ted of The Debatable Fashion Sense Discuss your investigative techniues annoy the people involved until the guilty party tries to make you go away Always works wonders► 930 am Meet a hot guy with a toothpaste name Try to radiate integrity and decency of character Doesn't work Give him your knockout smile Misfires Damn► 1000 am Talk to Anna She just had a vision of you sitting cross legged on the grass eating a corpse Nice► 1030 am Oh look A big cat Here kitty kitty kitty Give the beast your best cryptic smile Try to impress him with Slayer's useless but very cool white glow Fail miserably► 1100 am Pay Saiman a visit Watch him go from bombshell blonde to barbarian king in less time than it takes to blink Throw up in your mouth a little► 1130 am Finally manage to get some rest Head to shower The phone rings Step out of shower It's Mr Hot Toothpaste asking you out Wow did you just say yes to a date? Yes you did Head back to shower The phone rings Damn Step out of shower It's Maxine letting you know Scumbag Ted of The Debatable Fashion Sense wants to see you ASAP Oh goody Head back to shower The phone rings Somebody kill me now Step out of shower It's Jim Gives you hell but puts up with your shit He doesn't have a choice Who else is going to help his furry ass anyway?► 1200 am Put on your Thugs Are Us outfit Pay your new Pack friends a visit Piss His Furry Majesty off a little He better get used to it► 1230 am Get yourself a teenage werewolf sidekick Go visit the People's shithole Look at lovely vampire family pictures intestines brain heart bladder colon oesophagus lungs liver kidneys It's like a build your own vampire Ikea kit Very cool► 100 pm Cut a freakish ancient vampire's head off Take it home to try a new recipe Add some herbs A drop of blood Chant a little Wakey wakey vampire head► 130 pm Surprise visit from Mr Hot Toothpaste Chat about tattoos ravens and the odds of getting an orgasm with a blind date Hey it looks like someone is trying to take advantage of an injured naked woman About time► 200 pm Time to finally get some rest Someone knocks on your door What now? Oh look the Beast Lord And here you were thinking it would be someone important► 230 pm Field trip to Unicorn Lane with your furry friends His Fussiness compares you to an elephant Try and refrain from kicking his ass► 300 pm Meet a lovely Mistress of the Dead Cut cut cut slice slice slice cleave cleave cleave Play the disembowelment game Fun times► 330 pm Oh look A blanket of undead on the ceiling Rip a heart out mix a blood cocktail pilot a few vamps play with fire pass out Same old same old► 400 pm Witness the Beast Lord soaking in all his naked glory Want to jump in? Err no thank you Places to go things to do and all that► 430 pm Get ready for a date with Mr Hot Toothpaste Dress up Fancy restaurant Boring boring BORED Well if that isn't His Furry Highness sitting across the room from you Here have some milk kitty cat► 500 pm Home at last Get some sleep Wake up feeling refreshed Err is that a human head on a stick? In your yard? Will this day never end?► 530 pm Oh look A giant bone puzzle It's just like sorting out dirty laundry Vamps on the right shifters on the left Good times► 600 pm Wrongly accuse an innocent man Feel like shit Get drunk Uh oh bad idea Looks like you're on the menu tonight► 630 pm Make a pact with the devil Piss His Furriness off So what else is new?► 700 pm Time for a costume party The Beast Lord wishes you good luck I What You Huh? Concentrate Kate concentrate► 730 pm Rotting flesh putrid juices swarms of flies half animals on a telepathic leash Why me?► 800 pm Cut cut cut slice slice slice Make a little magic speak a few power words play with fire again Oh look A see through villain Take that you vicious bastard Feel like you're dying a little► 830 pm Regain consciousness Unexpected hellish nursemaid No nails New job The Beast Lord can't hammer shit Oh boy • Book 2 Magic Burns ★★★★★• Book 3 Magic Strikes ★★★★★• Book 4 Magic Bleeds ★★★★★• Book 5 Magic Slays ★★★★★• Book 6 Magic Rises ★★★★★• Book 7 Magic Breaks ★★★★★• Book 8 Magic Shifts ★★★★★• Book 9 Magic Binds ★★★★★• Book 10 Magic Triumphs ★★★★


  9. says:

