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Magic Bites

(Kate Daniels #1)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  113,357 ratings  ·  7,242 reviews
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, leavin
Mass Market Paperback, 261 pages
Published March 27th 2007 by Ace
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Wendy Darling
3.5 stars

10 Reasons to Love Kate Daniels:

1. She doesn't take any crap from anyone.
2. She's sarcastic and occasionally rude and always hilarious. Who else would greet a snarly Beast Lord with "Here, kitty, kitty...?"
3. She knows all the rules of diplomacy when dealing with shapeshifters, vampires, and other supernaturals.
4. She knows how to break all those rules and commands respect in spite of it.
5. She admits when she makes mistakes.
6. She's comfortable with herself and who she is. But she's lo
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁
5/5/18: Still love it (if that wasn’t evident by virtue of having read it SIX times). If you haven’t read this, you should. Immediately. 📚🖤

This is my F-A-V-O-R-I-T-E series.

And that's kind of a big deal. For example, if you asked me what my second favorite series was, I'd have to give you a top 5 list. BUT. KATE DANIELS is unquestionably my #1 favorite.

I'm rereading the series, b/c the new book is out next Tuesday, and I think this is my fifth (or sixth?) time. I typically can't reread a serie
Kat Kennedy
Aug 01, 2010 rated it liked it
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This was a really dry book. I!
So, I originally read this (at the prompting of my BFF) back in 2010, and was so underwhelmed it took me 4 years to pick up the second book. And, no I didn't bother doing a re-read of book 1 beforehand. I was simply so sick and tired of all my friends telling me what a great series I was missing out on, that I just snatched up 2 and dove in.
I fully expected to hate it.


However, Magic Burns was fantastic, and set me on the path of becoming a rabid fan of n
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
Completed an audiobook reread of this book in July. Here are my thoughts on this reread. Most of the meat on the bones is in my first review.

I am glad I reread this. It was a great book, but I forgot quite a bit of what happened. It's pretty edgy even today. A hefty dose of the horrific in the type of villain it features and the highly heinous deeds he commits. Kate Daniels is badass. She is snarky, but has the ability to back it up. I enjoyed her dialogue and I appreciated being inside her hea
Oct 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Katerina by: Vippi
“These were unsafe times. But then in safer times, I'd be a woman without a job. The safe-tech world had little use for a magic-touting mercenary like me.”

Welcome to a world where magic and technology fight to gain the upper hand. Where necromancers control vampires and every nightmarish mythical creature turns out to be real, eager to devour human flesh.
Welcome to Atlanta.

The story
“My name is Kate Daniels. Greg Feldman was my legal guardian and the closest thing to a fam
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
🐈 The Adventures Of A Brave Little Kitty Buddy Rerererereread (TAOABLKBR™) with the IA Addicts 🐈

And the moral of this particular rererererereread is: Kate Bloody Shrimping Daniels =

Bloody shrimping QED and stuff.

The Grand IAA™ KD Buddy Rerererereread Extravaganza (GIAAKDBRE™), aka the yellow brick road to Magic Triumphs

Presenting Episode 1, or How Kate Daniels Learned Not all Cats are Kitty-Kitty-Kitties.

· Previous rating: 10 stars
· New rating: I have been asked by GR support not
Jan 04, 2010 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: urban fantasy lovers
Recommended to Tatiana by: Heather, Penny
Shelves: 2010, 2019, urban-fantasy
Another second chance reread. Another DNF. I can’t believe I put some much work into ranting about this book. All I can say today is that it bores me.

Original review

I've read enough urban fantasy to know that the genre is extremely formulaic, just like, let's say, the genre of historical romance. Basically, you are aware of what exactly you are going to get from the get-go. The difficulty here is to find a series whose standard mix of ass-kicking heroine/amusing cast of secondary characters/lor
Aug 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
4/5 ⭐

This was certainly more entertaining than I initially anticipated.

At first, it started kind of slow for me, but I've decided that I want to see where everything goes. So I switched to audio and even though I don't really like audiobooks, this one slowly sucked me in.

I really love Kate, she's the kind of badass female MC with a sassy mouth and sarcastic comments that you can't help but enjoy throughout the book. I liked the fact that even though she's afraid of things most of the time and s
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
99c Kindle sale, March 10, 2020. The first book in the Kate Daniels series! It's pretty good urban fantasy, but the series definitely improves and builds on itself as it goes along, so keep your expectations tempered for the first couple of books, and don't give up, at least until you've read the third book.

