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Review: “Magic Bites” by Ilona Andrews

I finished reading the fantastic fifth installment of Ilona Andrews’ Kate Daniels series, Magic Slays, on Monday, 13 June. A friend and I decided to re-read the first four books during a Goodreads’ group’s read-a-thon this week. On Tuesday, we finished our re-read of Magic Bites.

Magic Bites (Kate Daniels #1) by Ilona Andrews

Atlanta would be a nice place to live, if it weren’t for magic . . .

One moment magic dominates, and cars stall and guns fail. The next, technology takes over and the defensive spells no longer protect your house from monsters. Here skyscrapers topple under onslaught of magic; werebears and werehyenas prowl through the ruined streets; and the Masters of the Dead, necromancers driven by their thirst of knowledge and wealth, pilot blood-crazed vampires with their minds. In this world lives Kate Daniels. Kate likes her sword a little too much and has a hard time controlling her mouth. The magic in her blood makes her a target, and she spent most of her life hiding in plain sight. But when Kate’s guardian is murdered, she must choose to do nothing and remain safe or to pursue his preternatural killer. Hiding is easy, but the right choice is rarely easy . . .

Mass Market Paperback, 260 pages
Published March 27th 2007 by Ace
ISBN#: 9780441014897

My rating:

Re-Read: 14 June 2011

I first read Magic Bleeds when it was released in 2007. I loved it back then and loved it this time too. There were a lot of things I’d forgotten, so after reading Magic Slays, it was fun to return to the beginning and remember how it all started.

If you haven’t read any of the books, you may want to stop reading here … I’m not using spoiler tags or blocking my entire review, but there are spoilers throughout – Consider yourself warned! 😉

The things that strike me most about Kate are her ability to power on when she’s about to die or, at least, feels like she is. She’s very modest about her pain and her abilities. She hates working with others and being responsible for their safety, yet she’s a very compassionate and protective person when she’s put in that position. She is snarky as hell and I love it. Her sense of humor keeps me laughing and keeps her enemies off balance. She doesn’t change who she is to please anyone. And she’s brutally honest, to a fault sometimes.

Refreshers I enjoyed the most: Her first meeting with Curran, her first impression of Aunt B, her first Pack meeting and subsequent bond with Derek, and her first medical treatment with Dr. Doolittle.

I cannot believe I’d forgotten she didn’t know Jim was on the Pack council. It was fun reading about their initial “partnership” as well. I loved “meeting” Ghastek and Saiman again. Saiman is a strange bird. Such an interesting character. I also love Maxine. I wish I could do that! And, Rowena – funny “meeting her again” when I know what I know now.

It was so much fun reading the banter between Kate and Curran, which starts immediately upon meeting him with her “Here, Kitty, Kitty.” The scenes between them, like her sending him a saucer of milk when he’s left the med-tank early to follow her on her date with Crest, are a hoot. Especially knowing what’s to come. So many times I was thinking, “If you only knew!”

I’m going to be re-read the rest of the series over the next two days and can’t wait! It’s a perfect fix after Magic Slays and slows the Kate & Curran withdrawal. But, once I’m done with Magic Bleeds, I’ll either have to start all over or stew as I anxiously await book #6, which is expected sometime in 2012.