Magic Bites

Kate Daniels #1

Ilona Andrews

fiction fantasy
adventurous mysterious slow-paced

261 pages | first published 2007

Atlanta would be a nice place to live, if it weren’t for the magic…

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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adventurous 96%
dark 57%
mysterious 45%
funny 36%
tense 24%
lighthearted 15%
challenging 6%
emotional 3%
hopeful 3%
relaxing 3%
sad 3%


fast 50%
medium 44%
slow 5%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 62% | Plot: 37%

Strong character development?

Yes: 46% | No: 28% | It's complicated: 21% | N/A: 3%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 53% | It's complicated: 33% | No: 13%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 62% | No: 22% | It's complicated: 11% | N/A: 3%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

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