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Magic Bites (2007)

by Ilona Andrews

Other authors: Andrew Gordon (Author's real name), Ilona Gordon (Co-author's real name)

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Series: Kate Daniels (1)

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Mercenary Kate Daniels cleans up urban problems of a paranormal kind. But her latest prey, a pack of undead warriors, presents her greatest challenge.
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Definitely a dark read. Very graphic details and not for the faint of heart, but an interesting perspective for the fantasy genre. The view on vamps was definitely interesting and im both glad and disturbed that they are a lot more demony/gargolye creepy something than the suave brooding bastard like most others. The times were magic was in power and tech was not was a little difficult to follow, but from what ive been told by a friend it only gets better from here. So im definitely looking forward to book two. ( )
  MiserableFlower | Sep 14, 2023 |
Love the kick a** female main character Kate Daniels. She's smart mouthed, and intelligent and a heck of fighter. Read this book in 2 days and wanted more. Fast-paced & believable. ( )
  LinBee83 | Aug 23, 2023 |
Magic Bites by Ilona Andrew’s
Kate Daniels series #1. Urban fantasy, monster hunting.
Kate Daniels is a down-on-her-luck mercenary who makes her living cleaning up magical problems. In a quest for justice, she’s caught in a power struggle between two strong factions within Atlanta’s Magic circles.

Descriptive and deadly monsters crawling in on the ceiling is not something I expected from this well known series. Kate carries a knife and we find out why in the first book intro to the world of mixed up magic. At least one “creature” can make itself look like anyone or anything. Kate’s tough and dangerous and not to be underestimated.
This whole series of books has been in my bookcase for years and I’m excited to finally jump in. And I admit I’m not going to be reading them at night before bed! ( )
  Madison_Fairbanks | Aug 16, 2023 |
I enjoyed this book and look forward to the next in the series, I hope we get more info into Kate's background and what she's running from and hiding

9/18- new read through! I enjoy how tough and smart ass Kate is. ( )
  StarKnits | Jul 24, 2023 |
we're audio booking this one. ( )
  aeryn0 | Jul 23, 2023 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Andrews, Ilonaprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gordon, AndrewAuthor's real namesecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gordon, IlonaCo-author's real namesecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Balfe, LoriAuthors' photosecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
del Rosario, KristinInterior text designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fiore, AnnetteCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gill, JasonCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kolesova, JulianaCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Raudman, RenéeNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ward, Chad MichaelCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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I sat at a table in my shadowy kitchen, staring down a bottle of Boone's Farm Hard Lemonade, when a magic fluctuation hit.
Every city has one of those neighborhoods -- dangerous, sinister places -- so treacherous that even the criminals who prey on other criminals shun them. Unicorn Lane was such a place. Thirty city blocks long and eight blocks deep, it cut through what used to be Midtown like a dagger. Half-crumbled skyscrapers stood there, mute witness to the past technology, the husks of GLG Grand, Promenade II, and One Atlantic Center, gnawed down to the bones by magic. Rubble choked the streets and sewage overflowed from the busted pipes in foul-smelling streams. Magic pooled there, lingering even in the strongest of tech waves, and hideous things that shun the light found refuge there, among the dark carcasses of gutted high rises. Lunatic mages, vicious, perverted loups who feared a death at the hand of unforgiving Pack, Satanists, and rogue necromancers all ran to Unicorn, for if they could make it there and survive, no lawman on this earth would force them out. Unicorn Lane held on to its own.

Hell of a place for a rendezvous. (chapter 3)
Artists emanate a great deal. They agonize over their looks, over their age, over the competition. A very minute detail can become a matter of great gravity. The building in which they perform soaks in their failures, their jealousy, their disappointments like a sponge and holds all that misery in. It's why empaths don't go to anything about the level of spring faire performances, the atmosphere overwhelms them.
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