Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews
Narrator: Renée Raudman
Date Read: March 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…
Series: Kate Daniels #1
Also by this author: On the Edge, Bayou Moon, Fate's Edge, Burn for Me, Magic Bites br> br>
Also in this series: Magic Bites, Magic Burns, Magic Strikes, Magic Mourns, Magic Bleeds
Listened for Fun (Audible)
Overall Rating: 3.75
Story Rating: 3.50
Character Rating: 4.00
Audio Rating: 4.00 (not part of the overall rating)
NOTE: I listened to this book to prep for #ArmchairAudies and Gunmetal Magic. This used the same narrator though and I liked her.
First Thought When Finished:The last half of Magic Bites really hooked me and now I see why everyone raves about this series.
Story Talk: I am one of the last people I know to get to this series so my review could be “what she said” 🙂 However, I want to say that I loved the action, the emotion, and the world of Kate Daniels. The first of the story took me a bit to get into but by the end I was in the mood for more. I see why everyone loves this series.
Character Talk: Kate was AWESOME! I love her brass, sass, and her being a little unusual looking. I like that she isn’t a beauty queen and she is quite OK with it. I am still warming up to Curran but I am sure I will get there. Overall,the characters hooked me and I can’t wait to read more.
Narrated by Renée Raudman / Running Time of 9 hrs and 6 mins
This is the first book that I have listened too by Renee but it won’t be my last. I enjoyed her emotions, pacing, and most of her voices. Curran’s voice is the only one that I am still getting used too. All of the other voices I think she nailed! I would recommend this series in audio format.
Final Thought: Great beginning for a new to me series. I am glad that I am finally knocking some things off my TBR.
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