If you’ve been reading my blog, twitter, my goodreads, or my instagram, you know I’ve recently been fan-girding hard on the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews! I decided to compile my thoughts of the first three books, and hopefully entice you all to join me in some fan-girling!!
Magic Bites (Kate Daniels #1)
Pages: 386 (Special Edition)// Published: April 2007 // Genre: Urban Fantasy
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…
Kick-ass Magical Mercenary female who takes zero bullshit with a shady past?
Yes. Future is female.
World full of magical shapeshifters and vampires, all in the back-drop of Atlanta?
Good-looking plastic surgeon love interest?
I said yes already, but sure that sounds nice…
Intense sexual tension with the leader of the pack who turns into a lion and is called “the Beast Lord?”
YAS, here is my monnnnneey. Take it all.
Magic Burns (Kate Daniels, #2)
Pages: 260 // Published: April 2008 // Genre: Urban Fantasy
Down in Atlanta, tempers – and temperatures – are about to flare…
As a mercenary who cleans up after magic gone wrong, Kate Daniels has seen her share of occupational hazards. Normally, waves of paranormal energy ebb and flow across Atlanta like a tide. But once every seven years, a flare comes, a time when magic runs rampant. Now Kate’s going to have to deal with problems on a much bigger scale: a divine one.
When Kate sets out to retrieve a set of stolen maps for the Pack, Atlanta’s paramilitary clan of shapeshifters, she quickly realizes much more at stake. During a flare, gods and goddesses can manifest – and battle for power. The stolen maps are only the opening gambit in an epic tug-of-war between two gods hoping for rebirth. And if Kate can’t stop the cataclysmic showdown, the city may not survive…
Now there’s gods too, hope that’s okay?
Yes, totally cool, give me more.
How about witches and druids?
Yes, more I said.
Epic battles and shapeshifter best friends?
Mysterious play-boy with flowing hair that can pop-in and out of existence, who vows to get into the main characters pants?
FIESTY, yes please.
MORE sexual tension with the insanely hot lion-man who Kate loves to piss off and walk a dangerous line?
YES MAMA, I’m hooked and done.
Magic Slays (Kate Daniels, #3)
Pages: 310 // Published: April 2009 // Genre: Urban Fantasy
When magic strikes and Atlanta goes to pieces, it’s a job for Kate Daniels…
Drafted to work for the Order of Knights of Merciful Aid, mercenary Kate Daniels has more paranormal problems these days than she knows what to do with. And in Atlanta, where magic comes and goes like the tide, that’s saying a lot.
But when Kate’s werewolf friend Derek is discovered nearly dead, she must confront her greatest challenge yet. As her investigation leads her to the Midnight Games—an invitation-only, no-holds-barred, ultimate preternatural fighting tournament—she and Curran, the Lord of the Beasts, uncover a dark plot that may forever alter the face of Atlanta’s shapeshifting community…
Oh you’re still here, would you like to see your favourite character participate in a highly illegal, extremely lethal fighting tournament?
YES. OMG, yes.
Would you like an intense hot tub scene and sexy banter with a particular hard-ass merc and *ahem* beast lord?
I am dead.
No more thoughts, as I died. This book was so good.
Will I read 4 to 6? Yes. All of them.
Have you read this series? What did you think? Who is your favourite Urban Fantasy author?
Look forward to chatting with you all!!!
How did you enjoy the format of this post? Do you wish for more structured thoughts on the books? The books were so fun, I decided to have some fun with the reviews!