    Another second chance reread Another DNF I can’t believe I put some much work into ranting about this book All I can say today is that it bores me Original reviewI've read enough urban fantasy to know that the genre is extremely formulaic just like let's say the genre of historical romance Basically you are aware of what exactly you are going to get from the get go The difficulty here is to find a series whose standard mix of ass kicking heroineamusing cast of secondary charactersloremysteryparanormal hunk that suits your personal preferences Unfortunately I will have to put Magic Bites into the pile of urban fantasy I doubt I will ever get back to along with Richelle Mead's Storm Born and Patricia Briggs' Moon CalledThe weakest part of the book is definitely the writing I can see how Ilona Andrews might have lost numerous readers within just the first couple of chapters She throws us in the middle of her world without explaining anything at all Only pages later do we get enough information to understand previous events A perfect example is the opening scene of Magic Bites where Kate throws a knife into a vampire's throat and then this vampire starts talking to her in a voice of some other character Finally two chapters later you find out that in Andrews' world vampires are basically brainless zombies who are operated by necronavigators This kind of thing happens repeatedly Some readers might enjoy such cryptic type of writing based on extensive withholding of information I personally don't find it enjoyable unless it's written by Margaret Atwood or Megan Whalen Turner However in this case I don't think the effect is intentional it seems to be indicative of poor writing skills I might have overlooked the bad writing after all you do eventually get a better understanding of the world and start keeping up with the events if only I felt attached to the world or the characters No luck here unfortunatelyPatricia Briggs calls Magic Bites an edgy dark fantasy touched with just the right amount of humor in her blurb on the book cover The novel is not particularly or at all humorous but it is dark indeed In fact Magic Bites is probably the darkest and goriest urban fantasy I've come across so far Andrews doesn't shy away from incorporating split open chests exposed colons dead flesh eating monsters etc in her novel So if you are not into this kind of thing you might want to reconsider reading this bookI appreciate the author's attempt to reshape traditional werewolfvampire lore with a touch of Slavic mythology added in Sometimes it works I liked the shapechanger concept sometimes it seems ridiculous feeding your sword a mixture of wheat with some iron bits I personally find this world ugly and very vaguely defined For instance I still have no understanding of what exactly magic is Is it some kind of energy force? Who can be in possession of magic? How is it used? I've seen it operate cars I've seen it applied telepathically through incantation via a sword with the help of herbs in this book I still have no idea what it is I would also love to gain a better understanding of the relationship between the human and magic world Do they co exist? How much are they aware of each other? What is humans' attitude towards the magical creatures and vice versa? Or I would love to know what exactly the Guild and its diviners and protectors do Or what Kate does as a mercenary And finally the main character Kate Daniels will appeal to you if you like your heroines tough very gloomy with no sense of humor and irresistibly appealing to all the males in the vicinity to be fair this is a common theme in urban fantasy I would have liked her if Andrews didn't write her so ever defiant and in constant need to get confrontational with every person man of power around her She softens up a little bit towards the end of the book but unfortunately too late in the game for me to change my opinion about herOverall Magic Bites didn't uite work for me The mystery kept me turning pages but I finished the book without a desire to continue on with the series It doesn't mean however that this novel will not work for you It might especially if you like your urban fantasy dark and gory and your sword wielding heroines tough and defiant


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    99c Kindle sale March 10 2020 The first book in the Kate Daniels series It's pretty good urban fantasy but the series definitely improves and builds on itself as it goes along so keep your expectations tempered for the first couple of books and don't give up at least until you've read the third book 35 stars rounding up In an alternative version of our world technology and magic are at odds when a magic fluctuation hits most technological items cell phones cars anything electrical stop working but sooner or later the magic wave ends and technology kicks in again Smart people finds ways to get along whether magic or technology happens to be ascendant like Kate Daniels who carries a sword fondly named Slayer and is capable of kicking pretty much anyone's ass at any given time Someone has killed Kate's friend and one time mentor Greg Feldman and Kate is determined to find out who it is But her investigation becomes increasingly dangerous to herself and those who are helping her Magic Bites is basically a detective story set in an urban fantasy world complete with vampires and werewolves but they're vampires and werewolves or accurately shapechangers since many of them are not wolves but rats leopards lions etc like I've never seen or read about before I'm rounding up to four stars because the world building with the fantasy part of the story is done so well here It struck me as detailed highly original and very well integrated into the overall story Vampires for example are near mindless automatons controlled by humans who are trained to do so the mind of a vampire died the moment vampirism took hold The vampires knew no pity and no fear; they couldn't be trained; they had no ego On a developmental level they stood close to insects An insatiable hunger for blood ruled them and they slaughtered everything in their path in their urge to uench itAlso thisThe thing followed me on all fours It was a vampire but one so ancient that no trace of it having walked upright remained Its face no longer bore any resemblance to a human Rows of fangs gleamed against the blacknessEeeek Also eeeewThere's a lot of snarky humor in this book again kind of like a gumshoe detective story When Kate is summoned to a meeting with the shapechangers she considers her options for self protectionI paused considered the arsenal available to me put on thin wristbands loaded with silver needles and took nothing else except Slayer To get clear of two hundred enraged shapechangers I'd need a case of grenades and air support There was no reason to weigh myself down with extra weapons Then again maybe I should take a knife One knife as a backup Okay two And that's it Armed and dressed to kill or rather to die uickly but in style I went Overall it's not terribly deep or insightful but it's a fun read and I think it achieves very well what it's trying to be And the series seriously improves by the third bookContent notes There are a fair number of F bombs and some blatant sexual innuendos And gory scenes Also rape trigger warning