Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews

Kate Daniels, Book 1

Synopsis: 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…

Review: The world as we know it, is no longer … Magic reigns in maser and surges in successive waves, canceling the technology and other tools that man has created. We must adapt, find our bearings and try to survive in this new universe.

Since magic is everywhere, some institutions are necessary to maintain the fragile order of this balance in equilibrium, the Pack is one, the Guild is another. And Kate Daniels finds herself in the middle.

Kate is a Merc, a Mercenary who offers her services to solve problems that the police can not handle. Magic, she knows it, it lives in her. This kick-ass girl, a little burned head, tries to mingle in the mass of Atlanta, doing her job without attracting too much attention. But it is difficult not to attract attention when one is what she is, and especially when her mentor had been murdered.

It’s been a long time since I heard of Kate Daniels, but she had never crossed my path. Melliane had insisted a lot, but I do not know why, I had made resistance. I wonder if it was not because of the initial covers that did not necessarily highlight the series. Mxm bought it and the opportunity finally came.

The first observation is that the cover is much more enticing and as I am a superficial girl, I was immediately seduced.

Second observation: “Houston, we have a problem, a big problem, higher than Everest”, I am addicted and right after one volume.

I know, I’m weak …

But in my defense, Kate Daniels has everything to please me: an original universe, a strong heroine, a hero of whom, I feel, I will fall in love, a rich intrigue, full of action and twists and turns.

Because, you see, I am a reader who needs to be embarked to be able to giggle quietly in her corner, a reader quite demanding regarding the background of the plot at the risk of passing by. And there the reader that I am was so embarked that she did not let go of this volume 1, even to go to the toilet … And the reader that I am, has also giggled in front of certain repartee and even sighed at each appearance of Curran (he is promising that one! – dreamy smile on my face).

No, no, do not laugh.

No, I’m not weak. (The first one who says that I’m contradicting myself, I pull the tongue out of him.) Chat du Cheshire, I saw you!)

And no, I did not jiggle during my reading. Well, just a little bit. When sweet boyfriend was working conscientiously on his computer and when he could not see me. I have my pride and dignity to preserve. Still.

Giggle-counter and sigh-counter were switched on (as well as funk-counter, but well, keep it for you, eh …) and we come to my third observation: always trust Melliane when she tells me that a series is top!




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