Must Read Series: The Kate Daniels Series by Ilona Andrews

Posted April 21st, 2013 in Uncategorized / 16 comments

So I wanted to change it up today. I don’t often post about things I just want to talk about but I thought it was about time I bring up something that has been on my mind.

When I started this blog, I posted a WHOLE BUNCH of reviews for my favorite series I had already read. I was trying to build up my review lists before people really started visiting my blog. The only problem with that is that many of you, who are now a part of me regular readers, missed out on some important book recommendations.

So to rectify this, I am posting about one of my favorite series ever in the world: The Kate Daniels Series by Ilona Andrews. This husband and wife writing team is the reason I love urban fantasy so much. They know how to write a book with amazing characters who will make you laugh hysterically. I love how Andrews can write about serious and scary topics and flawlessly intertwine humor. This series is gritty, magical, and mesmerizing. Please, please take a chance and pick up the first two books. Some people have stated that book two was when they fell in love with this series.

Note: These reviews (I provide snippets and links to my reviews below) are among my first so they have a different feel and look compared to my reviews now.

I gave Magic Bites 5 stars. I thought it was a great start to the series. The Kate Daniels character simply called to me from the very first chapter.

Book #1 Summary
When the magic is up, rogue mages cast spells and monsters appear, while guns refuse to fire and cars fail to start. But then technology returns, and the magic recedes as unpredictable 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 Master 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…

Excerpt from my review:
But the best part, the thing that made me almost cry when it was six in the morning and I still hadn’t gone to bed because nothing was going to come between me and my book, not even unconsciousness, was the characters.

Kate is the kick-assiest (yup, not a real word, but it has a ring to it) protagonist ever. She is fearless, has mad fighting skills, and does what the hell she wants.

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I gave Magic Burns 5 stars as well. The more I learned about Kate the more I became obsessed with these books. And the more Curran I saw, the more I wanted to pounce on him.

Book #2 Summary
Down in Atlanta, tempers – and temperatures – are about to flare…

As a mercenary who cleans up after magic gone wrong, Kate Daniels has seen her share of occupational hazards. Normally, waves of paranormal energy ebb and flow across Atlanta like a tide. But once every seven years, a flare comes, a time when magic runs rampant. Now Kate’s going to have to deal with problems on a much bigger scale: a divine one.

When Kate sets out to retrieve a set of stolen maps for the Pack, Atlanta’s paramilitary clan of shapeshifters, she quickly realizes much more at stake. During a flare, gods and goddesses can manifest – and battle for power. The stolen maps are only the opening gambit in an epic tug-of-war between two gods hoping for rebirth. And if Kate can’t stop the cataclysmic showdown, the city may not survive…

Excerpt from my review:
The precarious balance of dark adventure and comedy has in no way fazed Andrews. I love how this book can be both dark and light, serious and funny.
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I gave Magic Strikes my rare 6 stars. This book went above and beyond. I was struck dumbfounded by how fun this book was to read. So much action, so much grit.

Book #3 Summary
Drafted into working for the Order of Merciful Aid, mercenary Kate Daniels has more paranormal problems than she knows what to do with these days. And in Atlanta, where magic comes and goes like the tide, that’s saying a lot.

But when Kate’s werewolf friend Derek is discovered nearly dead, she must confront her greatest challenge yet. As her investigation leads her to the Midnight Games—an invitation only, no holds barred, ultimate preternatural fighting tournament—she and Curran, the Lord of the Beasts, uncover a dark plot that may forever alter the face of Atlanta’s shapeshifting community…

Excerpt from my review:
But we also get to see a more vulnerable Kate this book. She starts to open up in the relationships she has built. Especially with Curran. I love where their relationship is going and how Andrews took her time in bringing them together. The playfulness is hilarious. But Kate’s mouth is what’s going to get her in trouble in the future. She makes some scandalous promises in Magic Strikes that will for sure make Andrews next installment in the series a book to remember.

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Yup, I gave Magic Bleeds 6 stars as well. This book blew my mind. Kate’s past is so much more complex than we first thought and her feelings for Curran really show in this book. Curran is my book boyfriend at this point in the series.

