Date read: January 23, 2015
1. Magic Bites - Paperback | Kindle
2. Magic Burns
3. Magic Strikes
4. Magic Bleeds
5. Magic Slays
5.4. Magic Gifts
5.5. Gunmetal Magic
6. Magic Rises
7. Magic Breaks
8. Magic Shifts
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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.Thoughts on Magic Bites: For the record, I have read most of the books in this series. Amanda and I binged our way through them back in 2012 or something. (See, here's our joint review!) It was so long ago that I had only the vaguest memories of how the overall plot played out. To be fair, I was pretty focused on the Curran/Kate dynamic the first time around, though. THOSE TWO.
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...
I mean, nothing even really happens in this book between them and yet I'm all twitterpated whenever they come together on page because OMG! THEY'RE SO FREAKING AWESOME AS A COUPLE. But I guess I have to wait a book or two for that.
Anyway. I really really REALLY loved going back and seeing Kate when she was nothing more than a down on her luck mercenary who happened to be hiding a pretty damn big secret. She's so twitchy in this book. She trusts no one. She's hiding so deep inside herself you just know everything's going to come spilling out sooner or later. (Later, it's later. After she and Curran get a little bow-chicka-wow-wow going. Which, I might have mentioned before, I'm eagerly looking forward to.)
I genuinely enjoyed going back to the beginning and rereading this book. I liked it just as much (possibly even more) than the first time. I'm completely excited to get to relive the rest of the series all over again.