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261 pages, Mass Market Paperback
First published March 27, 2007
Curran turned to me. "Take one of mine again and I'll kill you." He said it in a conversational manner, matter-of-fact and flat, but in his eyes I could see a simple certainty. If he had to, he would kill me. He would not lose any sleep over it. He would not give it a second thought. He would do it and move on, untroubled by ending my existence.
It scared the shit out of me, so I laughed in his face.
“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.”
“My name is Kate Daniels. Greg Feldman was my legal guardian and the closest thing to a family I've had for many years. I want to find the scum who killed him.”
“What kind of a woman greets the Beast Lord with 'here, kitty, kitty'?”
. . . the mind of a vampire died the moment vampirism took hold. The vampires knew no pity and no fear; they couldn't be trained; they had no ego. On a developmental level they stood close to insects . . . An insatiable hunger for blood ruled them and they slaughtered everything in their path in their urge to quench it.Also this:
The thing followed me on all fours. It was a vampire, but one so ancient that no trace of it having walked upright remained. . . Its face no longer bore any resemblance to a human. . . Rows of fangs gleamed against the blackness.Eeeek! Also eeeew!
I paused, considered the arsenal available to me, put on thin wristbands loaded with silver needles, and took nothing else except Slayer. To get clear of two hundred enraged shapechangers I'd need a case of grenades and air support. There was no reason to weigh myself down with extra weapons. Then again, maybe I should take a knife. One knife, as a backup. Okay, two. And that's it. Armed and dressed to kill--or rather to die quickly but in style--I went . . .Overall, it's not terribly deep or insightful, but it's a fun read and I think it achieves very well what it's trying to be. And the series seriously improves by the third book.
“The bravado is amusing, but it becomes tiresome.”Sigh. Yeah. It’s fun and compulsively readable, but that quote is spot-on quite often.
“It's a reflex. Hear a bell, get food. See an undead, throw a knife. Same thing, really.”
“The Attorney General advises all citizens that any attempt at summoning or other activities resulting in the appearance of a supernaturally powerful being can be hazardous to yourself and to other citizens.”
“No shit,” I told the bottle.”
“What happened to the alpha-wolf?"
"Legos?" It sounded Greek but I couldn't recall anything mythological with that name. Wasn't it an island?
"He was carrying a load of laundry into the basement and tripped on the old set of LEGOs his kids left on the stairs. Broke two ribs and an ankle.”
“You know anything about investigative work?”
“Sure. Annoy the people involved until the guilty party tries to make you go away.”
“What kind of a woman greets the Beast Lord with ‘here, kitty, kitty’?”
“All my life I was taught to stay out of the way of the powerful. Don’t draw attention to yourself. Don’t show off. Guard your blood, because it will betray you. If you bleed, wipe it clean and burn the rag. Burn the bandages. If someone manages to obtain some of your blood, kill him and destroy the sample. At first it was a matter of survival. Later it became a matter of vengeance.”
“Here, Kitty, Kitty, Kitty...”