I Kind of Liked It!
I had read the Hidden Legacy Series by Ilona Andrews and fell in love with the writing, so I figured I would pick up the Kate Daniels Series. Magic Bites is book one, and you can tell this is the first book from this author, as it wasn’t as polished as the new books.
In Magic Bites we meet mercenary Kate Daniels who finds out a loved one has died. She pushes herself into the investigation and has to make nice with people and creatures she never wants to deal with. Being pulled into politics and evil she never wanted to get involved in puts her into dangerous territory and as the story progresses we learn that Kate is hiding something, but we never truly find out what exactly Kate is.
I really did enjoy how headstrong and snarky Kate is, but sometimes this was her downfall. She wouldn’t willingly accept help and that got her into trouble a lot. She’s not very trusting, and that’s understandable with the world she’s living in, but when she’s dealing with the world she’s living in, she has to trust someone and accept help when it’s offered. Unfortunately she learns that lesson a bit too late in this book. Kate goes through a lot in this book, and at times it became overwhelming for her and for me as the reader, I had a hard time keeping up with what was going on and who was who and what exactly was going on.
I did enjoy Kate’s relationship with The Pack and I have a feeling this is going to be an interesting relationship going forward. Curran and her have a bond that isn’t going to go away, they push each other too much for it to be ignored, and they kind of did save each other a few too many times. The Pack’s dynamic is interesting and that part of the book was some of my favorite parts to read. I really enjoyed those characters and hopefully I’ll get to see more of them in future reads in this series.
There was a lot of build up and craziness to get to the who, what, when, where, and why of what was going on in this book, and the climax of the book was awesome, but then it was just over. Thankfully we had a pretty awesome epilogue that gave us a glimpse into Kate afterwards and maybe what’s in store for her next. I was just sad that it had all of this build up and then BAM it was over! I did love the characters in this book, but at times the writing was choppy and the story line was a bit hard to follow, hence the 3 1/2 stars. I am intrigued by this story line though and will be picking up more in this series to see what lies ahead for Kate and the rest of the beings we met in Magic Bites.