Book #1 of the Kate Daniels Series
by Ilona Andrews
Published: April 2007
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 272 (paperback)
Rating: ★★★★★ (5 stars)
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…
This is the kind of book that grabs you from the beginning. Unlike many authors, Andrews (a wife and husband team who wrote this book) doesn’t bog down the book with elaborate explanations of her world. She integrates the basics throughout the whole book as to not bore the reader with pages of explanation.
What was even better was the actual world Andrews created. I have never come across another concept like this before. It made it more exciting to read because I never knew what was next. It was as if the normal rules did not apply, so the limits were endless.
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.
Curran. Oh, Curran. He is the Beast Lord in every sense of the word. He’s strong, brutal, and knows how to push Kate’s buttons (and vice versa).
The dialogue is down right hilarious. I literally laughed out loud for half of the book. I like those type of characters that don’t hold anything back.
The combat scenes where excellent. Very clear, concise, and interesting. Gory at times, but I like that.
The air of mystery around Kate Daniels is by far the most tantalizing part. It’s obvious there is more to her history that has yet to be revealed, which only guarantees people will be picking up book #2 Magic Burns.
I can truly say there was nothing I disliked about this book. I guess some could find it a little too gritty and gory, but I think it made the book interesting and raw.
There was a little sexual tension but there is no sex.
This is one of my favorite books (and series) I have ever read. The characters are the best part and the action is beautifully written. I actually became a writer because of this series. My protagonist is slightly based off of Kate Daniels because I believe she is one of the best characters ever created.