Magic Bites (Kate Daniels, #1) by Ilona Andrews

Magic Bites (Kate Daniels, #1)

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 gu...

Details Magic Bites (Kate Daniels, #1)

TitleMagic Bites (Kate Daniels, #1)
Release DateApr 1st, 2007
PublisherBerkley Publishing Group
GenreFantasy, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Magic, Vampires, Romance

Reviews Magic Bites (Kate Daniels, #1)

  • Wendy Darling
    3.5 stars10 Reasons to Love Kate Daniels:1. She doesn't take any crap from anyone.2. 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 supernaturals.4. She knows how to break all those rules and commands respect in spite of it.5. She admits when she makes mistakes.6. She's com...
  • Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more
    5/5/18: 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 unquestionably my #1 favorite. I'm rereading the series, b/c the new book is out next Tuesday, and I think this is...
  • Kat Kennedy
    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: You!Yes, that's right. Assholes who have the common traits of narcissism, marchiavellianism and pyscopathy according to recent studies, score more with the ladies. It's called the Dark ...
  • Katerina
    “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 flesh.Welcome to Atlanta. The story “My name is Kate Daniels. Greg Feldman was my legal g...
  •  Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
    About 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 more 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. Recent...
  • Anne
    This was a really dry book. I!So, 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 in.I fully expected to hate it.However, Magic Burns was fantastic, an...
  • Lola
    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 shapeshifters!Must be due to his sense of humour, handsomeness and, of course, alpha personality and status. His Majesty Curran, The chosen Lord of Free Beasts, Requests your presence at the meeting of his Pack At 22:00 of this night. Damn you, lucky Kate. I wish I could pay him a visit myself. “Oh, it's you," Cur...
  • ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
    ⚔ 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 certai...
  • Tatiana
    I'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 heroine/amusing cast of secondary characters/lore/mystery/paranormal hunk that suits your personal preferences. Unfortunately, I will have to put "Magic Bites" into...
  • Robin (Bridge Four)
    Nov 7, 2017 is the start of my reread of this series at Sale Alert: This is one of my all time favorite UF series and books 1 and 4 are currently on sale 9/30/17 at amazon $2.99Kate Daniels Buddy Read/Reread starts April 27 with the gang at Ilona Andrews Addicts (IAA)Let the fun and games begin, Yes it is still only a 3.5 star read but I really enjoyed it all over again. There is a little plotting issue that is fuzzy but overall great start to on...
  • Rachel Reads Ravenously
    Reread June 2018 I enjoyed it just as much the second time around! 4.5 stars “What kind of woman greets the Beast Lord with 'here, kitty, kitty'?” The best kind of woman! To say I enjoyed this book was a serious understatement. But I get ahead of myself.Kate Daniels is a mercenary who cleans up paranormal messes. When she gets news that her mentor, and last connection to any family she has, is murdered, Kate takes on the case. She is throw...
  • Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
    Honestly? I don't know why I kept reading past chapter 2, but I did. It could have been the astounding number of high reviews from my friends, but nah, it usually doesn't influence me. Or, perhaps it could have been a 'yay! Vacations!' effect, or maybe I'm not a quitter - *bursts of laughing* Nah, it must be the book. When I consider all the reasons that should have convinced me to stop reading, I'm almost awed, actually. Well, kind of. But books...
  • Jilly
    I reread this one with the girls at the Ilona Andrews Addicts group. And, strangely, I was slightly disappointed. Why? Well, I know this world and Kate so well now that I expected a magical wonderland when I read it again. But, there were problems that I didn't remember.Problem 1: WorldbuildingThere were info-dumps galore. Pages and pages of them. But, we are never actually given a reason why the world changed from what we know now to a magic-inf...
  • Jo ★The Book Sloth★
    Okay, okay... I admit the book was good and I was terribly wrong for not reading it sooner! All my fears were misplaced!!Possible Spoilers coming up “He finished the bandage and was examining it critically."You know those things are unreliable." His voice held just a touch of reproach.“Eleven out of twelve work fine. I’d say that’s better chances than getting an orgasm with a blind date and women still try.” Kate is brilliant! A little...
  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    3.5 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 ...
  • Karlyflower *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)*
    3 Here-kitty-kitty Stars There is an inherent issue with having an Urban Fantasy novel that is only 260 pages long, in my opinion. And that issue is that there is far too much world information that has be introduced to the reader to avoid falling into the dreaded Info Dump territory; Magic Bites stumbles into that territory a little too much for my liking. I don’t know that I have ever said I wished that an UF novel was longer, but in this cas...
  • Julio Genao