3.5 stars, rounding up. In an alternative version of our world, technology and magic are at odds: when a "magic fluctuation" hits, most technological items (cell phones, cars, anything elect
Robin (Bridge Four)
Sale Alert: This is one of my all time favorite UF series, currently on sale 08Mar20 at amazon $0.99

Kate Daniels Buddy Read/Reread starts April 27 with the gang at Ilona Andrews Addicts (IAA)

Let the fun and games begin, Yes it is still only a 3.5 star read but I really enjoyed it all over again. There is a little plotting issue that is fuzzy but overall great start to one of my favorite UF series. Only beaten just slightly by books 1-5 of Karen Marie Moning's Fever Series.

3.5 Stars Re-read 25Jun
I reread this one with the girls at the Ilona Andrews Addicts group. And, strangely, I was slightly disappointed. Why? Well, I know this world and Kate so well now that I expected a magical wonderland when I read it again. But, there were problems that I didn't remember.

Problem 1: Worldbuilding

There were info-dumps galore. Pages and pages of them. But, we are never actually given a reason why the world changed from what we know now to a magic-infested one. There was no cataclysmic event, war, or
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017, 2020
re-read: 12/18/20

i wrote a full review for this when i first read it in 2017, but deleted it. the most i can remember i said is how i really loved kate's character and felt meh about curran. to be honest, my thoughts still stand the same. i really like kate as a character, truly a fierce and a don't-give-a-fuck queen. i still found curran to be meh. he was funny, i'll say that, but still, i wasn't as interested in him as i wish i was. the character i can't wait to continue reading about though i
Sep 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Evgeny by: Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
Shelves: fantasy
Buddy read with Armina, Eilonwy, and Asya.

By the time this book was published, Jim Butcher's Dresden Files series was already well-known with quite a lot of writers trying to copy it with the various degree of success. I am willing to bet any money Kate Daniels was inspired by Dresden Files, directly or indirectly. For this reason I will compare these two.

Here we have a female protagonist Kate Daniels who happened to be a mercenary who makes her living cleaning up magical problems. You see, she
Jo ★The Book Sloth★
Okay, okay... I admit the book was good and I was terribly wrong for not reading it sooner! All my fears were misplaced!!

Possible Spoilers coming up

“He finished the bandage and was examining it critically.
"You know those things are unreliable." His voice held just a touch of reproach.
“Eleven out of twelve work fine. I’d say that’s better chances than getting an orgasm with a blind date and women still try.”

Kate is brilliant! A little cocky at the beginning of the book but she gets over it a
Julio Genao
Mar 24, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Julio by: MostlyDelores
...and then you read a book by a pro, and you're all: fuuuuuuuuuck.

s'not perfect.

acute symptoms of firstbookinaseriesitis.

but lemme just fanboi about the writing for a minute, ok?

propulsive plotting: one thing leads naturally to another. the solution to one problem creates another. the solution to that creates yet another.

the false-denoument was a nice touch, but a little too early—a quick glance at my reading progress made it easy to dismiss the neatly 'solved' mystery immediately.

but man.

you s
David - proud Gleeman in Branwen's adventuring party
The always amazing and wonderful Tinja has convinced me to try the audiobook versions of the Kate Daniels series. If I try to sneakily listen to audiobooks while I'm at the office like this guy, do you think anyone will catch on?!?

Come to think of it, the headphones might just be a bit of a tip-off...
Karlyflower *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)*
Nov 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommended to Karlyflower *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)* by: Angela
3 Here-kitty-kitty Stars

There is an inherent issue with having an Urban Fantasy novel that is only 260 pages long, in my opinion. And that issue is that there is far too much world information that has be introduced to the reader to avoid falling into the dreaded Info Dump territory; Magic Bites stumbles into that territory a little too much for my liking. I don’t know that I have ever said I wished that an UF novel was longer, but in this case I do because with the added length it may have bee
Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

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Remember when the Anita Blake series was good, back when she wasn't the Special Snowflake Queen of Sex'n'Superpowers™? (Seriously, have you read the new books? How is her vagina not permanently on fire from all that friction? Also, girl has more special moves than freaking Ditto.) Remember how the series was edgy and erotic and did not condescend to its female audience? Remember how Anita used to kick ass? Remember when there were just T
Sophia Triad
Magic and technology. The world created in this book is so complex that it is hard to explain it or even just describe it.

There is one thing to remember: Magic beats Technology. It is always a winner.

