Vicki of Reading At The Beach hosts A-Z Wednesday. Today’s letter is M.

I read this one in July of 2008. It’s an urban fantasy, the first in a series. It  has a slightly different spin on creatures like vampires and weres and how they co-exist with humans.

Magic bitesMagic Bites by Ilona Andrews

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…  (

At the time, I commented, “Okay, the heroine is strong and a loner with secrets, which is kind of typical, but the world Andrews has built and the characters are great. I liked the heroine and am looking forward to finding out the extent of her powers and what her secret is.” I read the second in the series, too, but haven’t gotten any further.

The above is my honest opinion. I am an Amazon Associate.


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