Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews

MagicBitesBook: Magic Bites

Series: Kate Daniels #1

Author: Ilona Andrews

Format: Paperback

Page Count: 260

Published: Gollanz, 2010

Source: Local Library


Finally, I had a chance to meet Kate. It was a long time coming too, friends couldn’t recommend her enough, and I always welcome a chance to meet a kickass heroine.

I’m fairly new to the urban fantasy genre, but with the good choices I picked up lately, I think this is going to go among my favorites. Reading a different couple every book is fun and keeps me excited with expectations, but to have one person and go through their life with them, not knowing what new adventures await them is also quite fun. And it also keeps me on edge.

Since I had so many friends recommending this series to me, those who know it probably already read to the latest book, but if there are those out there who weren’t familiar with these books, let me introduce Kate. She’s a mercenary who cleans up after either magic goes haywire or people screw up. I liked Kate, not only is she a woman who can kick ass, she also has a softer side to her that doesn’t even hide behind a tough exterior. From the very start I could clearly see she had her doubts and fears, her own weaknesses, everything that made her a human-so to speak-, but she was also clearly very talented and very powerful. She’s not cocky too, which is a pet peeve of mine when it comes to strong women. More often than not I come across a heroine I want to slap rather than cheer on. Thankfully, Kate was not one of them, in fact, I cheered her on like a banshee.

Even though magic is not exactly my favorite plotline, I admit the magic in this book was interesting. It wasn’t just witches and spells either, the world is filled with other creatures, shapeshifters, vampires, gods and so much more I’ll probably see in the coming books.

While I write this review, I’ve already finished the first two books, so I have grounds to make a comparison. I admit, the first book was harder to follow, probably because it was a first in a series so the introduction into the world took a while for me to settle, but by the time I got to the second book, the writing just flew off the page and swirled around my mind, it was so much more easier to follow Kate’s words. Not to mention I loved Kate even more in the second book, and I was glad that even though there’s a big bad alpha involved in all, the story wasn’t focused solely on their attraction. Seems like that is going to grow gradually, and hey, I might enjoy sexual tension as much as the next gal, but I still like the pace of their relationship for now. It’s smooth, you know it’s there, but it’s also not clear. When it finally hits, it’s probably going to be a hot one. And it’s summer, how am I going to deal with that?

Well then, I should move on to the next one now. There’s little time, and lots more to catch up on, and I’m hoping to see more Beast Lord and Kate interactions, and let’s see what other crap is waiting around the corner for Kate-sorry Kate, but as an urban fantasy heroine, you know it’ll be crappy!

Before she comes to kick my ass and ruin my kitchen, I’m adding four big spoonfuls of her story into my hodgepodge and pretend I’m not at home. Nope, too late, she’s peeking through the window, she knows I’m home!


Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews:

  1. Magic Bites
  2. Magic Burns
  3. Magic Strikes
  4. Magic Bleeds
  5. Magic Slays
  6. Magic Rises

9 thoughts on “Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews

  1. I never really knew was ‘Urban Fantasy’ was until a few years ago when J R Ward announced she was switching her Brotherhood series from being ‘Paranormal Romance’ to ‘Urban Fantasy’, the long and short: you can kill off more characters. UF is a harsh, harsh world, but someone has to write about it! 🙂 Glad you’re loving this series so far!

    • I was the same! When I first got into the whole PNR genre in general, I had no idea what was Urban Fantasy. I think I may still be a little fuzzy on the detailed description but I heard somewhere that the UF focuses mainly on one character or couple whereas paranormal romance is divided between many characters and they usually each have a book. But this might be wrong, I can’t remember where I read it. Lol but I loved your version! It might be right, PNR is more about the romance, and UF is more action so there bound to be more victims.

      Thank you! Although I’m stuck at the end of the third book, I’m loving it and can’t wait to read the rest! 😀

      • I could totally be wrong! But J R Ward still does a couple a book, so whatever she calls it is fine with me – just so long as she keeps the coupledom coming! Lol. I need my romance fix! 🙂

        • Haha! You’re right! Although, I sometimes have a few issues with her plot lines and bad guys, no one can deny she writes good romance and steamy sex! ;D Have you read all her BDB series? I waited forever for the last book lol!

          I started a bit late but I also love her Fallen Angels series.

          • Every one! And Lover At Last was soo worth waiting for!! I tried the first of the Fallen Angel books but couldn’t get into them, I’m thinking I should give them another shot since she’s doing quite a bit of crossover between the 2 series now I gather. When I can’t get a BDB fix I read Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark series – soo good!

          • Oh I loved herFallen Angels series. I wasn’t too excited at first, but after a while the story grew on me. I like the characters in those books too, and the storyline is quite good. Yes, there are a few crossovers so it’s always fun to see guys from the BDB series appear. I’d recommend you give them another chance if you ever find yourself not knowing what to read next! 😀

            Oh I LOVE Immortals After Dark!! It’s definitely one of my favorite series, there’s just something about Kresley Cole’s characters that glue you to that world!

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