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Atlanta would be a nice place to live, if it weren’t for magic…
One moment magic dominates, and cars stall and guns fail. The next, technology takes over and the defensive spells no longer protect your house from monsters. Here skyscrapers topple under onslaught of magic; werebears and werehyenas prowl through the ruined streets; and the Masters of the Dead, necromancers driven by their thirst of knowledge and wealth, pilot blood-crazed vampires with their minds.
In this world lives Kate Daniels. Kate likes her sword a little too much and has a hard time controlling her mouth. The magic in her blood makes her a target, and she spent most of her life hiding in plain sight. But when
Kate’s guardian is murdered, she must choose to do nothing and remain safe or to pursue his preternatural killer. Hiding is easy, but the right choice is rarely easy…
Kate Daniels is a Mercenary in Atlanta, but it’s not the Atlanta you normally think of. This version of Atlanta is magical, with vampires & shapeshifters constantly battling for control along with all sorts of paranormals. Vampire’s in this world are scary, they’re yellow, shriveled & frankly horrifying. When a magical wave hits, certain things stop working (phones & cars) as do wards. Masters of the Dead control the vampires, because once a vampire is undead…he’s basically dead and controlled by a necromancer. In the first book of the Kate Daniels series, we get to know a bit about Kate but not enough to know why she burns anything that comes into contact with her blood. When Kate’s Guardian and family friend is killed, Kate does anything to find out who killed him, even when it puts her own life at risk.
This series came highly recommended to me by Shiloh Walker & Kindle Vixen which led me to jump and order them, solely on one sentence…. Curran is hot. Curran being the Beast Master, the leader of all shapeshifters. Imagine my surprise when there were no love/romance/sex scenes. Ahem ladies. Ha. There was a little heat between Kate & Curran, but really this is a straight Urban Fantasy full of action.
While a fast paced UF, I found myself confused more than a few times. The worlds Ilona Andrews builds are nothing like you’ve ever read, even the vampires are so different you think they should be named zombies instead. Which is fine, but sometimes the details are overwhelming. The world building, while amazingly detailed is at times a bit complex and you have to really pay attention to details.
Though I wasn’t too fond of this book, I’ve heard it gets much better so I’ll keep going and keep you all posted! Only because Kate’s a great character, full of attitude to challenge Curran who’s just as full of attitude himself.