A review by naturally
Magic Bites, by Ilona Andrews

adventurous challenging dark funny slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes


i can see why ilona andrews are considered two of the greats in urban fantasy - and this book isn't the best i've ever read. it was strong for a first book in an urban fantasy series, although it was extremely info-dumpy at times. the pace lagged quite often, meaning the last third was jam packed with action but the villain reveal was pretty underwhelming. magic bite's saving grace is that the worldbuilding is detailed, immaculate and so, so, so intriguing. along with fantasy, andrews incorporate horror and sci-fi elements seamlessly.

to say it plainly: kate daniels in a bad b*tch! i love her narration, her perspective and especially her one-liners. she's intelligent but still has her blind spots, and her mouth gets her into a lot of trouble. the side characters are just as vivid as our bada$$ heroine. curran is an a$$hole, yet i can't wait to see how he becomes a worthy partner for kate. i love slow burns; i'm already invested in this one. my only other point of criticism is that like many other female-led fantasy novels, kate appears to be lacking in female friendships other than her few correspondences with anna.

the world of kate daniels series in over 10 books long, so i don't doubt there will be ample opportunity for said relationships to develop. this is me, preparing for the long and entertaining ride ahead!

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