1. Magic Bites
2. Magic Burns
3. Magic Strikes
4. Magic Bleeds
5. Magic Slays
6. Untitled (Feb. 2013)
7. Untitled (2013)
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.
Why I Started Reading This Book and Final Verdict
The Kate Daniels series is one of those series that is pretty prevalent around the blogosphere. I don’t even really remember where I first saw it. I just saw it a lot. So when I found out that Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal hadn’t read Magic Bites either, we decided to read it together and jointly review it. Not only did I have fun with Kelly and the review, Magic Bites was an amazing start to the Kate Daniels series. It wasn’t perfect and I had my issues, but I am seriously looking forward to future books. I think there may even be more joint reviews with Kelly for this series.
Kelly: This is a series that had been on my radar for a while.
Amanda: Mine, too! Though I can’t exactly remember why it’s been on my radar. Just one of those series that everyone loves and I should read, too.
Kelly: I kept hearing about Curran’s awesomeness and it was recommended by several people whose opinions I trust. So, I went into this book with some fairly high expectations.
Amanda: I really had no expectations. I didn’t even read the synopsis before diving in. I like to do this with heavily recommended books in case it doesn’t live up to the hype.
Kelly: I’m glad to say that I wasn’t disappointed. Kate’s world is dark and gritty and when things start happening they START HAPPENING. I really, really liked the idea behind the magical and technological blackouts. At this point I don’t know why these blackouts happen but the picture I have of two opposing forces pushing against one another gives me the shivers. Honestly, there’s so much room for wacky shenanigans that I’m itching to get my hands on the next few books.
Amanda: I think I’ve pretty much established that I’m an information whore, so while I agree that I liked the idea of magical and tech blackouts, I wanted to know why they happen. It was a source of frustration for me, and one of the reasons I didn’t rate the book higher. I wasn’t quite able to situate myself into the world and I dislike that. But I liked what I read, so I assume that each book will get better.
Kelly: One of the biggest things I’m curious about is Kate and her magical mystery past. Why is her blood so powerful? Who is her father? She has all these secrets and I want some answers.
Amanda: I think I know who her father is. Unless the answer is too easy. But her blood is so powerful because of who her father is no matter who he is. But yes! I want to know more about Kate’s past. She’s very interesting, and we really only get a hint of who she is in t his book.
Kelly: And then there’s Curran.
Kelly: The Beast Lord (Not to be confused with the Lion King- which I kept calling him in my head). I know he plays a big part in later books (or at least a part. I’m really just assuming it’s big. Oh, *snicker*, I made a size joke.) and I want to see how Kate integrates herself into his world.
Amanda: Or, how Curran integrates himself into Kate’s world.
Kelly: Plenty of fun (and sexy) characters, creepy bad guys who are uber-creepy, and a world with oodles of potential. Yep, this book pushed all my buttons. In a good way.
Amanda: Yes! I think this is another winner series. I instantly wanted to pick up the next book in the series. Everything I read leads me to believe that the series will continue to get better.