Magic Bites

Magic Bites

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Ilona Andrews invites you to experience the first novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling series featuring the intriguing fantasy world of mercenary Kate Daniels...

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...
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Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 106 x 173 x 22mm | 181g
  • Ace Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0441014895
  • 9780441014897
  • 62,100

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Praise for Ilona Andrews and the #1 New York Times Bestselling Kate Daniels Novels

Ilona Andrews's books are guaranteed good reads. Patricia Briggs, #1 New York Times bestselling author 

Kate is a great kick-ass heroine. Locus

One of the brightest voices in urban fantasy...Ilona Andrews delivers only the best. Jeaniene Frost, New York Times bestselling author

One of the best urban fantasy series ever written! RT Book Reviews

Andrews's edgy series stands apart. Library Journal

Urban fantasy absolutely does not get much better than this. SF Signal

I can t think of another series so consistent, so well written, so full of wit and action and drama that always manages to give me exactly what I m needing. Fiction Vixen
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Review quote

Praise for Ilona Andrews and the #1 New York Times Bestselling Kate Daniels Novels

"Ilona Andrews's books are guaranteed good reads."--Patricia Briggs, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"Kate is a great kick-ass heroine."--Locus

"One of the brightest voices in urban fantasy...Ilona Andrews delivers only the best."--Jeaniene Frost, New York Times bestselling author

"One of the best urban fantasy series ever written!"--RT Book Reviews

"Andrews's edgy series stands apart."--Library Journal

"Urban fantasy absolutely does not get much better than this."--SF Signal

"I can't think of another series so consistent, so well written, so full of wit and action and drama that always manages to give me exactly what I'm needing."--Fiction Vixen
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About Ilona Andrews

Ilona Andrews is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team, Gordon and Ilona. They currently reside in Texas with their two children and numerous dogs and cats. The couple are the #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors of the Kate Daniels and Kate Daniels World novels as well as The Edge and Hidden Legacy series. They also write the Innkeeper Chronicles series, which they post as a free weekly serial. For a complete list of their books, fun extras, and Innkeeper installments, please visit their website at
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Rating details

116,236 ratings
4.05 out of 5 stars
5 41% (47,290)
4 34% (39,205)
3 18% (21,242)
2 5% (5,443)
1 3% (3,056)

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I have to admit that I judged Magic Bites by its cover. When I received it, I wasn't interested in reading it at all, but after hearing some really good things about it I was more excited to give it a try. I was not disappointed. This book is fantastic! Kate Daniels is a member of the Mercenary Guild. Mercenaries are called in to deal with situations involving magic that the police either can't or won't handle. When Kate's guardian, Greg is found dead, Kate sets off on a mission to find out what happened. She finds a case of strange killings Greg has been working on, and it leads her to the necromancers who control vampires and The Pack, a group of shapeshifters. Urban fantasy can be hit or miss with me. Magic Bites was definitely a hit. The story was never boring and kept me entertained the entire time. It reads like a thriller with some magic, vampires, and shapeshifters thrown in. The necromancers and The Pack are both suspected in the killings Kate's guardian was investigating, and it is left up to her to figure out who is responsible before all hell breaks loose between the two groups. Some people might be burned out on vampires and werewolves, but I assure you...these are more your standard fare than those of the sparkling, buff teenage variety. They are menacing. I found myself thinking that Kate was in danger throughout most of the book and had that "edge of my seat" feeling throughout the entire read. It only took the first few lines of the book for Kate Daniels to become one of my favorite female characters. The story opens with her drinking Boone's Hard Lemonade and watching television...and she drinks Boone's not because she's poor but by choice! Who does that?!! Only someone who is very secure with themselves and VERY cool. When I read those first few pages I immediately knew that this book would be more like reading The Dresden Files than reading a romance-y girlie urban fantasy book. Kate seems more down on her luck in the romance department and can definitely handle herself in a fight. I happen to love female protagonists that aren't all bosoms and eyelash batters. Call it the feminist in me, but I like it when writers make women capable of more than seducing a man. Kate Daniels fits that profile for me, and I want to read more of her story! For those of you that like a little hint of romance, there's definitely some romantic tension, and the series seems to hint at that being a part of the story arc in the coming books (which I will most likely be picking up soon). My hope is that they continue to focus on Kate Daniels being a hardened merc with a little bit of a soft side. The only thing that left me wanting in the book is that I wish there was a little more world building on the part of the neuromancers and The Pack. Since the books are relatively short, that might come later in the series. Overall I thought the book was fun and quick. If you're an urban fantasy fan, like women who can kick booty, or even want to delve into urban fantasy, I highly recommend Magic Bites. It's definitely a good way to spend a lazy Saturday! *Notice of disclosure: I received this book for review from Penguin more
by Carin B.
About Magic Bites: 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... Source: Info in the About Magic Bites was taken from the author's website at on 01/08/2010. Review: This is the first book of the Kate Daniels story which I recently realized that I haven't reviewed yet! So this is a retrospective review hence I've read this book ages ago. By now there are 4 books in the series already and it just keeps getting better! Click here to see my review of the most recent release of this series, Magic Bleeds. This review applies to all the books in the series. If I am to give a rating to the series as a whole I would give it a 5 out of 5. Is it obvious that I am an Ilona Andrews die hard fan?! ;) Masterpiece. The story telling quality is very compelling and I would give it a 5 out of 5. The author weaves a magical world of Atlanta and make it seem all too possible. I would give the world building a 5 out of 5. The story leaves you with characters which walks around a readers' head long after you've read the book that you can't wait for the next installment to get published! I would give the character building another 5 out of 5. Overall Rating: 5 out of 5show more
by Cherry
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