Series: Kate Daniels #1
Published by Ace on April 1st 2007
Number of Pages: 260
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Urban
Purchase: At Amazon
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…
“What kind of a woman greets the Beast Lord with ‘here, kitty, kitty’?”
I love how sarcastic and funny Kate is. She knows how she should act around vampires and werewolves, but she doesn’t always do so. Especially around the Beast Lord. She makes mistakes and owns up to them. She admits she is lonely, but she is also unafraid to call the men in her life on the stupid things they sometimes do. She has lines she will not cross, and she also has a strong sense of right and wrong. She has a magic sword that actually drools.
I also was amused by the fact she chose to sit on her porch and get drunk at one point. Daring the bad guys to appear by the very fact that she was drunk enough to have slower reflexes.
Curran, the Beast Lord was arrogant, dismissive and violent among other things. Part of it fit because he is THE Beast Lord. All other shapeshifters bow to him, no matter their species. But some of the power plays he did were fairly silly since Kate is not a shifter. He needs to tone it down a notch or three unless the secret is that Kate will end up the Beast Lady at some point? I don’t know, I haven’t read the synopsis of the other books. But even so. I did like him, and his sparring with Kate was some of the best funny moments in the book.
I didn’t guess who the bad guy was. Partly because I was distracted by Kate and Curran. Partly because I wasn’t trying to figure it out. The ride to get to the end of the book was too amusing, and the fact Kate was so bad (and supposed to be so bad) at figuring out the mystery helped suspend my curiosity about who was ultimately responsible.
If you like urban fantasy with smart-mouthed characters you need to try this book.