I loved the book. It helped the fact that it is full of many hateful, but also many beloved monsters. And I know how to appreciate a good twisted monster LOL

Kate is a kickass heroine. She knows how to use her sword better than she knows how to walk in high heels. She is fierce, strong, reliable, fa
Early 2015

It was just another day in the GoodReads community. I had just found out that you can add people as friends (yep, took me a few years...Buddy reading literally blew my mind!) and I was minding my own business, reading fantasy books as usual.
When suddenly, a new message started popping out:

And that's how I found out about a series called Kate Daniels. Apparently, I was one of the very few who had no idea what the whole hype was all about. Before long, my updates page was buzzing with me
I'd been putting this book off for a while because a lot of people compared Kate to Anita Blake and I didn't think I could handle dealing with another emotionally crippled main character, even if she was a bad ass. While I agree that there are a lot of similarities between the two (ass kickery, gross amounts of natural magical talent, smart aleckness) I was pleasantly surprised that Kate didn't come with Anita's pitfalls. Yes there was some boo-hooing and some 'why me' but it happened towards th ...more
Actual rating: 3.5 stars

Well . . . damn. This didn't turn out as I'd planned. While reading this I kept thinking to myself, Just go with three stars, almost everyone else you know has. The series will get better as it goes, just as everyone says, then you can rave and give them four. Although there were plenty things that bothered me about this, there were still more things that I liked. In fact, I would say that this surpassed my expectations.

But let us get the bad stuff out of the way first: I
Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
I think I have a “read only the first book of every urban fantasy series you come across” problem, and Magic Bites is just one more victim in a long line of my series ADD. My intention is to continue on in all of them eventually, but unfortunately this one is pretty low on that list.

It started out with such a bang, too: a strong female protagonists who totally handles her shit against an ugly vampire (a small, misshapen creature that had me celebrating a grittier take on supernatural beings). It
Oct 07, 2015 rated it liked it
Honestly, as long as I'm just focusing on the Urban Fantasy Romance angle of the tale, it's fine, but when it comes right down to all the weres and the types of vamps, it's all pretty much old hat.

So What's really good about the series? The character development. So far it's a pretty solid introduction and the meet-cute is pretty funny. Our MC is kind of a mess with her magic and her sword, but that's okay when the big bad kitty decides he likes her and wants to "help" her.

The vamps do have an
Melissa (Ever So Mela)
Nov 11, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Melissa (Ever So Mela) by: Evgeny
Well like I said before, this will only be a little rambling because trust me, I have tons of friends who's reviews are a lot more awesome than the one I could come up with right now.

If you follow my reviews you'll likely see I don't tend to read adult UF, like, at all. The last series I did read was the Night Huntress(which I left halfway)...or was it the Fever series(another one I left halfway)?? I'm too lazy to look it up. The thing is, they don't tend to wow me and they are always too freak
2 March 2020: $0.99 on Kindle

May 2016 Re-read: I love this book. I love this world. I love Kate. It's still my favorite series. It's fantastic, it's a great start, and if you haven't read it yet, DO IT. And then remember that the books just get better from here, exponentially better.

June 2015 Re-read: This is the series I go to when I need to reboot myself. I love it. Each time I read it, I love it a little bit more.

July re-read: Is it possible for a series to get better and better with each re
Simona B
Oh, well. What do they say? About damn time.


"The day I needed an escort was the day I'd turn my saber over to someone who knew what to do with it."

I promise I'll be short and straight to the point, but, first, an applause to me, because I have finally joined the hype. Yay!


And now, let's see what we have.

Magic Bites is, glaringly, a book with an introductory function. I would be perfectly fine with this if the purpose of being introductory was fulfilled, which, with my greatest disappointment
1st read - May 2011
2nd read - June 2013
3rd read - April 2015
4th read - May 2016
5th read - March 2017
6th read - November 2017
7th read - July 2018
8th read - May 2019
9th read - October 2020
10th read - January 2021

Original Review

In Magic Bites we are introduced to an interesting new world where magic and technology can't coexist. When the magic is high electronics everywhere start to fail and with the magic levels constantly fluctuating it is impossible to rely on technology to keep you safe. We are
Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
Fifth re-read: 16.07.19
I just had to re-read this book (maybe series, we'll see) again after reading Mercy Thompson . This series beats MT by a whole lot. Mercy and Kate are so alike, yet so different, and it's the difference I like the most about Kate. She's just a perfect kickass heroine with the perfect amount of sarcasm, fierceness, bravery and compassion. It's also easier to connect to her, as I struggled (still do) with Mercy. Overall, this series is awesome with an interesting conc
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