Book #4 Summary
Kate Daniels keeps the peace in Atlanta for the Order, humans caught between the vampire controlling People led by her biological father and best kept secret, Roland, and the shape-shifter Pack, led by her mate-to-be Curran, the Lord of the Beasts. But her look-alike aunt Erra, Babylon’s god of chaos and terror, has come to town controlling seven naked warriors: Deluge (flood water), Tremor (earth quake), Gale (hurricane wind), Torch (fire inferno), Venom (disease poison), Beast (animal monster), and Darkness (overpowering dread).

Excerpt from my review:
Curran and Kate’s relationship takes one giant leap into complicated, frustrating, then hilarious. They are the most adorable (well, my version of adorable may be a little skewed for I have odd tastes) couple in Urban Fantasy. They can yell at each other, beat the crap out of one another, then kiss and make it all better.
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Magic Slays may not be my favorite of the series, but my 4 star rating shows that I still loved this book. Any time I get more Kate and Curran I am happy.

Book #5 Summary
Plagued by a war between magic and technology, Atlanta has never been so deadly. Good thing Kate Daniels is on the job.

Kate Daniels may have quit the Order of Merciful Aid, but she’s still knee-deep in paranormal problems. Or she would be if she could get someone to hire her. Starting her own business has been more challenging than she thought it would be—now that the Order is disparaging her good name, and many potential clients are afraid of getting on the bad side of the Beast Lord, who just happens to be Kate’s mate.

So when Atlanta’s premier Master of the Dead calls to ask for help with a vampire on the loose, Kate leaps at the chance of some paying work. Turns out this is not an isolated incident, and Kate needs to get to the bottom of it—fast, or the city and everyone dear to her might pay the ultimate price . . .

Excerpt from my review:
This book had another feel to it compared to the others. Kate steps aside from the physical ringer she so often visits and jumps into an emotional one instead. The person she often relied on growing up was not the man Kate once thought. And his lies are only the beginning of the new revelations Kate is introduced to in Magic Slays.
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Magic Rises is the next book of the series. It’s coming out July 30th, 2013. Obviously, I can’t wait to get my hands on it. The Kate Daniels Series is amazing in every way. It cannot be passed over.

Book #6 Summary
Atlanta is a city plagued by magical problems. Kate Daniels will fight to solve them—no matter the cost.

Mercenary Kate Daniels and her mate, Curran, the Beast Lord, are struggling to solve a heartbreaking crisis. Unable to control their beasts, many of the Pack’s shapeshifting children fail to survive to adulthood. While there is a medicine that can help, the secret to its making is closely guarded by the European packs, and there’s little available in Atlanta.

Kate can’t bear to watch innocents suffer, but the solution she and Curran have found threatens to be even more painful. The European shapeshifters who once outmaneuvered the Beast Lord have asked him to arbitrate a dispute—and they’ll pay him in medicine. With the young people’s survival and the Pack’s future at stake, Kate and Curran know they must accept the offer—but they have little doubt that they’re heading straight into a trap…

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16 Responses to “Must Read Series: The Kate Daniels Series by Ilona Andrews”

  1. Ashley

    Wow thanks so much for sharing your favourite series! I can’t quite figure out if it would be for me or not. I’m super picky about urban fantasy!

  2. JenM

    I have so much love for this series! I usually joke that I would read the phone book if Ilona and Gordon wrote it. Have you been following Clean Sweep, the free serial that they have posted on their blog?

  3. Silverlight

    I did read the first book and enjoyed it, but never continued on with the rest of the series, I just never had the time :/ I know so many people love this series, and Curran. I really need to get back to reading more UF…

  4. Jaclyn Canada

    You have no idea how glad I am that I did that interview with you and picked up that first book. I already know with only one book under my belt that this series will be one of my all-time favorites. I cannot wait to get through the rest of the books and think about them every time I pick up another one that I have to read for review. Thank you very much for the recommendation! I loved the first and know that I will really enjoy the rest because I’m already attached to the characters. This was definitely a series for me. Jaclyn @ JC’s Book Haven.

    • Jennifer Bielman

      I do the exact same thing. Picking up a read for review book thinking about all the books I REALLY want to read. I am so excited for you to get the time to read the rest of the series.

  5. Elisa

    Love this post!! Love the Magic series too. Oh so much. I need to reread them again this summer. oh yea. 🙂

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