Series: Kate Daniels #1
Also in this series:Magic Binds
Also by this author: Clean Sweep, Magic Binds
Genres: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy
Release Date: April 1, 2007
Purchase at: Amazon
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…
It is hard when you are reviewing a book that is almost a decade old. In the almost 10 years since this book was published there have been many amazing books to read within the fantasy, paranormal romance genre’s. When this book came out I am sure it was mind-blowing and I did really enjoy this book but I would still give it 3.5 stars.
This is an urban fantasy, the setting is Atlanta, and in a world that has had a magic apocalypse. Technology and magic are at odds. When the magic is up guns fail, airplanes fall out of the sky, electricity dies. The kicker is that in this world you never know when either one is going to be up or down. Consider it like rolling blackouts. So the characters in this story have to be ready to battle in two fronts.
Kate’s guardian has just been killed and she is determined to find out why. Solving the case will put her at odds with a whole host of supernatural beings and put her on the radar with the Order of the Merciful Aide, an organization that Kate has been avoiding for years, but unbeknownst to Kate those same supernatural beings are also being targeted. It seems that there is a dark force manipulating circumstances in order to start a war between two factions of supernatural beings. Will she be able to discover who killed her guardian and who is orchestrating these events in time to stop more bloodshed?
For me the world building was good but not great. I feel like if the story is going to be set in a post-apocalyptical world with shape-shifters, vampires, fairies, and humans with magic lets make it fantastical. I would have loved to see it divided into boroughs where each race has made their borough representative of them. Not this is Atlanta and it has just worn down after magic came back.
The protagonist is Kate Daniels and I do enjoy this character. She is gritty, resourceful, does not play the stupid card, and very courageous. She does have the whole “I must sacrifice myself for the greater good” complex which is very overdone done for me. How about you just make hard choices when they arise and not lament about it forever afterwards. Lame. She is also practical and I love, love, love that she does not fall into bed with the first guy who gives her goo-goo eyes and she does have plenty of chances for that type of action.
I did enjoy that the author used vampires in a whole new way, essentially blood-sucking insects, that were controlled though a Master of the Dead. Very cool idea and nice that the vampires are not so cliché. I of course love and hate The Beast Lord, Curran. He is an Alpha-Male but I love that Kate fears him and does not bend to his will. That is more real to me. You cannot be a “hard-ass” female and then all of a sudden let down all your defenses. No, she maintains those defense because only someone worthy of her trust will have that opportunity. I Love This! It is so different than what things are like today in fantasy books (in general people, in general). I say “Make him earn it!” I know that others got a romance vibe from Curran but for me….nah…I think he is curious as to why all the other guys want her. It is an alpha-male thing and maybe things will change in book two and that he will actually want her as a person?
Overall, I found it to be an enjoyable read. Left me with a little to be desired feeling but I will read the next book in the series because it is nice to have a strong female lead that is not a nympho and focuses on the task at hand. Also, there were a lot of open endings for possible story continuations from this book, yay!