Title: Magic Bites
Author: Ilona Andrews
Series: Katie Daniels #1
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Dates Read: 2013, 2015, November 1, 2020
In this world, magic dominates in waves causing cars to stall and guns to fail. Then technology will take over when the magic fails and spells no longer protect you from the monsters. Kate Daniels lives by her sword. She is a mercenary for hire but when her guardian is killed she decides to hunt down his killer.
This is a solid start for the Kate Daniels series. There was a lot of world building and introduction of characters, all of which were fascinating. Kate is a tough as nails woman who knows that sometimes you have to face your fears to destroy the monster. We get some of her background in this book but there is clearly a bigger secret she is hiding from everyone, which does get revealed in later books. Kate was just a fascinating and deadly heroine and I quite enjoyed her sarcastic and funny comments.
The pack structure in this world is very fascinating because while there may be different smaller packs of shifters, there is a beast lord who rules over them. I found Curran fascinating and I can’t wait to learn more about him as I reread this series (I don’t really remember much). All of the side characters in this book were fascinating and well developed. I really want to know more about them and see more of them in the future.
Overall, a powerful start to a series. I love Ilona Andrews writing style and world building. I can always count on her to create a fascinating world with well developed, and likeable, characters.