    ...and then you read a book by a pro, and you're all: fuuuuuuuuuck.s'not perfect.acute symptoms of firstbookinaseriesitis.but lemme just fanboi about the writing for a minute, ok?propulsive plotting: one thing leads naturally to another. the solution to one problem creates another. the solution to that creates yet another.the false-denoument was a nice touch, but a little too early—a quick glance at my reading progress made it easy to dismiss t...
  • Helen 2.0
    I decided to read this series alternating with the rest of Mercy Thompson, in part to make Mercy last longer, but also because I'm scared of what the scary folks at IAA might do if I don't get caught up with Kate Daniels soon.
  • Maggie
    Magic could not be measured and explained in scientific terms, for magic grew through destroying the very natural principles that made science as people knew it possible. Originally, I wasn't going to write a review for this. Before going into this book, I didn't expect much. I never knew and heard of this series and the author until I saw one review, and then another, and another, and kept seeing more reviews and friends adding this book/series...
  • Lora
    Actual rating: 3.5 starsWell . . . damn. This didn't turn out as I'd planned. While reading this I kept thinking to myself, Just go with three stars, almost everyone else you know has. The series will get better as it goes, just as everyone says, then you can rave and give them four. Although there were plenty things that bothered me about this, there were still more things that I liked. In fact, I would say that this surpassed my expectations.Bu...
  • Nenia ✨ Queen of Literary Trash, Protector of Out-of-Print Gems, Khaleesi of Bodice Rippers, Mother of Smut, the Unrepentant, Breaker of Convention ✨ Campbell
    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || PinterestRemember when the Anita Blake series was good, back when she wasn't the Special Snowflake Queen of Sex'n'Superpowers™? (Seriously, have you read the new books? How is her vagina not permanently on fire from all that friction? Also, girl has more special moves than freaking Ditto.) Remember how the series was edgy and erotic and did not condescend to its female audience? Remember how Anita u...
  • Evgeny
    Buddy read with Armina, Eilonwy, and Asya. By the time this book was published, Jim Butcher's Dresden Files series was already well-known with quite a lot of writers trying to copy it with the various degree of success. I am willing to bet any money Kate Daniels was inspired by Dresden Files, directly or indirectly. For this reason I will compare these two.Here we have a female protagonist Kate Daniels who happened to be a mercenary who makes her...
  • Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
    I think I have a “read only the first book of every urban fantasy series you come across” problem, and Magic Bites is just one more victim in a long line of my series ADD. My intention is to continue on in all of them eventually, but unfortunately this one is pretty low on that list.It started out with such a bang, too: a strong female protagonists who totally handles her shit against an ugly vampire (a small, misshapen creature that had me c...
  • Navessa
    I'd been putting this book off for a while because a lot of people compared Kate to Anita Blake and I didn't think I could handle dealing with another emotionally crippled main character, even if she was a bad ass. While I agree that there are a lot of similarities between the two (ass kickery, gross amounts of natural magical talent, smart aleckness) I was pleasantly surprised that Kate didn't come with Anita's pitfalls. Yes there was some boo-h...
  • Bradley
    Honestly, as long as I'm just focusing on the Urban Fantasy Romance angle of the tale, it's fine, but when it comes right down to all the weres and the types of vamps, it's all pretty much old hat. So What's really good about the series? The character development. So far it's a pretty solid introduction and the meet-cute is pretty funny. Our MC is kind of a mess with her magic and her sword, but that's okay when the big bad kitty decides he likes...
  • Orient
    "Magic Bites" is the first book in the series, but my love to Kate didn’t start from this book. I read Magic Slays first. And it was awesome! As I encountered some problems with long-term series, I thought I’ll have a curious peek into the middle of Kate Daniels' series and, well, I found a really sharp hook. It really hooked me through my crocodile skin. So when I picked "Magic Bites", I had a task for it: to be similar or better in action, ...
  • Melissa (Ever So Mela)
    Well like I said before, this will only be a little rambling because trust me, I have tons of friends who's reviews are a lot more awesome than the one I could come up with right now. If you follow my reviews you'll likely see I don't tend to read adult UF, like, at all. The last series I did read was the Night Huntress(which I left halfway)...or was it the Fever series(another one I left halfway)?? I'm too lazy to look it up. The thing is, they ...
  • Simona Bartolotta
    Oh, well. What do they say? About damn time.3.5"The day I needed an escort was the day I'd turn my saber over to someone who knew what to do with it."I promise I'll be short and straight to the point, but, first, an applause to me, because I have finally joined the hype. Yay!And now, let's see what we have.•Magic Bites is, glaringly, a book with an introductory function. I would be perfectly fine with this if the purpose of being introductory w...